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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

Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex

Large Caribbean complex with four resorts for relaxation and adventureThe Iberostar Paraiso is located on the beach between the lively fishing town of Puerto del Carmen and the relaxed, lesser-known Puerto Morelos. The resort is just 15 minutes from Cancun International Airport and is comprised of four different resorts that boast a collection of international restaurants and bars, a fitness center, kids club, unique salt water wave pool (only at Paraiso Lindo and Paraiso Maya), spa and banquet hall. An on-premises train shuttles guests from one corner of the complex to the other every 15 minutes. Highlights: Four resorts in oneFamily-friendlyShuttle train on-premises Rooms: Suites at Iberostar are fun and comfortable with bright, patterned fabrics, colonial Mexican accents and cool, tiled floors. Guests choose from double rooms, junior suites or king suites. All suites include private terrace, telephone, cable TV, air conditioning, coffee maker, mini-bar and hair dryer. Two presidential suites are also available and include stunning sea views, sitting area and full range of facilities. Room service is available from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Paraiso Beach and Paraiso del Mar and 24 hours a day at Paraiso Lindo and Paraiso Maya. For a fee, Wi-Fi Internet is available in the lobby. Features: Guests at all hotels enjoy the 32,000 square foot spa while kids ages 4 to 12 participate in fun and games at Lucy's Club. The supervised club allows kids to draw, read, play, watch films and interact with all the kids from the resort. Children ages 13 to 17 can visit the Teenie Club. Guests can also opt for adventure by choosing from a long list of sports including aerobics, archery, basketball, cycling, volleyball, kayaking, snorkeling and windsurfing. For a fee, golf and tennis lessons are available. Water sports including diving, jet skiing, parasailing or organized tours are also available (fees apply). Transportation Cancun International Airport (39 mi/64 km) Attractions Playa del Carmen (5 mi/9.5 km)Tulum ruins (37 mi/60 km)Chichen Itza (128 mi/207 km) Business­ A variety of meeting rooms for up to 1,200 guests Business center including all audiovisual equipment and standard secretarial functions (fees may apply)  
Value 19% off - Book Paraiso Maya
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Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda - All Inclusive

Luxury Caribbean beach resort with family and adult amenitiesThe Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda is located 35 minutes from the Cancun International Airport and just minutes from the beach town of Playa del Carmen. The resort sits on 180 acres of beachfront property that overlooks the blue waters of the Mayan reef. The resort's three- and four-story buildings combine contemporary, modern lines with glass walls and traditional thatched Mayan roofs. The resort boasts two swimming pools (with children's area), tennis courts, fitness center, kids club, a 7,200-square-foot world class spa with 12 treatment rooms.  Highlights: Large propertyKids clubWorld class spa Rooms: Expect simple, cleanly designed rooms with relaxing, neutral earth tones and colorful accents. Cream-colored marble bathrooms and floors, casual furnishing and dark wood details create a feeling of luxury. All rooms include balcony or terrace, satellite TV, air conditioning, mini-bar, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer and alarm clock. Views of the garden or ocean, as well as non-smoking rooms, are available. Cribs are available at no extra cost but are subject to hotel availability. Features: Guests have access to the tennis courts and more than 30,000 square feet of swimming pools. Sports include squash, volleyball, basketball, biking, archery, horseback riding, kayaking and sailing. There's also an aquatic spinning class. In this unique class, the stationary bikes are places inside the pool for additional resistance. Don't forget about the kids while you're off having fun. The Kids Club features a nursery, mini-cafeteria, video games, playground and sports activities. Babysitters and Internet access are available for a fee. For a relaxing break, book an appointment in the world class spa (fees apply) and enjoy a massage, special treatment or some much needed alone time. Transportation Cancun International Airport (60 minutes) Attractions Playa del Carmen (8 mi/13 km)Tulum pyramids (29 mi/48 km)Cancun (50 mi/82 km) Business­ 2,000 square foot convention center accommodates up to 700 guests2,7000 square foot auditorium seats up to 1,000 guestsBusiness center and concierge service available (fees apply)
Value Early Booking Bonus 25% off
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Nightly rates from $172

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

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Adults-only Playa del Carmen resort with six pools, full-service spa The Royal Hideaway Playacar is located minutes from eclectic Playa del Carmen. The resort combines quiet ambiance, luxury amenities and first-class service in an adults-only atmosphere. The resort boasts private villa concierge, full service spa, six gourmet restaurants, lounges, unlimited water and land sports and Yucatan Peninsula tours. Also on-site are six pools, including a cascading infinity pool, fitness center, DVD library and Wi-Fi Internet. Complementary Internet access is available in the business center. Highlights: Adults-onlyCascading infinity pool Unlimited water sports Rooms: Expect sophistication and elegance at Royal Hideaway Playacar. Guests choose from luxury, duplex or presidential suites with dark wood tones and beige accents. All suites include fresh fruit tray upon arrival, in-suite climate control, marble bathrooms, Etro amenities, mini-fridge and satellite TV. The duplex suite is a two-story suite with living room. The presidential suite includes living room, dining room, full kitchen and outdoor hydro-massage tub. Partial and full ocean views are available upon request and for a charge. Wi-Fi Internet is also available for a fee. Features: A chef's table and interactive webcam allows guests to go behind the scenes. The webcam features face time with the chef, plus an exclusive live video feed from the kitchen, putting guests directly into the action. Guests also enjoy access to unlimited top shelf alcohol, shuffleboard, basketball, bocce ball, horseshoes, table tennis and cycling. Water sports include scuba clinics, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and aqua aerobics. For a fee, relax in the spa with a massage, body treatment or facial. Premium name products such as Phytomer, Redken and OPI are used. If you're traveling to the Riviera for love, consider hiring the Hideaway's personal wedding coordinator to ensure your special day goes off without a hitch.  Transportation Cancun International Airport Attractions Playa del Carmen (3 mi/4.8 km)Tulum ruins (37 mi/60 km)Chichen Itza (155 mi/250 km) Business­ Meeting and conference spaces accommodate up to 400 people Business center and audiovisual equipment available (fees apply)Wireless Internet (fees may apply)
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Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

Caribbean beach complex offers four all-inclusive resorts in oneThe Grand Palladium Riviera Maya all-inclusive resort complex combines four resorts in one. Resort sections are the Riviera Resort, the White Sand Resort, the Royal Suites Yucatan and the Colonial & Kantenah Resort and Spa. These resorts strive to offer creature comforts and luxury in harmony with nature. The adults-only Royal Suites Yucatan is the complex's VIP entity. Guests there enjoy exclusive access to bars and restaurants and access to all other resorts on the property. The Grand Palladium Riviera Maya complex has five pools, 13 bars, a mini-golf course and spa. Highlights: Four resorts in one in a natural settingFive pools, one exclusively for Royal Suites guestsMini-golf course Rooms: Accommodations at Grand Palladium Riviera Maya vary among the resorts, but expect heavy Spanish influences with neutral color schemes and comfortable amenities. All rooms include one king or two double beds, in-room climate control, private terrace or balcony and personal mini-bar. For a fee, guests enjoy docking station for MP3 players, pillow menu and pay-per-view channels with movies. The 22 bungalow-style cabins called Mayan Suites are designed for couples and include hydromassage bathtubs, outdoor shower and a private entrance to the outside. These suites are positioned on the edge of large on-site lake. Features: Guests at Grand Palladium Riviera Maya can partake in a number of outdoor and water activities including archery, badminton, tennis, canoeing and snorkeling. For a fee, sailing, windsurfing and scuba diving classes are available. At night, the resort offers live entertainment and access to the discothèque, a dance club stocked with local and international drinks and music hits. For a quieter trip, check out the reading lodge or book a massage (fees apply) in the spa and enjoy free access to the gym, sauna and steam bath at Grand Palladium Riviera Maya. Transportation Cancun International Airport (75 minutes) Attractions Akumal (4 mi/7 km)Playa del Carmen (19 mi/31 km) Business12 conference roomsOne luxury convention center that seats up to 600 peopleBusiness center and concierge (fees may apply) Policies and FeesThe access to the wet areas (hot tubs, pool, sauna and steam baths) in the Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness centres is charged at $10 USD per guest and per day. Also, patrons who purchase any of spa treatments at Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness will be given free access to the wet areas that day.
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Occidental Grand Xcaret - All Inclusive

Family-friendly Caribbean resort adjacent to Xcaret ecological parkThe Occidental Grand Xcaret offers direct access to the ecological park, Xcaret. The resort boasts stretches of white sand beaches, 11 international restaurants and 10 bars. There are 769 spacious suites, five winding pools and 10 public whirlpools at the all-inclusive, family-friendly resort. Because of the resort's close proximity to so many Yucatan treasures, you can venture out on day trips and be back by evening for dinner at one of the resort's spectacular eateries. Highlights:Exclusive direct access to Xcaret ecological parkProvides Unlimited Xcaret Xperience Family-friendly with available cribs and a Kids Club program Rooms: Expect soothing, tropical colors and Mexican decor with dark wood accents and tiled floors. Rooms include a king-sized or two double-sized beds, stocked mini-bar, cable TV, hair dryer and alarm clock. Rooms range from deluxe to the royal club master suite, which features hydromassage bathtubs, luxurious linens, nightly turndown service and plush robes. Also included are private concierge services, in-room Internet access, private pool and whirlpool, balcony and DVD player. Cribs and extra beds are available to any guest upon request. Features: Guests can relax by one of the resort's five pools, hit the man-made beach and cove, play mini-golf, try their hand at archery, tennis or yoga, or spend some time snorkeling in the clear, blue waters. The spa features complementary access to the sauna, steam room and whirlpool for guests looking to relax. If kiddies are tagging along, drop them off at the Kids Club where they'll meet other children and build lasting memories in a supervised environment. For a fee, guests can partake in day excursions to nearby Chichen Itza, Tulum, Xel Ha, or hit the greens for a round of 18. Internet access is also available for a charge.  Transportation Cancun International Airport (46 mi/75 km) Attractions Playa del Carmen (5 mi/8.4 km)Tulum pyramids (35 mi/57 km)Chichen Itza (129 mi/208 km) Business­ State-of-the-art business center 7 meeting rooms accommodate up to 1,200 peopleBusiness center and concierge services (copying, faxing, computer use) are available for a fee Policies and feesThe experience of Unlimited Xcaret Xperience offers exclusive benefits for guests of Occidental Grand Xcaret:Unlimited access and multi-entrance all day long to Xcaret park facilitiesPrivate tour, where a Xcaret expert guide will take them to discover the park’s unique nature, culture and archaeology.Reserved area at the Gran Tlachco Theater during the greatest presentation in Mexico: “Xcaret México Espectacular,” a celebration of culture and history featuring more than 300 artistsDuring their stay at the hotel’s Kids Club, infants can participate in a guided visit to Xcaret, where they’ll experience Mexico’s most representative traditions in the Main Plaza, always cared for by the hotel’s expert staffVIP check-inUnlimited reservations during the whole stay in all specialty restaurants (subject to availability)Free room delivery of purchases made in any of Xcaret park’s stores10% off on meals, beverages at Xcaret park30% off on a 90-minute Special Mayan Massage “WAYAKA”In-room robes and slippers during the whole stay
Value Up to $920 credits + much more!
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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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