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Holidays in Riviera Maya

If you like the idea of being able to bask on beautiful beaches, explore ancient ruins, and dance at some of the best parties in the Caribbean, check out our impressive range of getaways. Holidays to Riviera Maya are popular with both families and couples, offering plenty of things to see and do, but with a definite emphasis on indulgence. Nightlife is an important part of any holidays to Riviera Maya and, if you enjoy bright lights, stunning stage shows and the best beats, you won’t be disappointed by the nightclubs in the area. However, if you want your holiday to be more laid back and relaxed, you’ll find fine-dining restaurants, quiet bars, and sophisticated lounges, where you can chill out with the rich and famous.

23°C to 26°C °C

This region subtropical temperatures throughout the year, with a short rainy season in September. 

10 hours

It takes approximately ten hours to fly here from the UK.

Recommendations in Riviera Maya

Grand Bahia Principe Tulum

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • On the beach
  • Choice of à la carte restaurants
  • Access to sister hotel

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 13126 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 133 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

£1136

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Relaxing and peaceful beachfront hotel
  • Whirlpool on the balcony
  • Swim with turtles in the bay

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 4703 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 8 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

£1339

TRS Yucatan Hotel

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Adult-only 18yrs+
  • Choice of 13 à la carte restaurants
  • Use of other hotels in complex

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 2344 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

£1317

Now Sapphire Riviera Cancún

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Unlimited à la carte dining
  • Explorer's Club for Kids
  • Now Spa by Pevonia®

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 7920 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

£1090

BlueBay Grand Esmeralda

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Six à la carte restaurants for dinner
  • Three lagoon-style pools
  • 24hr sports bar and beach parties

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 10112 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 24 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

£1098

Catalonia Yucatan Beach Resort & Spa

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • On the beach
  • Four pools and seven restaurants
  • Walking distance to the marina

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 9747 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 38 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

£1129

Excellence Riviera Cancún

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Adult-only 18+
  • Unlimited gourmet dining
  • Whirlpool bath in every junior suite

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 13279 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 20 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

£1374

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • On-site waterpark
  • Junior Suites for families of five
  • 80+ Mayan & Eco activities

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 13497 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 21 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

£1144

Barcelo Maya Grand Resort

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • White-sand beach with coral reef
  • Choice of 12 dining options and 15 bars
  • All Inclusive across four hotels

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 6496 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

£1189

Dreams Riviera Cancún Resort & Spa

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Unlimited à la carte dining
  • Explorers' Club for Kids
  • Dreams Spa by Pevonia®

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 6678 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 4 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

£1491

Experience

There are 72 miles of unspoilt, stunning beaches along the coast of Riviera Maya, each dusted with snow-white sands and wreathed with palm trees. However, beaches don’t have to be just for topping up your tan. If you fancy seeing the incredible landscape that’s hidden under the sapphire-coloured seas, you’ll find that the kaleidoscopic Mesoamerican Barrier Reef stretches from the Yucatan Peninsula, down to Belize. This is the second-largest barrier reef in the world, and a paradise for snorkellers and scuba-divers.

Although there are some superb shopping malls, there are few things more satisfying than wandering the busy street stalls and flea markets, and picking up a unique gift or two. Among the best are the Puerto Morelos art market, the 5th Avenue street market in Playa del Carmen and the Tulum Bazaar, set in the grounds of an historic, 13th century fortress. Be prepared to haggle and be sure to try some of the food, sold from street-side stalls.

Foodies will be spoilt for choice, as Riviera Maya is something of a hotspot for cutting-edge cuisine. However, while you’ll find some superb fine-dining restaurants, it’s also worth checking out the smaller, traditional eateries for an authentic taste of Mexico. Try handmade guacamole, spiced with local ancho chillies, or some of deliciously fresh seafood.

Weather in Rivera Maya
Jan, FebMarchApril, May, JuneJulyAugSeptOctNovDec

Resorts in Riviera Maya
CancunPlaya Del Carmen

Recommended hotels
Moon Palace Golf & SpaSandos Caracol Eco, Iberostar CancunOccidental Grand XcaretMoon Palace Grand

Similar destinations
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RIVIERA MAYA IS BEST FOR...

Beach lovers: Your Riviera Maya holiday will introduce you to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Strewn with white, powder-soft sands, fringed by lush palms, and lapped by clear blue waters, every beach in the region is something special. However, it’s worth taking the time to visit Maroma Beach, which is widely considered to be the cream of the crop. Paradiso Beach, Akumal Beach, Xu-Ha Beach and Manitas Beach are also well worth a visit, with great facilities and plenty of room to stretch out and relax.

Nature Lovers: A holiday to Riviera Maya wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Xel-Ha ecological park. From daredevil high-dives, to safe and supervised snorkelling activities for young children, the Xel-Ha park offers you the chance to discover new activities and challenge yourself.

Adventurers: Let loose your inner Indiana Jones or unleash the Lara Croft within, with a visit to some of the ancient ruins that the Riviera Maya has tucked away in its dense rainforests. One of the easiest to get to and most impressive is the clifftop fortress of Tulum. Built in the 13th century, it overlooks a stunning beach so if the midday sun gets a little too much, you can refresh yourself with a dip in the warm, blue sea.


FAST FACTS...

Language: The primary language spoken here is Spanish, but you’ll find that the locals also have a good command of basic English.

Currency: The currency used is the Mexican Peso, although some establishments will accept US Dollars.

Local Time: Six hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly: Approximately 67km from Cancun International Airport.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found here.

Visa & Health: Before your holiday to Riviera Maya, visit here for recommendations and advice on visas and health.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

If you’re taking a holiday to Riviera Maya in search of some much-needed sunshine, then book your break between June and August. June is the hottest month, with the mercury hovering around 26°C on average, with highs of around 32°C. August sees the most hours of sunshine per day, and is the best month if you want to enjoy the sea, with the ocean heating up to around 29°C. September is the wettest month and January the coldest, although temperatures only fall to around 23°C, which is perfect if you want a Riviera Maya holiday but want to avoid the crowds.


EVENTS...

BPM: For ten days in January, Playa del Carmen gives itself over to the annual BPM Festival. Thousands of clubbers come to see leading lights from the world of electronic music, as DJs from every corner of the globe play pumping sets and get the crowd whipped up to dance all night long. You’ll find outstanding gigs at nightclubs, on the beaches, and even in the spectacular cenote caves. A truly world-class event for those who like it loud!

Carnival: Take your Riviera Maya holidays in February if you want to enjoy the biggest and brightest spectacle on the local calendar. Carnival is definitely Mexico’s answer to the Brazilian Mardi Gras, and you can expect live music, fabulous floats, stilt-walking giants, street food, and a party atmosphere like no other!

Jazz Festival: While this region has plenty to offer clubbers and techno-heads, it’s also home to one of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals. Book your break in November and you’ll find the beaches brimming with jazz fans, listening to laid-back tunes played by some of the biggest names and jazz bands. Pack a picnic, choose your spot, and relax in the sunshine.


GETTING AROUND...

By Car: Hire a car and explore the area at your own pace. Rental companies can be found at the resort and the airport. Roads are well maintained and well signposted.

By Bus: Bus services are dependable and efficient. Most buses are air conditioned, making this a very cool way to travel. Tickets can be bought from the local bus stations.

By Colectivo: Colectivos are vans, which operate as shared taxis. They don’t have designated stops, so it’s a case of hailing one down, hopping on, telling the driver where you want to go, and paying your fare. Cheaper and quicker than buses, colectivos are the better option for longer journeys to neighbouring resorts, such as Cancun.


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