Activities in Yucatan Peninsula

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You can be as active as you like when visiting the Yucatan Peninsula on your Caribbean vacation. So many options exist that you can jam pack your schedule and go-go-go from dawn until dawn until dusk - and even party on into the night.

Bike and Scooter Rental

If you are intrigued by the idea of seeing the sights at a slower pace, you will find multiple different rental agencies that can help you. Click here to see our article concerning bike and scooter rentals.

Diving

Yucatan Peninsula Diving

The lure of the Caribbean Sea is almost impossible to resist. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and into the waters, both above and below the surface. Diving and snorkeling are two of the most popular activities in the whole of the Caribbean, and Mexico is no different. By donning a mask, diving fins, and a snorkel, and floating close to the surface, anyone can catch a glimpse of marine life. Those who want a more up close and personal look, scheduling a scuba tour might be a better idea.

There are 155 dive operators and at least 153 good dive sites in the area. For a more comprehensive look at scuba diving in this area visit this page.

Events and Festivals

Events and Festivals in in the Yucatan tend to fall into four categories: cultural, religious, music, and sports. These events offer visitors a great opportunity to get to experience the culture of Mexican locals first hand through music, dance, food, and various other cultural festivities that occur during individual events. One of the most popular celebrations is Carnaval, which is celebrated throughout the Caribbean at the beginning of each year. Click here to read more about events and festivals in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Fishing

Playa Deep Sea Fishing

Vacationers not as interested in what's going on below the surface will find that chartering a boat for a day of sailing is a great option. Sailing off the coast of Mexico offers a unique view of the shore while allowing those on board to relax in the sun, water ski, and even spend some time fishing. Charters specifically for fishing are available as well, with experienced anglers providing tours to the top fishing sites and providing amenities such as meals and equipment.

Deep Sea Fishing is a popular sport in this area, as suggested by the existence of 53 charter fishing services that operate from this area. To see our complete guide to deep sea fishing, go to this article.

Golf

The Nicklaus Design Golf Course

If you can't bear to leave your clubs at home, more than a dozen golf courses make it easy to get a tee time, and most clubs offer extra amenities such as pool access, bar service, and meals included in the price of your golf package.

Avid golfers frequent the area, as suggested by the existence of 14 different golf courses. The area courses include The Nicklaus Design Golf Course, El Camaleon Mayakoba, and Paradisus Cancun Golf Club. All you have to do is click on the course name to get additional information concerning the course, including the number of holes, location, and much more. For a more comprehensive look at golf throughout Caribbean see this page.

Sailing and Boating

Cozumel Sailing

The following chart provides you with a few details concerning area firms that can help you enjoy some time on the water.

Boating Opportunities In Yucatan Peninsula
Name Phone Location
Albatros Charters (984) 872-7904 0.7 mi. South West of Central downtown San Miguel Cozumel
Bleu Magic/Raiatea Catamaran (984) 803-4774 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria Mexico
Blue Mystic Tour -- 0.8 mi. South of Central La Gloria Mexico
Blue Tang Tours (507) 519-6000 0.9 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Captain Ron's Cozumel Boat Charters (987) 872-5467 Downtown San Miguel Cozumel
Cari'Bean Tours (501) 601-8586 0.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Contoy Express Tour -- 2.0 mi. Northwest of Central Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres
Cozumel Boat Trips Sunset (987) 113-6107 3.5 mi. South West of Central downtown San Miguel Cozumel
Cozumel Sailing (987) 869-2312 1.6 mi. Northeast of Central downtown San Miguel Cozumel
Ecologic Divers Sailing (501) 226-4118 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Fat Cat Sailboat (984) 116-3040 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria Mexico
Holbox Collection (998) 267-9836 0.3 mi. South of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox
Holbox Island Tours (984) 875-2028 0.3 mi. South of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox
Mexican Caribbean Tours (998) 267-7845 0.3 mi. South of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox
Reef Runner (501) 226-2172 San Pedro, Southern part of Yucatan Peninsula Ambergris Caye
Robinson Crusoe Tour -- 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Akumal Mexico
Snorkel Tour Cooperative Morelos -- Puerto Morelos, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
VIP Holbox (984) 875-2107 0.0 mi. North of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox
Whale Shark Tours by Holbox Travel (866) 262-8621 0.3 mi. South of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox
Yucatan F1 -- 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria Mexico

If you'd like to find out about charter operators and local marinas see this page.

Shopping

Mexico Blue Dream

Shopping in the Mexican Caribbean can range from a cultural experience to your typical day at the mall. Open air markets, such as flea markets and craft booths allow vacationers to purchase locally made wares at negotiable prices, while malls near the Hotel Zone feature deluxe boutiques with high prices. The shopping hotspot in the Yucatan is Cancun, so be sure to read all about Shopping in Cancun, and find the best deal!

If there are some avid shoppers in your group, they can check out some of the 90 retail stores in the area. Use this link to check out our article about shopping in Yucatan Peninsula.

Sightseeing

Chichen Itza

Yet another great option for visitors is enjoying the area's interesting sights. The area features 69 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to tourists. Nature enthusiasts frequently have a good time at the area's outdoor parks and botanical garden. Follow this link to read our discussion of area sightseeing and attractions.

The chart directly below provides some details concerning a firm that can help you have a great time sightseeing.

Sightseeing Services In Yucatan Peninsula
Name Type Phone Location
Acuatica Tulum Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- Tulum, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Alltournative Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- Playa del Carmen, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Alltournative Tours Travel and Tour Operators -- The Riviera Maya, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Asterix Tours Travel and Tour Operators (998) 886-4270 3.5 mi. North of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
Balankanche Cave Tour Travel and Tour Operators -- Yucatan, Southeastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Belize Diving Adventures Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (501) 226-3082 0.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Belize VIP Transfers and Tours Travel and Tour Operators (501) 422-2725 0.9 mi. South West of Central Corozal Belize
Boca del Puma Travel and Tour Operators (998) 241-2855 The Riviera Maya, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Camel Safari Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 5.3 mi. South West of Central Puerto Morelos Mexico
Cancun Water Toys Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 3.4 mi. Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
Captain Morgan Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (998) 892-1870 7.8 mi. Northwest of Central Isla Mujeres Mexico
Cesiak (Centro Ecologico Sian Ka'an) Travel and Tour Operators -- The Riviera Maya, Southeastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Costa Maya Cruise Excursions Travel and Tour Operators info@puertocostamaya.com 0.5 mi. East of Central Costa Maya Mexico
Costa Maya Tours Nature Tourism Service (813) 435-3148 1.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Costa Maya Mexico
Cozumel Cruise Excursions Travel and Tour Operators (305) 767-2779 Downtown San Miguel Cozumel
Cozumel Taxi Union Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (987) 872-1130 0.6 mi. East of Central downtown San Miguel Cozumel
Cruzob Travel Travel and Tour Operators (501) 422-0115 Corozal, Southern part of Yucatan Peninsula Belize
EcoColors Eco Tours Travel and Tour Operators (998) 884-3667 Downtown Cancun Mexico
Ecologic Divers Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (501) 226-4118 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Gallo's Boat Taxi & Transfer Service Travel and Tour Operators (501) 403-1022 0.5 mi. Northeast of Central Consejo Belize
Gettransfers Travel Service Travel and Tour Operators (501) 422-2485 0.7 mi. Northeast of Central Corozal Belize
Gibson's Tours and Transfers Excursions and Sightseeing Service (501) 623-8638 0.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central Corozal Belize
Goyo's Jungle Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- Puerto Morelos, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Guides Travel and Tour Operators -- 2.0 mi. East of Central Tulum Mexico
Holbox Collection Travel and Tour Operators (998) 267-9836 0.3 mi. South of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox
Holbox Island Tours Travel and Tour Operators (984) 875-2028 0.3 mi. South of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox
Holbox Travel Travel and Tour Operators (866) 262-8621 0.3 mi. South of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox
Jaital Costa Maya Tours Nature Tourism Service (866) 865-1059 0.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Costa Maya Mexico
Joe's Jeep Adventures Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 1.2 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
Jungle Jim's Atv Tour Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 0.5 mi. South of Central Akumal Mexico
Kolumbus Tours Travel and Tour Operators -- 4.4 mi. Northeast of Central Cancun Mexico
Labnaha Cenote Excursions and Sightseeing Service (984) 129-3040 The Riviera Maya, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Lookout Tower Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- The Riviera Maya, Southeastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Mayan Station ATV Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 2.5 mi. North of Central Puerto Morelos Mexico
Mexican Caribbean Tours Travel and Tour Operators (998) 267-7845 0.3 mi. South of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox
Muyil Lagoon Tour Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- The Riviera Maya, Southeastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Playa Deep Sea Fishing Charters and Adventures Travel and Tour Operators (984) 140-5109 Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexico
Portofino Inland Trips Nature Tours (501) 226-5096 6.6 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Punta Piedra Tours Travel and Tour Operators -- 2.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Tulum Mexico
Rancho Grande Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 3.4 mi. South West of Central Puerto Morelos Mexico
Rancho Punta Venado (Horse & Atv & Snorkeling) Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- The Riviera Maya, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Rest Area For Alltournative Tours Travel and Tour Operators -- The Riviera Maya, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Santa Cruz Bike Tour Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Akumal Mexico
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Excursions and Sightseeing Service (984) 141-4245 The Riviera Maya, Southeastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Squalo Divers Tours Travel and Tour Operators (786) 216-1642 Downtown Cancun Mexico
Suya Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (501) 226-3219 San Pedro, Southern part of Yucatan Peninsula Ambergris Caye
Tanisha Tours Hiking Tour and Trip Operator (501) 226-2314 San Pedro, Southern part of Yucatan Peninsula Ambergris Caye
Tankah Adventure Park Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 2.7 mi. Northeast of Central Tulum Mexico
Tequila Beach Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (983) 117-3519 0.6 mi. Northeast of Central Mahahual Mexico
Tequilla Beach Tours Travel and Tour Operators (983) 117-3519 0.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Costa Maya Mexico
The Native Choice Excursions Travel and Tour Operators (998) 869-3346 0.4 mi. West of Central Costa Maya Mexico
The Native Choice Kayak Excursions Kayaking Service (998) 869-3346 0.4 mi. West of Central Costa Maya Mexico
Toucan Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (983) 126-5554 0.3 mi. Northeast of Central Costa Maya Mexico
Toucan Tours of Costa Maya Travel and Tour Operators -- 0.3 mi. Northeast of Central Costa Maya Mexico
Viajes Valladolid Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- Valladolid, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Xplor Excursions and Sightseeing Service (888) 922-7381 4.8 mi. South West of Central Playa del Carmen Mexico

Snorkeling

Xplor

If exploring an underwater world sounds appealing you're in luck -- you'll have the chance during your vacation in Yucatan Peninsula. To find out about other snorkeling opportunities, click this link.

Spas

Aqua Spa

Going to a spa could be one of the most enjoyable parts of your vacation. Finding a spa that you'll like shouldn't be hard, given the fact that there are 66 spas located in this area. Those interested can find out more concerning this topic can do so on this page.

Sports

Getting your heart rate up has never been so fun as when it's done against the tropical backdrop of the Yucatan Peninsula. Swimming laps and playing tennis can be done at your hotel or resort. If the place you are staying does not offer either of these activities, you can typically pay a small fee to gain access to the pool or tennis courts at another hotel.

Don't forget about spectator sports. Soccer, baseball, and basketball are popular sports in Mexico, and getting tickets to watch local teams play is as easy as asking the concierge at your hotel. Other sporting events include PGA golf tournaments, bull fighting, and wrestling.

Tennis

Moon Palace Golf Resort - All Inclusive

If you enjoy playing tennis you might want to make your reservations at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 58 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The information that follows can help clarify your options. At a glance, you can see the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lights are available for evening play, and some other helpful details. Click on the names to learn more details concerning the property.

Accommodations with Tennis In Yucatan Peninsula
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Moon Palace Golf Resort - All Inclusive The vicinity of Cancun, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula 6 check
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, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula 2 check check
JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa 0.4 mi. South of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone 5 check
Barcelo Maya Caribe Resort 1.5 mi. Northeast of Central Xpu Ha 7 check
Cancun Beach Apartments 7.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central downtown Cancun 4 check
Grand Sunset Princess 3.2 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen 6
CasaMagna Marriott Resort Cancun 0.6 mi. South of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone 2 check

For example, Moon Palace Golf Resort - All Inclusive offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

Tequila Beach Tours Watersports

Take a minute to read the table below for information concerning other activities. for information concerning one other option. for more options.

Other Activities In Yucatan Peninsula
Name Type Phone Location
2.02 Bowling Bowling Center -- 0.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
AquaWorld Watersports Operator (998) 848-8326 6.3 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Cancun Mexico
Aquaworld Watersports Operator (998) 848-8326 2.0 mi. South West of Central San Miguel Cozumel
Atlantida at Parque Nizuc Dolphin Encounter Service -- The vicinity of Cancun, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
B.O.B. Watersports Operator -- 3.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
Barefoot on Cozumel Massage Therapist (987) 878-4662 Downtown San Miguel Cozumel
Bikini Bootcamp Fitness Centers and Instructors -- 3.1 mi. South of Central Tulum Mexico
Bull Ring Sporting Event Venue -- Downtown Cancun Mexico
Bullfights Cancun Sporting Event Venue -- Downtown Cancun Mexico
Chankannab Adventure Park Amusement/Theme Park (987) 872-0914 5.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central downtown San Miguel Cozumel
Cinepolis Movie Theater (998) 193-2300 Downtown Cancun Mexico
Club El Pescador Recreational Organizations and Clubs -- 0.9 mi. South of Central Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres
Costa Maya Tours Jet Skis Jet Ski Rental Service (813) 435-3148 1.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Costa Maya Mexico
Delphinus Dolphin Swim Dolphin Encounter Service -- 3.4 mi. Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
Discovery Jungle Park Amusement/Theme Park -- Playa del Carmen, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Dolphin Discovery Dolphin Encounter Service -- 0.6 mi. West of Central Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres
Dolphin Discovery Dolphin Encounter Service (866) 393-5158 0.5 mi. East of Central Costa Maya Mexico
Dolphin Swim Adventure Sports Provider -- 1.3 mi. North of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
Dressel Divers Cancun Watersports Operator (+34) 963 561 496 8.7 mi. Southeast of Central Cancun Mexico
Dressel Divers Cozumel Watersports Operator (+34) 963 561 496 10.6 mi. South-Southwest of Central downtown San Miguel Cozumel
Dressel Divers Playa Del Carmen Watersports Operator (+34) 963 561 496 2.8 mi. South West of Central Playa del Carmen Mexico
Dressel Divers Puerto Aventuras Watersports Operator (+34) 963 561 496 The vicinity of La Gloria, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
El Palomar Miniature Golf Course -- Playa del Carmen, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Explora Dive Center Watersports Operator -- Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexico
Extreme Control Windsurfing Operator -- The Riviera Maya, Southeastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Horseback Tour Horseback Riding Site -- Yucatan, Southeastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Ikarus Kite Boarding Watersports Operator (998) 874-4245 7.9 mi. Northwest of Central Isla Mujeres Mexico
KiteXplorer San Pedro Windsurfing Operator (501) 635-4967 0.5 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Los Potrillos Horseback Riding Site -- 0.4 mi. South West of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox
Morph Kiteboarding Watersports Operator -- 3.6 mi. South of Central Tulum Mexico
Movie Theater Cancun Movie Theater -- 1.2 mi. North of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
Movie Theatre Movie Theater -- Downtown Cancun Mexico
Movie Theatre Movie Theater -- 1.2 mi. North of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
Mr. Sanchos Beach Club Amusement/Theme Park (987) 871-9174 9.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central downtown San Miguel Cozumel
Palapa De Felix Watersports Operator -- Puerto Morelos, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Peak Gym Fitness Centers and Instructors -- 0.3 mi. Southeast of Central Akumal Mexico
Planet Bowl Bowling Center -- Downtown Cancun Mexico
Pro Dive Watersports Operator (984) 745-0763 Downtown San Miguel Cozumel
Rodeo Arena Sporting Event Venue -- Villa Morelos, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Sail Sports Watersports Operator (501) 226-4488 San Pedro, Southern part of Yucatan Peninsula Ambergris Caye
San Pedro Fitness Club and Gym Fitness Centers and Instructors -- San Pedro, Southern part of Yucatan Peninsula Ambergris Caye
Selvatica Adventure Park Amusement/Theme Park -- The Riviera Maya, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Sky Dive Cancun Sky Diving -- Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexico
Swiming Pools/Water Park Swimming Pools -- Valladolid, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Tabla Vela Windsurfing And Sailboat Rental Windsurfing Operator -- 3.9 mi. East of Central Cancun Mexico
Tequila Beach Tours Watersports Watersports Operator (983) 117-3519 0.6 mi. Northeast of Central Mahahual Mexico
Toucan Watersports Watersports Operator -- 0.3 mi. Northeast of Central Costa Maya Mexico
Valatrope Yoga Fitness Centers and Instructors -- 4.1 mi. South of Central Tulum Mexico
Wet'n Wild Amusement/Theme Park (998) 193-2000 The vicinity of Cancun, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Xcaret Park Amusement/Theme Park -- The Riviera Maya, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Xel-Ha Eco Park Amusement/Theme Park -- The Riviera Maya, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Xtreme Control Kiteboarding Watersports Operator -- 1.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Tulum Mexico

And that's not all. As you get out and explore the Yucatan Peninsula, you'll likely happen upon many more activities that will probably strike your fancy. That is what's so great about a vacation in Mexico: the possibilities are endless.

 

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