Sashaying across a shoreline of crystal blue waters, this is the overriding image that captures holidays in the Riviera Maya, one of the most treasured coastlines in Mexico . Awash with glittering bays that are scattered with pale white sands, this region is home to some striking natural landscapes which stretch between opulent hotels and luxurious resorts. Lapping at the shores are the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, home to some of the best diving sites in the world, providing a playground for a host of water sports. Couple this with ancient cultural attractions and historical highlights, and you have one of the country’s most colourful destinations.
Riviera Maya holidays offer Sumptuous hotel options, so why not treat yourself to a stay in an all inclusive resort in the stunning Xpu-Ha Beach area? Here you can enjoy international cuisine, drinks and entertainment on tap, all the while surrounded by lush leafy grounds and pearlescent beaches, complete with a stylish room to rest your head at night.
Sleep to the sounds of the sea with a stay in one of the many beachside hotels found along the coast of the lively Playa del Carmen, giving you the chance to spend relaxed days on the shores and paddling in the ocean. Many seafront hotels peer over their own private beaches, offering guest rooms that are just footsteps from the sand.
Visitors to the Riviera Maya can do far more than spend their days sipping on cocktails, soaking up the sun and watching the sea lapping at the bay – if you can pull yourself away from these delights! You can enjoy an abundance of cultural experiences, adrenaline-fuelled sports, and journeys through history. The snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities here are unforgettable, as is the local landscape which is filled with cenotes and jungles. Visit the Mayan ruins to delve into the country’s past civilisation, or venture through its eco parks for some extraordinary wildlife spotting.
Evenings across the area are as lively and varied as the daytimes. Spend the night on the dance floors of Playa del Carmen’s bustling 5th Avenue, or if you’d prefer, sample some local cuisine on the beach in Tulum. Regional Yucatan dishes appear on many menus alongside international cuisine such as Italian, Argentinean, American and European.
Riviera Maya holidays can be spent soaking up a tropical climate, with warm temperatures promised no matter when you decide to visit. Many choose to stay between December and April, when the dry season arrives and the temperatures average at around a pleasant 24C. The wet season begins in May and stays until October, with the hottest temperatures found between June and September, with highs of 40C.
Out and About in Riviera Maya
There’s a huge array of things to do in Riviera Maya; a landscape rich with beaches, countryside and culture. Holidays to Riviera Maya are extremely popular amongst diving enthusiasts who visit year after year to explore the area’s endless diving sites. Whether you want a beginner’s lesson in shallow waters, or you want to delve to deep depths in search of unusual marine life, the local seas and cenotes provide endless watery exploration.
The Mayan Riviera is home to several Eco Theme Parks, each offering some magical experiences within beautiful settings. The Xcaret Park is home to a repaired Mayan archaeological site and a marine turtle conservation project, while you also have the opportunity to watch a traditional dance performance. The Xel-Ha Park offers the chance to swim with dolphins and brave thrilling cliff diving.
For some further insight into the Mayan civilisation head to Tulum which boasts a beautiful ruin that peers over the Caribbean Sea. These striking ruins cling to a cliff side, towering above a picturesque beach sitting below. Visit the ruins at sunrise to avoid the crowds and get the best of the beautiful views.