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Villas in Riviera Maya, Mexico, for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us, and if you are still figuring out your travel plans, you’ve come to the right place! Riviera Maya Haciendas invites you to spend the holidays in Mexico’s most popular vacation destinations. Our slice of paradise is the perfect place to spend the holidays enjoying pristine beaches, abundant activities, learning fascinating history, and sampling delicious restaurants. 

Spend your holidays on our beautiful Mexico beaches with our collection of luxury villas in the Riviera Maya, and let our team create the perfect vacation for you! Discover our favorite properties available in Akumal, Cancun, Carmen Beach, Puerto Aventuras, and Tulum below:

Cancun Villas

Cancun is one of the most visited areas of Mexico, offering gorgeous beaches, luxury amenities, Mayan ruins, world-class restaurants, and exciting nightlife. Riviera Maya Haciendas offers three luxury properties in Cancun, including Villa Punta Sam. This Cancun Villa offers six bedrooms for up to 21 guests with amenities like a jacuzzi pool, spacious kitchen with bar, game room, and rooftop terrace.

Akumal Villas

Akumal is a charming beach town along the Riviera Maya, perfect for visitors who want a laidback getaway while still being close to the area’s top attractions. Our Villa Alma Rosa offers four bedrooms for up to twelve guests located in an exclusive area of Jade Beach. The property offers direct beach access with complimentary snorkeling and kayak equipment for guests who want to spend their holidays exploring the water!

Playa del Carmen Beach Villas

Carmen Beach, or Playa Del Carmen, is centrally located to everything the Riviera Maya offers, providing a destination where relaxation, culture, and nature meet. Experience the ultimate luxury at Casa Sirenus, a seven-bedroom rental for fourteen guests. This enchanting property offers a tropical indoor garden, gourmet kitchen, swimming pool, jacuzzi, and a beautiful beachfront palapa. 

Puerto Aventuras Villas

Our most comprehensive selection of villas in the Riviera Maya can be found in Puerto Aventuras, tucked away from the more touristy areas of Mexico. Our Hacienda del Mar is a spectacular 15-bedroom property in an exclusive gated community, fantastic for large groups visiting us during the holidays. And smaller groups who want to stay in Puerto Aventuras can select our four-bedroom Casa Sanara or Casa del Agua properties. 

Tulum Villas

Tulum is best known for being the last city constructed and inhabited by the Mayan people. Today, Tulum is a thriving vacation destination, offering fascinating history, beautiful beaches, and abundant wildlife. Our Casa Priakos villa is a five-bedroom property that combines the style of a traditional Mexican hacienda with Mediterranean influences. This beachfront Tulum villa is located in a beautiful private Bay, delivering the perfect private oasis for the holidays!

Let Riviera Maya Haciendas Tailor Your Holiday in Mexico!

Riviera Maya Haciendas is excited to assist you in planning your perfect holiday on the beach. The properties listed above are just a few of our listings; you can find our complete list of luxury villas in Riviera Maya here. Or reach out to us by filling out the form on our winter getaway page, and let us help you find the best property for your group. Escape to the Riviera Maya and create memories that will last a lifetime this holiday season!


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Discover the Magical Cenotes in Riviera Maya Mexico

Mexico’s Riviera Maya is a one-of-a-kind destination home to stunning white sand beaches, ancient Mayan cities, and lush natural parks. As you are exploring, you may be surprised to learn about the natural wonders hiding right below your feet. These natural wonders are called cenotes, magical attractions that are natural sinkholes containing permanent water. With over 6,000 cenotes to choose from, Riviera Maya Haciendas is here to help you narrow the list to five must-visit cenotes in Riviera Maya. 

A Few Quick Facts About Cenotes in Riviera Maya 

The cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula were created by eroded limestone holes that formed caverns and underground rivers over thousands of years. As you visit our cenotes, we ask that you be respectful of the heritage and significance of these special places.

  • The Riviera Maya has three main cenote types: cave, semi-open, and open cenotes. 
  • Cenotes have served as sacred spaces to the Maya for thousands of years, serving as their primary water source and the gateway to the underworld. 
  • The word cenote comes from the Mayan word “dzonot,” meaning cavern with water. 

Visit These 5 Cenotes in the Riviera Maya

  1. Cenote Dos Ojos

Cenote Dos Ojos is one of the most visited cenotes in Riviera Maya and one of the longest underwater cave systems in the world. The two connected cenotes offer crystal clear water, popular for snorkeling and scuba diving.

  1. Gran Cenote

This cenote is a famous swimming hole and diving spot in Mexico. Here you can explore a collection of caves on the wooden boardwalks that wind through verdant jungle paths. Grab your snorkel gear and discover the underwater world of this magical cenote full of marine life and unique columns. 

  1. Cenote Sac Actun

Cenote Sac Actun is home to the longest underground river in the world and an extensive cave system. Sign up for a guided tour and witness the turquoise waters, stalactites, and archaeological sites.

  1. Cenotes Casa Tortuga

Experience a wonderful tour of four cenotes in Riviera Maya at this natural park. Visit the bats at Wisho Cenote, learn about Mayan culture at Cenote Jaguar, and jump into the crystal clear waters of Cenote Tres Zapotecs.

  1. Cenotes Kantun-Chi

Discover five magical cenotes at Ecopark Kantun Chi. Learn about the cenotes with a local guide, or create your own tour through the lush jungle trails. The magical waters can be discovered by swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, or diving.

Plan Your Riviera Maya Getaway Today!

Discover the unique environment of Mexico during your getaway by visiting the cenotes in the Riviera Maya. Come and experience the magic and bliss our villas and homes offer with Riviera Maya Haciendas. From Puerto Aventuras to Tulum and Cancun, we have the perfect property waiting for you. Make sure to browse our specials to learn more about how you can save on your Riviera Maya vacation!


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The Descent of Kukulcan: Chichen Itza Fall Equinox

Chichen Itza is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico today. This number dramatically increases in September, when thousands of tourists make their way to see a glimpse of the Chichen Itza Equinox. During the fall equinox, the sunlight is perfectly aligned to create shadows that resemble a snake descending the pyramid. And this is no accident; this phenomenon was purposefully designed by the Mayans thousands of years ago, showcasing their knowledge surrounding astronomy, architecture, and geometry. Also known as the “Descent of Kukulcan,” the fall equinox will happen between the 22nd and 23rd of September. Mark your calendars and let our team at Riviera Maya Haciendas introduce you to the fascinating history of this Mexico archaeological site.

How was the Pyramid of Kukulcan Built?

The Chichen Itza Pyramid, also known as The Castle or Pyramid Kukulcan, was built between 800 and 900 CE. The building is 55 meters wide and 24 meters high. There are also 91 steps per side that function as a calendar representing every day of the year. The base of the north staircase includes two feather serpent heads placed as effigies to the God Kukulcan. It is in these stairways that seven reversed isosceles triangles create the shadow effect. 

The Descent of Kukulcan

The story of Kukulcan began when the Toltecs invaded the Mayan Peninsula following their God, Quetzalcoatl. It wasn’t long before the Mayan people adopted their God and renamed him Kukulcan. To showcase the power of their God, the Toltecs gathered citizens throughout the peninsula to witness the descent of their God to Earth. Thousands of years later, Kukulcan continues to make his annual descent during the spring and fall equinoxes. This unique show will occur on the 21st of September at around 3:00 o’clock. After about an hour of descent, Kulkulcan will have arrived for another year. 

How Can I See the Chichen Itza Equinox?

In order to see the Chichen Itza Equinox for yourself, you will need to purchase admission tickets for the day of your visit. Enhance your experience with one of the guided tours where you can learn more about the fascinating history and Mayan life. If you want to explore the archaeological sites on your own, use the Chichen Itza self-guided walking tour available with Action Tour Guides

What Else Can I See During My Visit?

In addition to the impressive Kukulcan Pyramid, you will also have access to several other heritage sites such as:

Discover Fascinating History in the Yucatan

The Chichen Itza equinox is a bucket-list experience for anyone interested in history, astronomy, or architecture. Even if you can’t make it for the upcoming Equinox, we recommend marking your calendars so you can plan your vacation around this spectacular event in the future. Riviera Maya Haciendas offers beautiful vacation homes along the Riviera Maya from Cancun to Tulum. Discover your dream vacation today!


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How Does Mexico Celebrate Independence Day?

A Brief History of Mexico’s Independence Day

Mexico Independence Day is celebrated on September 16th, commemorating the freedom of Mexico from Spanish rule. After being under Spanish control for over 300 years, citizens were motivated to revolt by a Catholic priest named Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. The priest rang the church bells and delivered an impassioned speech known as the Cry of Dolores (Grito de Dolores) that started the Mexican War of Independence. A decade later, Mexico would win its independence from Spain.

Is Cinco De Mayo the Same as Independence Day?

No! Many Americans mistakenly believe that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s victory against the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The holiday is also more popular in the United States to honor and celebrate Mexican culture and heritage. 

How Does Mexico Celebrate Independence Day?

Independence Day kicks off the evening before September 16th. The celebration always begins at the National Palace when the president emerges to recite the famous speech from Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. This event is broadcasted around Mexico and ends with passionate chants from the crowd saying, “Viva Mexico!” The festivities officially begin after this event, and you can expect other Mexico Independence Day traditions such as:

  • September 16th is celebrated around Mexico with fireworks, parades, fiestas, traditional music, food, and folk dancing.
  • Food is essential to the celebration, with street vendors serving dishes like pozole, pancita, and enchiladas. 
    • Chiles en Nogada is the most popular dish of the day since the poblano chiles, parsley, cream sauce, and garnished with pomegranate seeds to reflect the colors of the Mexican flag.
  • What’s food without drinks? Tequila is a popular drink to celebrate the holiday
  • Many families organize house parties and cookouts for Independence Day, while others head to local restaurants or gather for fireworks in town.
    • Playa Del Carmen hosts Mexico’s most patriotic party in front of City Hall, with food, music, drinks, and fireworks to end the celebration.

How to Celebrate Independence Day on Your Own

How does Mexico celebrate Independence Day? In short, it’s a festive gathering that includes parades, fireworks, delicious food, folk dancing, and spending time with loved ones. If you want to celebrate in Mexico, Riviera Maya Haciendas has you covered with our luxury vacation rentals along the magnificent Riviera Maya. And if you are curious about how to celebrate in your state, search for events around September 16th and join a local fiesta nearby!


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Everything You Need to Know About Whale Shark Season in Cancun

The warm Caribbean waters that surround Cancun attract visitors of all kinds. From tourists looking for the perfect beach vacation to marine life looking for a meal in our seas. This includes whale sharks, who return to our waters every summer to feast on our nutrient-rich waters. And travelers have a unique opportunity to swim with these gentle giants during whale shark season in Cancun. Visit us from May-September and embark on a one-of-a-kind adventure in Mexico!

A Few Facts About Whale Sharks in Mexico

First, you should know that they are not whales but filter-feeding sharks. They spend most of their time searching for plankton since they consume around 16 tons of these microscopic organisms daily. Whale sharks are the largest fish in the ocean, measuring almost 40 feet long and weighing approximately 40,000 pounds! Don’t let their size fool you; whale sharks are harmless to humans, making them perfect swimming partners.  

Whale Shark Tours

Cancun offers one of the best destinations for snorkeling with whale sharks worldwide! Several tour companies take advantage of whale shark season in Cancun by offering guided trips in the surrounding waters. Even if you don’t stay in Cancun, many tour operators pick you up from Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Akumal, and Cozumel. All tours include transportation, snorkel gear, life jackets, food, and beverages. Additionally, all guides provide instructions on snorkeling and how to swim with these gentle giants before departure. 

Your personal concierge at Riviera Maya Haciendas will help tailor the best whale shark watching experience for you! Your concierge will reach out via email to prepare your tour and everything you need before your arrival.

Luxury Cancun Villas with RMH

Plan your Mexico getaway around whale shark season in Cancun and swim with these gentle giants. We offer luxury villas in Cancun along with spacious haciendas in Puerto Aventuras. Discover your perfect home away from home when you choose Riviera Maya Haciendas to host your Mexico vacation.


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Visit the Riviera Maya: Things to Do in Puerto Aventuras.

The Riviera Maya offers one of the top vacation spots in Mexico. From the ancient ruins in Tulum to the white-sand beaches of Playa del Carmen, there are endless destinations to visit in the Riviera Maya region. For travelers looking for the quiet charm of a small town, we recommend staying in the beautiful Puerto Aventuras! This Mexico resort town is best known for the wealth of water activities and nature experiences available in the crystal clear marinas. Whether you are interested in fishing, snorkeling, wildlife, local history, or hiking, there are plenty of things to do in Puerto Aventuras. Choose Riviera Maya Haciendas to host your getaway and spend your time on the soft white sands of Fatima Bay Beach.

Discover Caves and Cenotes: Ecopark Kantun Chi

Located just two kilometers south of Puerto Aventuras is one of the most popular destinations in the Riviera Maya. Kantun Chi is an ecological park with five cenotes and a beautiful underground river. Sign up for a guided tour of the underground river and learn about the significance of this natural area to the Mayan people. You can also hike through jungle paths to reach cenotes perfect for snorkeling. This eco-park is not to be missed during your Mexico getaway!

Explore the Water: Fishing, Sailing, Snorkeling, & Dolphins!

There are endless ways to get on the water and explore the beauty of our surrounding waters. Puerto Aventuras Marina offers the best way to sail through the Riviera Maya, where you can access fantastic diving and fishing spots. If you want to fish with a guide, sign up for a charter with Captain Rick’s Sportfishing Center. Choose one of the trolling, bottom fishing, or fly fishing charters with Captain Rick and embark on an exciting day on the water!

If you are interested in marine life, there are several tours and experiences that will give you an up-close look at this underwater world. Sign up for a guided snorkel with Dressel Divers and see corral and tropical fish, including butterfly, angel, and parrot fish. Finally, if you’ve ever dreamt of swimming with dolphins, you can make that dream a reality in Puerto Aventuras. Dolphin Discovery Puerto Aventuras offers a unique experience to swim and socialize with their friendly dolphins! 

Spend Time at the Beach: Fatima Bay Beach

It wouldn’t be a trip to Mexico without some much-needed beach time. Luckily, Riviera Maya Haciendas offers beachfront homes right on beautiful Fatima Bay Beach. This small beach offers a wealth of attractions, from swimming to snorkeling and sport fishing. Many of our haciendas include complimentary kayaks and paddle boards so you can easily access fun at the beach. 

Puerto Aventuras Luxury Vacation Homes

Start planning your Mexico vacation and discover the wealth of things to do in Puerto Aventuras. Stay with Riviera Maya Haciendas and choose one of our spacious haciendas on Fatima Bay Beach or browse our complete collection of Puerto Aventuras properties. Our personalized concierge services ensure you have everything you need for a wonderful vacation in Mexico. If you have any questions about our services or properties, don’t hesitate to reach out at 917-338-7256.


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Discover Mayan Ruins in Mexico along Riviera Maya

Visitors come to Mexico for a variety of reasons whether it is the beaches, delicious cuisine, natural beauty, or rich Maya history, there is something for everyone to discover. History lovers can discover over 200 Mayan ruins throughout the country, dating back thousands of years. Travel beyond the typical tourist attractions, and you will find some of the most impressive Mayan Ruins in Mexico along the Riviera Maya. The Mayan ruins, temples, and cities remain a wonder to behold, highlighting the fascinating culture and history of the Maya. Discover fascinating ancient history during your Mexico vacation and stay with us at Riviera Maya Haciendas

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is famous for its spot on the list of 7 Wonders of the World, accredited to the Pyramid of Kukulcan. This pyramid is one of the most remarkable displays of Maya architecture that brings in over two million visitors every year. This archaeological site was founded by the Itza around the 5th century AD, and 26 Mayan ruins remain today for visitors to explore. Some of the most notable structures include the Temple of the Warriors, The Ball Game Court, and a sacred cenote.

Learn more about Chichen Itza’s history and the guided tours available.

Tulum Archaeological Zone

The Mayan ruins in Mexico at the The Tulum Archaeological Zone are a must-visit during your vacation. Tulum was known to be one of the last great cities constructed by the Maya and an important religious and trade location. The city was built on a cliff, surrounded by an impressive limestone wall. Tulum’s pyramid is the most notable structure that was once a lighthouse. Another remarkable highlight is the Temple of the Frescoes, where you can see a beautifully preserved mural inside.

Coba Ruins

Coba was once the most prominent commercial city built by the Maya in the Yucatan Peninsula. The town’s success is attributed to its location between two lagoons and its position along trade routes. The largest pyramid here is open for visitors to climb to the top. The top of the pyramid offers picturesque views of the jungles and the other archaeological sites. One of the other distinguishing aspects of this archaeological site is the sacbes or white roads that connect the ruins.

Xcaret Park

Xcaret Park is an ecological theme park where you can experience over 50 attractions, including archaeological remains. This park is an excellent option for families traveling in Mexico since it combines history with fun. The ruins within the park highlight a Mayan community known for its maritime trade. 

Visit the Mayan Ruins in Mexico

Riviera Maya Haciendas offers beautiful villas and vacation homes along the Riveria Maya from CanCun to Tulum. Discover Mayan ruins in Mexico a short drive away from your rental property and immerse yourself in local history. Our Puerto Aventuras haciendas are ideal for large groups and families. Our luxury villas can be found throughout the Riviera Maya and are great for smaller groups. If you have any questions about our luxury properties, don’t hesitate to email us at rentals@rivieramayahaciendas.com


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Which Quintana Roo Beach Town is Right for You?

Quintana Roo is a popular travel destination in Mexico located along the Caribbean Sea and the Yucatan Peninsula. Each town along the Caribbean coast offers a different vacation experience, from bustling Cancun to laidback Holbox Island. Whether you want to relax on white sandy beaches, explore mysterious cenotes, visit ancient ruins, or hike through jungle trails, you can find it all in Quintana Roo! At Riviera Maya Haciendas, we represent luxury properties throughout the state, perfect for hosting your vacation in Mexico. Read on to discover which Quintana Roo beach town is right for you!

Cancun

Cancun is one of the most visited places throughout Mexico due to its spectacular beaches and world-class resorts. The beaches are famous for water activities, from paddleboarding to unique activities like scuba diving at an underwater museum. Cancun is a beach town for people who want to experience the natural beauty of Mexico and bustling city life simultaneously.

Discover our Riviera Maya Haciendas Cancun properties here

Tulum 

Tulum is a place where the past and present coincide; from ancient Mayan ruins to modern hotels, there is something for everyone here. History buffs can visit the Tulum Mayan Ruins, nature lovers can snorkel in cenotes, and those who want to relax have a wealth of beautiful beaches. We recommend Tulum for vacationers who wish to experience a bit of everything Mexico has to offer

Browse our Tulum villas here

Holbox

Holbox is a quiet island destination for those who want to avoid the crowds of Cancun or Tulum. The laidback island is a paradise for nature lovers and beach bums alike. So, if you are looking for a Quintana Roo beach town where you can relax with a tropical cocktail in hand, then Holbox is for you!

Akumal 

Akumal offers a small beach town a short distance from the popular destinations of Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Akumal is an excellent option for those who want to stay in a quiet area while also being a short drive away from some of the top attractions in Quintana Roo. And if you’ve ever dreamt of swimming with turtles, then you must-visit Akumal!

Find our Akumal Villas here

Playa del Carmen 

Playa del Carmen offers a vibrant and exciting vacation experience in Mexico. Explore one of the largest barrier reefs with snorkeling adventures, visit the legendary Xcaret nature park, and scuba dive underwater caves. Playa del Carmen is perfect for travelers who want to experience nature and a bustling shopping, restaurant, and entertainment scene.

Playa del Carmen properties

Puerto Aventuras

Puerto Aventuras is home to the only marina along the Mayan River, making it a top destination for water activities. If you are interested in swimming with dolphins, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, sailing, and kayaking, then this beach town is for you!

Riviera Maya Haciendas is based in Puerto Aventuras, with our most extensive property collection here.

Quintana Roo Villas and Haciendas

Choose Quintana Roo for your next Mexico vacation and stay in one of our luxurious villas or haciendas. Riviera Maya Haciendas offers full-service properties equipped with concierge, maintenance, and private chefs. Enjoy private access to the beach and unparalleled guest services during your stay with us. There is a Quintana Roo beach town for everyone; discover yours today!


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Plan a Beautiful Destination Wedding in Mexico

Have you been dreaming of a tropical wedding destination with white sand beaches and beautiful turquoise waters? If you answered yes to this question, then consider planning your destination wedding in Mexico! Riviera Maya Haciendas is located in Puerto Aventuras along the picturesque Riviera Maya and the perfect place to host your special day by the beach. Our experienced and innovative wedding planners will help you plan your Riviera Maya wedding every step of the way to make your dream a reality. With scenic ceremony sites, full event coordination, gourmet chefs, professional styling, and luxurious accommodations, Riviera Maya Haciendas has everything you need to tie the knot in Mexico!

Riviera Maya Haciendas Wedding Planning Services

The Riviera Maya Haciendas Team custom-tailors all weddings. The experienced wedding planners will bring your vision to life with full event coordination, event planning software, professional styling, customized stationery, and personalized decor. Discover more about our ceremony sites, gourmet chef services, and luxurious lodging below.

Your vision. Your style. Your day.

Scenic Ceremony Sites

We have several Mexico wedding venues to choose from on-site. So, whether you are planning a large wedding or a ceremony with your closest friends and family, we have options for everyone! Choose to tie the knot on our sandy beachfront, poolside areas, lush gardens, or the Haciendas courtyards.

Gourmet Chefs

At Riviera Maya Haciendas, we have everything covered, from your lodging to your dining! Our Food & Beverage Director will customize your wedding meal with farm-to-table dishes. Our chefs have years of experience in international cuisine and can cater to any dietary restrictions. Our mixologists will then create a drink menu to pair perfectly with your dinner selections.

Luxurious Lodging

We have three luxurious Haciendas to host your wedding party and guests. Choose to rent out one of the Haciendas or rent all three together for a spectacular 39 room estate. No matter what option you choose, you will have access to a bridal suite perfect for getting ready on your special day!

  • Hacienda Corazon: This Hacienda includes ten bedrooms and can accommodate up to 27 guests.
  • Hacienda Del Mar: This property consists of the main building and two tiny houses, ideal for extended families. The 15 suite hacienda can sleep up to 33 wedding guests.
  • Hacienda Magica: Hacienda Magica is the largest of our homes and includes 15 bedrooms for up to 36 guests.
  • Haciendas Estate: Large weddings can rent all three of these luxury properties together with 30 suites and space for up to 200 guests! 

Your Destination Wedding in Mexico Along the Riviera Maya

If you are ready to start planning your destination wedding in Mexico along the Riviera Maya, feel free to reach out to our team! You can contact us via email at rentals@rivieramayahaciendas.com or call us at 917-338-7256!

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