Riviera Maya

The trendy Quinta Avenida’s beach clubs, restaurants, lounges, bars, and darling boutiques have helped make Playa del Carmen one of Mexico’s most charmingly chic gay-friendly destinations. This beach town’s nightlife is refreshing in its authenticity, with a lively scene that is void of pretension and full of friendly fun for couples of all combinations. If you’re looking for something even livelier, downtown Cancun’s rollicking good times are only a short ride away.

If exploring the ancient culture of the Gateway to the Mayan World is more a priority than the current culture, the nearby ruins of Tulum, Chichen Itza, and Coba are not to be missed. Active travelers also have 1.3 million acres to traverse together in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which boasts 23 archeological sites within its boundaries. These and many other attractions in the region, including other local beaches and towns, are gay-friendly and family favorites. Families also love Xcaret, the massive eco-archeological theme park that is one of the country’s most popular attractions.

Good to Know

  • Lively and actively expanding gay scene
  • Undesignated hot spots also found throughout this destination
  • Popular for destination weddings; ceremonies can be performed here
  • Same-sex marriage is legal throughout Mexico

Featured Resorts:

Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel


On the pristine coast of the world famous Riviera Maya, Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel is a sanctuary of breathtaking beauty and peace, surrounded by nature mixed with luxury. This exclusive hideaway reflects the new upscale trends in the destination providing the utmost in personal attention with special touches, innovative design with Oriental details, time to experience life and its pleasure in 36 acres of lush tropical jungle, well manicured gardens and a spectacular ...

Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun


Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is tucked away on secluded Maroma Beach. This Unlimited-Luxury® haven provides opulence to the most discerning traveler with a pure white sand beach and stunning ocean views stretching as far as the eye can see, yet is located only 20 miles south of Cancun's International Airport.

Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa


Set amidst the beauty and mystery of the Mayan coast, on a private beach in a marina community, Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa is located perfectly between Playa del Carmen and the ancient ruins of Tulum. Once you arrive in the quaint village of Puerto Aventuras, the promise of Unlimited-Luxury awaits you.

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya – Family Section


Just off the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea, the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is nothing short of the ultimate crowd pleaser. Live it up with world-class shopping and endless style. Enjoy the beauty of a private protected beach. Treat the kids to the Little Big Club and teen activities. Hit the links at an 18-hole golf course. Or channel your inner awesome and spend some time at Heaven - an adults-only expanse with stunning pools, lavish spa treatment rooms, dining and mor ...

Additional Resorts:

Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal, Don Pablo Collection

The design of the Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal was inspired by the Mayan buildings. With a secluded location near many local ruins, this resort is stretched along a wonderful 3/4 mile stretch of white sand beach, surrounded by 275 acres of tropical vegetation.

Grand Bahia Principe Coba

An oasis in which to unwind. The Grand Bahia Principe Coba offers a unique opportunity: completely rejuvenate yourself mentally and physically, to live an intense experience of a lifetime. Crystal clear waters, sandy white beaches, a vast variety of tropical fish and under sea vegetation, all types of sporting activities and total relaxation in our spa. Everything at Grand Bahia is designed for your comfort and pleasure.

Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Ka'an, Don Pablo Collection

It has extensive gardened areas, where the flora and fauna of the region forcefully emerge, offering strolls that are full of color and freshness. Its four swimming pools have hammocks to give you moments of relaxation in an incomparable setting. Guests have access to and use of the facilities and services of the neighboring Grand Bahia Principe Riviera Maya Resort Complex, and have an internal shuttle service every 5 minutes. The hotel is original and exclusive with a modern ...

Ocean Maya Royale

Located just north of Playa del Carmen with magnificent gardens along a sheltered beach and trendy style, the 320 rooms at Ocean Maya Royale are all nestled among 33 villas that make this hotel a fantastic choice for travelers seeking an intimate resort with newly renovated modern style rooms. Fully equipped with every comfort and services, spa, diving center and a choice of 4 restaurants where you can taste the best International cuisine such as Mexican, Italian, Internation ...

Occidental at Xcaret Destination

This magical resort is located on the Caribbean coast of Mexico adjacent to the spectacular Xcaret Park. With a Mediterranean style and a perfect location, this hotel is a paradise beyond your wildest vacation dreams. In addition to the unique characteristics of the resort, there are also subterranean rivers flowing through the extensive property. These rivers allow the hotel to be in perfect harmony with nature extraordinarily surrounded by Mayan ruins, Tropical Jungles and ...

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla

A stunning private bay provides the backdrop for Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla, a lush all inclusive resort paradise. A gem among the Riviera Maya hotels, this adult only resort delivers on the perfect Playa del Carmen beach vacation for those in search of luxury and exclusivity. A breathtaking Caribbean setting with world-class facilities, including Royal Service, YHI spa treatments, and modern, meeting spaces designed to be flexible and equipped with state-of-the-art ...

Royal Hideaway Playacar

A member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World, the Royal Hideaway Playacar Resort is situated on one the best stretches of white sand beach along the shores of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. This esteemed all-inclusive resort is within walking distance of popular 5th Avenue, Playa del Carmen's premier destination for shopping, dining and nightlife. Guests choosing to vacation in the Royal Hideaway Playacar Resort will enjoy an amazing all-inclusive experience among luxur ...

Grand Bahia Principe Tulum

The Mayan Riviera, located on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, is a tourist destination offering a paradise atmosphere with beaches and tropical forests, plus the possibility of exploring the mysteries of one of the richest pre-Hispanic civilizations. Grand Bahia Principe Tulum has all this nearby, being only minutes from Playa del Carmen and only a stone's throw from the impressive Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, Tulum, Coba and Uxmal. The complex provides 24-hour, all-inclusiv ...

Valentin Imperial Maya

Valentin Imperial Maya is an adults only all inclusive resort (18 years and up), with more than half a mile white sand beach, located in Playa del Secreto (The Secret Beach) in the Riviera Maya.

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya is ideally located in the heart of the Riviera Maya along the famed white-sand beaches and calm, clear waters of Akumal. This adults-only resort offers a truly magical Unlimited-Luxury experience starting with 24 hour room service, complimentary WiFi, pool and beach wait service, and more.

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, an all-adult, all-Preferred Club resort in the Riviera Maya, exudes Mediterranean charm and romance in a villa-style setting. Just 35 minutes from Cancun and five minutes to the shopping and fun of Playa del Carmen, this unique, concierge-style resort was designed to connect your mind, body and soul.

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa is located on one of the most unique beaches in the Riviera Maya surrounded by lush tropical acres, sugary white sand and magnificent colonial architecture. Just five minutes from Tulum and 30 minutes from Playa del Carmen, Dreams Tulum offers Unlimited-Luxury® with upscale surroundings and combines fun and relaxation with the ancient world of the Maya.

Now Jade Riviera Cancun

Just 12 miles from Cancun International Airport, minutes from the quaint fishing town of Puerto Morelos, is Now Jade Riviera Cancun. Guests will receive 550 sumptuous, spacious accommodations with 24 hour room and concierge service, flat screen surround sound televisions, daily refreshed premium mini bars in-suite, wireless internet, private terraces, and, without exception, spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea.

Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Stylish and exhilarating, located just 15 minutes from Cancun International Airport and nestled between the jungle and Caribbean Ocean, is just that. 526 ultra-modern suites feature chic accommodations and the refined amenities included in the Unlimited-Luxury® experience, where everything is included 24-hour room service, daily refreshed mini-bars, pool and beach wait services, and so much more. Guests will experience our highest level of luxury and personal servi ...

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