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What -- or where -- is the Riviera Maya? It's the region along the Caribbean Sea, that begins just south of Cancun -- and it's becoming increasingly popular. The region is about 75 miles long and includes the towns of Playa del Carmen, Akumel, Puerto Aventuras, and Tulum. The area is known for its long stretches of white sand beaches, excellent snorkeling and diving, and its Mayan ruins, most notably at Tulum. The region also boasts several eco-theme parks, sites where visitors can swim with dolphins, view native plants and animals, and snorkel in pristine lagoons.
Most of the resorts along the Riviera are all-inclusive resorts, meaning one price covers accommodations, meals, drinks, watersports, and transportation to and from the airport in Cancun. Many of these resorts also offer special wedding packages, which include the necessary paperwork, the wedding site, flowers for the bride and groom, and other extras. Popular resorts along the Riviera Maya include the Iberostar Paradiso de Mar, the Spa Palace in Puerto Aventuras, and the Allegro Resort in Playacar.
Couples planning a Riviera Maya wedding should take note of passport regulations. Wedding couples traveling to Mexico from the United States need to remember that they now need to carry a valid US passport for re-entry into the United States. Turnaround time for new passport applications has been running up to ten weeks. Make sure that you plan early to get the necessary documents.