Spend your vacation immersed in nature’s beauty, on land and in the ocean, with a trip to Riviera Maya.

This area on the east coast of Mexico features 100 miles of coastline, with incredible beaches looking out on turquoise water, and looking inland at mangroves and lagoons. There are also ancient Mayan cities, ecological reserves and adventure parks to explore, and the world’s second largest coral reef for snorkeling or diving.

Aerial View of Beach at Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya is located south of the resort city of Cancun, stretching down the coastline and including the cities of Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal and Tulum.

The activities and adventures here are endless, and include ocean activities like snorkeling in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second longest in the world, as well as swimming, scuba diving, sailing, and jet-skiing in the clear water of the Caribbean. On land, excursions include zip-lining, horseback riding, swimming in cenotes, and guided jungle tours. 

The ecoparks of Xcaret and Xel-Ha are natural water theme parks that provide diversity and range in activities. And the Mayan ruins are a wonder of archeology, with sites at Tulum on the coast, and Chichen Itza and Coba located inland.

You can choose to stay in many spots along the shoreline and use your resort as a home base to explore all the area has to offer.

Families can stay at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, or Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa. The Dreams Resorts provide a high level of luxury for families or couples looking for romance. The beachfront settings and spacious rooms and suites make it easy to enjoy the resort. There are Explorer’s Clubs for Kids and Core Zone Teens Clubs as well as spas, pools, activities and of course the beach. Gourmet dining experiences complete your stay at Dreams.

Manatees – Swim-Up Bar

Couples might want the adults-only luxury of Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya, ideally located in the heart of the Riviera Maya. The natural surroundings of this resort make it easy to see why Akumal translates to “Place of Turtles” in Mayan. You can kayak, paddleboard or just relax on the pristine beach, or kick back in the resort’s expansive infinity pool, serene pool or one of many other pools on site.

Nighttime Entertainment Show

All of these locations offer the beauty of the ocean and the reef, and are all located near the centuries-old Mayan sites of Tulum and Coba, the mystical cenotes of the area, and the eco-parks Xcaret and Xel-Ha.

When you’re ready to explore all the Riviera Maya has to offer, consider making Dreams or Secrets Resorts your home base. Visit the Ultimate Vacation Club to make your choice when planning your next vacation.


The Unlimited Vacation Club by AMResorts is an exclusive travel club whose members receive VIP privileges at AMResorts properties in Mexico, the Caribbean, Panama and Costa Rica, including guaranteed preferred rates and special offers.

Through a variety of participation levels—Pearl, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Impression—discerning travelers can earn free nights stays at luxurious resorts and access to exclusive partner offers. In addition, participants can take advantage of discounted rates for a variety of room types at different AMResorts properties.

AMResorts’ brands Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas, Dreams Resorts & Spas, Now Resorts & Spas, Reflect Resorts & Spas and Sunscape Resorts & Spas include a wide variety of upscale travel experiences from adult destinations to wellness resorts and family-oriented properties.