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What to Do in Riviera Maya: Must See Attractions

Riviera Maya Attractions

Your trip to Riviera Maya is one you will want to repeat again and again. Thanks to low prices and ease of travel, you can make this vacation a yearly getaway. Just make sure to visit all of the top spots to take advantage of all of the many things to do in Riviera Maya.

Some of the best places for a tourist to visit are easily accessible through Riviera Maya tours. These tours vary based upon your particular desires. History lovers can visit the ancient Mayan marvels of Chichen Itza and Tulum. Head with your family to Xcaret, which is part archaeological park and part nature reserve. Enjoy the native animals or float along an underground river.

The greatest attractions in Riviera Maya are those created by nature. If you love adventure, you might prefer Riviera Maya excursions through the jungle or under the sea. Whether you go snorkeling along the coral reef or ziplining through the canopy of the Mayan jungle, you will feel a rush of adrenaline you simply can't experience at home.

Some Riviera Maya activities can be found within walking distance of your resort. Consider taking a cooking class, where you can experience local cuisine or go on a tequila tasting tour to responsibly sample some of Mexico's finest. Riviera Maya has some of the best shopping in all of Mexico with great deals on gold jewelry and art. You can also simply spend your days at the beach soaking up the Riviera Maya sun.

You may wish to get away from the coast and enjoy the island of Cozumel. Though most attraction in Riviera Maya are on the mainland, Cozumel is a must see tourist spot for its many restaurants, clubs, and shopping venues. A big plus is that the island is only a short ferry ride from Playa del Carmen, one of the top beaches on the Riviera Maya map.

Whatever you decide to do in Riviera Maya, you will have a great vacation that you can repeat again and again. Relax and unwind or experience great adventure; anything can be found along the Riviera Maya coast.

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Relax by the pool, dive through subaquatic caves and learn about the region’s fascinating past through museums and archeological sites.

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Playa del Carmen

White-sand beaches, bustling nightlife and chic shopping make this beach town one of the Yucatán Peninsula’s most cosmopolitan and exciting destinations.

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Explore Mayan ruins, dive in natural sinkholes and relax on picturesque beaches in this enchanting Riviera Maya town.

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Puerto Morelos

A sleepy Caribbean village that delights with its unspoiled natural beauty, an extensive coral reef system and a dense mangrove jungle.

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Escape to this well-kept secret of a beach town on the Riviera Maya, a heavenly retreat of white sands, turquoise water and swaying palms.

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The stunning beaches and popular shops are just a few highlights of Playacar. Make a stop by Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal or Playa del Carmen Main Beach while you're exploring the area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Riviera Maya on a sunny day?

What to do in Riviera Maya on a rainy day?

There's no need to splish, splash and splosh your way through a rainy day when there are plenty of terrific indoor activities like these on offer:

What is Riviera Maya famous for?

Tulum Mayan Ruins is a symbol of Riviera Maya, so make it a priority to visit.

What should I not miss in Riviera Maya?

Don't return home without ticking off the following wonderful sights:

  • Xcaret Eco Theme Park
  • Akumal Beach
  • Xel-Há Park
  • Xpu-ha Beach

Are there cheap things to do in Riviera Maya?

What can you do in Riviera Maya for free?

Your vacation in Riviera Maya needn't send you broke with free attractions like these to discover:

  • Akumal Beach
  • Xpu-ha Beach
  • Tulum Beach
  • Playa del Carmen Main Beach