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For sun, sea, sand and heritage, there are few Mexican holiday destinations to rival Riviera Maya. If you’re looking for the perfect destination for your 2019 / 2020 or 2019 / 2020 vacation, Riviera Maya has all the world class attractions, historic landmarks and authentic culture you’re looking for in a relaxing and fun holiday. Riviera Maya is located on the eastern part of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and is well known as a superstar relaxation resort. Its privileged location puts you within easy reach of the Caribbean island of Cozumel, with a number of transport links ensuring you’re never far from a great day out whether you’re holidaying with family, as a couple or with friends.

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Top attractions

Top attractions

Riviera Maya has something for everyone. The resort has a distinctly tourist friendly feel with plenty of attractions and places of interest, whatever your tastes. You’ll find all types of activity here from ziplining to horseback riding and water sports to jungle treks. For more laid-back days out, choose from the wide selection of restaurants, shops and beaches, while for a more historic day out there’s the breathtaking Mayan ruins. Riviera Maya is very popular with water sports enthusiasts, in particular divers, who return here year after year to explore the beautifully clean waters and captivating diver sights off the coast. If you’re a beginner, there are plenty of water sports schools here that can give you a taster session in the shallow water, while seasoned diving enthusiasts can simply hire their dive equipment and head off to explore the underwater world at their leisure. Inland, cenotes, or naturally formed holes in limestone rock, make a fascinating excursion. Cenotes lead to deep pools of fresh water, naturally filtered and purified by the land and algae to make a unique place to dive or swim.

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Eating out

Eating out

In addition to Riviera Maya’s gorgeous weather, beautiful surroundings and vibrant culture, the area is renowned for its delicious cuisine. The Riviera Maya is home to some of the most popular Mexican foods, giving you the opportunity to sample classic Mexican dishes during your time on holiday here. Mexican food tends to revolve around pork, beef and chicken served in either tacos or tortillas, with spices and tart tomato flavours cooled down with soured cream and grated cheese. Some of the specialities here include empanadas, deep-fried and stuffed tacos, which are served early in the day to keep you full up. Fans of pulled pork will enjoy cochina pibil, which is also made with goat and chicken. Seafood fans will want to try ceviche, a marinated dish with chilis and onions. Thanks to the fertile waters in the area there’s plenty of fresh seafood used in the meals here, as well as locally-grown produce including tomatoes, papayas and avocadoes.

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Families

Families

For those in search of a Mexican holiday destination that will cater to all the family, look no further than Riviera Maya. There’s a wide range of family family attractions here at affordable prices, so you can treat your kids to several special day trips during your holiday. For an amazing experience, travel to Xel-Ha to swim with beautiful dolphins in their natural environment. For more variety of animals, visit the Crococun eco park for an up close experience where you can touch and feed the animals. Better still, Crorocun eco park is easily reached by bus, so you can enjoy an affordable and relaxed journey there and back. Of course, the beautiful beaches of the area provide the ideal setting for all kinds of family activities, from paddling in the shallow waters to playing football on the beach.

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Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure

Thanks to the naturally beautiful surroundings and sun drenched weather, the beaches of Riviera Maya are the ideal setting for a number of outdoor activities, guaranteed to get your heart racing. It’s easy to stay active on holiday in Riviera Maya as you can simply head to the beach and take your pick from swimming, playing ball sports like football and volleyball on the sand, or doing more adrenaline pumping water sports like windsurfing and diving. If you’re keen to explore the rest of what the area has to offer when it comes to action filled pursuits, there are a number of caves in the surrounding area, as well as cenotes (deep natural wells in limestone rocks) and underground rivers that you can explore on a raft. There are a number of tour operators here that offer tours and instruction in outdoor activities such as climbing, absailing and ziplining, which can be enjoyed through the exotic jungled areas of Riviera Maya. If you’ve really got a head for heights, you can soar over the trees on a zipwire to enjoy bird’s eye views of the landscape, or jump on a Skycycle (airborne bike) for an exhilarating experience.

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Beaches

Beaches

If you’re a beach enthusiast, you’ll love the wide selection of idyllic, well maintained beaches of Riviera Maya. Here you’ll find a number of beaches with clear sands and clear waters, perfect for letting your kids splash about in the sea or relaxing on a sun lounger in the sun. One of the best things about Riviera Maya’s beaches is that each beach either has its own amenities or there are some available close by. From sun loungers to parasols, snacks and drinks, you’re never far from a refreshing cocktail or bite to eat when you’ve been relaxing on the sand. The main beach in the area, Puerto Morelos, is within walking distance of the centre of town. There are also a number of smaller beaches to the north and south of the maim beach that belong to hotels and resorts. If you’re a fan of water sports you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s a wide range of water sports available on the beaches of Riviera Maya, including diving, surfing and windsurfing.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

If you’re looking for a vibrant time out on holiday, Riviera Maya has a wide choice of music venues and bars that’ll guarantee you have a good time. There’s plenty of opportunities for both upbeat and laid-back nightlife here, and nightlife options to suit all ages and tastes. For younger holidaymakers, a night out in Playa del Carmen is a safe bet. Starting at Fifth Avenue, you can make your way around the area to party at the Blue Parrot Beach Club, which has an outdoor terrace and live DJs playing a wide variety of dance worthy tunes. There’s a real ambience of excitement here with plenty of casual parties and bars dotted around the area, with many relaxed venues so you don’t need to get too dressed up. You’ll also find roof terraces, traditional pubs and hookah houses here, as well as nightclubs and a number of bars lining the beachfront.

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Couples

Couples

Riviera Maya has all the picturesque scenery, great attractions and laid-back ambience that guarantee a memorable time. The golden sands of Riviera Maya are ideal for couples to relax on a sun lounger, read on the beach or go for romantic strolls at sunrise or sunset. At the Sian Kaan Biosphere you’ll find mile upon mile of deserted beach, the perfect place to spend some quality time alone together. In the town centre, the wide selection of bars, traditional restaurants and clubs makes it easy to head out to socialise with the locals, make new friends and enjoy a candlelit dinner with your partner. You can enjoy some romantic experiences here including going for a sunset catamaran tour, serenading your loved one at a karaoke bar or trying your hand at some traditional Mexican dancing. If you’re a more active couple, you can head to the cave-bar at Playa del Carmen for a drink in a unique setting with a mysterious atmosphere.

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Culture

Culture

We’ve covered the wonderful beaches, attractions and nightlife of a holiday in Riviera Maya, as well as the food and drink. If you’re looking for a Mexican holiday destination that has a lot to offer culturally, Riviera Maya ticks all the boxes here too. Of course, it can be difficult pulling yourself away from the idyllic beaches, or you may prefer to spend your holiday enjoying active pursuits like climbing and surfing. If you’re keen to explore the culture, there’s plenty of top attractions to choose from, with one of the most important historic landmarks of the area being the Mayan ruins. There’s also several eco parks for spotting wildlife, a real treat for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. If you’re keen to immerse yourself in Riviera Maya culture and come back with souvenirs, you can head to Cozumel for a day out shopping. The superstar of cultural attractions here is the Chicken Itza, which is renowned as the jewel in the crown of the Yucatan Peninsula. These spectacular Mayan ruins give an insight into the historic civilisations of Riviera Maya, while other historic attractions include the Temple of the Jaguars and the Tzompantli beach, an eye opening, if somewhat gruesome landmark with displays of sacrificial heads.

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