The Riviera Maya It is a Mexican tourist destination that began in the early 1990s after remaining for centuries as one of the best kept secrets for Mexican and foreign travelers.

Although it was already an area known for its extraordinary beauty and beaches, the Riviera Maya emerged due to the tourist movement of the region known as Cancun – Tulum corridorwhich in the 80’s began to have greater relevance among visitors.

La infraestructura turística la Riviera Maya inicio con la construcción de los primeros hoteles y servicios a principios de 1990.

Since then it has maintained a very dynamic growth in line with demand, thanks to the international recognition and prestige it has obtained thanks to its beautiful beaches but also to the excellent quality of services.

Where is the Riviera Maya?

If you are wondering where the Riviera is because you can’t find it specifically on a map, you have to know that it is not exactly a city or municipality as such.

The Riviera Maya extends from 36 kilometers south of Cancun and ends in the town known as Punta Allen south of Quintana Roo.

riviera maya map

It is a coastal strip that is located in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico and offers beautiful white sand beaches, archaeological zonesreefs, parks, lagoons, rivers, cenotesunderground caverns, a great variety and richness in flora and fauna, cabins, luxury hotels and picturesque towns that still preserve vestiges and traditions of the ancient Mayans, such as Felipe Carrillo Puerto.

Main points of interest in the Riviera Maya

Throughout the Riviera Maya there are several points of interest and cities, several of them alone are already recognized for being excellent options for visitors, in each one you can find different options for entertainment, fun and culture:

  • Puerto Morelos
  • Carmen beach
  • Xcaret
  • Xel-Ha
  • Puerto Aventuras
  • Cumulative
  • Try
  • Tulum
  • Felipe Carrillo Puerto
  • Sian Ka’an – The Best Of Sian Ka’an.

Gastronomy of the Riviera Maya

playa del carmen restaurant

To give you a more complete image of what the food is like in the Riviera Maya, just tour the cosmopolitan 5th Avenue of Playa del Carmenis a place where the nightlife of the Riviera Maya is exciting, where people of all nationalities and locals go to the bars, restaurants and nightclubs, several of them on the seashore.

If you prefer, there are hotels in the Riviera Maya that offer you an experience Gourmet All Inclusive where the international food and the best dishes in the world are brought to your table or room to pamper you.

Por su puesto, la comida mexicana no podría faltar en muchos lugares de la Riviera Maya, no olvides también darte la oportunidad de probar algo de la comida yucateca. (Ojo: ten cuidado con el chile habanero).

What is the Climate of the Riviera Maya like?

The climate in the Riviera Maya is typically tropical, with more than 250 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 24°C.

But if you want to know a personal opinion, this is season by season:

What is the weather like in the Riviera Maya?

Primavera: In March climate is temperate, there is no extreme heat or cold. There may be occasional rain or temperatures below 20° due to the cold fronts from the north, but in general it is a very good season for vacations.

Summer: The heat It is what characterizes summer in the Riviera Maya, there are occasional rains, but they are not very abundant (you could say they are refreshing), it is the best season of the year if what you are looking for is the beach and a good tan.

Autumn: Traditionally the low tourist season, but if you don’t want crowds at airports and hotels, or you are overwhelmed by the heat in autumn It is a good season to visit the Riviera Mayaand although it is hurricane season in the Caribbean, there is no reason to be alarmed, since in general there is great awareness and preparation on the part of hotel staff for this type of contingencies.

Furthermore, they are phenomena that, although unpredictable, security measures can be taken well in advance.

Winter: Is a very romantic seasonChristmas inspires a honeymoon, there are couples who choose winter to rest and spend a beautiful evening or Christmas by the sea or in one of the hundreds of restaurants in the Riviera Maya, the temperature is pleasant compared to other destinations where possibly in winter temperatures close to or below zero may be recorded. Here “the cold” can be up to 15° above zero.

Transportation in Riviera Maya

transportation to the riviera maya

Getting from one place to another in the Riviera Maya is easy. He The main road is the free highway that goes from Cancún to Chetumaland which passes through the entire Riviera Maya, here you can find several options to go from Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen or Tulum.

There is a bus terminal in Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Tulum (Pueblo) and Felipe Carrillo Puerto, you can request a stop near the points of interest, although normally they will leave you on the road (be very careful).

Another option is to tour the Riviera Maya by car, there are rental companies and depending on the type and model as well as the days you are going to use it, the cost is the same.

You can use taxis within the cities themselves, or to get from one point to another, but always compare prices before requesting any serviceit can sometimes be cheaper to rent a car for the day than the taxi fare.

To take the tours there are companies that offer you tours with round trip transportation already included in the entrance ticket, which is also highly recommended and practical.

How to Get to the Riviera Maya


The Riviera Maya is located 15 minutes from the Cancun International Airport, which has connections with the main cities of Mexico and the world.

Es uno de los aeropuertos más transitados y también uno de los que mayores conexiones tiene a todo el mundo. Aquí cabe bien el dicho que "Todos los caminos llevan a... la Riviera Maya".


From Cancun take the Cancun – Chetumal Highway, when you reach the town of Puerto Morelos you can say that you are in the Riviera Maya.

If you come from the center of the country you can choose between choosing to arrive via Chetumal or Vía Mérida, either option is good.

But I would recommend taking the one from Chetumal, since the road is free, and you can save the cost of the Mérida – Cancún highway.

Bote o Yate

Yeah! You can also reach the Riviera Maya by yacht, the most recommended marina to dock is Puerto Aventuras, there is also a golf course, shops, a hotel and excellent restaurants.

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