An Insider’s Guide to the Mayan Riviera

A stretch of Caribbean coastline on Mexico’s north-eastern Yucatán Peninsula the Riviera Maya is known for its numerous all-inclusive resorts, from luxurious beach side escapes found in the town of Playa del Carmen to Tulum, and the yoga retreat. Check out our exclusive insider’s guide for everything you need to know about traveling to the Mayan Riviera.


Discover a land blessed with the warmest sun and an inviting ocean perfect for the dive enthusiast. On its shores lies an extensive coral reef, home to a vast variety of marine species. If you are lucky enough to submerge in the Caribbean waters, you will find yourself surrounded by tropical fish, stingrays, and even the fascinating whale sharks.  And if you are really into aquatic activities, you will love to practice them in the sea, but also in the natural pools formed in underground rivers along the Riviera Maya. The experience of exploring a cavern and swimming in the crystal-clear water will stay in your memory forever.

Home to many world-class restaurants, why not savour a nightlife that keeps you dancing till the morning, relax in the most exclusive spas, or enjoy a round at some of the world’s best golf courses.

When to Travel

As with any destination travel to the Riviera Maya requires careful planning. While it sees visitors all year round there are several high seasons to be conscious of with July and August along with mid-December to early January being big for both locals and foreigners.

While the rainy season begins in May and continues into November; on average, the region receives almost five feet of rainfall each year. Don’t be deterred as fortunately, the really severe tropical storms and hurricanes tend to hit the other side of the Yucatán Peninsula leaving the Riviera Maya with many beautiful days and weeks. The dry season begins in late November and ends in February, making this season one of the best time to visit however it is best to avoid travel from March through May due to the heat and humidity which can be quite oppressive.

Where to Stay

Viceroy Riviera Maya – When describing Viceroy Riviera Maya, three words come to mind: sexy, secluded and sea. Nestled within the dense Yucatán foliage near Playa del Carmen, this eco-chic refuge comprises just 41 thatched-roof villas with plunge pools, outdoor showers, hammocks and enough space to get lost in (the smallest villa is 1,000 square feet). Accommodations are sprinkled throughout the grounds for the ultimate privacy and range from jungle view to oceanfront — although you’re never far from the sand and the resort’s private pier. The spa draws upon ancient rituals; the cuisine fuses Mayan and Mediterranean traditions.


Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa – Beachside bliss meets jungle mystery at Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, an almost secret 63-room resort aligned with the azure sea and hidden among 200-acre of lush jungle on glorious Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Spend a complete day with feet in the soft sand and cocktails in hand, submit to the mystical allure in its award-winning spa and indulge in a variety of Mexican temptations in its two restaurants, bar, and celebrated wine cellar. The resort’s warmth and indulgence fit its breathtaking surroundings, marrying romantic tranquility with a true deluxe Mexican experience.


The Rosewood Mayakoba – On a mile of white Caribbean sand, you’ll find the ecologically minded Rosewood Mayakoba. This AAA Five Diamond resort is uniquely situated on 25 acres of tranquil lagoons and stunning beach. Natural elements and local materials are masterfully combined to create a contemporary Mexican design. Each of the spacious 129 suites and collection of multi-bedroom Private Residences offer a private heated plunge pool stunning view. Upon arrival, guests are transported to their suite by boat through the lagoons where their personal butler awaits. During their stay, guests can enjoy access to Mayakoba’s El Camaleon PGA Championship golf course.


Where to Dine & Drink


What Not to Miss

You’ll likely spend most of your vacation hanging out on the beach or playing in the surf, but for a dose of culture here are some highlights

The Alma Libre Bookstore – A book lover’s bastion for more than two decades, Alma Libre are curators of the largest selection of new and used english language  books on the Riviera Maya
The Caves at Xel-Há Park – The Mayan Cave is a covered cenote, making it unique. The further you go into the cave the waters reveal a mysticism of the past



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