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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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Cheap Riviera Maya Vacation Packages

Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 151 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 17 % off - Book Paraiso Beach or Del Mar
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Blue Diamond Riviera Maya All Inclusive Adults Only

5 stars
4.3 / 5 16 reviews
Serene sanctuary for grown-ups, with spa, rainforest and water sports The Blue Diamond Riviera Maya is an elegant, 5-star resort set in a luxurious tropical-jungle setting. The resort has three a-la-carte restaurants, three bars, a private marina and water sports center. The resort sits on 36 acres of lush rainforest and is surrounded by well-kept gardens, with pristine sandy beaches nearby. The spa and fitness center covers 25,000 square-feet and includes Kinesis equipment. The Blue Diamond Riviera Maya offers guests access to the spa, sauna, steam room and indoor and outdoor pools, as well as one Mayan Temazcal session per stay. Guests also receive one free scuba diving tour or ocean snorkel tour. Reasons to stay Breathtaking location just ten minutes north of Playa del CarmenSpa and leisure facilities, including two 18-hole golf courses by the seaFree Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the hotel, including the beach areas Blue Diamond Riviera Maya All Inclusive Adults Only rooms The 128 rooms at the Blue Diamond Riviera Maya occupy single- and double-story villas. The hotel staff restocks the mini-bars daily, and each suite has balconies or terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows, plasma flat-screen TVs, CD and DVD player, premium cable television, and iPod docking stations. Bathrooms have rain showers and separate marble tubs. Rooms also offer complimentary Wi-Fi and free unlimited worldwide phone calls. Things to do nearbyPlaya del Carmen (6.4 mi/10.4 km)Xcaret Park (11.1 mi/17.8 km)Xplor Park (11.1 mi/17.8 km)Xel-Ha Park (34.8 mi/56 km)
Value Ocean Snorkel+ Free WiFi & Calls+ Temazcal+ Golf
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Nightly rates from $454

Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa All Inclusive

4 stars
4.3 / 5 276 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.
Value $200 Resort Credit
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Occidental Grand Xcaret - All Inclusive

4 stars
3.8 / 5 231 reviews
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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Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites All Inclusive - Adults Only

4 stars
4.0 / 5 6 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.
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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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