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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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Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 184 reviews
A replica Mayan temple soaring up into the brilliant blue sky marks your entrance into Iberostar Paraiso Riviera Maya, a luxury complex of four family-oriented resorts. Clouds of flamingos and swans greet your arrival, while traditional thatched roofs reveal colonial-style colonnades. Dine between gold Corinthian pillars at Don Alfredo for a taste of Italy, or try La Hacienda for an authentic taste of Mexico. Relax European-style at Spa Sensations - a whole network of Finnish saunas, Turkish baths, saltwater pools and Jacuzzis - or get active at the beach with scuba diving lessons for guests, along with on-site sports ranging from billiards to beach volleyball. If you're not exhausted by nightfall, check out the evening shows of Caribbean dance, music and acrobatic feats that come with the all-inclusive package a margarita chilled firmly in hand. Key facts432 guestrooms5 pools9 restaurants, including La Dorada, La Hacienda, Don AlfredoSnack bars throughout, including El Puente Ice Cream ShopNightclubMultiple bars/loungesBanquet facilitiesFull-service spa facilitiesTennis courtsSports facilities for billiards, bocce ball, target shooting, archery and moreGolf courseBusiness centerFree Wi-Fi24-hour room serviceCurrency exchange NeighborhoodSituated on a slice of paradise, Playa Paraiso, the Iberostar Paraiso Hotel is a 30-minute ride from Cancun International Airport (CUN), and lies roughly 13 miles north of Playa del Carmen on the Mayan Riviera. Visitors can indulge in souvenir shopping and dining along Avenida 5, Playa del Carmen's sub-tropical version of Fifth Avenue. Check out the eco-parks, mangrove forests, and waterscapes of this bustling coastline using Playa del Carmen bus transport or hotel pick-up - you could find yourself soaring through the nearby Xplor Park on two miles of zip line. Hints and tipsComplimentary tram services make it easy for families with little ones to navigate the resort.Children ages 4 through 12 will enjoy the supervised play at Lucy's Club, while their parents take on the manicured golf course just across the road.
Value $50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE
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Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.7 / 5 493 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.
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Desire Resort & Spa- All Inclusive Adults Only

4 stars
4.3 / 5 62 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) BusinessHigh-speed wireless Internet (fees apply)Policies and feesGuests must be couples of 21 years of age or older. Policies and FeesFor early check outs, unused nights are not refundable.
Value $50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE
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Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa All Inclusive

4 stars
4.3 / 5 305 reviews
Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa transports guests to a utopia of flourishing gardens, soft sand beaches and high-caliber accommodations. Marble flooring is soothing underfoot as you step out of the Tulum heat, while the modern Mexican hotel decor and ocean- or garden-facing rooms allow for meditative nature-watching. Rejuvenate your skin with treatments at the spa - from facials to exfoliations and massages - before sampling local Mexican dishes at El Patio, one of the hotel's exquisite restaurants. Romantic and indulgent, this resort is great for honeymooners, though the Explorer's Club ensures that little ones also have plenty to do (restrictions apply). Key facts432 guestrooms and suitesSome adults-only roomsRestaurants: Bordeaux, El Patio, Gohan Restaurant, Himitsu, Portofino Restaurant, Seaside Grill, World Cafe, Barefoot Grill, Coco CafeWi-Fi (fees may apply)Ballroom: seats up to 600 peopleFull-service business center3 meeting rooms: each seats up to 60 peopleFully supervised children's clubSpa NeighborhoodForgo the crowded popularity of Cancun in favor of the quaint town of Tulum to the south. Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa has its own private, palm-lined beach nestled in acres of lush coastal forest that make for great exploration and hiking. Travel a few brief miles to soak in the sights at historical, walled Tulum, one of the last Mayan cities to survive Spanish colonization. Visit the natural lagoon at Xel-Ha to swim a few laps alongside a friendly dolphin, and observe endangered sea turtles in their natural environment. Hints and tipsHigher-numbered rooms are closer to the beach at the Dreams Resort, while some of the accommodations offer swim-out entry.Be sure to inquire about these if you're interested in taking a super-convenient dip.
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Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.4 / 5 76 reviews
Nestled right up against palm-lined, white sand beaches, the Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe occupies an enviable spot on the Yucatan Peninsula. Float around in utter peace in the adults-only pool, experience the region's culture firsthand in the Mayan steam bath or 'Temazcal', or take your little ones to make new friends at the on-site 'dolphinarium.' When hunger hits, the hotel's six restaurants make it easy to enjoy the French, Brazilian, Caribbean and Mexican cuisine of this multicultural region. The all-inclusive package is also much loved by parents who can't get enough of its four bars, supervised children's activity center and teens' club, and activities like fishing and golf just a short walk away. Key facts756 guestrooms3 floorsDining: Miramar Buffet, La Hacienda Restaurant Buffet, Caribe Restaurant, Rodizio Restaurant, Brasserie Restaurant and Coral GrillBars/Lounges: Carey Lobby Bar, Coco Bar, El Cielo Bar and Theater BarJaguar's Nightclub24-hour room serviceSwim-up barPrivate beachIn-room childcareWater parkHealth clubFull-service spa4 meeting and conference roomsConcierge servicesAirport shuttle NeighborhoodThis exceptional resort is situated in the midst of Mexico's Caribbean coastline, the Riviera Maya, just south of the residential community Puerto Aventuras. Playa del Carmen, with its spirited Latino bars and chic boutiques, is 16 miles north of the hotel. Visitors can take a tour through history by heading for the historic cliff-top ruins at Tulum, to the south. Hints and tipsAs with many Mayan Riviera destinations, visiting the Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe during spring break is not a good idea for those looking to experience peace and quiet.While you're at the hotel, squeeze in a sailing trip around the resort to experience the beauty of the jewel-like coastline from the sea.
Value Up to $1,200 Resort Credit and Honeymooners Bonus
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  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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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