Quick Guide to Riviera Maya

Boasting the best of what Mexico has to offer, Riviera Maya is growing in popularity every year - meaning there are plenty of deals to be had! Starting at Cancun and ending at Playa del Carmen, it encompasses some of the Caribbean coastline's top tourist attractions. To begin with, there's the long stretches of white-sand beaches that add a dash of the Caribbean to your Mexican holiday. Then, there's the eco-parks, the Mayan ruins and, most importantly some would say, the feisty, tasty, Mexican food.

While any holiday to Riviera Maya should involve plenty of hours spent on the sand, there's also plenty to do off the beach to keep visitors entertained. There's eco-parks to visit, adventure activities on tap, and a visit to one of the area's famous cenotes (Insta-worthy water-filled sinkholes) never goes astray. With its huge variety of all inclusive stays, a visit to Riviera Maya is a must for your bucket list!

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Caribbean beaches, Ancient ruins, Classic Mexican eats


Cancun International Airport

Did you know?

The world's two largest underground rivers are found in Maya Riviera - combined, they measure in at 435 miles!

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Top 5 Things to do in Riviera Maya


Unlike many beach holidays, Riviera Maya offers just as much off the sand as it does on!

Explore an Ancient World
Well, at least its ruins! In Riviera Maya, you're never far from something very, very old. In particular, a visit to the ancient Mayan city of Chichan Itza should be added to your itinerary, while the 13th-century ruins of Tulum are also a must-see.
Go Diving in a Cenote
What's more spectacular than a regular snorkelling trip? A snorkelling trip underground! Mexico's famous cenotes (large natural sinkholes) are filled with freshwater that has been filtered through stone for thousands of years, meaning visibility is top-notch. Some are best for snorkelling, others best for spotting rock formations and in some you can even spot turtles!
Smile at a Crocodile at Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka'an
This biosphere reserve sprawls across a huge 780,000 acres, and contains tropical forests, mangroves and marshes, as well as a marine sector complete with a barrier reef. Not only will you have the chance to spot American crocodiles, but also spider and howler monkeys, tapirs, turtles, giant land crabs and flamingos!
Take a Day Trip to Holbox Island
A short ferry ride from the shore is Holbox Island. This beautiful chunk of land in the Caribbean offers up peace and quiet, away from the crowds. Hire a bike and cycle around the island, and you can even go swimming with whale sharks!
See an Underwater Museum
We're sure you'll be spending plenty of time splashing about in the glittering blue water of Riviera Maya during your holiday - but how about strapping on a snorkel to check out 475 submerged sculptures? The Cancun Underwater Museum is hauntingly beautiful - nature has slowly taken over the already-incredible sculptures, making them half-art installation, half-reef.

When to go to Riviera Maya

It's warm year-round on Riviera Maya - but with heavy rainfall at certain times of year, and oppressive heat at others, it's not a bad idea to plan carefully when you visit! The rainy season sees an average of five feet of rainfall pelt the coastline each year, and runs from May until November. Dcember until May is the dry season - it's more expensive to visit during this time, but more than worth it to avoid the rains! March until May sees humidity rise, so if you're not a fan of frizzy hair and dewy skin, steer clear!

How to Get to Riviera Maya

The main airport serving the Riviera Maya is Cancun International Airport. Direct flights depart regularly from London Gatwick and Manchester airports - flights from other airports, including Birmingham and Glasgow, might mean one or two stops along the way. Direct flights take around 10 hours. The area is well-served by taxis and shuttle buses, or check if your hotel offers transfers. You could also look into cheap car hire to make getting around that much easier!

Where to Stay in Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya covers such an enormous stretch of land that it can be difficult to figure out where to stay. Luckily, we've thrown together this handy guide to some of the main areas where you can kick up your heels for your Riviera Maya holiday.

Playa del Carmen - Luxury is the name of the game in Playa del Carmen - but it's not impossible to find a great deal if you look hard enough! Here you'll be in close proximity to the archaeological areas of Tulum.

Tulum - Laidback and beautiful, Tulum is perhaps best-known for its clifftop Mayan ruins overlooking its remarkable turquoise water (which is just as beautiful once you jump in as it looks!).

Akumal - Around an hour south of Cancun, Akumal's quiet beaches and friendly locals are a boon for travellers hoping to get away from the rush of daily life. It's also famous for its turtles - best spotted on a snorkelling trip just off Akumal bay.

Cancun - A perennial favourite of American college students on spring break, Cancun's nightlife scene is the stuff of legend. Away from the dancefloor, however, it offers vast expanses of white-sand beach, crystal clear water and more shopping and restaurants than you can handle!

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