Sailing and Boating Near Riviera Maya

Ideal sailing conditions exist throughout the Riviera Maya

Photo credit: © Sarunas Burdulis

The Riveria Maya's location along the Caribbean coast means that the waters that edge the shores are ideal for sailing.  Warm temperatures and calm waters are just two perks to sailing in this area. 

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

It is hard to look out on the waters of the Riviera Maya and not wish you could spend some time sailing them, even if you are lacking in skills.  Fortunately, there are numerous tour companies offering excursions that include a sailing tour of the coast.  Most include snacks and beverages, and some will have bonus activities like snorkeling stops and beach side barbecues.  

If you just want to get out onto the water, without the complications and cost of sailing on your own you can take an excursion. Curious what it's like and what's included? Take a look at the chart that follows to find contact information for area providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Bleu Magic/Raiatea Catamaran (984) 803-4774 The vicinity of La Gloria
Fat Cat Sailboat (984) 116-3040 The vicinity of La Gloria
Robinson Crusoe Tour -- 0.4 mi. (0.6 km) Southeast of Akumal
Snorkel Tour Cooperative Morelos -- Puerto Morelos
Yucatan F1 -- The vicinity of La Gloria

Boat Rentals and Charters

Not every seasoned sailor wants to make the journey to the waters of Mexico from their home country, but that doesn't mean they don't want to spend some time sailing.  For these adventurers, there are numerous charter companies that offer a chance for them to captain a boat in the Caribbean.  

If you're considering the option of a boat charter, you can reserve one from these area agencies:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
CataMaya (984) 803-4008 The vicinity of La Gloria Mexico


There are several dozen marinas up and down the coast where sailors can dock their vessel including the PA Marina and Marina El Cid.  These world class facilities include amenities like electrical, cable, and water hook-ups, trash services, and gas and propane.  

If you decide to sail to the region, you'll have to stop at an official port of entry.  Puerto Morelos is that place for the Riviera Maya.  When you arrive, you'll have to present an import form, the paperwork that proves your boat's ownership, an updated list of the crew, and a passport for every person aboard.  After this process has been completed, you will be cleared by immigrations and customs, allowing you to sail throughout local waters.

Do you plan to travel to Riviera Maya in your own vessel, or one you charter elsewhere? See the table below to get information concerning nearby marinas.

Name Phone Location
El Cid Marina -- Puerto Morelos
El Muello Del Laguna -- 28.3 mi. (45.5 km) South of Tulum
Jamie's Marina -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Marina la Bonita (998) 872-8318 Riviera Cancun
Playon Dock (Collectivo Van Stop) -- 27.2 mi. (43.7 km) South of Tulum

Sailing is definitely a recommended activity in the Riviera Maya, and with so many ways to go about making it happen, there is no reason not to spend some time on the waters of the Caribbean.


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