The Mayan Riviera refers to the strip of Caribbean coastline on Mexico‘s Yucatan peninsula. It starts at Cancun and stretches south to Tulum and is characterised by beautiful white sandy beaches and sparkling turquoise water.
There is a spoiling choice of activities to do: scuba diving on Isla Cozumel, trips to cenotes, fishing, sailing, watersports, golf and visiting the wonderful Mayan sites of Tulum and Cobá. The world’s second-largest coral reef lies just off the shore, making this a real haven for water lovers.
Halfway between Cancun and Tulum is Playa del Carmen, one of the region’s most well-known resort towns. It is a lively place with nice restaurants and bars to explore. But for those looking for some time to relax away from the crowds, then our pick of luxury properties let you really appreciate the beauty of this part of Mexico.
When to go
The climate is warm and tropical all the year long, although it tends to gets more humid after May and between November to May are the best times to go.
What to do
- Scuba diving and snorkelling coral reefs on Isla Cozumel
- Expeditions to cenotes (natural bore holes) with jeeps
- Watersports, fishing, sailing
- Horse Riding
- Visit the nearby Mayan sites of Tulum and Coba
- Good restaurants, bars and nightlife to explore
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