Riviera Maya: the ideal place for a holiday with RIU

date_range 10 December, 2019 label , , question_answer 2 Comments

The Riviera Maya has a special air about it that you will pick up on the minute you touch down. We are going to be focusing on one particular area, Playa del Carmen. A genuine paradise! At RIU we want you to enjoy yourself as much as possible, which is why we are going to let you into some of the secrets to having an authentic experience in this unique destination.

Discover Playa del Carmen's secrets with RIU

  1. The depths of the Caribbean sea

One of the attractions of this region is undoubtedly the Caribbean Sea, where you can spend many an hour in rest and relaxation. We suggest that you lay back on the white sands of the beach and gaze into the horizon and appreciate the spectacular sunsets unfolding before your very eyes. If you are more of an early riser, why not watch the sunrise and experience the dawn on the Riviera Maya. It’s spectacular!

Enjoy the heavenly Playa del Carmen with RIU

However, its beaches are not the only captivating thing about this area. We also suggest you take an evening amble along Playa del Carmen’s Quinta Avenida. This place is considered the heart of the city and you simply must take a stroll along it at some point during your holidays. And what’s the reason? On this pedestrian street near the beach you will find restaurants, spas, shops, cafés and so much more, designed to ensure you spend an enjoyable day.

Visit Andador de Solidaridad's Christmas tree

  1. Their amazing Christmas

Since the Christmas season is almost upon us we wanted to tell you how to experience Christmas in this destination, in case you decide to opt for something a bit different this year. If you want to experience this time of year like a local you will have to visit the famous Andador de Solidaridad in the evening, located in a square which features a huge Christmas tree and beautiful decorations. And what’s best of all is that Santa Claus will be there to see the children and if you choose, you can give toys to underprivileged children.

Visit Andador de Solidaridad's Christmas tree

Although there is no chance of snowfall in this part of the world, at RIU we suggest you make your own snowman with the Caribbean sand. Now that’s original!

Make a snowman out of sand with RIU this Christmas

Christmastime is always special wherever you are, however, if you choose to spend Christmas in the Riviera Maya together with your family why not stay at the recently renovated Riu Palace Riviera Maya? There is still time to book a room! What’s more, you can always celebrate the new year at our fantastic New Year’s Eve meal held at the hotel. You could then go to Playa del Carmen’s Quinta Avenida and enjoy the wondrous riot of colours at the annual fireworks display. An amazing show!

  1. World-renowned architecture

If you go to Playa del Carmen, you simply cannot leave without first visiting the spectacular Mayan archaeological sites which will absolutely enchant you. The areas of Tulum and Chicen Itzá have both been declared UNESCO world heritage sites. Since 2007 Chicen Itzá is even included as one of the seven wonders of the modern world!

Take a trip to the Mayan ruins with RIU

Take our advice and marvel at these amazing examples of the architecture of Mexican history.

Although we have highlighted three essential activities, this destination has much more to offer you, such as snorkelling on the Island of Cozumel, discovering beaches, nature parks and its unbelievable landscapes. Whether you visit Mexico for Christmas or for some other reason, RIU will be waiting for you on the Riviera Maya Don’t hesitate any longer!


  • john callaghan

    loved our 50th wedding anniversary at the riu palace riviera maya in november 2016 want to come back in november 2023 (hope there is room for us) going to riu costa del sol in august 2022 . hope some of the great staff are still at the riu palace riviera . new layout and rooms look great. cheers

    • Riu Hotels

      Hi John!

      Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us! See you soon!

      Kind regards,
      RIU Hotels & Resorts

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