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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.

Cheap Vacation Packages

Cheap Riviera Maya Vacation Packages

Royal Hideaway Playa del Carmen by Occidental - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.6 / 5 87 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).
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Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites All Inclusive - Adults Only

4 stars
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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.
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Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.7 / 5 423 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 $405

Grand Bahia Principe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 210 reviews
One of 24 five-star beach resorts operated by Grupo Pinero's Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, the Grand Bahia Principe Riviera Maya affords adventurers easy access to a number of ancient Mayan pyramids and coastal, walled fortresses. This complex contains three individual resorts named after regional settlements, each of which is geared toward different kinds of travelers. As a result, it's relatively easy to book a business, adults-only, or family vacation in a villa surrounded by lush tropical palms. Simply wandering around this resort in the Mexican heat is a great way to stumble across inviting pools, cool bars and fascinating shops. Key facts Rooms by complex: Tulum - 858; Coba - 1,080; Akumal - 63011 international restaurants18 bars7 pools, including lazy river and lakesConcierge service availableWi-Fi (fees may apply) NeighborhoodIn the surrounding area, guests will discover hidden cenotes, water-filled caves that invite serious scuba divers and casual snorkelers alike, and parks like Xcaret, that give you a chance to enjoy the clear currents of a calm lagoon in a more naturalistic setting than found at any waterpark. Nearby Chichen Itza is a World Heritage Site, which includes The Castle, the Pyramid of Kukulcan and Juego de Pelota. The Sacred Cenote is a spot where the Mayans apparently made human sacrifices, and should not be missed by lovers of history, macabre and otherwise. Hints and tipsEnjoy a quieter stay in this large complex by staying in a room further away from the central areas, or on the side of a villa opposite the nearest pool.If you find yourself tired or lost from walking around after a long day, locate one of the many shuttle stops scattered throughout the resort, and wait for about five minutes to get a free ride.
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Desire Resort & Spa- All Inclusive Adults Only

4 stars
4.3 / 5 48 reviews
Clothing optional Mexican resort for open, adventurous couplesDesire Resort & Spa offers a one-of-a-kind, erotic experience for vacationers looking to explore their voyeuristic sides. The resort boasts a clothing-optional atmosphere where couples can unleash their imaginations on the pool deck, Jacuzzi lounge or during nightly themed, participatory entertainment. The all-inclusive Desire Resort & Spa has four restaurants and five bars. The resort boasts a full-service spa that blends ancient Mayan and Asian traditions to allure and entice the senses. Highlights: Adults-only, clothing optionalOpen-minded, voyeuristic atmosphereSafe, welcoming environment Rooms: Expect lavishly decorated rooms with stark white architecture and bedding, accented with bright punches of color in the pillows, rugs and flowers. The luxurious sweeping architecture and upscale bathroom features ensure you'll feel like the king or queen of the resort. Guests choose from one of 100 superior rooms, six Jacuzzi suites or 10 passion suites. Superior suites provide ocean or garden views as well as king or queen-sized beds, in-room climate control, satellite TV, private balcony, bathrobes, stocked mini bar and iPod dock with alarm clock. Jacuzzi suites boast a spacious bathroom with four-person Jacuzzi, variety of sensual and exotic candles, Tantra essential gift box, incense and daily afternoon hors d'oeuvres. Features: Off-site attractions include the ruins at Chichen-Itza, Isla Mujeres and Xel-Ha. Visitors are found lounging by the Desire's clothing optional pool or sunbathing on the beautiful white sand beaches of the Caribbean. During the day, the resort offers sensual yoga classes, nude volleyball, pole dance lessons and a special "Desire Time" contest session for couples. When the sun goes down, take part in erotically themed activities such as black tie and high heel night, body painting night and lingerie night.  Transportation Cancun International Airport (20 minutes) Attractions Playa del Carmen (21 mi/35 km)Chichen Itza (136 mi/219 km) Business¬≠ High-speed wireless Internet (fees apply)Policies and feesGuests must be couples of 21 years of age or older.
Value 35% off per night
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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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