Riviera Maya, Mexico Vacations
Hotels in Riviera Maya
Our Opinion of Riviera Maya
With its lush tropical greenery, white sand beaches, and fabulous all inclusive resorts, the Riviera Maya has grown into one of Mexico's most popular destination and a favorite of Canadian travelers. Located just south of Cancun, this long stretch of coast is dotted with modern all-inclusive resorts fronting beautiful palm fringed beaches. This is a highly recommended destination for couples, families and singles alike.
Visitors to the Riviera Maya can enjoy and endless list of fabulous attractions, including the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chitzen Itza, the world renowned scuba diving and snorkeling of Cozumel, and the charming town of Playa del Carmen with its many boutique shops and laid back Mexican atmosphere.
The Riviera Maya is a great place for couples and families alike as the endless activities and beautiful beaches make for a wonderful lasting memories. Singles and active travelers will also enjoy a Riviera Maya vacation, but may wish to opt for a hotel closer to Playa del Carmen where their is many discos and bars to keep you dancing into the night.
Things to know about Riviera Maya, Mexico Vacations
Activities & Sports
The pristine beaches of the Riviera Maya make all types of watersports especially inviting. Xcaret and Xel-ha water parks have lagoons protected from the open waters which offer incredible snorkeling and cave diving. Try scuba diving at the Great Meso-American Barrier reef or swim with the dolphins at the aquarium. Fabulous spas and golf courses are also plentiful.
Dining & Nightlife
Although there are highly recommended restaurants, they are not as popular as Cancun's restaurants since it takes quite some time to reach them, due to the distance between hotels. Aside from the many dining options within the hotels, the restaurants at Playa del Carmen offer a good variety.
There are many discos and live entertainment choices to be found at the resorts of the Mayan Riviera. A drive up to Playa del Carmen offers the popular clubs Senor Frog's and Blue Parrot, or experience the club on the beach, Capitan Tutix.
Handicrafts in the region include silver & pewter, colourful wraps, and cotton hammocks. There are dozens of shops to be found in Playa del Carmen with resort wear, jewelry, and crafts.
Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 4 hours
Montreal: Approximately 5 hours
Calgary: Approximately 5 hours
Vancouver: Approximately 5 hours 30 minutes
Currency: Mexican Pesos. U.S. currency widely accepted.
Climate: Sub-tropical with average tempuratures of 25C.
Electricity: Same as Canada and the U.S.
Canadian citizens require a valid passport or birth certificate and government issued photo ID (ie. drivers licences). All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Mexican consulate.
Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.
Mexican tourist cards are supplied & validated with vacation packages. Some restrictions apply to tourists 18 years & under, when travelling without parents. Contact the Mexican Government Tourist Office toll free at 1-800-446-3942.
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