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 like the idea of exploring a new environment with the wind in your face, you will encounter a variety of different rental agencies that can help make it happen. Visit this article regarding bike and scooter rentals if you'd like more specifics.

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.

There are 60 dive services and at least 50 different dive sites to choose from. Take advantage of this article concerning diving in this area if you want to learn additional details.

Fishing

Riviera Maya 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 a popular activity here, as suggested by the existence of 12 charter fishing services that operate from this area. Read this page dedicated to fishing in the area if you're seeking additional specifics.

Golf

The Nicklaus Design Golf Course

Golf is a popular activity here, as indicated by the presence of 4 different golf courses. The area courses include The Nicklaus Design Golf Course, El Camaleon Mayakoba, and Riviera Maya Golf Club. To get additional information concerning the course all you have to do is click on the course name. To find out more about golf throughout the Yucatan Peninsula, click this link.

Sailing and Boating

Riviera Maya Sailing and Boating

The table below enables you to get some details concerning local providers that will enable you to spend some time 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
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'd like to find out about charter operators and area marinas click this link.

Shopping

Mexico Blue Dream

If you have some people who enjoy exploring new shops vacationing with you, they might want to know that there are more than 48 retail stores to browse in this area. You can go to this article if you want detailed information on shopping in Riviera Maya.

Sightseeing

Tulum Maya Ruins

Another popular activity is enjoying the area's sights and natural environment. The area's sights include 18 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to visitors Nature enthusiasts will probably have a pleasant time visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical garden. Follow this link to visit our article about area sightseeing and attractions.

Take a minute to read the table below to find out more about a firm that can help you have a great time enjoying the local sights.

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 (877) 437-4990 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
Cesiak (Centro Ecologico Sian Ka'an) Travel and Tour Operators -- The Riviera Maya, Southern part of Riviera Maya
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
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 love snorkeling there's good news -- you can easily find places to do so while vacationing in Riviera Maya. Take advantage of this article regarding snorkeling if you'd like to find out additional details.

Spas

Brio Spa

Indulging in a trip to the spa might be one of the highlights of your entire vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, given the fact that there are 21 spas that operate in this area. To get more information about this topic, go to this guide, which discusses your options for visiting a spa in this area.

Tennis

Ocean Coral & Turquesa Beach Resort

If you like playing tennis your best bet is to stay at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 30 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following information may help with you make a decision. At a glance, you'll see the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lights are available for evening play, and a few other details. Click on each name to learn more about 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
Paradisus Riviera Cancun 2.3 mi. North of Central Puerto Morelos 3 check
ClubHotel Riu Tequila Playa del Carmen, Eastern part of Riviera Maya 3 check

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

Other Activities

Extreme Control Adventures

Take some time to look through the table just below for information about other activities. for information concerning one other option. for 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
Extreme Control Adventures Watersports Operator (984) 745-4555 1.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Tulum
Morph Kiteboarding Watersports Operator (984) 114-9524 3.6 mi. South of Central Tulum
Peak Gym Fitness Centers and Instructors -- 0.3 mi. Southeast of Central Akumal
Selvatica Adventure Park Amusement/Theme Park -- The Riviera Maya, Northern part of Riviera Maya
Sky Dive Cancun Sky Diving -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
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
 

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