Honeymoon Destination: Riviera Maya, Mexico

The stunning coastline of Mexico’s Caribbean collection may be home to honeymoon favorite, Playa del Carmen, but the Riviera Maya isn’t just a one-stop shop. In fact, this is the only place in the world where you can swim alongside an archaeological site and snorkel inside the earth’s largest aquarium.

Enjoy the modern day conveniences of shopping quaint shops and bar-hopping on La Quinta Avenida in Playa del Carmen or explore ancient caves in Aktun Chen. From one of the most spectacular theme parks you’ll ever try (Xcaret) to exploring a traditional Mayan Village, couples who want to have the option of modern day adventure amidst ancient activities, the Riviera Maya can handle such ambidexterity.

Whether you seek rustic or regal, the Riviera Maya is as unexpectedly diverse as any honeymoon destination should be.

Most Popular Honeymoon Destinations in Riviera Maya

Playa Del Carmen – Distinct among its peers, this Yucatan jewel is refined in both culture and commercial appeal. Its nightlife can rival any U.S. downtown strip, but honeymooners can also enjoy romantic outings like horseback riding through the jungle to Maroma Beach Rancho Baaxal.

If you want something unique to this part of Mexico, Rio Secreto is an underground cave that requires you to walk, swim, and float among clear waters until you come to the most remarkable opening, layered with thousands of drippy stalactites and stalagmites. This is one rock show you won’t ever forget.

Cancun – Built from an empty sand bar, this party zone has come a long way from its humble beginnings. With amazing five-star hotels and beaches, as well as all-inclusive resorts aplenty- this is one place in the Riviera that won’t require any planning. Just pack a few sarongs and flip flops while you slip away into a state of complete relaxation.

Most Romantic Honeymoon Spots in Riviera Maya

Tulum – This may be one of the most romantic places in the entire Riviera Maya — not only because it has some of the most gorgeous beaches in the Caribbean, but also because of its ancient appeal. With Mayan villages tucked between ruins and stretches of white beach, Tulum offers a unique apex of modernity and mystique.

But don’t worry, this Yucatan archipelago doesn’t end at outdoor appeal. It is also known for having some of the best spas in the entire Riviera. Specializing in modern interpretations of ancient massage treatments, Xpa Xelha is one of the top rated spas. Bonus? Honeymooners can swim with stingrays before or after – now that’s electric.

Puerto Morelos – A peaceful village in the Riviera, this is the place to choose for couples who simply want to avoid the glitz of a big city and revel in the island life. With eco adventures like exploring the jungle in Jeeps or taking a bike ride on a quiet road, this is the place for lovers who want to spend some true quality time.

Culture Clue-In

The Mayan culture is one of the first civilizations to excel in math, arts, and science. This brainy background plays into its many sights. Couples can experience one of the most advanced, yet extinct, people groups as if they were still very much alive. Whether you see some of the modern sights in Playa del Carmen or Cancun or choose to see more ancient interests like those in Tulum or Puerto Morelos, the Riviera Maya has culture and history to the hilt.

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