7 Reasons To Invest In The Riviera Maya

18 March, 2023

The Riviera Maya, agglutinated by various micro-destinations and covering an area of approximately 130 kilometers along the Mexican Caribbean coast, is a destination that has independently positioned itself in the major tourist markets.

It is an area known worldwide for its beautiful white sand beaches, paradisiacal islands, and is surrounded by imposing nature and crystalline freshwater cenotes.

That is only a summary of the reasons why today, the Riviera Maya is one of the most important tourist centers in Mexico and the world.

And for this reason, it has been a great attraction for large investors looking to develop personally or professionally, whether in real estate, tourist developments, restaurants, hotels, and much more.

During the last 20 years, the Riviera Maya has become a point of action for national and international investors.

Below we share seven reasons that justify this destination area as an optimal and safe place to invest.


The geographic location of the Riviera Maya is privileged, making it a very important component of its success.

Cancun International Airport is an easily accessible center for air traffic and its ports and highways make it easily accessible by land and sea.

For the United States and Canada, the largest tourist markets in the area, it can be as little as a three-hour flight.

For this reason, it is a great attraction point for travelers of all ages who seek to travel alone, as a couple, with friends or family, and are looking for a vacation rental to make their stay more local.

The Cancun International Airport has an air connection with 31 countries and 103 destinations in Europe, the United States, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, with a total of 54 airlines landing in the territory.

After the Mexico City airport, it is the busiest airport in the country, and is considered the most important in Mexico and Latin America in terms of international passengers.

In addition to this, the airport is located a very short distance from Playa del Carmen, Akumal and Tulum, destinations that attract many travelers to the area.


The Riviera Maya has an obvious attraction: the beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise sea.

This has caused the appreciation of real estate to increase, since the accessibility to these beaches makes the destination attractive for tourists and residents who seek to be near or in front of the sea.

In addition, being a 100% coastal area, the choice of real estate to invest in vacation rentals is endless.

Whether you are looking near Akumal, Mamitas Beach, Xpu Ha, Puerto Morelos, or the center of Playa del Carmen or Tulum, you will surely find a property that suits your budget, your needs and that will generate a high return on investment. .


The geography of the Riviera Maya offers endless activities for residents and tourists thanks to its impressive nature. Whether you’re looking or your future tenants looking for aquatic, jungle, relaxing, historical, or just local adventures, the area has it all.

In the Riviera Maya there are several archaeological points of international renown such as the ruins of Tulum, Chichen Itza, Cobá, and many more.

For those in search of something more exciting, there are impressive diving spots in the sea (since we have the second largest coral reef in the world) or in underground rivers, discovering the corners of what the Mayans called the underworld.

Playa del Carmen

In the heart of the Riviera Maya, it offers a cosmopolitan atmosphere, without losing the charm of a beach destination.

Fifth Avenue offers a selection of restaurants, bars, shops and nightlife that attracts many tourists worldwide.

Today, Playa del Carmen sees constant economic and population growth that investors must take advantage of.

On the other hand, Tulum is an area rich in a much more relaxed lifestyle, and it has become a great attraction for people from all over the world.

Near the hotel zone and the beautiful beaches of Tulum, there are infinities of residential developments perfect for an investment that seeks an attractive return on investment.

Between Playa del Carmen and Tulum is Akumal, one of the most attractive places for foreigners.

Akumal, which means the place of the turtles in Mayan, is a sanctuary for the sea turtle, with which people can swim in their free life and observe the miracles of their existence.

Akumal is a relatively small place, but full of life and culture, which has attracted investors for more than 30 years.


If the above was not enough to convince you of the incredible investment opportunity that the Riviera Maya offers, then think about the short and long-term profitability rates of the area.

Many investors choose apartments or condo-hotels in order to rent their property to tourists or short-term residents.

With this they seek to generate income from the rental of their home. These investors are mostly looking for a property that is not for them or perhaps in certain seasons.

They see it more as a business through platforms such as AirBnB, VRBO, Expedia, Book It, Travelocity or social networks, where there is a hungry tourist market that seeks to replace a hotel stay with something more local.

However, in recent years, there has been a constant growth in the demand for long-term rentals as the Riviera Maya has become a source of work and opportunities for Mexicans and foreigners.

For this, investors are looking for house or villa type residences, which attracts more a person looking for the comfort of a dwelling that they can call home, versus a vacation rental.

In addition, the Riviera Maya is a place that economically benefits travelers, retirees or residents due to the cost of living, which facilitates the decision to spend a short, medium, or long-term time in the area.


The Riviera Maya has seen impressive real estate growth and development, underscoring the high demand for investing in vacation or long-term rentals.

There are even people investing in their own future in the area, such as families moving for work, or young couples looking to start a new adventure.

The development of the area comes hand in hand with commercial development, and more often there is an interest in creating new squares, museums, experiences, shopping centers, among others, offering a variety of activities for residents and tourists.

Private and government sources have invested millions of dollars in the area to develop and maintain it, especially in the difficult times that have been experienced worldwide, and tourism and hotel occupancy rates indicate that it is a destination that remains alive and strong.


Although the Riviera Maya was long considered almost a fishing village, the growth and development of the area has led to the development of infrastructure for a comfortable life.

Many residential areas have underground pipelines, both internal roads and to other destinations are constantly maintained to facilitate access and roads.

On the other hand, there has been a great advance and development in the Internet of the area something extremely important for remote or digital workers.

Little by little, there has also been a growth in health infrastructures, something that American retirees prioritize above all else, and that travelers or young residents appreciate.

The infrastructure of the Riviera Maya has benefited from real estate development and vice versa since one cannot live without the other and that generates a perfect balance so that both owners and tourists can enjoy a destination that has what is necessary to a cosmopolitan life.


It is difficult to say an exact percentage of return on investment that should be expected from an investment in the Riviera Maya.

Many factors must be taken into account such as location, type of property, number of bedrooms, type of rent (long term or vacation), among many others.

However, during the last 10 years, between 8% and 15% return on investment has been contemplated in the area.

Also, it is a safe investment when compared to something like the stock market, as it is not volatile.

The annual growth of the area can leave you calm in thinking that your property will never be devalued, especially if you invest in an area with high capital gains.

Many investors have seen their return on investment in a matter of five years but do not take it for granted, because again there are many things to consider.

However, we assure you that when you least expect it you will have generated your return on investment and you will already be only generating a fixed income.


Maya Ocean

Maya Ocean Real Estate

We are a company dedicated to the Sale of Real Estate and we also offer the option to Manage, Promote and Rent. Our real estate inventory and area of operations extends to the Riviera Maya mainly in the cities of Playa del Carmen and Tulum...

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