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Family Beach Vacation on the Riviera Maya

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A quick drive from Cancún, the Yucatán Peninsula’s eastern shore is home to spectacular beaches and the world’s second-longest coral reef. A hideout for hippies and honeymooners, it’s lately become a magnet for families, who’ve discovered the impressive waterfront resorts, plus snorkeling, eco-parks, and Mayan ruins all within reach.

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Destinations: Cancún · Playa del Carmen · Tulum · Riviera Maya

Inspired by: 4 Great Resorts on the Riviera Maya | T+L Family — by Rachel Urquhart, Published Nov. 2006

Hotels (4)

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    Hotel Club Akumal Caribe

    Located on the shore of Akumal Bay in the Maya Riviera, this sprawling hotel has a variety of accommodation options, including 21 beachfront hotel

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    Iberostar Paraíso Maya Hotel

    Located on Playa Paraíso, this all-inclusive beach resort is one of the most family friendly hotels in the Yucatán region. The centerpiece of the r... More
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    Azul Beach Hotel by Karisma

    Azul Beach Resort knows just how to appeal to first-time all-inclusive guests. The resort has just 97 guest rooms, each featuring a patio or balcon

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    The “essence” of Mexico’s Riviera Maya rests 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen and takes the form of a beachfront boutique hotel on a quiet esta

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    Sal y Fuego

    Located at the Hotel Esencia on Mexico's Caribbean coast, Sal y Fuego specializes in Meso-American-style cuisine. Many of the ingredients that go i

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Activities (3)

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    Hidden Worlds

    A mix of guided jungle and water activities are offered at this park in an up-close, jungle environment. Water activities are focused on snorkeling

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    An ecological theme park, Xcaret has a plentiful roster of activities and attractions focused on the surrounding natural environment and Mexico's c

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    Tulum Ruins

    The 11th-century walled city's 15 pyramids are illuminated in shades of red, blue, and amber for 45-minute nighttime tours. The "Visitas Nocturnas"

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