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Riviera Maya Introduction

With its pristine, white-sand beaches melting into turquoise waters, the sun-soaked Riviera Maya is the ideal Caribbean getaway. The stretch of coastline along the north-eastern Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico is famous for its prime diving spots, water sports, and resorts, but you'll find a wealth of history and nature here, too. And a mix of popular hubs and small towns means you can pick a locale catered to tourists with souvenir shops and fast-food chains or find a hidden gem with locally owned restaurants.

Hotels in Riviera Maya

Whether you're looking for a big resort filled with luxury pool decks, tasty dining options, and spas or prefer a boutique hotel with cozy rooms and personal touches, you'll find the perfect place to stay along the coast of the Riviera Maya. An abundance of resorts cater to families, complete with children's clubs and activities, while many adult-only and luxury options are ideal for honeymooners and couples. While beachfront properties typically carry a higher price tag, the area is known as an affordable Caribbean getaway, and plenty of cheap Riviera Maya hotels are available in small inns and hostels.

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Where to stay

Playa del Carmen has everything from night clubs to museums and art galleries, with a wealth of pristine sandy beaches just steps away from the buzzing downtown district. The city is also most convenient for hopping around to other popular Riviera Maya sites, connected via direct ferry to Cozumel and about an hour up the coast from Tulum. Cozumel is a favorite for scuba divers, known for its wealth of tropical fish and turtles. Tulum has historic vibes with its Mayan ruins and more budget-friendly and boutique hotel options in the old city center.

Things to see

While relaxing on white-sand beaches and dipping your toes into the turquoise ocean may be top of the agenda for a Riviera Maya vacation, there's plenty of sights and activities to keep you busy here between naps under the sun. For snorkeling and scuba, try the island of Cozumel, where stretches of the Mesoamerican Reef provide lots of opportunities for divers to spot all sorts of interesting marine life and El Cielo Beach's clear Caribbean waters allow snorkelers to investigate colorful fish. Resort-filled Playa del Carmen is perfect for family fun, with tons of picturesque golf courses boasting ocean views, shopping streets lined with boutiques and souvenirs, and adventure parks with zip lining, water sports, and cave tours. In historic Tulum, the Mayan ruins at Tulum National Park are a must-see. The castle remnants perched cliffside overlook the Caribbean and a sandy beach below.

How to get to Riviera Maya

Thanks to a thriving tourist industry, the Riviera Maya is easily accessible with lots of transit options. For air travel, look for flights landing at Cancun International Airport or Cozumel International Airport. The first in a big city on the northern end of the coastline and the second on an island across from Playa del Carmen. If you plan to city hop in the region, you can book a rental car or use the public bus system to get around the mainland. The popular island of Cozumel is connected via ferry to Playa del Carmen.

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