Activities in the 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 feeling the wind in your hair, you will encounter multiple different businesses that can help you. To see our page about renting a bike or scooter, visit this page.

Diving

The 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.

You'll find 135 dive operators and at least 153 different dive sites in the area. To get more information about scuba diving in this area read this article.

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

Aquarius 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 50 charter operators in this area. To learn more about deep sea fishing in this area, click here.

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.

If there are some golf fanatics in your group, they'll be pleased to know the potential exists for playing at several of the 13 golf courses in this area. Some of the area courses include The Nicklaus Design Golf Course, El Camaleon Mayakoba, and Paradisus Cancun Golf Club. Just click on the course name to get additional information concerning the course. If you're interested, learn more concerning golf throughout the Caribbean can do so here.

Sailing and Boating

Cozumel Sailing

The chart just below has some key facts regarding area firms that will help you enjoy some time on the water.

Boating Opportunities In the 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 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 Eco Adventure Tour (844) 953-3738 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 the Yucatan Peninsula Ambergris Caye
Robinson Crusoe Tour -- 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Akumal Mexico
Snorkel Tour Cooperative Morelos -- Puerto Morelos, Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Yucatan F1 -- 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria Mexico

If you want to find out about charter operators and marinas click here.

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 you have some folks who enjoy window shopping vacationing with you, they'll be interested to know that there are at least 73 retailers in this area. To see our full guide to shopping in the Yucatan Peninsula, visit this page.

Sightseeing

Chichen Itza

Sightseeing is also a great option for anyone visiting the Yucatan Peninsula. Among other sights, the area has 69 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to visitors Nature enthusiasts will typically enjoy spending some time at the area's outdoor parks and botanical garden. Navigate here to read our extended discussion of area sightseeing and attractions.

Information about a firm that can show you the most interesting local sights can be found here:

Sightseeing Services In the Yucatan Peninsula
Name Type Phone Location
Acuatica Tulum Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- Tulum, Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Alltournative Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- Playa del Carmen, Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Alltournative Tours Travel and Tour Operators (877) 437-4990 The Riviera Maya, Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Asterix Tours Travel and Tour Operators (998) 886-4270 3.5 mi. North of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
Belize Diving Adventures Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (501) 226-3082 0.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Belize Jungle Trek Excursions and Sightseeing Service (501) 668-4889 1.0 mi. 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 the Yucatan Peninsula 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 the Yucatan Peninsula 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
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
Gettransfers Travel Service Travel and Tour Operators (501) 422-2485 0.7 mi. Northeast of Central Corozal Belize
Holbox Collection Travel and Tour Operators (998) 267-9836 0.3 mi. South of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox
Holbox Travel Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (866) 262-8621 0.1 mi. South-Southeast 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
Jungle Jim's Atv Tour Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 0.5 mi. South of Central Akumal Mexico
Kolumbus Tours Travel and Tour Operators (998) 884-5333 4.4 mi. Northeast of Central Cancun Mexico
Labnaha Cenote Excursions and Sightseeing Service (984) 129-3040 The Riviera Maya, Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Monkey Business Travel Shoppe at Banana Beach Resort Excursions and Sightseeing Service (877) 288-1011 0.7 mi. South West of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Olympus Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (786) 338-9358 Downtown Cancun Mexico
Portofino Inland Trips Nature Tours (501) 226-5096 6.6 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
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 the 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 the 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 the Yucatan Peninsula Ambergris Caye
Tanisha Tours Hiking Tour and Trip Operator (501) 226-2314 San Pedro, Southern part of the 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 the 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 you enjoy looking at fish there's good news -- you can easily find places to do so during your vacation in the Yucatan Peninsula. To see our detailed guide to local snorkeling opportunities, use this link.

Spas

Brio Spa

Relaxing for a few hours in a spa just might be one of the highlights of your entire vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, considering that there are 58 different spas in this area. Click this link to find our guide to this topic.

Sports

Getting your heart rate up has never been so fun as when it's done against the tropical backdrop of the 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 want to play some tennis you might want to make your reservations at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 57 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The information that follows can help clarify your options. At a glance, you'll see the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lighting is offered, and a few other details. Click on the names to read about other aspects of the property.

Accommodations with Tennis In the Yucatan Peninsula
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Moon Palace Golf Resort - All Inclusive The vicinity of Cancun, Eastern part of the 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 the 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

The table just below lists a few details concerning other activities.

Other Activities In the Yucatan Peninsula
Name Type Phone Location
AquaWorld Watersports Operator 1-866-210-12-36 (US & Canada) 6.3 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Cancun Mexico
Aquaworld Watersports Operator 1-866-210-12-36 (US & Canada) 2.0 mi. South West of Central San Miguel Cozumel
Atlantida at Parque Nizuc Dolphin Encounter Service -- The vicinity of Cancun, Eastern part of the 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
Belize Parasail Plus Watersports Operator (501) 671-3877 0.7 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Bikini Bootcamp Fitness Centers and Instructors -- 3.1 mi. South of Central Tulum Mexico
Castaway Caye Watersports Watersports Operator (501) 671-3000 1.1 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
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
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 the 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 1.6 mi. Northeast of Central Mahahual 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 the Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Extreme Control Adventures Watersports Operator (984) 745-4555 1.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Tulum 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 (984) 129-9995 0.4 mi. South West of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox
Morph Kiteboarding Watersports Operator (984) 114-9524 3.6 mi. South of Central Tulum Mexico
Mr. Sanchos Beach Club Amusement/Theme Park (987) 871-9174 9.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central downtown San Miguel Cozumel
Paradise on the Caye Rentals Watersports Equipment Shop (918) 237-0114 4.1 mi. North of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Peak Gym Fitness Centers and Instructors -- 0.3 mi. Southeast of Central Akumal Mexico
Pro Dive Watersports Operator (984) 745-0763 Downtown San Miguel Cozumel
San Pedro Fitness Club and Gym Fitness Centers and Instructors (501) 226-4820 San Pedro, Southern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Ambergris Caye
Selvatica Adventure Park Amusement/Theme Park -- The Riviera Maya, Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Sky Dive Cancun Sky Diving -- Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexico
Tequila Beach Tours Watersports Watersports Operator (983) 117-3519 0.6 mi. Northeast of Central Mahahual Mexico
Wet'n Wild Amusement/Theme Park (998) 193-2000 The vicinity of Cancun, Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Xcaret Park Amusement/Theme Park -- The Riviera Maya, Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Xel-Ha Eco Park Amusement/Theme Park -- The Riviera Maya, Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula 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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