Gran Bahia Principe Tulum, Riviera Maya
What is Riviera Maya?
New tourists to the east coast of Mexico often wonder – what is Riviera Maya? Today it’s a stretch of coastline filled with all inclusive resorts from Cancún to Tulum. Some people will argue that Cancún isn’t part of Riviera Maya, but you won’t be able to tell the difference. Cancún is much larger than the other towns south of it, though. The Riviera Maya covers more than 2 hours of driving along the coast.
Cliff Jumping, Xel-Há Park
The town of Playa del Carmen is in between Tulum and Cancún. From Playa del Carmen you can catch a ferry to Cozumel. Check for travel advisories though, because there was a bombing on the Cozumel ferry in 2017. The Sian Ka’an Biosphere marks the southern end of the Riviera Maya.
Beach, Tulum Ruins
Riviera Maya has several large theme parks. You can buy tickets including bus transportation from most major hotels and resorts or pre-book online with the links here. In the Playa del Carmen area, Xcaret, Xenses and Xplor are popular theme parks. Xcaret, Xenses and Xplor theme parks are right beside each other. In the Tulum area, try the Xel-Há Park. Read the Xel-Há Tulum Tour blog for more information.
Riviera Maya Weather
Riviera Maya weather is humid and warm on a year round basis. From May to September average highs are 91 (33 C) and average lows are 77 F (25 C). In the winter months from December to February, the average highs are 83 F (28 C) and average lows are 70 F (21 C). Rainfall is very slight from February – April and is heaviest in September and October. The excellent Riviera Maya weather in February makes it extremely popular. Christmas and spring break are also very popular. The best rates for this area are from August to October, but there’s a reason for this – hurricane season.