Why riviera maya

The Riviera Maya, a natural paradise that merges with the waters of the Caribbean Sea, is a coastal strip that stretches more than 120 km (75 mi) from Puerto Morelos to Punta Allen, in the state of Quintana Roo and is considered one of the fastest growing tourist destinations over the last decade.

The Riviera Maya was originally called the Cancun-Tulum corridor, but in 1999 it was renamed as the Riviera Maya. Today it stretches from Playa del Carmen in the north and south to Tulum, and extends some 40 km inland bordering with the state of Yucatan.

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The average maximum and minimum temperatures are:

January to March: 20° to 30°C (68° to 86°F)
April to June: 22° to 32° C (71° to 89°F)
July to September: 24° to 33°C (75° to 91°F)
October to December: 20° to 31°C (68° to 87°F)


The Riviera Maya provides an impressive choice of accommodations, ranging from large and luxurious oceanfront hotel complexes (some of them operating on an “all-inclusive” basis and offering luxurious spas with all the necessary amenities for rest and relaxation) to smaller hotels and rustic cabins built on the edge of the jungle or facing the sea for those who enjoy being closer to nature.


The electricity standard is 110 Volts AC, the same as in the United States and Canada.


At resorts, casual attire is appropriate almost anywhere. Appropriate attire for gentlemen includes slacks or dress shorts and collared shirts.

As for ladies appropriate atttire includes sundresses, skirts, and dress shorts or pants.

Please note that some restaurants do not permit non-dress shorts or recreational sandals. Shorts, slacks, collared sports shirts, skirts, sundresses, jeans, and swimsuits with cover-ups are all appropriate during the daytime.

You should also check the attire for your selected activities in case special shoe wear such as soft-soled shoes or hiking shoes are required.

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for all excursions. On tours involving water activities bring along or wear a swimsuit, sunglasses, a sun hat or visor, and sunscreen.


All main tourist areas have facilities such as fax and internet services and you will find wireless internet access in most hotels as well as in many restaurants and cafes.

To make international calls from Mexico you need to dial an international access code: 001 for the US and Canada and 00 + access code for the rest of the world. The cheapest way to make phone calls is with prepaid cards.

Making phone calls from your hotel room may be costly. If you wish to use your cell phone in Mexico contact your service provider before your vacation for more information. You can rent cellphones per day for local use.


The official currency is the Mexican peso but American dollars are also widely accepted. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 08:00 am to 04:00 pm.

The majority of Money Exchange offices are open much later. Major credit and debit cards are accepted at most hotels, shops, and restaurants. Your purchase is charged in Mexican pesos, your bank converts the amount to the equivalent in dollars and charges it to your account.

Keep in mind that some stores don’t accept $100 US dollar bills. ATM’s accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express and dispense money in Mexican pesos, the commission amount depends on your bank’s policy.

Medical Care

Two major hospitals are located in downtown Cancun, with one specializing in tourist care. Staff in both facilities are bilingual.

Some hospitals even accept US insurance. At major resorts a doctor usually is on call 24 hours a day.


A 16% value-added tax (called IVA in spanish) is applied to most goods and services, allthough some items such as medications are exempt.

Receipts are not required to itemize taxes separately, the taxes are usually included in the retail price of the goods.


Gratuities have been prepaid for airport porters, resort bellboys, tour operators, and wait staff for all hosted meal functions.

When you are dining on your own, please verify if a service charge has been included with the price of your meal before tipping. Generally, 15-20% gratuity is customary.

Top 10 reasons to visit Riviera Maya

1. Exceptional Climate

The climate in the Riviera Maya is semi-tropical with average temperatures ranging from: 20° to 30°C (68° to 86°F) during January to March, 22° to 32°C (75° to 89°F) during April to June, 24° to 33°C (75° to 91°F) during July to September and from 20° to 31°C (68° to 87°F) during October to December.

2. World's second longest coral reef

A major attraction throughout the Riviera Maya is the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, largest in the Americas and second in size worldwide.

Also known as Belize Barrier Reef, it begins near Cancun and continues along the whole length of the Riviera Maya continuing southward to Guatemala.

3. Mayan Legacy

The Mayans were sophisticated people way ahead of their contemporaries. Three thousand years of history, spectacular architecture and accumulated knowledge left an exceptional cultural heritage. Archeological sites such as Tulum on the coast, Cobá, Chichen Itza, and Ek Balam at some distance inland are remainders of the ones powerful civilization.

4. Amazing Touristy Infrastructure

The Riviera Maya is known for boosting extraordinary all-inclusive resorts and often smaller not less charming boutique hotels. There are dozens to choose from, according to your preferences and needs you definitely find lodging that suite you best.

5. White Sandy Beaches

The Riviera Maya, also known as the Mayan Riviera, features some 60 miles of white sandy beaches. Some of them, like Playa Maroma, belong to the very best in the Caribbean.

6. World-class Golf

Golf courses offer challenging and playful grounds for both amateurs and professionals. From the PGA championship course at Cameleon Mayakoba to the Riviera Maya Golf Club designed by Robert Trent Jones II – world’s most renowned golf course designers left their footprints behind.

7. Striking Theme parks

The self-named ecoparks of Xcaret, Xplor and Xel-Ha include some smaller archeological ruins as part of their attractions, However, these theme parks attract much larger crowds due to the diversity and range of the here available activities.

Amongst the most popular are swimming with dolphins, zip-lines, snorkel and snuba as well as encounters with different kinds of local flora and fauna.

8. Spectacular Activities

Stunning beaches, turquoise blue waters, Mayan jungles, world-class golf courses and mystic underground caves and rivers make for an unparalleled choice of different outdoor activities in the Riviera Maya.

9. Dazzling Meeting Facilities

No matter how large or small your convention or meeting is, many hotels offer state-of-the-art meeting facilities and lots of space for outdoor events.

Additionally, stunning beachfront and remote jungle venues of all different sizes together with the brand new convention center Cancunmesse, make the Riviera Maya and ideal destination for all kinds of groups and conventions.

10. Fast Airline connections

Most tourists arrive to the Riviera Maya through Cancun International Airport, approximately 50 km (31 mi) north of Playa del Carmen.

Daily commercial and charter flights connect directly from the main US Cities and Europe.