- Beach Vibes
- Peace and Quiet
- Culture and History
ON THE MAP
The region of Riviera Maya is famous for its miles of soft beaches, Mayan ruins, and world-class scuba diving. With so much to see and do, the Riviera Maya will keep you enchanted during your entire stay.
Endless Water Activities
The Riviera Maya stretches 100 miles from Punta Brava to Punta Allen and includes the island of Cozumel. Playa Del Carmen and Tulum are the most popular cities in the region for tourists with accommodation ranging from all-inclusive resorts to simple lodgings. Relax under an umbrella on the beach or take an adventurous dive under the sea. Whatever type of vacation you choose, the Riviera Maya is the place to be.
For the adventurous, the recreational activities are endless such as scuba diving with electric rays among giant sponges and stony corals, ziplining over beautiful jungles at Xplor Park, jetskiing miles across the Caribbean waters, and swimming with dolphins at Delphenus in Playa del Carmen.
Visiting cenotes is another experience unique to this area. Cenotes are sinkholes filled with fresh water, typically found in caves, that the Mayans believed were sacred places. With thousands of cenotes found in the Riviera Maya area, it’s easy to find one to explore through diving or swimming. You can explore on your own or take a guided tour with companies like Xenotes. Gran Cenote in Tulum is one of the most popular destinations with wooden platforms leading to a circular underground water wonderland surrounded by limestone stalagmites and stalactites.
Beyond the City
If you want to get out of the city, take a jungle tour in a 4x4 vehicle through dirt roads to San Rancho Felipe-- a small Mayan village, to explore the simpler way of life in the Mexican countryside. The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is located in the southern region of the Riviera Maya where you can see incredible biodiversity, including crocodiles and spider monkeys. Bring your binoculars for birdwatching as colorful birds fly around here such as yellow-tailed orioles and Yucatan jays.
Riviera Maya is also known for its many archaeological sites that cannot be missed. From Chichen Itza to Tulum ruins, learn about the Mayan history first hand with symbolic carvings and buildings purposely built to align with astronomical events. Also, don’t miss Coba, a lesser known site found in the deep jungle that contains the highest Mayan temple in the Yucatán Peninsula-- the Nohoch Mul pyramid at 137 feet tall. You can also climb this pyramid so tighten your shoelaces before you begin to trek up the 120 steep steps to the top.
Highway 307 runs along the Riviera Maya making the entire area easily accessible. The public bus is an inexpensive and reliable option for traveling. Bus routes travel across the highway daily with bus stations found in every major destination.
Colectivos are also a popular option to get around. These are mini-vans for shared transportation. In Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and Tulum there are colectivos near the main bus station. Most of the time, drivers will wait for the colectivos to fill up with passengers before leaving, while other times they will depart immediately and pick up additional passengers as they drive along. You can also catch a ride from the colectivo by standing along the highway and waving one down. Usually, the driver will flash their lights to signal that they have empty space.
Taxis are another way of traveling throughout the Riviera Maya. The government sets the prices for taxis, so it’s easy to know how much you will pay in advance. Many hotels have taxi prices listed in the lobby.
It’s also easy to drive on Highway 307 by renting a car. When picking up your car rental, you will be required to have insurance while liability insurance is recommended. A U.S. driver’s licence is also needed to be permitted to drive in Mexico.