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Riviera Maya

Your Riviera Maya vacation

South of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula lies the Riviera Maya, a collection of heaven-like spots including Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos. Another major draw here is the Mayan ruins, ancient remnants of the Meso-Americans, which can be seen throughout the area, most famously in Tulum. Also be sure to check out the cenotes in Macanxoc, Sacalpuc, Yaxlaguna and Xcanh.

You may think these attractions come at a high price, but CheapTickets has budget-friendly tips to put in your Riviera Maya vacation arsenal.

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Cheap Riviera Maya Vacation Packages

Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.2 / 5 132 reviews
The Dreams Resorts & Spas brand is beloved by global travelers for its all-inclusive vacations. This Riviera Cancun property in Mexico provides first-class accommodations for singles, honeymooners and families with children. From Club Presidential Suites with views across the rolling waves, to the more affordable Premium Deluxe Garden & Tropical View rooms - which come with a private balcony plus indoor Jacuzzi - spacious facilities ensure that guests have an indulgent stay. Detox at the Dreams Spa by Pevonia before choosing between authentic Mexican cuisine and international flavors in six a la carte restaurants. Key facts486 guestrooms and suitesFull-service spaBeauty salonOn-site dolphin showCross-Fit fitness centerRestaurants and cafes: Bordeaux, El Patio, Himitsu, Oceana, Portofino, Seaside Grill, World Cafe, Barefoot Grill, Coco Cafe6 barsKid's club (restrictions may apply, depending on the package booked)Conference and event spaces NeighborhoodKnown as the Mexican Riviera, Cancun's miles of white sand beaches boast expansive views of strikingly blue waters. Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa sits at the very end of Punta Cancun, where it is surrounded on three sides by the beautiful Caribbean. Snorkelers and divers from around the world come to marvel at more than 500 underwater sculptures in the Cancun Underwater Museum MUSA. Sport fishing and a professional golf course are available for those who prefer less immersive recreation. Hints and tipsQuench your thirst with unlimited top-shelf adult beverages at any of the six fully-stocked bars on the property.If you want an in-room Jacuzzi and a private plunge pool right outside your door, book a lower-level guest room.
Value $400 Resorts Coupons, $50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry
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Royal Hideaway Playa del Carmen by Occidental - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.6 / 5 93 reviews
The Royal Hideaway Playa del Carmen Resort is one of Occidental's two locations along the sun-kissed shores of Mexico's vibrant Playa del Carmen region. Honeymooners, couples and friends can enjoy elegant rooms with marble bathrooms, king- or queen-sized beds, and a custom climate control system in this adults-only resort. Taste Mexico's exotic flavors with the complimentary fruit basket, before plugging your iPod into the docking station to listen to your vacation playlist. Six swimming pools ensure that guests can take a dip without feeling crowded, while all-inclusive dining comes in the form of Japanese, Italian, Mexican and Caribbean restaurants at this Leading Hotel of the World. Key facts24-hour room serviceComplimentary fruit basket on arrival2 tennis courts6 swimming pools6 restaurants/snack bars: Las Ventanas, Spices, Palazzo, Club Royale, Azia, The Grill, The Deck3 bars: Bar Allegria, Las Ventanas Lounge Bar, Bar DeckLive entertainmentAll-inclusive water sports and organized activities including bocce ball, windsurfing, canoeing and sailingOptional services include scuba diving, beauty-salon treatments, laundry, car rentals, tennis lessons and golfing NeighborhoodSituated on the Caribbean Sea, the Occidental Royal Hideaway Playacar Resort is set on a quiet stretch of waterfront with direct beach access and multiple on-site activities like water sports, golf and deep sea fishing. The celebrity-studded city of Playa del Carmen is a short stroll or cycle ride away, where lively nightlife, cultural attractions, stores and more sandy beaches greet guests visiting the Yucatan Peninsula. Hints and tipsEver wanted to see your meal prepared from scratch, from the chopping of vegetables to the perfectly timed cooking of meat or fish?For the ultimate indulgence, try the gourmet tasting menu of 12 courses plus wines at the Chef's Table Experience, and watch each dish exquisitely prepared right before your eyes (surcharge applies).
Value $50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE
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Nightly rates from $595

Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.6 / 5 451 reviews
Excellence Riviera Cancun, an adults-only resort, is a great location for those who'd like to enjoy this popular travel destination without being overwhelmed by other visitors. Experience an excursion on pristine white sands before floating in the clear nearby waters. The resort's 440 luxury accommodations cater especially to couples and business travelers, with eight international restaurants, beach yoga classes and even a nightclub. Laze around on your balcony hammock and enjoy romantic touches inside the rooms, like king-size beds and marble bathrooms, where you can cool down after hot days beneath the Mexican sun. Key facts440 guestrooms4 floors9 buildings6 outdoor poolsDining: Agave, Basmati, Chez Isabelle, The Grill, The Lobster House, Oregano, Las Olas, Spice and ToscanaHealth club/spaAlegria NightclubBars/lounges: Martini, CakeKafe, Blue, Sol, Cielo, Stars, Sports Bar, X Lounge, Revive, La Habana and Casino Bar2 poolside bars24-hour room serviceBusiness center5 meeting/conference rooms NeighborhoodExcellence Riviera Cancun is surrounded by jogging trails that make it easy to get acclimatized to the local scene before diving fully into Quintana Roo. Visit the many Mayan remains in the area, such as Las Ruinas Del Rey near the hotel sector, and El Meco. In addition to typical Mayan Riviera activities like scuba diving, guests who book their stay at Excellence often participate in deep-sea fishing charters, cycling tours, and deep-water dives that allow guests to explore colonial shipwrecks. Hints and tipsAlthough Excellence Riviera Cancun is pretty exclusive and only 15 minutes from the airport, it's still best to prepare for regional traffic if you plan on exploration along the coast.
Value FREE WiFi, Unlimited Lobster Dinner & More
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Nightly rates from $585

Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites All Inclusive - Adults Only

4 stars
4.0 / 5 17 reviews
The Platinum Yucatan Princess is located just 45 minutes south of Cancun, and only 10 minutes from the electric and vibrant downtown of Playa del Carmen. This is an Adults Only Resort, taken to its finest expression, with an unbeatable location in front of the crystal clear Caribbean waters and access to our Grand Riviera & Grand Sunset Princess Hotels. RoomsThe Platinum Yucatan Princess boasts 472 luxurious suites. Features 24-hour room service. Fine onsite dining. Access to 13 pools. Full service spa and fitness centre. Activities (multiuse court, tennis, table tennis, baseball practice field, open trail for walking/running). Entertainment. Complimentary Wi-Fi. Nightclub. Business services including audio/visual equipment. In addition to the onsite restaurants (buffet, italian, international, tex-mex and asian), the resort also offers 8 bars (including swim-up bars), an snack bar and a grill on the beach.
Value $50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE
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Nightly rates from $372

El Dorado Royale and Casitas Royale a Gourmet Inclusive Resort by Karisma - Adults Only

5 stars
4.4 / 5 108 reviews
Experience Paradise on the Yucatan PeninsulaThe El Dorado Royale Spa resort on the Mayan Riviera combines the ultimate in stylish accommodations and surroundings with personal service. The attention to detail ensures a memorable vacation, whether for a wedding honeymoon or just that special romantic getaway in an environment designed for adults only. Guests can dine in luxury in one of the seven gourmet restaurants serving fine food and wine from around the world. For that truly unforgettable experience sample the delights of a romantic candlelight dinner on the beach. To tempt guests from their rooms, the AAA Four Diamond resort features a wide range of sports and activities including shooting, archery, mini golf, yoga, water aerobics, water polo and soccer as well as cookery, tennis and Spanish lessons. 3 Reasons To Stay: Energetic days spent in one of the dozens of activities available, followed by romantic candlelight dinners on the beach A special setting for a special occasion or an adult only holiday for two The perfect venue for an intimate romantic getaway El Dorado Royale and Casitas Royale, A Spa Resort, Gourmet - Adults Only All Inclusive RoomsBack in the elegant rooms, the El Dorado Royale Spa Resort believes that love really makes the world go round and it does everything possible to ensure guests' happiness. Four-poster beds and a Jacuzzi for two come as standard in all suites and every room also has a hammock, well-stocked minibar, cable TV, ceiling fan and private shower or bath. Suites range from the Jacuzzi Junior suite with garden view through to the sumptuous Presidential Suite. Some suites have a swim up feature linking the terrace to the main swimming pool. Things To Do: Punta Brava Beach (1mi/1.6km) Playa Del Carmen (18mi/29km) Cancun (22mi/35 km) Mayan Ruins at Tulum (55mi/88km)
Value $50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE
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Best time to take a vacation to Riviera Maya

  • The tropical climate of the Yucatan Peninsula means that the temperatures in Riviera Maya are excellent all year round; however, between December and April the dry season brings slightly cooler temperatures than in the height of summer. Early fall is the wet season, although it still receives a good amount of beautiful sunshine, so this is when crowds thin out and the hotels and flights are available at cheaper rates. Try and take in the annual week-long Mardi Gras celebration with all its color and processions. The Latin American Food Show each September is extremely popular and attracts huge numbers.

Insider tips for Riviera Maya travel

  • Botanical Gardens

    See the fascinating spider monkeys amongst the many animals living in the spacious Botanical Gardens just outside Puerto Morelos Tun Ha.

  • Puerto Morelos Tun Ha

    Stroll around the small fishing village of Puerto Morelos Tun Ha, taking in the laid-back atmosphere and sampling some great seafood caught that very day.

  • Tulum

    Avoid all those crowded beaches and instead head for the beautiful white sands of Tulum where you can enjoy a few hours of inspirational solitude.

  • Cenote Aktun Ha

    Explore the large open-water area of Cenote Aktun Ha with great snorkeling opportunities just a little off the beaten track.

  • Coba

    Rent yourself a bike and tour the remarkable ancient ruins of Coba at your own leisurely pace.

Riviera Maya highlights

  • Riviera Maya highlights
  • Cancun

    Cancun is home to sun, fun, fantastic nightlife and spring-breakers. But Cancun isn't just for college kids seeking a wild time. For the ultimate in relaxation on your Riviera Maya vacation, there's sea and sand galore at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines. And if you crave exploration with a refreshing plunge at the end, point your compass towards the Boca del Puma cenote.

  • Playa del Carmen

    If beaches and bargain-shopping are high on your list for a complete Riviera Maya travel experience, Playa del Carmen in the place for you. For the former, you can take your pick between Main Beach, Coco Beach and Mamitas Beach. For the latter, Quinta Avenida is chockablock with boutique stores and souvenir stalls, plus an endless line of traditional Mexican eateries.

  • Coba

    Travel to this little village to scope out ancient Mayan ruins and gorgeous views of the jungle. Climb the 120 steps to the top of Nohoch Mul for a phenomenal perspective. And don't forget to take a refreshing dip in the local cenote when you're done.

  • Akumal

    This heavenly destination is home to caves, subterranean waters and turtles. Kick back on the white sands of Halfmoon Bay and go snorkeling in the colorful coral. Fuel up with great grub at low prices from local vendors: Lol-Ha is great for Mexican and Americana eats, while La Buena Vida is ideal for cheap drinks and a quick snack.

  • Mercados

    You'll find markets everywhere on your Riviera Maya travels. Some of the best include Cancun's Mercado 28, where you can pick up plenty of silver jewelry and cheap nosh. The Organic Farmers Market, held every Saturday in Tulum, offers everything from organic honey and pumpkins to a massive array of herbs and spices.

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