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
Where to Dine & Drink
One of the best-loved taco places in downtown Tulum, Antojitos de Chiapaneca is only open for dinner and always full of locals. The menu is simple: pick from al pastor, beef, or chicken, in either a taco or torta. The al pastor here is famous—it roasts on a spit all day and has a great char.
Part of the Hotel Villa Rolandi on Isla Mujeres, this upscale restaurant serves Swiss-Italian fare amid panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. Beginning with a private yacht transfer from Cancún, the dining experience at Casa Rolandi is considered the most romantic on the island.
In the heart of the Mayan Riviera, the Deseo Lounge opens onto the exciting Playa de Carmen. This luxury ultra-design establishment plunges guests into a trendy universe. The beautifully decorated terrace can be found at the top of a tucked away stone staircase, meaning it is quite the hidden gem of nightlife in Playa del Carmen and well worth a visit.
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 scuba diving cavern Cenote Dos Ojos – Scuba Diving in Dos Ojos the world’s best Cavern Diving. Dos Ojos is a flooded cave system located at the south of Playa Del Carmen and north of Tulum
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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