About the Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya offers a variety of world class experiences in a single vacation destination. The Riviera Maya is located in the state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan peninsula. This area of Mexico is South of Cancun and boarders the Caribbean coastline from Puerto Morelos to Punta Allen.

The Riviera Maya has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, located along 125 miles of Caribbean coastline. Other features of the Riviera Maya include turquoise waters, crystal clear underground ponds, and geological formations unique to México’s’ Yucatan Peninsula.

The Riviera Maya is also known as home to the Mayan civilization. Mexico has 31 UNESCO sites with many located in the Riviera Maya area. The Mayans flourished here from Pre-Classic period until the late 17th century. No trip to the Riveira Maya is complete without visiting archaeological sites like Coba or Tulum.


Riviera Maya offers incredible accommodation choices from Luxury villas, to all inclusive resorts. Intimate boutique hotels and many residential and resort developments can be found throughout the Riviera Maya. These are considered by some to be the most outstanding and luxurious accommodations in the world.

Dining and night life

Riviera Maya Dining and nightlife is an important part of your vacation. This unique area of Mexico has many restaurants offering every type of food imaginable. Visit Quinta Avenida, the main street in Playa del Carmen, where you can enjoy the exclusive restaurants, nightclubs and bars.


If participating in lots of activities is your idea of a perfect vacation, then Riviera Maya is the place for you. In Riviera Maya, there are many tours that you can enjoy, from zip-lining, to incredible theme parks like Xcaret, Xplor and Xel-ha. You can swim with the dolphins or view wildlife at Sian Kaan, a natural reserve where you can view a variety of Mexican fauna and flora.

Diving and Snorkeling

Riviera Maya is home to the Mesoamexican Barrier reef, the largest coral reef in the Northern Hemisphere. This is why many consider Riviera Maya a diverse paradise for snorkelers and deep sea fishers. No vacation would be complete without experiencing the wonderful fishing Riviera Maya has to offer. In order to fully enjoy the deep sea fishing, make sure to take a tour on one of the many fully equipped boats for hire.

Golf and Tennis

If you want to try Riviera Maya golf, there are many championship courses to enjoy. You can golf on a beautiful Mayan jungle course, or choose one that highlights the Caribbean’s turquoise waters. Tennis is offered at many of the amazing hotels and resorts.


Riviera Maya offers world class spa experiences, with many spas using local ingredients and treatments that pay tribute to the Maya civilization.


Indulge in shopping from hand craft stores to high end resort boutiques. Visit the main street Quinta Avenidas in Playa with its many shops in order to get the full Riviera Maya shopping experience.


Destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular for couples,  and the Riviera Maya is a perfect place to get married. If you are looking for a wedding on the beach or at a luxury resort, there are plenty of options to pick from. Additionally, if you want a traditional church wedding or a Mayan ceremony carried out by a high priest, there are accommodations for that as well..


Need to catch up on that much deserved rest? In the Riviera Maya, finding peace and quiet is no problem. Several locations in the area are quiet with a laid back atmosphere, where you can enjoy secluded beaches for long walks and also read undisturbed.

Archaeological sites

Riviera Maya has many archaeological sites that offer kids and parents the chance to experience the wonders of the Mayans.  The UNESCO sites, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, are the most significant and interesting sites available to tourists. Mexico is number one in the Americas and ranks number five in the world for having the most world heritage sites. Mexico has 31, with most being located in the Riviera Maya area. Many of these ruins are archeological monuments and pre colonial cities similar to Chichen Itza. Visit one of the 1,200 archaeological sites that are scattered along the Riviera Maya.