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 intrigued by the idea of feeling the wind on your face as you move along, you will encounter multiple different rental agencies that can help make it happen. Follow this link to visit our guide to bike and scooter rentals.

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 71 dive services and at least 50 different dive sites to choose from. Navigate to this extended discussion dedicated to diving in this area if you'd like to find out additional specifics.

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 indicated by the presence of 14 charter fishing services located in this area. Click here to read our article concerning this topic.

Golf

The Nicklaus Design Golf Course

If there are some golf fanatics vacationing with you, they're in luck -- 5 golf courses are located in this area. The area courses include El Camaleon Mayakoba, Playacar Golf Course, and Riviera Maya Golf Club. For a detailed article concerning the course simply click on the name of the course. To read about other golfing throughout Yucatan Peninsula, click this link.

Sailing and Boating

Additional details for firms that can help you spend some time on the open water can be seen in the following chart:

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're interested in reading about charter operators and local marinas go to this page.

Shopping

Mexico Blue Dream

If there are some people who enjoy exploring new shops in your group, they're not completely out of luck -- at least 65 retailers are located in this area. Follow this link to see our article concerning shopping in Riviera Maya.

Sightseeing

Tulum Maya Ruins

Yet another great way to spend some of your time is to discover the area's sights and natural beauty. The area features 19 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to tourists. Nature enthusiasts will frequently have a good time at the area's outdoor parks and botanical garden. To read our detailed guide to attractions, follow this link.

The table directly below shows some details regarding a firm that can help you enjoy some great sightseeing.

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 are thinking about snorkeling you'll be pleased to know you'll have plenty of chances to do so while vacationing in Riviera Maya. Make your way to this article regarding snorkeling if you're looking for additional facts.

Spas

Brio Spa

Enjoying a spa just might be one of the most memorable parts of your vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, considering that there are 21 spas that operate in this area. You can read this article which is all about spas in the area if you want more information.

Tennis

Ocean Coral & Turquesa Beach Resort

If you'd like to play some tennis during your visit you might want to make your reservations at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 31 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following list can help with your decision making process. You can view the number of courts on-site, whether lights are available for evening play, 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 table directly below provides some key facts concerning 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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