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Riviera Maya, Mexico Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 2
Total Sleeping Rooms 211
Average Hotel Room Rate MXN 1,319
Average Daily Meal Cost MXN 841
Average Weekly Car Rental MXN 2,356

Riviera Maya, Mexico Meeting Planning Overview

A true tropical paradise, Riviera Maya is well known for its exciting eco adventures, relaxing white beaches and archeological treasures. But this scenic setting serves as much more than just a backdrop for tropical getaways or family vacations. It also sets the stage for successful meetings where attendees can be inspired by the peaceful surroundings. Planners can find plenty to enjoy in this 120-kilometer-long stretch along the coast of the Caribbean Sea, from a zero percent tax on conventions to top-notch convention centers to a close proximity to the United States.

Reaching the Riviera Maya is easy thanks to Cancún International Airport. As the 2nd largest airport in Mexico in terms of volume, Cancún International offers direct or non-stop service to destinations across the globe. Visitors can also easily take advantage of the daily bus service from the airport to Playa del Carmen, just 45 minutes away, or grab a cab to other nearby cities of Puerto Morelos or Puerto Aventuras.

Throughout the Riviera Maya region, guests are met with a host of amazing hotels and resorts that keep customer service top of mind. The Paradisus Riviera Cancún in Puerto Morelos is an incentive planner's dream, offering Mayan-influenced architecture, a spa certified by the Leading Spas of the World, 496 junior suites and six restaurants, including the four-star L'Hermitage. The all-inclusive Hacienda Tres Ríos was named Central America and Mexico's Leading Green Hotel at the 2009 World Travel Awards thanks to its strict water management program, contributions to the long-term preservation of the local plants and animals and unique use of native building materials in its construction.

Many of the top resorts in the region also double as stellar meeting venues. The new 791-suites Grand Velas All Suites & SPA Resort Riviera Maya features 8,500 square meters of flexible space, including two convention areas for up to 3,000 guests. The Green Globe-certified Barceló Maya Beach Resort has several meeting venues spread across its five properties, including a convention center and several meeting rooms.

In addition to its more modern developments, Riviera Maya is also home to a host of ancient ruins of the Mayan civilization that once dominated the region such as Chichen Itza and Tulum. These awe-inspiring meetings make for great team building excursions or day-long spouse events. Or arrange a group event outdoors at one of the region's many eco-parks. Enjoy a day of snorkeling or river rafting followed by dinner at Xel-Ha, or book one of the 14 different venues at Xcaret, which offers dolphin swims, jungle walks and authentic Mayan shows.

Riviera Maya, Mexico Area Destinations

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About Riviera Maya, Mexico / Additional Info

The gorgeous Riviera Maya region has been one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in Mexico over the past decade, and it's easy to see why. Stretching over 100 kilometers along the Caribbean Sea from Puerto Morelos to Punta Allen, the region offers the best of the Mexican Caribbean, from pristine white sand shores to exhilarating outdoor adventures to majestic relics from the Mayan civilization. With mild temperatures and plenty of sunny days, Riviera Maya beckons newlyweds, families, business groups and more all year long.

Long before it became the developing resort area, Riviera Maya was an important part of the extensive Mayan empire, one of the most highly-developed of all the Mesoamerican civilizations. Though over the Mayans were overtaken by the Spanish in the late 17th century, the Mayans made their mark on the region, and visitors can still visit a number of the historic ruins that remain today. Journey south to Tulum, where ruins of this former port city sit atop cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Or visit Chichen Itza, the 2nd most-visited archeological site in Mexico and home to the Temple of Kukulkan, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Visitors can also immerse themselves in the wonders of this ancient civilization by visiting one of the local villages or sacred cenotes, or sinkholes filled with groundwater. Tour group Dos Palmas even offers a Mayan Ceremonial Night experience during which guests participate in temascal, a pre-Hispanic purification ritual in a steam bath. Or, visit Xcaret, an eco-park that offers unique shows at its re-created Mayan village, including a nighttime ball game like the one played over 3,500 years ago.

One of the most popular attractions in Riviera Maya, Xcaret is also a haven for outdoor recreation, offering everything from dolphin swims to jungle walks to snorkeling tours to raft rides along Paradise River. Visitors can also take in the stunning scenery at Xel-Ha, a large open-sea aquarium where guests can swim, snuba and snorkel with dolphins, turtles, sting rays and more. Or take a kayak tour through the Centro Ecologico Sian Ka'an, Mexico's largest preserve and home to more than 100 mammals and over 330 bird species.

Some of Riviera Maya's best scenic views can also be found right from a comfy seat in the dining room of one of the region's many restaurants. Enjoy Yucatán specialties such as papadzules, or warm tortillas filled with hard-boiled eggs and topped with pumpkin seed sauce, and cochinita pibil, or slow-roasted pork, all washed down with a cool cerveza. Or take advantage of Riviera Maya's coastal location and enjoy one of the fresh snapper or lobster dishes prepared with local spices and chili peppers. Casa del Agua, Cocina 38 and Playasia Restaurant and Wine Bar are among the top eateries to enjoy the best dishes the region has to offer.

 
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