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Located along the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Riviera Maya offers a wealth of Mayan history, culture and tradition, as well as stunning natural beauty and fun-in-the-sun activities.

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Overview

Above all else, beaches are what define the Caribbean coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula—soft, blinding white strands of sand embracing clear turquoise waters; shores that curve into calm lagoons, coves, and inlets; and waves that crash against cliffs. The towns in this wild landscape are varied and eccentric. Puerto Morelos has the relaxed atmosphere of a Mexican fishing village. Playa del Carmen is filled with resorts—some of them All-Inclusive—that are as glitzy as those in Cancún and Cozumel. The beaches here, from Punta Tanchacté to Tulum, are beloved by scuba divers, snorkelers, bird-watchers, and beachcombers. Against this backdrop is Mayan culture. Although the modern Maya live in the cities and villages along the coast, their history can be seen at the ruins such as Tulum, where dramatic pyramids sit on a bluff overlooking the Caribbean, welcoming the sunrise each morning.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport and a ticket for return or onward travel. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens might be different, and visitors are encouraged to verify the documentation/visa requirements with the nearest consulate or embassy. Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require you to present a marriage certificate or license in order for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring your marriage documentation with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Minors: If a minor (under 18) is traveling with only one parent, the absent parent must provide notarized consent to the airlines and the Mexican authorities. If only one parent has legal custody, that parent must be prepared to provide such evidence. If a minor is traveling alone or in someone else’s company, both parents (or the sole, documented custodial parent) must provide notarized consent. If a minor has a different last name from the mother and/or father, the parents must be prepared to provide such evidence.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.com/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to the U.S., the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit http://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens for information regarding U.S. Customs and more.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official Web site for the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers' tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Climate:
Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 81° to 81°
October through April: 78° to 78°

Tropical Storm Season from May to September

Water Safety: Bottled water is recommended.

Tipping: A 15% tip is customary for service. At All-Inclusive hotels, gratuities are generally included in the vacation price.

Local Currency: Mexican Peso

Currency Information: The local currency is the peso. Banks and most hotels have currency exchange facilities, although U.S. dollars are widely accepted in resort areas. Major credit cards and travelers checks also are accepted.

ATM Availability: ATMs are widely available in most resort areas.

Electricity: 110 volts, North America standard. Please note three-prong outlets are not widely available.

Time Zone: Central

Local Language: Spanish

Transportation: Taxis are a popular mode of transportation. Ask the driver about the rate before getting into the taxi.

Planner

Sargassum/Seaweed Advisory

Sargassum is a free-floating seaweed that is especially prolific in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. While beneficial to ocean life, these large free-floating seaweed mats often wash up on beaches. The amount of seaweed on the beaches fluctuates based on the time of year and ocean currents. While resorts do their best to maintain the beaches for their guests, you may experience some inconvenience during your stay.

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Top Experiences

  • Visiting the Ruins of Tulum : There are many Mayan ruins in this region, but Tulum is the only one that overlooks the Caribbean.

  • Casting for Bonefish : Anglers from all over the world head to the Chinchorro Reef near the Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka'an.

  • Indulging in a Decadent Massage : Being pampered at one of the luxurious spa resorts is reason enough to come to the Riviera Maya.

  • Underwater Wonders : Puerto Morelo's Natural Reef Park is filled with parrotfish, spotted eagle rays, and other sea life.

  • Exploring the Inland Jungle : You might glimpse howler monkeys, coatis, and Yucatán parrots in these heavily forested areas.

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Transfers

Region: Riviera Maya
Transfer Company: BD Experience
Telephone: 011-52-998-113-1814

Address:
Blvd. Kukulcan km. 5.5, Boulevard Kukulkan Km. 4.5
Lote D-7 Sección Residencial “D”, Zona Hotelera
Cancun, Quintana Roo
Mexico
Instructions: Upon arrival at the airport go through Immigration, claim your luggage and proceed through Customs. Continue outside where a BD Experience representative will be waiting with a sign displaying the Costco Travel Logo. The representative will confirm the pickup time and location for your departure transfer. If you must make any changes, contact BD Experience at least one day in advance. Representative Uniform: Red shirt with blue and red branding down the front and across the back with navy pants.

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