10 things you should know about the Riviera Maya

Cancun is not within the Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya is a group of destinations along 120 km of coastline in the Caribbean, which begins south of Puerto Morelos and extends to Punta Allen within the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

It includes the cities of Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal and Tulum. The closest airport to Riviera Maya is the International Airport of Cancun, from there, the communication by land is very varied and provides great access to all destinations.

Hotel in Riviera Maya
Hotel in Riviera Maya

Large resorts with all-inclusive rates and beautiful boutique hotels and villas

There are 5-star luxury hotels of all sizes; from cabins on the beach, where the rustic mixes with maximum comfort to elegant enclaves in the center of lively Playa del Carmen.

Luxurious villas facing the sea ensure even more privacy; Many of these hotels are located on quiet beaches and within the Sian Ka'an Biosphere.

All-inclusive hotels are great for families

All-inclusive hotels are designed with all the amenities to take advantage of children's clubs with certified babysitters, relaxing in front of the beach and swimming in several pools.

The buffets offer everything from Yucatecan regional food to the most popular international dishes. Most have a la carte restaurants for a special dinner.

For those visitors who prefer a more Mexican and personalized environment, there are several boutique hotels, with a very friendly service for families. There is always the possibility of renting a villa with services.

Choose a park or several

Here, the family atmosphere extends beyond the all-inclusive. The region has several theme parks that range from the super-exciting to the fun and quiet.

It is recommended to visit Xplor, Kantun Chi, Mayan Adventures, Xcaret or the natural aquarium Xel-Há. In the last two, you can swim with dolphins.

The food and the atmosphere are excellent

Playa del Carmen is the center for shopping, gastronomy and nightlife of the Riviera Maya.

Discover the authentic Mayan cuisine created with ancestral ingredients adapted to the new fusion cuisine. After sunset, Playa del Carmen revives with lounge music and exotic cocktails.

In Tulum, in the south of the Riviera Maya, its restaurants with a peculiar atmosphere, with sand floors and innovative dishes prepared with organic products, promise a fabulous culinary experience.

Hit the green

Several of the biggest names in golf have built luxurious fields within the jungle between mangroves and the beach. Some even have cenotes as a challenge. Developed to play all year round, the Riviera Maya continues to expand its range of golf courses, such as Kanai Riviera Maya development.

Living romance in all its splendor

Weddings in the Riviera Maya range from the "acceptance" at sunset with bare feet on the fine white sand to the luxurious celebrations under crystal chandeliers.

Local professionals can perform any type of ceremony, legal, civil and religious, as well as the renewal of vows ceremonies. Couples can even opt for a Mayan ceremony officiated by a traditional shaman.

Most hotels have wedding coordinators who are in charge of all the details, including legal matters.

Remember that you can also carry out a symbolic ceremony, carrying out legal procedures in your places of origin before or after.

Meetings in the Riviera Maya

The inventory of spaces for groups and meetings provide small executive retreats or options for large groups with a total of 2,508 square meters of capacity in a single property and with the option of holding ecological meetings.

Most of them have highly qualified personnel and true experts in the coordination of groups and events, as well as all the services and cutting-edge equipment for the development of your events.

The airport in Cancun excellent connections to almost anywhere in the world and organizers of international groups can also apply for tax exemption.

The Mayans are alive and well

More than 2,000 years ago, the Mayans built cities that even today surprise us because of their size and complexity.

Three of the most popular, Tulum, Coba and Muyil are open to the public, the first being the most impressive because of its location on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

While exploring these sites, do not miss the opportunity to meet the local Mayan people, learn some words in their language and become their friend.

The adventure will be your second name

It begins with more than 700 kilometers (434 miles) of underground rivers, cenotes and caves (including the 2 longest underground river systems in the world), in addition to the largest coral reef in the northern hemisphere, and ends with 1.6 million hectares of the reserve of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere, where you can kayak or float down the canals and literally watch the beauty of the jungle go by. There are a lot of exotic species of birds and a fantastic marine and terrestrial biodiversity.