Activities in Riviera Maya

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When it comes to the Riviera Maya, the question shouldn't be what is there to do, but what isn't there to do?  Activities are plentiful in this area which runs from just south of Cancun all the way down to Punta Allen, whether you want to spend your time in the water, in the sand, or exploring a greener space. 

It is hard to say whether it is the Mayan ruins or the Caribbean Sea that brings more people to the Riviera Maya, but chances are it is a nice mix of both.  To start, this area of the country is known to have more eco theme parks set around ancient Mayan structures than perhaps anywhere else in the world.  You can spend time exploring these spots, participating in jungle tours to learn about the natural environment of the region, or tour the numerous caves, natural lagoons, and waterfalls that exist here. 

Before you head to the beaches, make sure you spend some time on cultural attractions outside of the ruins as well.  There are museums up and down the coast that touch on history, heritage, the arts, and more.  And you don't want to forget about yourself in all of this.  Golf courses, tennis courts, spas, and some of the best dining and nightlife you'll ever experience is waiting for you to enjoy.

Of course, you won't want to leave the Riviera Maya without spending some time in the water.  Snorkeling equipment is easy and inexpensive to come by, so most visitors will start here, but if you'd like something a little more intense, you can sign up for scuba diving courses and adventures, charter a boat for sailing or fishing, or simply spend some time sunning in the sand. 

Bike and Scooter Rental

Renting a bike or a scooter is easier to do in some areas of the Riviera Maya than others. However, whether you are looking for a place with nature trails, or a city offering the chance to explore, you'll find something when visiting this Mexican coast.

If you are thinking about enjoying the scenery at a leisurely pace, you will find 8 rental agencies that can help make it happen. To find out about other bike and scooter rentals, navigate to this page.

Diving

Riviera Maya Diving

Those make their way to Riviera Maya for some divign will be able to spot over 100 different coral species and over 150 different species of marine animals.

You'll find 72 dive services and at least 50 different dive sites in the area. You can read this extended discussion about scuba diving in this area if you want more details.

Fishing

Playa Deep Sea Fishing

The region of the Riviera Maya is well known for its warm waters, tourist-friendly services, and large fish. These three things combine to make some really fine fishing destinations.

Fishing is popular in this area, as suggested by the existence of 14 charter fishing services that operate from this area. To read a more detailed discussion of this specific topic, visit this guide, which discusses deep sea fishing in this area.

Golf

The Nicklaus Design Golf Course

Golf is a popular activity here, as suggested by the existence of 5 different golf courses. The area courses include The Nicklaus Design Golf Course, El Camaleon Mayakoba, and Playacar Golf Course. To read a detailed article concerning the course, including the number of holes, location, and much more click on the course name. To find out about other golfing throughout Yucatan Peninsula, click here.

Sailing and Boating

Check out the chart below for a listing of area firms that can enable you to get out on the open water.

Boating Opportunities In Riviera Maya
Name Phone Location
Bleu Magic/Raiatea Catamaran (984) 803-4774 The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya
Blue Mystic Tour -- The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya
Fat Cat Sailboat (984) 116-3040 The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya
Robinson Crusoe Tour -- 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Akumal
Snorkel Tour Cooperative Morelos -- Puerto Morelos, Northeastern part of Riviera Maya
Yucatan F1 -- The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya

If you want to learn about nearby marinas and charter operators go to this article.

Shopping

Mexico Blue Dream

If you are traveling with some avid shoppers they can explore a few of the 65 retail stores in the area. If you'd like to read more concerning shopping in Riviera Maya, you can do so here.

Sightseeing

Tulum Maya Ruins

Sightseeing is also a great option for visitors to Riviera Maya. Among other things, the area has 19 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to vacationers. Vacationers who like the open air typically have a pleasant time visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical garden. To find out about other area sightseeing attractions, visit this page.

Details concerning a firm that can provide a guided tour of some of the most enjoyable sites can be found down below.

Sightseeing Services In Riviera Maya
Name Type Phone Location
Acuatica Tulum Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- Tulum, Southwestern part of Riviera Maya
Alltournative Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- Playa del Carmen, Eastern part of Riviera Maya
Alltournative Tours Travel and Tour Operators -- The Riviera Maya, Southern part of Riviera Maya
Boca del Puma Travel and Tour Operators (998) 241-2855 The Riviera Maya, Northern part of Riviera Maya
Camel Safari Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 5.3 mi. South West of Central Puerto Morelos
Cesiak (Centro Ecologico Sian Ka'an) Travel and Tour Operators -- The Riviera Maya, Southern part of Riviera Maya
Goyo's Jungle Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- Puerto Morelos, Northeastern part of Riviera Maya
Guides Travel and Tour Operators -- 2.0 mi. East of Central Tulum
Jungle Jim's Atv Tour Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 0.5 mi. South of Central Akumal
Labnaha Cenote Excursions and Sightseeing Service (984) 129-3040 The Riviera Maya, Southern part of Riviera Maya
Mayan Station ATV Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 2.5 mi. North of Central Puerto Morelos
Playa Deep Sea Fishing Charters and Adventures Travel and Tour Operators (984) 140-5109 Downtown Playa del Carmen
Punta Piedra Tours Travel and Tour Operators -- 2.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Tulum
Rancho Grande Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 3.4 mi. South West of Central Puerto Morelos
Rancho Punta Venado (Horse & Atv & Snorkeling) Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- The Riviera Maya, Eastern part of Riviera Maya
Santa Cruz Bike Tour Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Akumal
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Excursions and Sightseeing Service (984) 141-4245 The Riviera Maya, Southern part of Riviera Maya
Tankah Adventure Park Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 2.7 mi. Northeast of Central Tulum
Xplor Excursions and Sightseeing Service (888) 922-7381 4.8 mi. South West of Central Playa del Carmen

Snorkeling

Xplor

If you like to go snokeling you're in luck -- you'll have the chance while vacationing in Riviera Maya. To learn more about snorkeling opportunities, navigate to this page.

Spas

Brio Spa

Relaxing for a few hours in a spa could be one of the highlights of your vacation. Finding a spa that you'll like shouldn't be hard, since there are 21 spas in this area. You can go to this page concerning spas in the area if you'd like to find out more details.

Tennis

Ocean Coral & Turquesa Beach Resort

If you enjoy playing tennis your best bet is to stay at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 31 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The table below highlights some key facts. At a glance, you'll see the number of courts on-site, whether lighting is offered, and some other details. Click on the names to read about other aspects of the property.

Accommodations with Tennis In Riviera Maya
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Grand Bahia Principe Tulum 2.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal 5 check
Ocean Coral & Turquesa Beach Resort 2.7 mi. North of Central Puerto Morelos 2 check
Grand Riviera Princess 3.2 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen 6
El Dorado Royale The Riviera Maya, Northeastern part of Riviera Maya 2 check check
Barcelo Maya Caribe Resort The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya 7 check
Grand Sunset Princess 3.2 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen 6
Iberostar Paraiso Maya The Riviera Maya, Northeastern part of Riviera Maya 6 check
Barcelo Maya Beach The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya 7 check
Sandos Playacar Beach Resort & Spa Playa del Carmen, Eastern part of Riviera Maya 2 check
Paradisus Riviera Cancun 2.3 mi. North of Central Puerto Morelos 3 check

For instance, Grand Bahia Principe Tulum offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

Morph Kiteboarding

The chart just below enables you to learn information about other activities.

Other Activities In Riviera Maya
Name Type Phone Location
Bikini Bootcamp Fitness Centers and Instructors -- 3.1 mi. South of Central Tulum
Discovery Jungle Park Amusement/Theme Park -- Playa del Carmen, Eastern part of Riviera Maya
Dressel Divers Playa Del Carmen Watersports Operator (+34) 963 561 496 2.8 mi. South West of Central Playa del Carmen
Dressel Divers Puerto Aventuras Watersports Operator (+34) 963 561 496 The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya
El Palomar Miniature Golf Course -- Playa del Carmen, Eastern part of Riviera Maya
Explora Dive Center Watersports Operator -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Extreme Control Windsurfing Operator -- The Riviera Maya, Southern part of Riviera Maya
Morph Kiteboarding Watersports Operator -- 3.6 mi. South of Central Tulum
Palapa De Felix Watersports Operator -- Puerto Morelos, Northeastern part of Riviera Maya
Peak Gym Fitness Centers and Instructors -- 0.3 mi. Southeast of Central Akumal
Rodeo Arena Sporting Event Venue -- Villa Morelos, Northeastern part of Riviera Maya
Selvatica Adventure Park Amusement/Theme Park -- The Riviera Maya, Northern part of Riviera Maya
Sky Dive Cancun Sky Diving -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Valatrope Yoga Fitness Centers and Instructors -- 4.1 mi. South of Central Tulum
Xcaret Park Amusement/Theme Park -- The Riviera Maya, Eastern part of Riviera Maya
Xel-Ha Eco Park Amusement/Theme Park -- The Riviera Maya, Southern part of Riviera Maya
Xtreme Control Kiteboarding Watersports Operator -- 1.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Tulum
 

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