Coba Ball Courts

Photo Credit: © SarUnas Burdulis CC BY

The ball courts were central to Maya life, as well as life for many native civilizations in the southern Americas and the Caribbean. The ball courts were used to play a game deep in ritualistic, religious, political, and cultural significance, known as Ulama (or simply the Mesoamerican Ballgame). Played with rubber balls, the object of the game was to try to get the ball through a stone ring. Other than that the rules are lost to time. What is known is that the game was often used to settle difference, with the result often meaning life, death, or subjugation for players and supporting their city.


The ball court is easily spotted thanks to the round stone ring on a wall. The court is encompassed by an early stadium from which spectators would cheer on their team.

Staying Close

Consider staying in the Riviera Maya if you plan on visiting Coba Ball Courts, since visitors to this area of the Yucatan Peninsula will have easy access to this historic attraction during their visit. The area around this site remains relatively quiet, especially as there aren't many hotel rooms nearby.

Hotels near Coba Ball Courts
Hotel Type Distance Direction
El Bocadito hotel Hotel -- 0.7 mi. (42.6 km) WNW

Location and What's Nearby

Historical site patrons who have worked up an appetite will find just enough dining options in the surrounding area. The closest restaurant is Lavazza Cafe, a great locale to eat at before spending some time at this historical site. It is only about a half mile from this landmark, so check it out and try something off the menu. El Faison and La Sazon Mexicana are some more food and drink options near Coba Ball Courts. At La Sazon Mexicana you and your companions will want to try out Mexican meals and experience the flavors of the Yucatan Peninsula.


Contact Information

Location: The Riviera Maya, Mexico


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