This past week was spent in the riviera. No, not the French riviera but a more tropical one.

The Cancun Riviera Maya.

Riviera Maya, Mexico Vacation Guide


Contrary to the beliefs of many who think that Cancun is a “U-shaped” piece of land slammed with hotels on top of each other, there lies a bit of Caribbean paradise only 25 minutes south.

Due to its location on the Caribbean Sea, the Riviera Maya down to Tulum contains similar personality traits to any other island in the Caribbean. The land is filled with wild animals such as spider monkeys, crocodiles, coatis, and tropical birds. The land has mangrove fields for days and the ocean side is lined thick with palm trees.

The best part is the water. As you head south of Cancun, the sea becomes something to boast about. The water is crystal clear turquoise and the sand, well white sand takes on a new meaning. This tropical paradise truly is one of a kind.

As you head south from Cancun the beach changes drastically from one area to another. It starts in Puerto Morelos, then Maroma Beach, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and finishes up in Tulum. Make sure ahead of time you talk to someone about the beach you signed up for. A week long vacation spent at a rocky small piece of beach can be a disappointment.

While I was down there (for my job as a travel agent), I spent most of my time doing site inspections. Seeing a lot of the different resorts, it was amazing to see how each resort had its own personality. It was a great opportunity to understand the lay of the land in person. The hospitality is overwhelming when you arrive. Instead of saying “welcome,” most of the resorts say “Welcome Home.” You feel as if you are part of their family.

If you are looking for a tropical getaway to put your toes in the sand, this is the place to go.


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(a big thank you to Excellence Riviera and Karisma Resorts for the hospitality and thank you to Mayaland Tours and Lomas Travel for all the transportation.)

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    Fantastically written! I agree with your view of the wonderful area called Riviera Maya. I have enjoyed many long Mayan-Caribbean days on those beaches. Besides the gorgeous beaches; I like to shop the local villages, hike around the mayan ruins and cool off in an underground river. You have sparked my day-dreaming and reminded me of lovely days gone past.

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    Great post! I just discovered your blog and enjoy reading your travel articles. I was thinking of planning a trip to Mexico and this really helped. Beautiful photos as well!

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    Great post! I just discovered your blog and enjoy reading your travel articles. I was thinking of planning a trip to Mexico and this really helped. Beautiful photos as well!

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    Great post! I just discovered your blog and enjoy reading your travel articles. I was thinking of planning a trip to Mexico and this really helped. Beautiful photos as well!

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      jessica wright Reply

      thank you stephanie, so happy to hear it was helpful. I would love to help you plan your trip to Mexico. I am a full service travel agent. Send over an email and we can discuss details!

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    I just found your blog while looking for packages in Riviera. Love the minimalist blog look and beautiful photos.

    I dream that I could live your reality one day!

    If you don’t mind me asking, how safe was your trip into Mexico? Is this part relatively safe of any harm? This will be my first trip to Mexico.

    ThanksNira

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      jessica wright Reply

      Thanks Nira. The trip was very safe. If you like, I am a full service travel agent and can help you with your trip. Feel free to email me: jessica@divinedw.com

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    We are here now, finding some parts much nicer than others! Did you check out Isla Mujeres? It was by far our most favourite with the clearest water.

    Do you have recommendations for affordable accommodation in Tulum? That is where we are heading next.

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