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 thinking about exploring the area in the open air there are a variety of different rental agencies that can help. For a more comprehensive look at this specific topic, visit this article about options for renting a bike or scooter.

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 services and at least 153 different dive sites in the area. Those needing to obtain more information about scuba diving in this area, can do so here.

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 operators in this area. You can read this extended discussion regarding fishing in the area if you want to find more facts.

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 you have some golf fanatics traveling with you, they'll be pleased to know the potential exists for playing at several of the 14 golf courses in this area. The area courses include The Nicklaus Design Golf Course, El Camaleon Mayakoba, and Paradisus Cancun Golf Club. To get additional information concerning the course, including the number of holes, location, and much more simply click on the name of the course. To read our guide to golfing throughout Caribbean, read this article.

Sailing and Boating

Cozumel Sailing

More information about local providers that can enable you to spend some time out on the open water can be found in the chart below.

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 area marinas and charter operators go to 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 you're going to be traveling with some avid shoppers they can while away some time exploring a few of the 90 retail stores in the area. Read this article if you'd like to find out more about shopping in Yucatan Peninsula.

Sightseeing

Chichen Itza

Sightseeing is also a great activity for anyone visiting Yucatan Peninsula. Sights in the area include 69 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to travelers. Nature enthusiasts will typically enjoy the area's outdoor parks and botanical garden. Anyone needing to find more details concerning area sightseeing opportunities can do so here.

Look through the table just below for information concerning a firm that will help you get the most out of your sightseeing time.

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 you enjoy sightseeing underwater you'll be pleased to know you'll have plenty of chances to do so while vacationing in Yucatan Peninsula. Make your way to this article concerning snorkeling if you want better facts.

Spas

Aqua Spa

Enjoying a spa might be one of the highlights of your entire vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, since there are 66 spas located in this area. Visit this article concerning spas in the area if you're looking for additional specifics.

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, you can choose from 58 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 lighting is available for evening play, and some other helpful details. Click on each name to read about other aspects of 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 instance, Moon Palace Golf Resort - All Inclusive offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

Tequila Beach Tours Watersports

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

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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