Riviera Maya, Mexico

White sand beaches, scenic ruins and adventure tours for the whole family

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The Riviera Maya extends along the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula and offers fabulous white sand beaches and turquoise waters where you can relax, take day trips to Mayan ruins, enjoy a scuba or snorkeling trip in the ocean or in a cenote (freshwater cave), enjoy a yoga retreat, or party the night away.

Probably most well-known as the ultimate party destination, Cancun is at no loss when it comes to providing guests with excitement. But as you’ll observe when you stay at one of our luxurious villa rentals, Cancun can be so much more. While the crystalline white beaches and the hotels and resorts that line them offer upscale dining, drinks and revelry, the city of Cancun offers a more authentic, less catered experience, with amazing street vendors who sell food and local wares.

Situated just off the coast of Cancun, Isla Mujeres offers visitors a quiet alternative to the never ending party across the bay. That isn’t to say that this island doesn’t have it’s own charm. Hop on a golf cart (the preferred method of transportation on the island) and make your way along some of the most stunning turquoise beaches you’ve ever seen. The ultra clear waters of Isla Mujeres make it an ideal snorkeling destination, but if you want to stay dry while observing marine life, be sure to make a trip to the island’s turtle farm, where you can get close with sea turtles of all sizes.

With a thriving, cosmopolitan nightlife scene and no shortage of natural wonders at which to marvel, Playa del Carmen has something for everyone who visits. Once a modest fishing village, Playa del Carmen now boasts a more modern, European sensibility. This is evident from a walk down Quinta Avenida, a three-mile stretch of pedestrian walkway lined with fabulous restaurants and shops.

South of Playa Del Carmen lies a quieter, eco-friendly town that is home to the Mayan archaeological site on a spectacular beach. Tulum is also near Xel-Ha natural aquapark and boasts quieter beaches than Cancun and Playa Del Carmen.

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Riviera Maya, Mexico Luxury Vacation Experiences:

  • Guide you on a scuba tour of the area’s stunning turquoise waters.
  • Show you where the Riviera Maya’s best secluded swimming holes (cenotes) are.
  • Take you on a tour of the underwater museums off Cancun’s coast.
  • Find you the best places to eat, from upscale beachside restaurants to roadside markets.
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