5 Things You Need for the Perfect Tropical Vacation in Riviera Maya

With summer in full swing, a lot of us are dreaming of the perfect tropical getaway. Whether you are looking for a cultural experience or the perfect beach, here are the five things you need for the perfect tropical vacation.

Who is not pining away for a dream vacation? What’s not to love any time of year? Blue skies, sparkling azure seas, white sandy beaches, swaying palms, a breeze in your hair, sand between your toes and a cold drink in your hand.

Most of us would book the next flight out, if only we could. An abundance of places across the world let you relax on a palm-studded beach while gazing at crystal water and soaking up the sun, but some locations have something extra-special that entices repeat visitors.

The best tropical vacations occur in places where the beaches are spectacular, culture is rich, and there is amazing food, an abundance of water-sports and luxurious accommodations. The Riviera Maya is one such place.

The Riviera Maya is drenched in historical culture, set along a stretch of Caribbean coastline on Mexico’s northeastern Yucatán Peninsula. It is known for its numerous all-inclusive resorts, lush tropical flora and its stunning beaches.

To the south, Tulum is home to the preserved ruins of an ancient Mayan port city, perched high above the sea. Pack your bags and answer the call of the sea siren: visit Riviera Maya. Here are 5 reasons why you should.

Perfect All-Inclusive Hotel


Relax in exquisite beauty at the perfect all-inclusive hotel, Barceló Riviera Maya. This recently renovated, luxurious 5-star resort offers the most superior stay on an idyllic beach in Riviera Maya. This secluded, all-inclusive beachfront resort also offers gourmet food, unlimited drinks, large, well-appointed rooms and a vast variety of activities.

Lush Surroundings

Surround yourself with beautiful, sandy beaches and sparkling blue water. Tropical flora flourishes in Riviera Maya, spilling along the coastline and all around the grounds of the Barceló Riviera Maya Hotel. The breeze will whip through your hair as you soak up the sun on the powdery sand.

Unique Culture

Riviera Maya is dripping with rich history and culture. The ancient Maya civilization is the highest cultural legacy in the Caribbean. The Maya are believed to have originated in the Yucatán around 2600 B.C. Tulum is the most famous Mayan archaeological site in the Riviera Maya. Travelers will find more than 60 well-preserved structures at Tulum.

Also, consider visiting Cobá. Many architectural structures have been uncovered at Coba, including the Grand Pyramid with an astounding 120 stairs. Early in the morning, in the surrounding jungle, you are likely to see birds, butterflies and other animals.

Beach Gear


One of the most important parts of a tropical vacation is the beach, of course, so you have to be sure to have your beach gear ready. 20 years ago, beach gear was simply sunscreen, towels and maybe some plastic sand toys for the children. In the 21st century, we think you should step up your beach gear game.

For sand castles, we got rid of the environmentally-harmful plastics and replaced them with Zoë B biodegradable beach toys, which are corn-sugar-based bioplastic and break down to organic materials in as little as two years if immersed in water or soil.

For older children and adults, check out the Explorer Series snorkel mask and attached camera! If you have been snorkeling in tropical waters before, you know the beauty that swims beneath the surface. All the bright colors and unique fish can now easily be photographed with the 5-megapixel camera and hands-free snap! To learn about other great beach gear you never knew you needed, read more here.

Fabulous Shopping

Travelers should bring plenty cash to Riviera Maya. Shop for souvenirs, unique trinkets, designer styles, bargain retail items and local handicrafts. Play the bargaining game at numerous markets. There are great bargains to be found on local silver. If you are really in need of retail therapy while visiting the Riviera Maya, all shopping roads lead to Playa del Carmen, Mexico’s Rodeo Drive.

Exciting Activities and Excursions


Barceló Maya Riviera, the perfect all-inclusive hotel, abounds in activities to suit all interests and curiosities, from swimming and beach volleyball to dancing and live music. Steps away from the resort, there are many more excursions to entice guests. Catch dinner on a deep-sea fishing tour, sail in the blue waters of the sea, swim with dolphins and sting rays, snorkel or experience exotic wildlife in the jungle.

Get ready for the call of the wild and be prepared for anything. Whatever adventure or respite you seek, Riviera Maya offers it all.

So, there you have it. What else would you want for your tropical vacation? Let us know some of your ideas.

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Jessica Oaks

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