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Frequently Asked Questions

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Is Riviera Maya a state?
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No, Riviera Maya is not a state. The Riviera Maya is a popular tourist destination located along the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. It encompasses a stretch of coastline that includes popular destinations such as Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and several other towns and resorts.

Riviera Maya is part of the state of Quintana Roo, which is one of the 32 states in Mexico. Quintana Roo is known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and rich Mayan cultural heritage. It is home to popular tourist destinations like Cancùn, Cozumel, and the archaeological sites of Tulum and Chichén Itzá.

So, while Riviera Maya is not a state itself, it falls within the state of Quintana Roo.

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How are Riviera Maya beaches?
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Riviera Maya is renowned for its stunning beaches, which are considered among the most beautiful in Mexico. The beaches of Riviera Maya feature soft, powdery white sand that is a hallmark of the region. The sand is typically fine and comfortable to walk on. The Caribbean Sea that bathes the Riviera Maya has turquoise-blue waters that are incredibly clear. You can often see through the water to observe the marine life and coral reefs below. The sea along the Riviera Maya tends to be calm with gentle waves, making it suitable for swimming, snorkeling, and other water activities. The water temperature is warm throughout the year, ranging from pleasant to bath-like, depending on the season.

The Riviera Maya beaches offer a variety of activities. You can relax on a beach chair, sunbathe, swim, snorkel, or go scuba diving to explore the vibrant underwater ecosystems. Many beaches also offer water sports such as kayaking, paddleboarding, and jet skiing.

Popular beach destinations in Riviera Maya include Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Akumal, and Puerto Morelos. 

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Is Riviera Maya in Cancún?
A Riviera Maya is not in Cancún; however, it is located near there. Riviera Maya refers to the stretch of coastline that runs south of Cancun along the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico.
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Is Riviera Maya in Tulum?
A No, Riviera Maya is not in Tulum. Tulum is one of the destinations within Riviera Maya. It refers to the entire stretch of coastline along the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, running south of Cancún.
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Is Riviera Maya in Mexico?
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Yes, Riviera Maya is in Mexico. Riviera Maya is a popular tourist destination located along the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is known for its stunning beaches, turquoise waters, Mayan ruins, and diverse marine life.

Riviera Maya stretches south of Cancún and includes famous destinations such as Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Akumal, and Puerto Morelos. It is a region that attracts millions of visitors from around the world who come to enjoy the natural beauty, cultural heritage, and recreational activities available in the area.

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Is Riviera Maya safer than Cancún?
A Both Riviera Maya and Cancún are popular tourist destinations in Mexico and generally considered safe for travelers. In terms of safety, both have implemented security measures to protect tourists, and the resorts in these areas often prioritize the safety and well-being of their guests.
Additionally, it can be helpful to consult with official travel advisories and resources for the most accurate and up-to-date information on the safety of Riviera Maya and Cancún.
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Which airport serves Riviera Maya?
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The main airport serving Riviera Maya region in Mexico is the Cancún International Airport (CUN), which is located approximately 18 kilometers (11 miles) southwest of downtown Cancún.

This airport is one of the busiest airports in Mexico and serves as a major hub for both domestic and international flights. It offers a wide range of flight options from various airlines, making it convenient for travelers to reach Riviera Maya.

It's important to note that while Cancún International Airport is the main airport serving the Riviera Maya, there is also a smaller airport called Cozumel International Airport (CZM) located on the island of Cozumel, which is another popular destination within the Riviera Maya. Cozumel International Airport primarily serves domestic flights and a limited number of international flights.

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What state is Riviera Maya in?
A Riviera Maya is located in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Quintana Roo is one of the 32 states in Mexico and is situated on the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. The state is known for its beautiful beaches, coral reefs, vibrant tourism industry, and rich Mayan heritage.
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What ocean is Riviera Maya on?
A Riviera Maya is on the eastern coast of Mexico, along the Caribbean Sea. The Caribbean Sea is part of the Atlantic Ocean, and it borders the eastern coastline of the Yucatán Peninsula where Riviera Maya is located. The beaches and resorts of the Riviera Maya offer access to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, known for their beauty and warm temperatures.
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What time zone is Riviera Maya?
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Riviera Maya in Mexico operates on Eastern Standard Time (EST) during standard time and Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) during daylight saving time. The time zone is the same as that of Cancún, which is in the state of Quintana Roo. 

It's important to note that daylight saving time in Riviera Maya typically starts on the first Sunday in April and ends on the last Sunday in October. During daylight saving time, the region follows EDT, which is UTC-4. During standard time, the region follows EST, which is UTC-5. 

When planning your travel or making arrangements in Riviera Maya, it's always a good idea to double-check the current local time, especially if you are traveling during the transition period between standard time and daylight saving time.

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What are the hours of service of food and drinks inside the pool?
A To be respectful to every guest when in common areas, pools in every ambiance are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Relax, swim, and soak in the Mayan sun from day to night at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort.
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What's the weather in Riviera Maya Mexico?
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Riviera Maya enjoys a tropical climate with warm temperatures throughout the year. Here are some general characteristics of the weather in the region:

- High temperatures: Riviera Maya experiences hot and humid weather, especially during the summer months. Average daytime temperatures range from the high 20s to mid-30s degrees Celsius (80s to 90s degrees Fahrenheit).

- Dry season: The region has a distinct dry season, which typically lasts from November to April. During this time, you can expect sunny days with minimal rainfall. The dry season is considered the peak tourist season.

- Rainy season: The rainy season in Riviera Maya usually occurs from May to October. This period is characterized by increased humidity and occasional rainfall. While it can rain heavily at times, the showers are often short-lived, and the sun quickly reappears.

- Hurricane season: Riviera Maya is located in a region that can be affected by hurricanes. The official hurricane season in the Atlantic runs from June 1st to November 30th, with the highest activity typically occurring between August and October. It's advisable to monitor weather updates and follow any guidance or warnings from local authorities during this period.

It's important to note that weather patterns can vary, and specific conditions may differ from year to year. To get the most accurate and up-to-date weather information for your travel dates, it's recommended to check a reliable weather forecasting website or consult with local meteorological sources.

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