Explore Riviera Maya
Riviera Maya HotelsSplash through ankle deep surf as it tumbles onto white sandy shores, relax and be pampered at high end spa retreats, and explore the colorful underwater world on a scuba diving trip off the rocky, palm-lined coast. The Riviera Maya has long been revered for its graceful temples and elaborate ruins. Luxury resorts now rise above the verdant jungle canopy, towering terracotta edifices that provide a striking contrast to the brightly colored natural environment and brilliant blue seas. Things to seeThe long stretch of impossibly perfect white sands that undulate their way across the shore from the dock to Gran Porto Real, is the Riviera Maya’s most popular coastal location. The Playa del Carmen Main Beach is what vacationers come to Mexico to find, powdery soft sands, turquoise ocean waters, against the remarkable contrast of verdant green palm trees standing tall on lofty trunks. It’s heavily commercialized, with gaudy tourist cafés, laid back dive shops, and urban restaurants. Just south of the main beach, the area of Playacar is littered with exclusive resorts and spas, as well as the championship Playa Del Carmen Golf Course, where you can enjoy views over the glittering Caribbean Sea from its rolling green fairways. Edging the boundaries of curious Tulum tourist town stand the post Classical Tulum Mayan Ruins, the remains of a limestone built trading port that sold turquoise and jade to visiting traders. You can descend the steep stone steps that lead down the cliff side to enter the dilapidated castle and ancient temple, where faded frescos can still be made out on the rough walls.Hotels in
Riviera MayaThe majority of hotels in Riviera Maya are mid to high end resorts, purpose-built to attract a flourishing tourist trade. They sit along the Cancun to Tulum road, separated from the warm ocean by an endless stretch of powdery sands and rocky dunes. Golfing and spa treatments top the list of favorite amenities in hotels along this stretch and in most luxury hotels in Riviera Maya, rooms come with marbled bathrooms, furnished balconies with views over the fertile tropical landscape, and the endless Caribbean Sea. To find accommodation that offers a lower price tag, you need to make your way to the Cancun suburbs. Discount hotels typically have smaller bedrooms and ceiling fans instead of air conditioning. Where to stayThe neighborhood of Playa del Carmen is a vibrant, multi-cultural tourist destination, with glamorous hotels, and elegant spa retreats lining its picture perfect beach. On 10th Avenue North, balconied town houses overlook gaudy tourist shops and ice cream parlors, and seafood restaurants serve the local catch of the day. At nearby Tulum, the archeological wonders are nearly overshadowed by exclusive beachside bungalows, luxury resorts, and trendy restaurants. There’s still a Bohemian feel, and its protected beach disappears into the distance in 7 miles of sand.How to get to Riviera MayaYou’ll probably fly into Cancun International Airport, just north of the Riviera Maya, although some international flights land on the island of Cozumel where ferries are bound for the mainland. The public bus service runs from the airport down the highway, stopping regularly at various resorts on its way to Calica. Taxi companies are convenient and can be affordable depending on where your hotel is located. It’s worth checking with higher end hotels who occasionally provide shuttle buses of their own.