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Riviera Maya

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Riviera Maya Holidays

From exploring traditional Mayan villages and ruins to observing tropical fish in stunning coral reefs, Riviera Maya offers a diverse and exceptional way to experience holidays in Mexico. It boasts luxurious hotels, tourist attractions and beautiful white sand beaches. From yoga retreats, to ancient ruins of Mayan cities the Riviera Maya is always full of surprises.

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A stunning Caribbean resort

The Riviera Maya is home to the exotic and the beautiful and is an area of contrasts. Made up of luxury resorts, and with a fabulous reputation for opulence, Riviera Maya – on Mexico's Yucutan Penninsula – is always popular. However, if you're in search of a little spirituality, then the yoga retreats and Mayan ruins in Tulum, a 40-minute drive away from Playacar are within easy reach.

Scuba diving and snorkelling are all popular in the idyllic water of the Caribbean. There are also numerous golf courses, the Playacar golf resort is just one of many. Nature lovers can spend a fascinating day at the Sian Ka'an biosphere reserve where you'll see dolphins, manta rays and many other exotic species.

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Stay in luxury

The Riviera Maya region is full of luxury resorts where you'll find exquisite hotels, many equipped with their own shopping malls, activity centres and private beaches.

The palm tree lined resort of Playa del Carmen is always popular, mainly for its coral reef, as well as its nightlife and expansive shopping opportunities. The spectacular Playacar resort is only a 12-minute drive away from Playa del Carmen. Known as Riviera Maya's hidden gem, Playacar is a gated community with an 18-hole golf course, a stylish shopping mall, and more. The gorgeous resort offers private beaches and luxury All Inclusive Mexico hotels, including the Riu Playacar and the Sandos Playacar Beach Resort.

Underwater adventures

Riviera Maya has the world's second largest barrier reef and is one of the world's most popular locations for scuba diving and snorkelling. It's not all about the coral reef though, as you can also cave dive here or swim through cenotes – hidden passageways that lead to underground rivers. A cenote is formed when the limestone roof of a cavern collapses which then creates a sinkhole that fills with pure, translucent water. In freshwater cenotes the water is a little cooler so it's refreshing on a hot day.

The huge Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, off Riviera Maya's shore, contains over 500 species of fish and over 100 types of coral. They include spadefish, eagle rays, lobsters, angelfish, parrotfish, moray eels, trumpet fish and more.

You may even come across rarer species of sea life such as lemon sharks, nurse sharks, and manatees. Aside from the sea creatures, the vibrant colours of the natural reef itself are simply enchanting.

Island tours

A popular destination for visitors exploring the wonders of Riviera Maya is Cozumel Island. Due to the island's enormity, it is far from overcrowded and makes a great choice of location for travellers seeking last minute deals to Mexico. Book a private 4x4 tour to take you around the island and get beautiful scenic views of the Caribbean coast.

The spectacular coral reefs are only a short distance from shore, making them a fantastic place for snorkelling and diving. The El Cielo Cozumel is a section of shallow translucent blue water which is only accessible by boat and is also known as 'heaven'. Here you can feel the powdery white sand between your toes as you paddle through the warm shallow water.

Mayan ruins

South of Playa del Carmen lies Tulum, home to the preserved ruins of an ancient Mayan port city. The historic city of Tulum was built during the 13th century and is the only Mayan city that was built on the coast.

You can clamber up the steeps steps of the castle which resides on the cliff top just above a stunning white sand beach. Be sure to visit the Temple of Frescoes which is the most preserved building on the historic site. A fascinating mural painted by the ancient Mayan community confronts you as you take your first step into the extraordinary chamber.

Exploring the remarkable Mayan city can be tiring work, so take advantage of the ruins' ideal location and cool off from the sweltering heat by plunging into the translucent water of the Caribbean Sea. With cheap trips to Mexico available all year round, just don't forget to pack your swimsuit.