Originally called the Cancun-Tulum corridor, this sprawling stretch of Caribbean coastline on the Yucatan Peninsula is known for its brightly-lit reef waters and white sand beaches. Riviera Maya is comprised of a number of smaller resort towns and villages, including Tulum, Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen, each with their own vibe. Located on the Belize Barrier Reef, snorkeling, jet skiing and scuba diving are popular excursions, as are day trips to the region’s many archaeological ruins. The beaches of Riviera Maya are postcard-worthy, so lazy beach days will never end in disappointment.
Legal ceremonies are not currently performed for same-sex couples in Quintana Roo, though same-sex marriages are recognized. Couples wishing to have a symbolic ceremony should check with their Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for additional information.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
Passports are required for visitors entering Mexico. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
Spanish is the official language of Mexico, though English is widely spoken and understood.
The peso is the currency of Mexico, but US dollars are often widely accepted in resort areas.
Climate & Beaches
The average annual temperature of Riviera Maya is 80 degrees F. Hurricane season is from June to November and the warmest months are June, July and August.
Known for its beautiful and soft white sand and bright water, Riviera Maya beaches are dazzling. Discover Akumal Beach to swim with turtles or Playa Paraiso to relax.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
The outdoor adventures in Riviera Maya are plentiful, whether you want to explore some of Mexico’s largest cenotes or monkey around at a primate sanctuary. Surfing, kayaking, mountain biking and scuba diving are also popular activities. If you’re looking to unwind, Tulum is known for trendy beachside yoga retreats and there are plenty of spas to indulge at in Riviera Maya. For a historical outing, the Xel-Ha Archaeological Museum has Mayan artifacts.
At night, there are plenty of funky, stylish lounges to sip mojitos and unwind.
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