Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya, Tulum, Archeological Zone, Castle and the Bay - Photo by German Murillo-Echavarria 0406

With two trips to the Riviera Maya region under my belt in the past nine months, I have been having a lot of requests for more information on this amazing region that is easy to reach from most of the U.S. I have gotten so many informational request, I decided to start placing it here and will add to it as the months progress.  Stay tuned for my print and online articles about my own adventures while in the Riviera Maya.

Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya stretches from Cancun to the north down to Tulum to the south. From the north you’ll get the mega resorts and mega clubs but while you travel south you’ll get more nature and more tranquil surroundings. It’s a long stretch of beautiful beaches and interesting historical spots but it’s very easy to access to travel the full distance during any length of time stayed in the Riviera Maya. It’s known for its beautiful sand and blue waters and also contains the second largest coral reef. Combine all of this and it’s one of the most popular paradise themed travel locations.

But beach paradise is not all that the Riviera Maya has to offer. As its name implies, this area belongs to the Mayan. They had a thriving civilization and many of its greatest achievements are still there to see. Make sure you make time to see these unique historical remains in addition to the natural wonders that also exist.


To get into the Riviera Maya you’ll fly into the Cancun airport and to travel south to the other popular areas such as Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel and down to Tulum you can either take public transportation, private transportation or you can rent a car.


It is our recommendation that you stay at all inclusive resorts that can arrange for tours of all the best areas of the Riviera Maya. Why? You don’t want to miss anything and you want your trip to go as smoothly as possible. Your food, transportation and, of course, lodging are all included so there’s fewer things to worry about. They can give you recommendations and help you plan your whole trip. And if you find the right all inclusive group of hotels, it will make it even easier.


Starting off your trip to the Riviera Maya will most likely have you enjoying the fun of Cancun. Eat at excellent restaurants and then go to its famous mega clubs later in the night. And don’t forget the shopping. You can find quality products, unique clothes and also good deals.

Playa Del Carmen

Next, travel south to Playa Del Carmen and get a different experience of the Mayan Riviera. From there you can travel to the island of Cozumel. Here is an excellent spot for water activities which include some of the best snorkeling you’ll find anywhere in the world. I also found my favorite new use for corn here in the form of a spa treatment. Take a look at this Riviera Maya destination inspired spa treatment at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya!


After that, travel to the southernmost point of the Mayan Riviera and you’ll be in Tulum. A nature’s paradise that also has Mayan ruins right on the beach. A lot of people say this is their most favorite spot and is fitting that it comes last.

There’s lots to see and do in the Riviera Maya and it may be overwhelming trying to plan your whole stay. That’s why we recommend you stay at top Riviera Maya all inclusive resorts that will make your stay as hassle free as possible and will help you get the most out of your precious time in this unique paradise.