Riviera Maya Travel Guide

  • Mexico's breathtaking beaches and historical sites

    Travellers fly to Cancún to discover the Mayan Riviera, a tropical strip of coast along the Gulf of Mexico. Among the many things to do, tourists love it for its exceptional beaches, exotic marine life, lagoons and coral reefs, fun excursions, as well as its many archaeological sites—a unique mix that makes Riviera Maya one of Mexico’s most popular destinations.

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  • Beaches

    Named for the fair woman, Isla Mujeres is a beach lover’s paradise for its white sands, stunning lagoons and coral reefs rippling with tropical fish and other oceanic treasures. Tourists also flock to Cancún, known for its long, white beach on the Caribbean sea and its deluxe hotels.

  • Riviera Maya: a diver’s dream

    All passionate divers know about Cozumel Will open in a separate browser window, Mexico’s largest island surrounded by turquoise blue waters and exquisite coral reefs. A must-see destination for die-hard divers who love unforgettable experiences along the ocean floor.

  • The ancient city of Tulum

    The walled city of Tulum stood from 900 to 1540 AD. Although its temples and buildings are smaller than those found in Chichén Itza, Tulum is a compelling testament to its Toltec and Mayan roots.

  • Outdoor adventures

    Travellers wishing to explore the Mayan Riviera and Cancún region should head to Playa del Carmen, a popular spot with hikers, archaeology buffs and nature lovers of all kinds.

  • Nightlife

    When the sun goes down on the Riviera Maya, party people head to Cancún Will open in a separate browser window or further south to Playa del Carmen for a night out on the town. Both cities are bustling with restaurants, bars and discos begging for patrons to dance the night away.

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Entry and exit requirements
It is important to note that it is the passenger’s responsibility to verify and comply with the Mexican government’s entry and exit requirements. It is possible to consult our practical guide for travellers to learn more about the current requirements.

For more information about passport and visa requirements, visit the Government of Canada Will open in a separate browser window travel website.

Presence of Sargassum in Mexico and the Caribbean
Depending on the weather conditions, winds and tides may bring large quantities of Sargassum to shore. Since seaweed moves with the ocean currents, quantities may vary by place and day. Transat would like to inform its clients that this natural phenomenon beyond its control affects several parts of Mexico and the Caribbean. Although the presence of this brown seaweed is greater than usual, our hotel partners are making every effort to clean the beaches when necessary.

New anti-smoking legislation in Mexico
Since January 2023, smoking is strictly prohibited in public places in Mexico. This law applies to beaches, parks, hotels, and restaurants. It is also illegal to bring electronic cigarettes or vaping devices and their solutions into Mexico. Violators may be subject to fines or detention.

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