Riviera Maya - Mexico

Riveria Maya Travel Tips!


Best Time To Visit Riviera Maya

Located about 20 minutes from the vibrant Cancun area, Riviera Maya offers a more laid-back and tranquil vacation experience. 


Best Time To Visit Riviera Maya

Located a short driving distance from Cancun airport, Riviera Maya sees year-round sunshine with temperatures in the mid to high 80s. The best time to visit Riviera Maya is any time of the year. But if you are traveling between June-November keep a close eye on the weather channel because this is also hurricane season.


Best Beaches:

  • Playacar Beach - is located approximately an hour south of Cancun, surrounded by more boutique, quirky accommodations. Secluded sections take away from its popularity in this area. 


  • Akumal Beach - located between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum, it's one of the first beaches and tourist areas in the Mexican Caribbean. It's no wonder: sugar sand, turquoise water, coconut palms, margaritas! It's also known as the 'place of turtles' and is excellent for snorkeling.


  • Xpu- Ha Beach (Shpu- ha) - is considered one of the best beaches, as it's still a relatively untouched area, neatly tucked away in a cove which makes for calm waters most popular for families with small children. There are restaurants, cocktail bars, and services for water activities. 


  • Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve - is perfect for a day at the beach far from the hustle and bustle of tourists. With jungle on one side and white sand beaches on the other, it makes for a beautiful day of adventure and awe!


Best Resorts for Adults-Only Experiences:

  • Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya

  • Breathless Riviera Cancun

  • El Dorado Maroma

  • El Dorado Casitas Royale

  • Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

  • Playacar Palace

  • Excellence Riviera Cancun


Best Resorts for Topless/Clothing Optional Experiences:

  • Hidden Beach Resort

  • Desire Riviera Maya

  • Desire Pearl Riviera Maya

  • Desire Mansion


Best Resorts for Wellness Experiences:

  • Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita

  • Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya

  • Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort

Best Resorts for Family-Friendly Experiences

  • Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts

  • Azul Beach Resort

  • Generations Riviera Maya

  • Hotel Xcaret Mexico

  • Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

  • Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

Best Way To Get Around:

Exploring Riviera Maya is very easy and offers multiple methods of getting around.


By car: Car rental companies can be found in all tourist hubs.

By Colectivo: this is a type of van that operates up and down the main road system from Tulum to Playa del Carmen and Playa del Carmen to Cancun.

By taxi: you can literally travel to any part of this peninsula via taxi. Some hotels provide fare rates for their guests.


By Ferry: For persons wanting to take a trip to Cozumel, you can hop on the ferry across from Playa del Carmen.



Best Places To Eat:

  • Hartwood

  • Ki'Bok Coffee Shop

  • Loco Tulum

  • Kaxapa Factory


Top 5 Excursions/Activities:

  • Xplor Park/ Xcaret Parks

  • Sian Ka'an Adventure from Tulum

  • ATV Tour with cenote swim and ziplining

  • Cenotes Dos Ojos

  • Chichen Itza All Inclusive Tour

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