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Riviera Cancun, Mexico

Holidays in Riviera Cancun

The best of both worlds

It’s easy to see why this is Mexico’s most popular spot. It’s near to the bustling nightlife in Cancun, yet has powder-soft beaches right on its doorstep. Stay here, and you are also within easy reach of the Mayan ruins, offering an authentic taste of Mexico.

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Hotels in Riviera Cancun

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Essential information for Riviera Cancun

Local Time
-6hrs
Currently
Language
Flag of Mexico
Spanish
Currency
Mexican Peso
Official currency of Mexico
Flight information
10h 40m
Cancun (CUN)
Indirect flight
Flight schedule
Fly direct on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday.
Indirect Virgin Atlantic flights are available from London Heathrow.

Do I need a visa?

No, UK passport holders don't need a visa for Mexico. You'll just need to complete a tourist card on your flight to Cancun.

However, if you are travelling via the USA, then you will need to apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) no less than 72 hours prior to travelling.

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

Getting around

The local bus service connecting Cancun and Playa Del Carmen runs every ten minutes. Alternatively, taxis are available, but can be a little pricey so don’t forget to agree a price with your driver before you leave. If you want to travel further afield, car hire is available from most hotels, with the Highway 307 along the coast giving easy access to the Riviera Maya.

Highlights of Riviera Cancun, Mexico

Hop across the sizzling powder sands, splash into the crystal clear Caribbean, dance and drink until it’s dawn then chill among the indescribable Mayan ruins. For a holiday that will live with you forever, visit the Riviera Cancun, and readjust your image of Mexico – no sleepy desert towns here. With oodles to offer both couples and families, the Riviera Cancun is a playground in paradise.

Riviera Cancun has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With fine, white, powdered sand and shimmering turquoise water, these are beaches that cry out ‘play on me’, and waters that call out ‘jump in me!’ Their lure is irresistible. Playa Del Carmen is an international beach and resort which makes a superb base for an amazing holiday. All of our hotels on the Riviera Cancun are on the beach.

Sure, you can party 365 days of the year in Cancun, but pick the right hotel and you can also leave the glorious mayhem to others, while you enjoy a relaxed holiday swimming and exploring the beautiful coast. And with superb swimming pools the norm at all our resorts – and kids clubs too – you’ll always have something for the younger members of your crew to do on holidays to Riviera Cancun.

  • The relaxed shores south of Cancun are perfect for families. By making your holiday to Riviera Cancun all inclusive, relaxing is even easier, with loads of dining options to suit every member of your party. Take a look at the family-friendly Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun, with its 2,000 sq ft Spa, six reservation-free restaurants and extensive kids’ activities, the relaxed Now Jade Riviera Cancun with its own private beach or the Dreams Riviera Cancun with its activity-packed kids clubs and moonlit movie nights.
  • Explore the leaning lighthouse and Mayan Handicraft Centre in peaceful Puerto Morelos.
  • Head south to find the ‘Jardin Botanico’ (Botanical Gardens).
  • Walk amongst wild spider monkeys, macaws and crocodiles at the Croco Cun Zoo.
  • Visit Chichén Itzá and the Tulum ruins for experiences that will educate as well as amaze.
  • Enjoy boutique shopping and mariachi bands along Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue) in Playa del Carmen.

The Riviera Cancun has a deserved reputation as one of the best party destinations on the map. With world-class DJs, reasonably priced drinks and entrance fees, and a huge choice of venues to visit, the party faithful can have all the fun.

  • The Riviera Cancun has an excellent variety of adults-only resorts. Check out the all-inclusive Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun with its infinity pool and late-night bar or its twin the Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun.
  • Enjoy clubs and bars open on a 24-hour basis for those who have the capacity to party all day and all night. There are many on the doorstep, or you can hit the big metropolis of Cancun itself.

You don’t have to lie prone on a beach for two weeks, (although nobody will bat an eyelid if you do). Should you want to get out there and explore, there are plenty of unique and extraordinary opportunities for adventure on Riviera Cancun holidays.

  • Take a deep breath and go diving in the coral reef, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience this incredible living organism and all the creatures that coexist with it. Experienced divers can explore the Puerto Morelos shipwreck.
  • Get all ‘Indy’ with it. Doctor Jones would approve of an adventure to the ancient city of Chichén Itzá, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, which was built by the Mayan civilization around 600 AD. In the centre of the site sits the Temple of Kukulkan (also known as El Castillo), an ancient stepped pyramid straight out of the movies.
  • Cenotes are an incredible local geographical feature formed when the roofs of caves collapse, leaving refreshing underground pools open to the air. The Mayans believed they were gateways to the afterlife, today these limpid green pools are gateways to climbing, zip-lining, bungee-jumping, swimming and snorkelling fun.
  • Go surfing, snorkelling, kite-boarding, paragliding, speed-boating, paddle-boarding, jet-skiing, sports fishing and more. If it’s fun and you can do it in the water, you’re in the right place.

Whether you are after an all-inclusive holiday on the Riviera Cancun, Mexico, or a flexible package, you won’t go wrong with our hand-picked selection of hotels. All are purpose built to deliver the ultimate in beach and relaxing holidays, while conveniently situated for local attractions. And many offer that little extra luxurious touch to make sure your holiday hits just the right spot.

This part of the world is dotted with fascinating glimpses into the distant past. At locations such as Chichén Itzá and the Tulum ruins, you can absorb the spine-tingling atmosphere as you tread where other humans have also trod for millennia. Ask your Virgin Holidays concierge for details of trips to experience these incredible ancient sites.

Mexico is a riot of colour and noise, and that’s just as true of the local food as it is of the famous mariachi bands that will serenade you all over. All Riviera Cancun resorts we feature offer international cuisine as well as local dishes, but if you are feeling adventurous here are some taste sensations to enjoy.

  • Quesadillas are folded tortillas filled with melted cheese, herbs and a vast variety of exotic fillings.
  • Enchiladas are rolled tortillas filled with meat, cheese, beans or vegetables, drenched in delicious chilli pepper sauce.
  • Salbutes are local family favourites consisting of a puffed, fried tortilla topped with pulled chicken or turkey, pickled red onion, avocado and jalapeño.
  • Fajitas are sizzling hot-plates of meat, onions and bell peppers for you to spoon into tortillas, add sour cream, pico de gallo (a freshly flavoured salsa) and cheese, and roll into squelching fat tubes of deliciousness.
  • Cochinita Pibil is a slow roasted pork dish rubbed in nutty, sweet achiote paste and wrapped in banana leaves, dubbed “the king of the Mayan barbeque pit”.
  • Habanero Chilli is one of the more intensely spicy species of the chilli pepper. The crop is widely cultivated in the Yucatan peninsula, which is why it accompanies most dishes in Yucatan either in solid or puree/salsa form. Consume with care!

Whether you’re looking to relax on sun-drenched beaches, party the night away or explore fascinating Mayan history, Riviera Cancun holidays have something for everyone. From all-inclusive packages to luxury stays, discover our wonderful Riviera Cancun hotels today.

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  • Any holidays departing before 27th April 2020.
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We understand you may want to change your holiday plans. You can postpone your holiday to any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes.

For now, we do ask you not to contact us. As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have already been directly affected by cancellations. We will contact you as soon as we can, or if there are any further changes that could affect your holiday.

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Please look out for an email from us in the coming days and weeks with our latest advice. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

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In line with the advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK, and known airline cancellations, all trips booked from June onwards are currently going ahead as planned.

As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have been directly affected by cancellations.

So, for now, we ask you not to contact us. Rest assured we are contacting all of our customers by email in departure date order to support them with options, and we will absolutely let you know if your situation changes.

Please look out for an email from us in the coming weeks. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

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We are sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday. When you rebook, we’d like to gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles too.

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Rather than cancel, if you’d like to travel with us sometime in the future, we would still love to find a great holiday for you (and gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles as a thank you).

If you'd prefer to cancel completely, we understand. We will refund you in full. We’re currently dealing with a huge volume of enquiries from our customers, including refund requests. Because of this, it’s likely it will take much longer than usual to process your refund. We’re very grateful for your continued patience, and we’ll work as quickly as we can to get to you.

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No need to contact us. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

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You can postpone your holiday to travel any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes and our Service Team are there to help – just give us a call.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

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No problem! To amend your holiday dates, just give us a call. Any amendments to your booking can be made for £50pp, and our Service Team can help you decide on dates, or even a different destination.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

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