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Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun by Karisma

Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun - Fins Up!

As a part of our ongoing commitment to our clients, Purple Palm Vacations spends a lot of time learning about popular destinations by visiting them firsthand. Recently while in the Riviera Maya, we had the pleasure of touring the laid-back, Jimmy Buffet inspired, Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun by Karisma. This all-inclusive resort impressed us with its intimate atmosphere, welcoming and relaxed vibe, and its beautiful beachside vistas. 

We Recommend This Resort For:  Couples, Honeymoon, and Jimmy Buffet fans


A giant flip flop welcomes guests in the lobby.

Resort Highlights

Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun by Karisma is an all-inclusive resort, inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffet, with a laid-back, beach vibe.  This resort is a small and intimate property with a big personality. 

Each guest, upon check-in, is given a welcome drink and a pair of flip flops to get their vacation started.  From there, they will have an all-inclusive vacation that includes luxurious comfort, plenty of space to seek refuge, ocean views galore, and the laid-back vibe that can be so hard to find anywhere else.

The beautiful beach!
Five o'Clock Somewhere bar
Five o'Clock Somewhere bar
The coffee shop
The Italian restaurant, Frank & Lola's
Latino, serving Latin fusion cuisine
License to Chill bar
The lobby
Seating in the lobby
Paradise Room
Joe Merchants where guests can purchase treats based on a points system
Paradise Room's bathroom
Paradise Suite
Paradise Suite's bathtub
Paradise Suite's dining area
Rita's Taco House
Compass is a Caribbean Rum Lounge and Sports Bar located in the main lobby
Swim out suites with direct access to the swimming pool


  • Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun has a total of 4 swimming pools, 2 of them are oceanfront with incredible ocean views.
  • Live music is played daily at the festive Five o'Clock Somewhere bar.
  • Datytime activities that are included at the resort are Kayaking, Stand-up Paddleboarding, Beach Soccer & Volleyball, Corn Hole, Horsehoes, Bocce Ball, and Snorkeling plus Cooking and Cocktail Classes.
  • Guests can hop on a bike and blend their own margarita by peddling the bike.
  • Free scuba diving clinics are given in the pool.
  • For the fitness minded, there are plenty of options, including the Fitness Center, Aqua Fitness Classes, Latin Dance Classes, Stretching and Yoga
  • Fun weekly events include Margarita Blending (and sampling!), Blackjack, Beach Parties, Mariachi Fiestas, Karaoke Night, and Cheese Burger in Paradise.

Rooms & Suites

  • Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun has 148 freshly appointed guestrooms and suites decorated in colors influenced by the colors of the sea, sand and sky.
  • These island inspired rooms and suites all include air conditioning, smart TV, either one king or two queen beds, safety deposit box, amenity kit, deluxe bathrobes, rain forest showerhead, and a hairdryer.   
  • Each room and suite also includes a comfortable baloncy with either Adirondack chairs or a day bed.
  • Unique to Margaritaville and keeping up with the Jimmy Buffet theme, each room has a complimentary in-room bar experience to make your own margaritas.
  • There are 9 different styles of rooms and suites, including ocean front and swim up suites with direct access to the swimming pools.

Food & Drink

  • Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun boasts four savory restaruants including Caribbean, Mexican, Italian and Latin fusion, each of them can cater to all dietary needs and preferences.
  • Rita's Taco House sits right on the beach with spectacular ocean views and an amazing array of taco choices.
  • 24-hour room service is available in each room category.
  • Five bars, all with great island vibes, serve local and international premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Blended is a wellness and smoothie bar serving healthy fare such as super food bowls, vegan options and fresh fruits.
  • Joe Merchants is a unique set up allowing guests to choose their in-room refreshments at a fun and casual store based on a point system.


  • Margaritaville Island Reserve is located on a beautiful stretch of white sand beach about a half hour south of Cancun.
  • The resort is only 20 minutes from the Cancun airport, making it convenient for short getaways.
  • 15 minutes to the south of the resort is the sleepy fishing town of Puerto Morelos, one of the few villages in the area to retain its authenticity, and known for its deep sea fishing, beachfront restaurants, and bars.
  • Playa del Carmen, famous for its pristine beaches, turquoise water and shopping on 5th avenue, is located 45 minutes to the south of Margaritaville.

Why Book With Us

  • We know the best All-Inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, Costa Rica, and Mexico and can help you get the most value for your travel dollar with our firsthand knowledge.
  • You will always have a dedicated travel agent who cares about your vacation to contact directly with questions or help with any problems that may arise.
  • Round-trip airport transfers are included with our packages so there is no need to worry about finding a ride at a foreign airport.
  • You can book your vacation with a low deposit and even utilize our no fee, no interest Payment Plan option.
  • We have partnered with the best Destination Management companies who will take good care of you from start to finish once in your destination.

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About the Author

My name is Amy Burbank, owner of Purple Palm Vacations and the Traveling Travel Agent. I travel throughout the year to the destinations that are in high demand looking for quality vacation options that go above and beyond. This blog is a collection of my All-Inclusive Resort reviews that I feel are the best of the best and will truly provide a great vacation. Happy Travels!

Posted: Sat, Sep 4, 2021

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