GALLERY: Riviera Maya – Mexico Beach!

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The Mayan Riviera is a stretch of immaculate Mexican beaches spanning the towns between Puerto Morelos in the north and Tulum in the south. The pristine shoreline features aquatic activities, luxury resorts, soothing spas and vivacious nightlife.

Puerto Morelos is considered to be the gateway to the Mayan Riviera. Its warm, welcoming beaches match the temperament of its people. The main beach is in the center of town, with smooth, natural sand and cerulean waters. To the north and south of this are smaller, private stretches of sand belonging to resorts.

Staying in Riviera Maya means staying on the water: you’ll want to take advantage of the beach as much as possible.

Hundreds of hotels line the coastal corridor in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, but some face man-made lagoons — not the Caribbean Sea, many are plagued by seaweed, and others occupy small and rocky beachfronts.

Our reporters vetted more than 200 Riviera Maya hotels to locate the ones with the best beachfronts. Take a look at our picks for the top beach hotels in Tulum, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Playa Paraiso, Playa Maroma, and Akumal.