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Riviera Maya Introduction

Stretching from Puerto Morelos in the north to Punta Allen in the south, the Riviera Maya is the place to be on Mexico's Caribbean coast. Postcard-perfect beaches framed by cerulean waters offer the perfect backdrop for travellers who want to do very little at all. Meanwhile, those with a bit more get up and go can indulge in an array of water sports, explore ancient Mayan ruins or party the night away in one of the area's buzzing resort towns.

Hotels in Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya is known for its upscale 5-star hotels and sprawling all-inclusive resorts, with sparkling pools, private beaches and full-service spas, but there are plenty of alternatives if you'd prefer to blow your holiday budget on tequila. Riviera Maya hotel rates tend to be lower the further away from the beach you're willing to hang your hat, though the same applies if you're happy to forego the nightlife in favour of a more traditional stay. Family-run B&Bs and hostels typically offer the lowest rates, while families may want to land somewhere in the middle with a stay in a private villa.

Where to stay

When partying is your number 1 priority, hotels in Playa del Carmen should be first on your wish list. This is a town that comes alive as the sun sets and where you can sip beers with the locals in 5th Avenue bars, or throw your best shapes amid confetti and cocktails at Coco Bongo. If a laid-back holiday is more your style, Tulum and Puerto Morelos come up trumps, while those who can't wait to enjoy the water would be better off heading to the likes of Cozumel and Akumal – both renowned spots for diving and snorkelling.

Things to see

Beach days are a must and while you're likely to benefit from a private stretch of sand if you're swanning about in a plush resort, there's plenty of the white stuff to go around if you go for something lower key. Maroma Beach is arguably one of the most Instagram-worthy in the world and easily accessible from Playa del Carmen, though if you crave seclusion, off-the-beaten-track spots such as Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve and Playa Xcacel serve up spaces that are as isolated as they are magical. Riviera Maya ruins offer a different flavour of the region and are the perfect choice for a day trip if you fancy squeezing a little culture in between beers. Must-sees include the port city ruins of Tulum and the pre-Hispanic city of Chichen Itza, the latter a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to superb sound and light shows.

How to get to Riviera Maya

Most international flights to Mexico's Riviera Maya will touch down at Cancun International Airport, the country's 2nd-largest airport. If you're staying at one of the bigger resorts or luxury hotels in Riviera Maya, transfers may well be included. If not, you'll need to get there under your own steam. Local taxis are not allowed to pick up airport passengers, so you'll need to turn to a local shuttle company or, assuming you've not overindulged on the in-flight booze, pick up a hire car from one of the several airport outlets. The hire car option will make additional travel in Riviera Maya that bit easier during your break.

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