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Mexico's popular new resort area, Riviera Maya, the 75-mile stretch south of Cancun, rivals Jamaica for the number of all-inclusive resorts. This scenic area, known for its beaches, diving and snorkeling, and historic Mayan ruins, is home to more than a dozen all-inclusive properties -- and more are being built each year.
Among the best of Riviera Maya's all-inclusive resorts are:
Allegro Playacar: This 300-room resort is located just a 20-minute walk (or 5-minute drive) from shopping, dining, and nightlife in Playa del Carmen. The resort is also near the popular eco-theme park, Xcaret. Facilities include a beach, two freshwater swimming pools, tennis courts, and an exercise room.
Dreams Tulum: Set on 23 acres, this spacious resort has 430 rooms and suites, most of which have an ocean view. Facilities at this upscale resort include three freshwater swimming pools, two miles of beach, a rock-climbing wall, tennis courts, and an ocean-side trampoline. The resort is within biking distance of the Mayan ruins at Tulum.
Iberostar Playa Paraiso: Located about 20 miles south of Cancun, this Spanish-owned property features 300 suites and 12 honeymoon suites with private butler service. Facilities include four restaurants, three freshwater swimming pools, and a full spa.