Riviera Maya

Mexican Riviera Resort

Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya is the name given to a beautiful coastline in Mexico stretching south of Cancun toward Belize. Tropical conditions coupled with the Rivera Maya's geography yield some of the most abundant ecosystems on the planet. Featuring the tranquility of stunning white sand beaches, a network of underground rivers, over 100 cenotes (sinkholes containing ground-water), the second longest barrier reef system in the world, and tours to various Mayan archaeological sites, the Riviera Maya offers honeymooners an abundance of activities to make their honeymoon as memorable and it can be.

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The Riviera Maya is lined with amazing beach resorts and tourist attractions. Numerous temples of one of the world's oldest and most mysterious cultures, the ancient Maya, offer a great way to learn about Mexico’s fascinating history.

Some great places to go while you're there:

  • Chichen Itza: a complete Mayan city founded in 445 BC and inhabited until 1204 AD when it was mysteriously abandoned
  • Xpu-Ha Ecopark: with jungle, wetlands, a beautiful virgin beach, coral reef, and cenotes (natural sinkholes)
  • Xel-Ha: 10-acre park of lagoons which was a sacred Maya city and important commercial center
  • Tulum: about 75 miles to the south of Cancun, Tulum has serene beaches and the only major Mexican ruins overlooking the Caribbean Sea
  • Cozumel: Mexico's "dive central" is an island near Playa del Carmen about 40 miles south of Cancun's hotel zone and only 12 miles off of the coast

The Riviera Maya is an area along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The second longest barrier reef system in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, lines the coast of the Riviera Maya.
Sports activities include kayaking, mountain biking, scuba diving, snorkeling, trekking, bird watching, deep sea fishing, parasailing, wind surfing, jet skiing, golf, tennis, and horseback riding. Many other activities such as shopping, gourmet dining and visiting Mayan ruins offer honeymooners variety in the Riviera Maya.
Climate and Weather
The Riviera Maya has an average temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Some average daily maximum and minimum temperatures are: January-March, 68-86ºF (20-30ºC); April-June, 71-89ºF (22-32ºC); July-September, 75-91ºF (24-33ºC); October-December, 68-87ºF (20-31ºC).
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Destination Wedding Information
Due to the Riviera Maya's popularity as a honeymoon destination, many major hotels are happy to arrange a wedding for a visiting couple, and will likely have a wedding coordinator on-site, or be able to refer you to a local company that provides those services. The legal requirements are as follows:
  • Administrative Fees: U.S. $230
  • Waiting period: 2 days (no minimum stay for Cozumel)
  • Passport and birth certificate
  • A copy of tourist card or visa
  • Proof of divorce or death certificate
  • Citizens under age 18 need parent or guardian's consent
  • Names, addresses, ages, nationalities & tourist card numbers of four witnesses
  • A blood test is also required
  • Tests for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV
Riviera Maya Reviews
Quiet, Intimate, Romantic!
by Nicki Peterson last updated on 12/05/2013
One of my favorite resorts is the El Dorado Maroma. From the moment you walk into the lobby and are seated with a glass of sparkling wine while your concierge takes care of your check-in, you start to appreciate the extraordinary ambience of this little...
Zoetry Paraiso de La Bonita
by Christine R last updated on 06/17/2010
On the crystal blue Caribbean shores just south of Cancun lies Zoetry Paraiso de La Bonita resort. If you are looking for an escape from the ordinary all-inclusive and a quiet, relaxing place to reconnect and unwind, Zoetry is what you are looking for...
The ROYAL in Cancun
by Nora Blum last updated on 06/17/2010
Having enjoyed many of the adults only all-inclusives in Mexico, I can say that the ROYAL in Cancun is an excellent choice for those who enjoy activity, nightlife and lots of great dining. The resort has a large open lobby and an excellent lobby bar...
Zoetry Wellness and Spa Resorts
by Adrienne Sasson last updated on 04/22/2010
Brides and grooms, Zoetry Wellness and Spa Resorts, the epitome of luxury resort travel in the Caribbean and Mexico is welcoming the most discerning guests through their doors. Every wish is their command: from private catamaran sailings, to your butler...
Excellence Resorts in Mexico
by Nora Blum last updated on 04/22/2010
I spent several days at both the Excellence Playa Mujeres and the Excellence Riviera Cancun. Both are gorgeous resorts with a very similar layout and restaurants. Choosing between them would be difficult but there are a few differences that I noted...
Secrets Maroma
by Laura Frazier last updated on 10/30/2009
Secrets Maroma Beach is an all-inclusive, adults only resort located 30 miles south of Cancun, Mexico. All-inclusive packages include dining, premium drinks, non-motorized water sports, activities, entertainment, 24-hour room service, etc. It’s an excellent...
El Dorado Royale
by Laura Frazier last updated on 10/29/2009
All Karisma hotels are considered gourmet all-inclusive. Rated as one of the Top 100 resorts in the world by Conde Naste Traveler Readers, this AAA 4-diamond resort is certainly a one-stop destination. El Dorado Royale is an all-inclusive, adults only...
El Dorado Maroma Beach
by Sheree Powers last updated on 09/16/2009
I just returned from a quick getaway with my husband at the El Dorado Maroma Beach. This is a beautiful boutique type property with a lush setting and an absolute gorgeous beach. There are only about 75 rooms, so the special attention to guests is very...
Secrets Maroma Beach
by J M last updated on 11/05/2008
This brand new romantic adults only all inclusive resort is situated on THE BEST beach in all of the Riviera Maya. If walking hand in hand down powder soft pure white sand and splashing in the turquoise Caribbean Sea is what you are looking for on your...
Moon Palace Resort and Spa
by Jennifer Lauer last updated on 11/05/2008
I was able to stay at the Moon Palace Resort and spa in August 2008. I was amazed at the size and what it had to offer! Moon Palace is in the beginning stages of becoming one of the "World's largest resorts". There are three sections...
Iberostar properties - Riviera Maya
by Marianne Woody last updated on 11/05/2008
If pampering is what you are looking for on your honeymoon, look no further than the Iberostar Gran Paraiso. This beautiful adults-only resort is only a little over a year old. It is the newest addition to the massive Iberostar complex near Puerto Moreles...
Iberostar Grand Paraiso
by Tracy Arroyo last updated on 11/05/2008
This is my favorite Adults-Only Resort! It is truly breathtaking! The resort is immaculate, the serenity pool is unbelievable,and the service is top notch. There are a few rocks on the white sand beach, but it is just a little area. If you walk 2 minutes...
El Dorado Maroma
by Haleh Malek last updated on 10/21/2008
I just got back from visiting El Dorado Maroma, an upscale and intimate 72-Room Boutique luxury hotel nestled in the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean. All the rooms are suites, the food is out of...
Gran Porto Real
by Melissa Gutting last updated on 10/21/2008
If you're looking for a wide range of activities, and an awesome location to be able to walk to everything Playa del Carmen has to offer, then the Gran Porto Real is a great choice. This resort is located on a great stretch of beach, in the town of...
Cancun and the Mayan Riviera
by Sue Denno last updated on 07/25/2008
Cancun, including the Mayan Riviera, is a popular destination for ALL INCLUSIVE resorts. There is such a variety of resorts to choose from that we will be able to offer you several options to meet your individual preferences. If your plans include a...
Moon Palace
by Kim Guse last updated on 07/25/2008
Romantic double Jacuzzi, complimentary tours and use of facilities at seven additional Palace Resorts makes your honeymoon at Moon Palace a truly unique experience and a great value. Conveniently located between Cancun and the Riviera Maya, this resort...
Cancun / Riviera Maya
by Adrienne Sasson last updated on 07/25/2008
This area of Mexico is a culture treasure trove of ancient Aztec history mixed with some of the best resorts and beaches in the world. Divers and snorkeling buffs can appreciate the famed coral reefs and underground caves (cenotes). Honeymooners can...
A favorite place for a honeymoon!
by Nancy Dinsdale last updated on 07/25/2008
As a frequent traveler to the Riviera Maya area of Mexico, I often recommend this location for a honeymoon or wedding. This is a convenient location to fly to from most US and Canadian cities. The Riviera Maya starts about 20 minutes south of the Cancun...
El Dorado Royale
by J M last updated on 07/25/2008
An enchantingly romantic escape for lovers is what my wife and I call this naturally secluded beach resort. This is wedding and honeymoon heaven. They supply all of the tools and it is up to you to use them. Palapas, chaise lounges, hammocks, beach...
Aventura Spa Palace
by Jen Norton last updated on 07/25/2008
One of my favorite adults-only resorts . . . The room is designed so you really do not leave unless you want to with 24 hour room service, jacuzzi in the room, a liquor dispenser and a hammock on the balcony. The pool is very beautiful and so big that...
Snorkeling in the Mayan Riviera
by Carol Flanigan last updated on 07/08/2008
The 70 miles south of Cancun that comprise the Mayan Riviera provide some of the best snorkeling spots in the world. The coral reef that runs along this coast is one of the world's longest, second only to the Great Barrier reef off of Australia. ...