The Riviera Maya, or Mayan Riviera as it is also known, stretches more than 120 km along Mexico’s eastern coast from Puerto Morelos, just south of Cancun, to Punta Allen, just south of Tulum. Renowned for pristine beaches and unspoiled natural beauty, this area of Mexico is one of the most popular destinations for travellers who want to immerse themselves in nature, explore the Mayan culture, or just relax in paradise.
RIU’s 6 impressive 24 hour all inclusive resorts are ideally situated in the northern area of the Riviera Maya, just a few minutes from Playa del Carmen, allowing guests to experience all the sights, activities, and attractions this area has to offer. Located on a sprawling complex within the gated community of Playacar, an upscale and private oasis, RIU’s Riviera Maya resorts are close to an impressive 18 hole golf course, stunning beaches, and a small shopping area. The 5 star plus Riu Palace Riviera Maya is a haven of luxury set on a gorgeous white sand beach, completely surrounded by beautiful blue waters and tropical gardens. The 5 star plus Riu Palace Mexico is styled as an aristocratic Mexican ranch directly on the beach. Featuring impressive architecture, luxurious accommodation, and superior amenities, it’s no surprise that this stunning all inclusive resort has been continuously rated as one of the top Mayan Riviera resorts. The 5 star Riu Yucatan, a gorgeous hacienda style resort, is the first property ever built for RIU in Mexico and remains a long time favourite of visitors to the Riviera Maya. The 5 star Riu Tequila sits just opposite the Riu Yucatan and the Riu Palace Mexico. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, this unique and tranquil village-style resort is ideal for families and those seeking a relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle. The 5 star Riu Playacar is a laid back resort on a spectacular stretch of beach offering a quieter and more intimate setting. The 4 star Riu Lupita, considered RIU’s best value in the Mayan Riviera, is tucked away on a peaceful corner of the RIU complex next to a championship golf course. Guests of this resort have access to a complimentary shuttle which takes them to the beach and an exclusive club serving lunch, snack, and drinks throughout the day. As difficult as it may be to break away from any of these spectacular resorts, we highly recommend discovering all there is to do and see in the surrounding areas of the Riviera Maya.
Known as having a more tranquil and laid back beach scene, the Riviera Maya is home to a stunning stretch of powdery white sand beaches. Enjoy a romantic stroll along the shore or experience a fun horseback riding trip along the beach and through the jungle. Water sports abound in the clear turquoise waters. Go scuba diving to take in the sights of the spectacular Great Meso-American Barrier Reef or snorkel to admire the vibrant sea life. Sport fishing is another popular activity, as are sailing and boating.
The Mayan Riviera is also the perfect place to become more familiar with the fascinating culture of the Maya. Discover ancient Mayan cities such as Chichen Itza, Coba, Tulum and Muyil, to learn about this ancient culture and be amazed by the impressive pyramids, structures, stelae, and beautiful works of art. Be enchanted by the mystery of ancient Mayan caves in Aktun Chen, spend a fun-filled day at Xcaret or Xelha, two of the Riviera Maya’s best theme parks, swim in gorgeous cenotes, and explore charming small villages such as Akumal, Puerto Aventuras or Porto Morelos to mingle with the locals and experience their culture and traditions.
Immerse yourself in a natural paradise at Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and discover the amazing flora and fauna. Here, you can also take part in eco-tours, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and swimming, while enveloped by lush jungle and surrounded by clear waters.
When the sun goes down, the Riviera Maya offers endless opportunities to create unforgettable moments. Enjoy a romantic evening stroll, hit the night clubs, check out the local scene, or relax with new friends at a bar.
RIU Hotels and Resorts are the perfect base to explore the vacation paradise that is the Riviera Maya. Book your Riviera Maya vacation with Signature Vacations and be swept away by the magic of the area that will certainly call you back time and time again.