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Mexico's Caribbean Coast

Cancun & Riviera Maya

Cancun & Riviera Maya

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is renowned worldwide for its stunning beaches of powder-soft white sand and turquoise blue water, complimented by unique natural landscapes including cenotes for swimming, mangroves, and jungles.  More than just beautiful beach, you can experience a rich Mayan culture with visits to archaeological landmarks and World Heritage sites like Chichén Itzá, Tulum, or Coba.  Find every type of adventure from theme parks to a day of deep-sea fishing or a night partying at the clubs.  Spa or golf lovers will have a hard time choosing between the dozens of award-winning options.  Foodies are in heaven – here you’ll enjoy traditional Mexican cuisine, unique fusion foods, fish fresh from sea, locally-grown produce, and even a good ol’ hamburger!  Wine enthusiasts are often surprised by the nuanced profiles a tequila or mezcal tasting reveal.

Known universally for their hospitality and quality of service, there are a variety of resorts catering to all travelers, while some specialize in romance, family, or luxury vacationers.  After a conversation about your Vacation Vibe, a Paper Ticket Agent will recommend the resorts and activities that are best suited for you!

Fast Facts



Required Documentation

A Passport is Required

Languages Spoken

Spanish, and English is widely spoken


Mexican Peso, and the US Dollar is widely accepted


761,600 mi²

Get to Know the Region

Are Cancun and Riviera Maya the Same Place?

Geographically, Cancun is a large city which includes the “Tourism Zone” – a small peninsula with a lagoon on one side, the Caribbean Sea on the other.  Riviera Maya is a region south of Cancun beginning at the town of Puerto Morelos and stretching nearly 90 miles down to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere.  Both Cancun and Riviera Maya are known for beautiful beaches and resorts catering to every type of traveler, with some specializing in romance, families, or luxury.

The Tourism Zone is known primarily for the abundance of shopping, restaurants, and bars – which stay active well into the night! – where the Riviera Maya is reputed to be a bit more laid back.  Near the end of the Riviera Maya, Tulum’s boho chic vibe attracts the Instagram crowd.  In recent years, the region north of Cancun known as Playa Mujeres was developed significantly with several internationally known resorts now established within a gated community.  The nearby islands of Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, and Holbox are also popular for scuba divers or those seeking the ultimate disconnect (i.e., no TV at some of these resorts!)

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