With white sand beaches, turquoise color waters, scenic ruins, transparent water cenotes, underground rivers, and majestic coral reefs, Rivera Maya offers all the activities to immerse in nature and history.
Full of natural marvels and historic treasures, this earthy paradise is basically an 84-mile coastline that stretches south from Puerto Morelos to Tulum.
Things to do
- Archaeological Sites
Tulum is the only Mayan settlement overlooking the turquoise-colored waters and soft sandy beaches of the Caribbean. This centuries-old-Mayan city consists of breathtaking stone temples situated atop a cliff. You can enjoy the ruins, and then walk down to cool off on the beach, so make sure to bring your swimsuit.
The Cobá Ruins take you to climb the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula, and view this Mayan empire from above. The vestiges emerge out of dense green jungle vegetation, making a perfect place for those who want to combine nature with culture.
Located in Tulum, Akumal is considered the best spot to snorkel with turtles in their natural habitat, dive, and kayak while enjoying the impressive surroundings.
Xpu-ha is about 16 miles from Playa del Carmen. Given its lack of commercialism in the area, this slice of paradise is an idyllic place to relax and enjoy a laid-back atmosphere. The beach is ideal for kiteboarding, paddle boarding and kayaking.
Playa del Carmen is a destination not to be missed in your visit to Riviera Maya. Spend your morning exploring the Fifth Avenue, a charming pedestrian street which runs paralleled to the beach. This famous tourist strip is lined with gift shops, boutiques, shoe shops, jewelry stores, art galleries, and so much more.
Picture-perfect underground swimming holes, locally known as cenotes. Each one has its unique appeal and distinct personality that lure visitors into them. If you are visiting Tulum, head to thev Zacil-Ha and Grand Cenote. The first one is a charming cenote with a zip line, chairs, tables and shade-providing umbrellas; and the second one is a large cenote with a majestic underground view.
Playa del Carmen boasts a number of beautiful cenotes, but Cenote Dos Ojos (Tow Eye Cenote) is the most amazing because it is known as one of the largest cave systems in the world. This is the perfect option for those attracted by scuba diving adventures.
- El Dorado Spa Resorts
- Generations Riviera Maya
Located within the areas of Puerto Morelos and Tulum, El Dorado Spa Resorts is the perfect option for couples looking to enjoy the delights of Riviera Maya. These four beachfront adults-only spa resorts feature unimagined gourmet amenities and services you will not find anywhere else.
Travelling with children? Generations Riviera Maya is a family-friendly seafront resort offering gourmet services: from three-bedroom suites, spa treatments for kids and an innovative children area to private infinity pools and baby amenities. Everything a family might need to enjoy a sumptuous hotel experience.
Riviera Maya Weather
The weather in Riviera Maya is a delicious mix of sunshine, ocean breezes, tropical heat, and occasional showers. However, in spite of solar rays shinning down upon this portion of the Mexican Caribbean, there are reasons to travel at different times of the year, depending on your personal preferences.
The rainy season begins in May and continues into November. The dry season begins in late November and ends in February, making this period the best time to visit Riviera Maya.