The best resorts of the Riviera Maya light up the northeastern Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico's Caribbean coastline. Posh resorts with scenic views populate towns like Playa del Carmen, scattered along sandy white beaches. Many resort activities focus on coastal and reef aquatic pursuits, dependent on the coastal water. The Riviera Maya has been a favorite tourist attraction long before Cancun became popular. Divers, treasure hunters, and adventurers began traveling to the Riviera Maya as early as the 1960s, in search of adventure, recreation, and relaxation. The Riviera Maya continues to be a popular tourist attraction today.

01Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya

665657268

The Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya is a 434-room adults-only resort located in beachfront Akumel. This resort is located three miles away from a golf course, the Yal-Ku Lagoon, Aktun Chen, and the Xel-Ha Water Park. Resort guests can take advantage of free parking, wifi, seven onsite restaurants, swimming pools and a business center. This resort also has a full-service spa. Accommodations include minibars, jetted tubs, flat screen TV's, and cable as well as balconies or patios.

SL_Photography / Getty Images

02Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal

911485410

The Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal is a 758-room all-inclusive resort with many amenities and activities for guests to engage in. Choose from activities like scuba diving lessons, aerobics, dancing, games and athletic contests. Enjoy three outdoor pools, as well as a children's pool. A full-service spa is located on site, as well as four resort restaurants, three poolside bars, and eleven lounges. Shuttle services around the resort, to the sister property, or shopping, is provided by the resort. The resort also features an internet cafe, a 24-hour doctor, and a pharmacy.

LUNAMARINA / Getty Images

03Excellence Riviera Cancun

155144140

Secluded Excellence Riviera Cancun is twenty-five minutes from Cancun and Playa del Carmen. This all-inclusive adults-only resort made the Conde Nast Gold list in 2013. Enjoy water sports and unusual activities like shooting and archery. There are six swimming pools and three spa tubs with ocean views. Full spa services are also available on site. The resort has a fitness trail, a fitness center, and an open-air theater for nightly music and dance performances. Room service is available, and a convenient pass-through box for food can be used if a guest doesn't want to open a door. Free wifi is accessible in the lobby, and the resort provides a shuttle to and from the airport.

THEPALMER / Getty Images

04Grand Bahia Principe Tulum

643836382

The Grand Bahia Principe Tulum overlooks picturesque beaches and crystal clear blue waters. Enjoy family-oriented activities as well as adult-only activities. This resort provides free parking, an hour of wifi daily, a pool, and a resort restaurant. There's also nightly entertainment as well as a casino. The resort rooms come with stocked minibars and views of the ocean, as well as the pool, and the gardens.

javarman3 / Getty Images

05Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa

911473958

Dream Tulum Resort and Spa is 432-room all-inclusive resort located near a golf course. It offers a wide variety of family-oriented amenities. Take advantage of nearby attractions like LabnaHa Ecopark Adventures, Tulum National Park, and the Tulum Mayan Ruins. Free wifi is available. Free parking, valet parking, and laundry services are provided as well. The resort also has two pools, fitness facilities, a business center and conference space. Nine resort restaurants and a full-service spa are also available to guests. Cable with flat-screen TVs and 24-hour room service is included.

LUNAMARINA / Getty Images

06Desire Riviera Maya Resort

816819544

The Desire Riviera Maya Resort is a 114-room couples-only beachfront resort in Puerta Morelos. Couples can enjoy a private, clothing- optional, white sand beach. There are also two pools, a variety of outdoor activities, and nightly entertainment. The resort provides free breakfast, parking, and wifi. In addition, all rooms have ocean or garden view balconies, patios, and sheer canopies with mirrored headboards.

marako85 / Getty Images

07Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa

486002607

Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa is a 486-room beachfront resort in Puerta Morelos. It's near a golf course and the Crococun Zoo, Ojo de Agua Beach, and Puerto Morelos Reef. Nine resort restaurants and three outdoor swimming pools are also available to guests. Guests also have access to a business center, free wifi, and parking. Accommodations include plasma TVs and satellite channels as well as free wired internet. Minibars are standard in guest rooms as well.

lucafabbian / Getty Images

08Catalonia Privileged Maroma

922972498

The Catalonia Privileged Maroma is a 404-room beachfront resort in Playa del Carmen. The resort provides free breakfast, parking, and wifi. Choose from six restaurants and a swimming pool as well as a full-service spa. Rooms include cable and plasma TVs, as well as free bottled water, and coffee makers.

Damocean / Getty Images

09Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun

185061609

The Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun is a 343-room, adults-only, beachfront resort. The resort provides free breakfast, wifi, and free parking. Choose from ten resort restaurants as well as several resort swimming pools. A full-service spa is available as well. Guestrooms include wired internet, wifi, cable and plasma TVs. Additional accommodations include minibars and furnished balconies.

Orbon Alija / Getty Images

10The Paamul Hotel

The Paamul Hotel is a 14-room beachfront hotel located minutes from attractions like Dolphinaris Riviera Maya Park, Oasis Beach, Puerto Aventuras Marina, Puerto Aventuras Golf Club, and Chac Mol Cenote. This hotel offers free breakfast, parking, and wifi. Take advantage of an onsite restaurant as well. Guestrooms come with refrigerators, microwaves and flat-screen TVs with satellite cable. All rooms include coffee makers and free bottled water. Balconies and patios are standard as well.