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Riviera Maya - Facts and Information


The Mexican Pesos comes in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500, but USD are also generally accepted at most stores, restaurants and in hotels. You can exchange currency at a bank or exchange house. Exchange rates may vary.


All year round you can expect sun and warm weather with an average temperature high of 30 degrees Centigrade or 86 F. The hottest months are between May and September when temperatures can reach 32 degrees Centigrade, 90 F. There are also two rainy seasons during October to January and April to July; however they can be a welcome refresher during the heat of the day.

Monthly Average Temperatures




110 volts AC.

Time Zone

Riviera Mayas's Standard time zone is UTC/GMT -6 hours. Nevertheless there is Daylight savings time from April to October which puts the area on a UTC/GMT -5 hours during that season.


Spanish is the official language. However, because it is a place with a very high volume of tourism, English is also spoken in most hotels, shops and service industries.

Shopping Hours

Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 10:00 pm Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm


Local Facilities

Playa del Carmen has many shops along 5th Avenue. 10 minutes drive, 15 km. Puerto Morelos, is a fishing village with a small tourist industry. It has a limited number of shops selling groceries and souvenirs. 14 minute drive, 16 km. Puerto Aventuras, is a luxurious residential community, there are a few boutiques and an Italian bakery. 28 minute drive, 30 km.

Visa Requirements

Visa and passport requirements frequently change. We do our best to keep this information as current as possible; however, we recommend  that all visitors check with their embassy or consulate before their departure.

Mexico tourist visa is not required for citizens of United States for a stay up to 180 days.