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mayan riviera

mayan riviera mexico

The Spanish conquistadors arrived off Mexico’s Mayan Riviera in the 16th century to discover a stunning Caribbean coastline of white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters…

Our recommended places to stay here include:

Beneath these clear waters and bays, lies the world's longest barrier reef, running from the border of Belize in the south to the north eat tip of the Yucatan peninsula. Some of the world’s finest dive sites are found around these tropical shores.  The Mayan Riviera also has an extraordinary network of underground cenotes (limestone sinkholes), which you can dive, swim and snorkel in.

Everyone who visits these shores will enjoy the fantastic beaches, laid-back lifestyle, and the perfect climate. 

Best time to visit is from February to May, but it's also great from November to January - just a little cooler.

It's also worthwhile exploring the majestic Mayan ruins at Tulum and inland at Cobá.  Admittedly, the clifftop ruins at Tulum are not the finest example of Mayan civilisation, but their spectacular location high above the Caribbean goes a long way to compensate.  For the best of the Mayan ruins you need to head further inland on the Yucatan Pensinsula

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Weather

The Mayan Riviera has a subtropical climate, so its weather ranges from warm to hot for most of the year. The average temperature over the year is about 80ºF or 27ºC and the sea is almost always warm enough for a swim.

The coolest time of year falls between November and January. During these months the daytime temperatures are very comfortable and warm, but the air tends to cool off at night. 

From February to May the weather is at its most pleasant and the flowers come in to bloom. The sea is calm for swimming and there is very little rain. 

From June to August the weather becomes very hot. The sea is calm and the air warm even through the night. There may be storms from time to time at this time of year, but usually the afternoon thunderstorms don’t last.

Hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin (which accounts for hurricanes on the Caribbean shore of Mexico) starts June 1 and ends November 30.  Maximum activity is between August and October.

Everything else

  • Flying time from London:  10 hours 
  • Currency:  Peso
  • Language:  Spanish
  • Visa requirements:  A tourist card is required, this can be obtained at the border or from a consulate before you travel.
  • Time difference:  GMT -6
zoetry paraiso de la bonita

zoetry paraiso de la bonita


mayan riviera, mexico    7 nights all incl from £1,950

Famous for its award winning Thalasso spa, Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita is a luxury hideaway set on an isolated stretch of white sand beach overlooking the turquoise Caribbean.

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viceroy riviera maya

viceroy riviera maya


mayan riviera, mexico    7 nights from £2,160

A fabulous, luxurious adult-only hideaway set amongst tropical jungle overlooking seven miles of secluded white sand beaches and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

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esencia

esencia


mayan riviera, mexico    7 nights from £2,175

On the crisp white sandy beaches of Mexicos famous Mayan Riviera, hidden away down a dirt track, and far away from Cancuns crowds, Esencia can be descibed as the epitome of the luxury boutique hideaway.

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banyan tree mayakoba

banyan tree mayakoba


mayan riviera, mexico    7 nights from £2,350

Banyan Tree Mayakoba is an exceptional resort, set amongst the mangroves and lagoons of the Riviera Maya. A signature Banyan Tree spa is on site for ultimate pampering.

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