A more economical choice in the upscale Playacar neighborhood just south of Playa del Carmen, the Viva Wyndham Azteca caters well to families with a beautiful, wide stretch of white-sand beach and attractive room rates. The food is typical for an all-inclusive (so-so at best), guests are limited to a certain number of meals at the a la carte restaurants (there are just three, so cuisine variety is below average for an all-inclusive), the grounds can be crowded with kids at times, the pool isn’t overly impressive (and there’s no swim-up bar), and the rooms are basic and a little dated; but the property offers a fairly good fitness center, a small spa, bikes for rent, a solid beach volleyball court, and a good kids club. The high quality beach here helps the Overall Beach Resort Rating a good amount, upgrading it from the lower B range to the upper-middle B range. Activities include scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and sailing; horseback riding, golf, and jet skiing are also available in close proximity. Guests have access to the amenities and restaurants of sister resort Viva Wyndham Maya, which is within walking distance but not right next door (it’s four resorts down, which is about 500 yards).
Departure COVID-19 testing is available on-site, for a fee.