The Riviera Maya is located in Quintana Roo state, on the northeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico and stretches 100 miles from Punta Brava to Punta Allen and includes the island of Cozumel. This escape haven is a magical world filled with mystery, beauty and ancient traditions, along with sugar-white sands and swoon-worthy views of nature’s most unique and beautiful landforms. Without a doubt, one of its biggest attractions is the culture of its people, customs and architectural heritage. 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.
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 as well as loads of awesome stuff to do: shopping, noshing, museum-ing or just throwing back a few tequila shots. Relax under an umbrella on the beach or take an adventurous dive under the sea. 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 Delphinus in Playa del Carmen. If you want to splish splash around like the Mayans, Xel-Ha is open for swimming and snorkeling through two of the largest subterranean rivers in the world. With so much to see and do, the Riviera Maya will keep you enchanted during your entire stay.
When To Go
Winter is one of the driest seasons with not much rainfall and very warm temperatures ranging from 21°C to 29°C, making this season the best time to visit the Riviera Maya. Rainfall is common throughout the summer months with an average temperature of 26°C, so make sure to pack an umbrella to deal with the rain if you decide to go then. Avoid Riviera Maya travel from March through May, however – the heat and humidity are oppressive.