Many automatically think “tourist trap” and “drunken pink-skinned tourists on the beach” when they hear the words Riviera Maya, and though this can be true depending on where you go and the time of the year, it can also be a quiet, luxurious destination.
Riviera Maya is the section of Caribbean coastline stretching between Cancun in the north and Tulum in the south. The beaches and the nightlife are the main draws here, and though some visitors never leave their mega-resort, some of Mexico’s best Mayan ruins are a short drive away.
Here, you can sunbathe and swim at beautiful beaches, snorkel in the world’s second largest coral reef, visit archaeological sites dating back to the 7th century A.D., go shopping, dine in great international restaurants, and party like a spring breaker -- all in one day.
Those looking for great beaches and a party atmosphere might want to stay an one of the beachside mega-resorts in Cancun. Playa del Carmen is a great place for shopping, dining and going out at night. Those who prefer a quieter vacation might want to head to Puerto Morelos, or south to Tulum.
|Peak:||Dec. 15 - April|
|Off-peak:||May - Dec. 15|
|Hurricane Season:||Aug. - Nov.|
|Visa:||Varies; U.S., Canadian and European citizens don't need a visa|
|Electricity:||110 volts AC; 60 cycles|
|Tipping:||15% in restaurants|