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A Riviera Maya is known for its warm, sunny weather and white sand beaches. Spring is considered the best time to visit Riviera Maya. The months between January and April are the dry season and are typically the most popular times to visit. July through September are quieter months and tropical showers can be expected. The monthly average rainfall is around 30mm over two or three days per month. There are benefits to traveling in both the dry season as well as the rainy season. Many tourists don't mind the showers and consider it a great time to visit Riviera Maya for lower rates.
A This is a common question as Cancun and Riviera Maya are often mentioned together. The difference is that Cancun is a large city and Riviera Maya is not a city at all, but a region, that is slightly south of Cancun. The city of Cancun is situated outside of the Riviera Maya region. The cities that are inside Riviera Maya include Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Puerto Morelos, Puerto Aventuras, Xpu-Ha, Akumal, Soliman's Bay, Tank Ha Bay, and the Sian Ka'an Biosphere. Riviera Maya covers over 88 miles (133 kilometers) of beach coastline.
A Cancun and Riviera Maya are a few of Mexico's most sought-after destinations for unforgettable vacations. The Riviera Maya region and Cancun are dedicated to the safety and security of tourists and locals alike. The area is known for the warm, Mexican hospitality and friendly service. Safety is another thing that both Cancun and Riviera Maya are known for and when you book with Grand Velas Riviera Maya, you can relax and enjoy a gorgeous Caribbean vacation without worry.
A Riviera Maya has a wide variety of things to do from eco-tour activities to sea adventures, scuba diving and snorkeling to a thriving nightlife for those who want to dance and have fun on vacation in Mexico. Riviera Maya and Cancun deliver the whole package for visitors, from the cultural side of Mexico like the Tulum Ruins to the more modern feel of 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen - there is truly something for every type of traveler!
A The rainy season in Riviera Maya is from June to November, however it's not uncommon for the area to receive a few light showers throughout the year.
A Many people ask if the Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen are the same thing, and the best answer is to say that Playa del Carmen is a city and Riviera Maya is the region where Playa del Carmen is located. Riviera Maya is home to many beautiful and touristic destinations but Playa del Carmen is the largest city that you'll find in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico.
A Mexico's hurricane season is typically from June 1 - November 30, however it's rare for hurricanes to make landfall in Riviera Maya.
A Depending on your final destination within the Riviera Maya, most hotels are within 40-60 minutes from the Cancun International Airport.
A Whether you're an adventure seeker or looking for something more relaxed, Playa del Carmen offers an exciting variety of activities that cannot be found anywhere else in Mexico. You may want to visit the mystical ruins of Tulum or Chichen Itza, or take a refreshing swim or snorkel in one of the famous cenotes. For art and history lovers, you can't miss the Frida Kahlo Museum, located right on 5th Avenue.
A Riviera Maya offers many things to do for free. The beaches in Riviera Maya and all of Mexico are free, anywhere there's beach access it's yours to enjoy! You could also take a stroll along 5th Avenue to take in the culture, or even swim with the turtles in Akumal Bay!
A One of the beautiful things about Playa del Carmen is the intermingling of the locals and the tourists. It's interesting to know that the locals visit and enjoy many of the same places as the people who travel to Playa del Carmen for vacation. The locals in this area love to grab a folding chair and lounge on the beach under the Caribbean sun. They also enjoy swimming and snorkeling beside the gorgeous reefs and wildlife or visiting the small towns of Tulum and Akumal just outside of Playa, where there is a relaxed vibe and opportunities to snorkel beside sea turtles. There are several ways to soothe the soul and experience holistic wellness in Playa including numerous yoga classes and you can also enjoy a unique experience of a traditional Temazcal ceremony led by a Mayan shaman. There are so many things to enjoy that are "off the beaten path" all you need to do is walk past the chain restaurants to enjoy something a little smaller and more quaint.
A Playa del Carmen includes numerous eco-tours and attractions to sign up for on your next trip to Riviera Maya! The top attractions and best tours that you'll find in Playa del Carmen include 4x4 atv tours through the thick jungle, swimming or snorkeling in the crystal clear Caribbean ocean alongside the vibrant sea life and also the famous snorkeling tours inside one of numerous cenotes (or sinkholes). Some cenotes are open-air and some are located deep within majestic caves with rock formations to swim beside.
A Playa del Carmen has become known for its fantastic nightlife that is a little more mellow than its neighboring Cancun clubs, but an attraction and a growing scene in recent years nonetheless. There are a strip of clubs along 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen, but if you're looking for something a little different to do at night in Playa, you'll also find an array of options that include art classes, art walks, a beautiful Teatro De La Ciudad with live performances, wine tastings, live music, cooking classes and the famous Cirque du Soleil Joya has a permanent location in Riviera Maya. Whether you want a night on the town, a live show or a cultural adventure, there are plenty of things to do at night in Playa del Carmen.
A 5th Avenue begins by the Cozumel Ferry Pier on the south end of town. This avenue stretches on for 22 blocks and it's the primary place to walk and enjoy Playa del Carmen. You'll find many restaurants and places to eat, souvenir shops to browse through as well as clothing stores, local and chain department stores, jewelry stores, and street vendors and artisans.
A Playa del Carmen has a thriving nightlife, a little calmer than the club scene in the bigger city of Cancun, but still one of the best destinations in Mexico for a night out. Most of the clubs are located on 10th or 12th streets in downtown Playa del Carmen. There's everything from relaxed jazz clubs to more techno dance clubs and even relaxed hookah bars with couches to enjoy people watching.
A Most tourists begin shopping on 5th Avenue. 5th Avenue (or "Quinta Avenida" in Spanish) is the main pedestrian street that is parallel to the beach and stretches out across 22 city blocks. This avenue is an attraction in and of itself with its nonstop shops, restaurants and places of interest for tourists. Souvenirs are a must when shopping in Playa Del Carmen, and on 5th Avenue there are several choices. You can find t-shirts, magnets, tequila, Mexican sombreros and more. Additionally, there are department stores, handmade jewelry, locally made art, and other high quality artisans selling their handicrafts and clothing.
A The Riviera Maya region is known for (and named after) the ancient underground rivers still flow under this region of Mexico to this day. These interconnected waterways and underground caves were considered sacred to the ancient Maya people and can still be enjoyed today. One of the most popular things to do in Riviera Maya is swim in a cenote, which is a small pool where the underground rivers meet. Sometimes the cenotes are open and sometimes they are located inside beautiful caves and caverns. We invite you to visit a cenote on your next visit!
A There are countless beaches in Riviera Maya, each offering their own array of charms! Maroma Beach, located just 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen, is renowned as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world by Discovery Travel and Living. It's the perfect place to take breathtaking beach photography or simply kick back and relax in the sun. You may also want to visit the famous Akumal Bay. Akumal means "land of the turtles" and it lives up to its name. This is a favored spot for large sea turtles to lay their eggs and the perfect beach for snorkeling beside the sea turtles. For a more cultural beach, you can't miss Tulum's Paraiso Beach. Located a few minutes from the Maya ruins, the calm Caribbean waves, soft sand and relaxed vibe set the stage for an unforgettable beach day.
A Most international flights arrive into the second largest airport in Mexico, the Cancun International Airport. From there, most places in Riviera Maya are accessible via a highway that hugs the coast and links Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen.
A There are a variety of all-inclusive resorts to choose from in this breathtaking region of Riviera Maya. Grand Velas Riviera Maya is among the best hotels in Riviera Maya for its unparalleled standard of quality and the warm, Mexican hospitality that they've come to be known for. Luxury is found in the subtleties and the exclusivity of a resort that not only embraces the natural beauty of the Maya jungles but also includes a jaw-dropping stretch of Caribbean coastline with soft-sand beaches and a relaxed vacation vibe.
A There are numerous reasons that people flock to Riviera Maya each year, of course, one of the primary reasons is to escape the cold and enjoy the beautiful tropical atmosphere and laid back beach vibes, but there is so much more to the Riviera Maya than the 88 miles of breathtaking Mexican beaches and coastline. Riviera Maya is also home to some of the most fascinating wonders of the ancient Maya world including the ruins of Tulum, the tall pyramids of Chichen Itza and Coba and the Sian Ka'an Biosphere - one of Mexico's most impressive natural wonders! The Riviera Maya is also home to delicious Mexican cuisine, a thriving nightlife and great shopping. From eco-tours to a night on the town to lazy days on the beach, Riviera Maya is a beautiful destination to visit.
A Taxis in Quintana Roo (Riviera Maya) cost approximately $30 Mexican pesos per kilometer (approx $1.50 USD). However the fare may vary based on time of day, daily tolls or available routes.
A Visiting the ancient Maya ruins at Chichen Itza is like taking a step back in time. This is one of the largest archeological sites that tourists can visit in Mexico and the grounds are spread out over 4 square miles, so you'll want to take as much time as possible to truly take in the whole experience and walk the grounds to each site in the area. There are 2 ancient cenotes where the underground rivers have joined to create a fresh water pool. The towering pyramids create dramatic photos at any time of day. We recommend taking a guided tour and buying an informational map of the site so you understand the nuances of the ancient Maya civilization.
A Riviera Maya has roots that run deep as well as a rich and mysterious history. Some of the most well known ruins in Mexico reside in the region, including the ancient city of Tulum, the towering pyramids at Chichen Itza and Coba as well as Muyil, nestled deep within the breathtaking Sian Ka'an Biosphere. Each one is unique and a must-see on your next visit!
A Every traveller has different expectations for their best vacation. Some people enjoy vacationing on a dime and enjoying the culture and others enjoy the subtleties and nuances that accompany luxury vacations. When you travel to Riviera Maya the Grand Velas Riviera Maya is a wonderful option for enjoying the curated luxuries that visitors enjoy on their vacation in Mexico.
A There are countless things to do in the Riviera Maya region, home to 88 miles of breathtaking Caribbean coastline and beaches as well as numerous towns and cities and ancient archaeological sites, Riviera Maya truly has something for every type of traveler. Visit some of the most fascinating wonders of the ancient Maya world like the ruins of Tulum, Coba or Chichen Itza or visit a Cenote - one of the natural freshwater pools that are connected by a series of underground rivers and waterways. You'll also find great shopping and delectable Mexican cuisine in Riviera Maya to fill you up for full days of eco-tours and adventure, or simply a quiet day on the beach under the tropical sun.
A The weather in the Riviera Maya is divided into the rainy season and the dry season. The rainy season is from May to October each year with the average temperatures reaching 82°F (28°C). This wetter season also sees the highest average temperatures for the year. The dry season is considered the months from November to April and the average temperature is at 75°F (24°C). The coldest month is January at 73°F (23°C) and the month with the most rainfall is September with an average of approximately 10 inches of rain. The best month for swimming in the ocean is in August (during the rainy season) when the water temperature is the warmest at 29°C (84°F).
A Riviera Maya is a region of Mexico located on the Yucatan peninsula just south of Cancun that is home to several popular tourist cities and towns including the largest city of the region: Playa del Carmen, as well as Tulum, Puerto Morelos, Puerto Aventuras, Xpu-Ha, Akumal, Soliman's Bay, Tank Ha Bay, and the Sian Ka'an Biosphere. Riviera Maya covers over 88 miles (133 kilometers) of gorgeous Caribbean beach coastline to enjoy.
A Riviera Maya is a region of Mexico located on the Yucatan peninsula just south of Cancun. It's named after the large system of ancient rivers that run underground in the region and it's also home to several popular tourist cities and towns including Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Puerto Morelos, and Puerto Aventuras. Riviera Maya stretches along more than 88 miles (133 kilometers) of breathtaking Caribbean beach coastline.
A Cancun International Airport, airport code (CUN), serves international arrivals and departures for the entire Riviera Maya region. This includes Cancun, Playa del Carmen, as well as Tulum, Puerto Morelos, Puerto Aventuras, Xpu-Ha, Akumal, Soliman's Bay, Tank Ha Bay, and the Sian Ka'an Biosphere.
A Riviera Maya is a region of Mexico located on the Yucatan peninsula just south of Cancun. It's named after the large system of ancient rivers that run underground in the region and it's also home to several popular tourist cities and towns including Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Puerto Morelos, and Puerto Aventuras. Riviera Maya stretches along more than 88 miles (133 kilometers) of breathtaking Caribbean beach coastline.
A Riviera Maya has a variety of things to do from eco-tour activities to sea adventures, scuba diving and snorkeling to a thriving nightlife for those who want to dance the night away on a fantastic vacation in Mexico. Riviera Maya delivers the whole package for visitors, from the historical archeological sites like Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza to the modern areas of downtown Cancun and 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen - there is an adventure awaiting every type of traveler!
A Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen and Cancun are all on Eastern Standard Time (EST) which is the aligns with the time zones for New York, Miami and 8 different Canadian airports.
A A Riviera Maya drink is like a rainbow in a glass. It consists of Melon Liqueur, Orange Juice, and Strawberry Nectar with Rum poured in such a way that the 3 layers never mix, creating a gorgeous presentation and a tasty beverage.
A Riviera Maya is home to a breathtaking array of tropical birds, lizards and small mammals. Some of the species you might encounter on your next trip to Riviera Maya are parrots, iguanas, geckos, coati, as well as horses and donkeys. In the ocean, you'll find many types of tropical fish, rays and even sea turtles, wild dolphins, and if you visit between June to September, you can have the opportunity to swim with the gentle giants of the ocean - the whale sharks - during their migration.
A We know there are hundreds of breathtaking resorts in Riviera Maya and Cancun and it can be hard to choose the best resort for your stay! We recommend the all-inclusive resort at Grand Velas Riviera Maya for the secluded luxuries and above-and-beyond hospitality that the Velas Group is known for across Mexico.
A The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is typically held during the last weekend of November or the first weekend of December. Though the 2019 dates have not yet been announced, the 2018 Jazz Festival was November 30 - December 2.
A Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen are located on the east coast of Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula, just south of Cancun, Mexico.
A This is a common question as Cancun and Riviera Maya are often mentioned together. The difference is that Cancun is a large city and Riviera Maya is not a city at all, but a region, that is slightly south of Cancun. The city of Cancun is situated outside of the Riviera Maya region. The cities that are inside Riviera Maya include Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Puerto Morelos, Puerto Aventuras, Xpu-Ha, Akumal, Soliman's Bay, Tank Ha Bay, and the Sian Ka'an Biosphere. Riviera Maya covers over 88 miles (133 kilometers) of beach coastline.
A Plan the perfect destination wedding at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort. We offer multiple venues around the property, each as breathtaking as the next. Exchange vows with turquoise water as your backdrop. Say "I Do" in a lush private garden. Have a traditional ceremony in the chapel, or embrace the Mayan Jungle and celebrate poolside. Our elegant venues will make your wedding dreams come true. Contact our wedding coordinators and make a request for proposal.
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A Watch meetings come to life at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Host your next business meeting or event in our perfectly designed meeting rooms and conference venues offering breathtaking views and state-of-the-art audiovisual. The 30,000 square-foot Convention Center features flexible breakout rooms, grand salons and pre-function space for up to 2,700 guests. The resort's magnificent garden, terrace, and beach create the perfect ambiance for outdoor receptions and banquets.
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A The Eternally Yours and Infinite Yours Wedding Collection Packages include a symbolic wedding ceremony in an exclusive venue. Both feature a one-hour cocktail hour and a classic wedding cake from the Velas Collections.
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A Plan your storybook wedding in paradise at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Reserve your date now to ensure availability at our resort. A 25% deposit of the total will be required. This deposit is non-refundable.
A Your special day is yours alone at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort. To ensure that every wedding run smoothly, there is only one wedding per day at the resort. Please reserve your date as soon as possible to save the availability.
A We want every guest to have the best experience possible when staying at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort. To be respectful to other guests, the limit is 10:30 pm in the outdoor areas. The hours may be extended for an additional charge in our indoor spaces. Please contact us for more information.
A Yes. However, guests not staying at any Velas Resorts must purchase a wedding pass upon their arrival at the resort. Wedding passes are guaranteed for purchase only on the ceremony date and can stay just the time of the wedding event. Please contact your wedding sales coordinator for wedding pass restrictions.
A Children are welcome at every wedding celebration for the same rate as every guest. Please contact our wedding specialists for any additional information regarding your guest list.
A Your wedding will be as beautiful as the sunset over the ocean, and our seasoned wedding planners will perfectly execute your dream wedding including the decor, from floral arrangements, centerpieces, candles, canopy with white veils, and personal touches created with your style in mind.
A At Velas Resorts, we've created five all-inclusive wedding and honeymoon packages devoted to romance and relaxation. Choose the Mayan Connections, Truly Yours, Eternally Yours, Infinitely Yours, or the Special Concessions package and pick the one that is best suited for your style and event. Whether you are looking for a Mayan Ceremony on the beach or a more traditional affair in the chapel, Grand Velas has the perfect package for your dream destination wedding.
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A Relax and discover the natural beauty of Mexico's lush Yucatan Peninsula. Explore ancient Mayan ruins. Play on white sand beaches. The most visited main attractions in the Riviera Maya include Xcaret Eco Theme Park, Isla Mujeres, Xel - Há, Ruins of Tulum, Cozumel, Rio Secreto, and Chichén Itzá, just to name a few. Our concierge is on-hand to help plan your excursions while in Mexico.