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Forty-five minutes south of the Cancun International Airport, the pace is unhurried and the natural setting sublime. Sunset World resorts have stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, yet are only minutes from golf and the trendy shops, restaurants, and night clubs of Playa del Carmen. From the port of Playa del Carmen, the exploration of the island of Cozumel and its diving treasures is only a short ferry ride away.



Riviera Maya Visitors Guide

How to Get There, Things to Do & More

To get to the Riviera Maya, there are several options depending on your current location and travel preferences. Here are some common options:

  • By plane: The closest airport to the Riviera Maya is Cancun International Airport. Cancun International Airport. You can look for direct flights to Cancun and then take a cab or public transportation from the airport to your destination in Cancun. public transportation from the airport to your destination in the Riviera Maya.
  • By bus: You can go directly to the city of Cancun and then take another bus from Cancun to the Riviera Maya. Another bus from Cancun to the Riviera Maya.
  • By car: If you prefer to drive, you can take highway 307 south of Cancun, which connects to the Riviera Maya.

The Riviera Maya offers a wide variety of activities and places to explore. Here are some recommendations:

  • Visit the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum located on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Tulum is famous for its breathtaking views and rich history.
  • Explore the city of Playa del Carmen and enjoy its beautiful beaches, shopping, restaurants, nightlife. You can stroll along the famous Quinta Avenue and enjoy the busy atmosphere.
  • Enjoy the beautiful white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. You can relax, sunbathe, and enjoy the Caribbean Sea.
  • Venture into the jungle and discover the treasures of the so-called “lung of the earth” Aktun Chen in the Riviera Maya. Enjoy the endangered flora and fauna and live in harmony with nature.

Where is the Riviera Maya?

The Riviera Maya is a region south of Cancun that is full of treasures waiting to be explored, with sparkling turquoise waves, picturesque cenotes, and incredible ancient ruins. The region sits on the Yucatan Peninsula and stretches along nearly 100 miles of coastline through the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The Riviera Maya begins just south of Cancun, in Puerto Morelos, and includes Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal, Tulum, and Sian Ka’an.

What is the best time to travel to the Riviera Maya?

The best time to travel to the Riviera Maya depends on your preferences and needs. However, in general, the high season in the Riviera Maya is from December to April, when the weather is usually drier and temperatures range between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. During these months, you can also enjoy beautiful beaches and clear waters.


If you prefer to avoid the crowds and higher prices, consider traveling during the low season, which runs from May to November. Keep in mind that during these months there can be more rain and possible hurricanes, especially from June to October.


In summary, if you are looking for good weather and less tourists, we recommend traveling to the Riviera Maya between December and April. If you prefer to save money and don’t mind the rainier weather, the low season may be a good option for you.

Best Destinations in the Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya is known for its beautiful beaches, impressive archaeological sites, and a wide variety of activities. Below are some of the best destinations in the Riviera Maya for those looking to relax, enjoy nature, and immerse themselves in the Mayan culture:


  • Puerto Morelos is a quiet fishing village with a protected coral reef, ideal for snorkeling and diving. You can also take a stroll through the mangroves to observe birds, crocodiles, and other species. It also has a Mexican and Caribbean gastronomic offer.
  • Playa del Carmen is one of the most popular destinations in the Riviera Maya, with beautiful beaches, lively nightlife, world-class shopping, and dining.
  • Puerto Aventuras is located approximately 20 km south of Playa del Carmen and about 80 km south of Cancun International Airport. Nearby, there are several cenotes (freshwater caves) that you can visit. Additionally, it has a dolphinarium where you can swim with dolphins.
  • Tulum is known for its impressive Mayan ruins by the sea. Tulum offers white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and a vibrant artistic and gastronomic scene.
  • Akumal is known for being a place where you can swim with sea turtles in their natural habitat. It also has beautiful beaches and reefs to explore.

More To Explore in the Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya is a region full of natural and cultural wonders. Here are some more options to explore:

    • Visit the Mayan ruins at Coba and learn about the history and culture of this civilization.
    • Swim in several Cenotes, such as Cenote Azul, Cenote Chaak Tun, Cenote ChacMool, Cenote Tajma-Ha, Cenote Cristalino, Cenote Nohoch Nah Chich, Cenote Aktun Chen, the Great Cenote, Cenote Dos Ojos, and Cenote Ik Kil.
    • Explore Xel-Ha and Xplor parks. The first one is a natural water park where you can swim, snorkel, and enjoy water activities. The second one is an adventure park with zip lines, amphibious vehicles, and underground rivers. Likewise, you can visit the following theme parks Xenses, Xplor Fuego and Xoximilco. These parks offer unique experiences, from zip line and subway river rides to cultural tours and traditional Mexican festivals.
    • Visit the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides, you can take a boat tour to explore the mangroves, lagoons, and biodiversity of the area.

These are just a few of the many interesting things the Riviera Maya has to offer. In addition, you can also enjoy the delicious local cuisine, explore the stores, and handcraft markets, and immerse yourself in the rich culture of the region.

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