Travelers looking for a fantastic all-inclusive resort destination that costs way below most tropical destinations in and around the Caribbean should look to Mexico’s Riviera Maya. This area has tropical vacations which are very popular for tourists from all over the world. Riviera Maya is located on the Caribbean side of Mexico and covers a stretch of coastline from about 5 miles to 60 miles south of Cancun.

Don’t be misled into thinking that because you fly to Cancun to get to the Riviera Maya that it’s something like Cancun and spring break, the atmosphere is like a party … It’s far from it. The Riviera Maya has been set aside by the Mexican government as a semi-protected area, and thus it can’t be the kind of touristy, high-rise resort destination you find in the Cancun hotel zone. Resorts can only be built 3 stories high or less and they must be built to embrace the surrounding vegetation, wildlife and topography. It is a much more family-friendly and romantic getaway destination.

The resorts on the Riviera Maya are primarily all-inclusive properties.

Due to the remote location of many properties there are very few off-site dining areas. All-inclusive resorts give tourists the benefit of having everything paid for before their arrival. All food, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), non-motorized water sports and other amenities are included in the package price. The more luxurious all-inclusive resorts of 4-star quality and higher usually have a large selection of different restaurants ranging from buffets to world-class a la carte cuisine …. all-included! Some of the more popular resort chains on the Riviera Maya include Iberostar Resorts, Palace Resorts, and Secrets Resorts & amp; Spas. Resorts run anywhere from more family-related property or resort types to limited-minded adult-only spa resorts to very luxurious ones.

One of the best reasons to choose Mexico Riviera Maya for your next vacation is not only for its excellent quality resorts and great value, but also for the fantastic tours and excursions available around the Yucatan Peninsula region. The area is full of Mayan ruins and ancient architecture which is very popular with tourists. The most magnificent of the Mayan ruins is the Chichen Itza pyramid. This well-preserved pyramid dates from 400AD and this amazing tour will leave many fond memories. There are many other Mayan ruins tours you can take too.

Resort Areas in Cancún

Apart from the ruins, you can also experience many eco-based tours that take you to marine games and preserves where you will find amazing wildlife and snorkeling that is nothing short of amazing. Another popular day trip for those staying in the Riviera Maya region is the island of Cozumel. You can reach this quaint island by ferry from the town of Playa del Carmen, which lies in the heart of the Mayan Riviera. It’s a short 45-minute ferry ride and once there you’ll find duty-free shopping, great dining, and some of the best SCUBA diving and snorkeling in the world.

If you’ve taken a tropical vacation in the Caribbean or Hawaii and are looking for a new destination to visit, Riviera Maya is an excellent choice that is sure to impress and set you up to come back again and again.