The area known as the Riviera Maya is comprised of the following cities: Akumal, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Puerto Aventuras, and Tulum. These cities offer the visitor exciting activities to choose from.

These activities are spread out over jungle and coastal shoreline and are sure to satisfy anyone regardless of age. You can book Riviera Maya tours and attractions on line, at the tour offices when you get there or have your concierge do them at your hotel.

All Inclusive Resorts

The Riviera Maya is known for its massive scale of all inclusive resorts. Even if you never have to step outside the resort gates, you will still have plenty to do. Most all inclusive resorts will have numerous pools, themed restaurants, kids activities and sports activities right on the beach. Just check with your concierge for details.


Visitors who come to the Mayan Riviera can tour the famous pre Colombian archaeological sites such as Tulum, Chichen Itza and Coba. These sites are operated by the Instituto Nacional de Archaeologia. There are several tours that go to these places, or you can choose to drive there yourself.


The third most popular Mayan site in Mexico stands on a bluff facing east and the Carribean Sea in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is located 80 miles south of Cancun and is easily accessible to the tourist. Daily tour buses bring hundreds of tourists who come to see this compact and well preserved Mayan site.

Chichen Itza

One of the 7 wonders of the world and named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chichen Itza is an archaeological site that is popular to those who love to explore and delve into the past. It is located in the northern center of the Yucatan Peninsula. Visitors can take day trips by bus from Cancun and other places.


Coba is another archaeological site that is gaining popularity. In the past, its remote location was a hindrance but the jungle around it has been cleared Here visitors can still climb the 120 steps of the Kukulkan Pyramid.


Self named ecoparks such as Xcaret and Xel-Ha are also a popular place to visit.

Although they include some smaller archaeological ruins as part of their attractions, they attract larger crowds due to a bigger range of activities.


Xcaret is a tropical adventure center which focuses on the Mayan culture. Here you can tour the restored Mayan archaeological site, watch traditional dance shows and learn more about the Mayan culutre. Other activities include swimmng, snuba, snorkel, scuba dive .


Xel-Ha, and ecological theme park is said to be the world’s biggest natural aquarium. Here, you can swim with numerous tropical fish, swim in underwater caves and swim with the dolphins.


This nature park has a lot to offer: limestone caves, underground rivers and a 1.8 mile long zipline.

Aviario Xaman-Ha

See not just birds but other small mammals, turtles, butterflies, iguanas and other animals in their natural habitat.

Tres Rios Nature Park

This ecological park is locate inside the Hacienda Tres Rios Resort. This nature reserve stretches across 326 acres of lowland jungle and subtropical mangroves where the visitor can kayak, snorkel, swim, dive and bicycle around.

Aquatic Activities

Due to its enviable location on the coast, there is a huge range of aquatic activities for everyone to enjoy.

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving

The second largest barrier reef system in the world known as the Belize Barrier Reef begins near Cancun and continues south along the length of the Mayan Riviera to Guatemala. This is a scuba diver’s haven due to it rich natural beauty and diverse fish.

Swim With the Dolphins

Take the opportunity to learn more about these beautiful animals and interact with them in the water.


A cenote is a sinkhole with exposed rocky edges with ground water which can be found in the Yucatan peninsula. Some are partially covered and most are great swimming holes. Cave diving and snorkeling tours are also offered in some of them.


The Riviera Maya is the ideal place to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Mexican Caribbean. You can charter your own boat for snorkeling, diving or a private sunset cruise. Parasailing is another option that you can choose to fully appreciate the warm, clear blue waters of the Carribean.

Deep Sea Fishing

Charter a boat or go on a deep sea fishing cruise. You can catch barracuda, grouper, bonita, red snapper, amberjack, mackerel and wahoo year round. From March to June, you can catch sailfish, marlin, tuna and dorado.

On Land Activities

If you want more than just lying on the beach, there are plenty of other Riviera Maya activities that will suit you that doesn’t involve getting wet.

Jungle Tours

A chance to explore the mangroves in the Riviera Maya on your own sport boat is an exhilarating experience not to be missed. You can also join a jungle tour that will take you to Puerto Morelos.


For an exciting adventure, try ziplining or rappelling down into a cenote. Check for age and height restrictions before you head out.

Horseback Riding

One Riviera Maya activity that is popular is horseback riding on the beach. Some rides can be combined with beach and jungle expeditions.


Of course, no vacation to the Mexican Riviera is complete without a spot of shopping. Most hotels and resorts will have gift shops and specialty stores to browse, but there are also shopping malls and markets that you can indulge your time in.

The long stretch of the Riviera Maya from Playa del Carmen south to Tulum has plenty to offer the first time or repeat visitor. With its beautiful white sandy beaches, archaeological sites and parks, anyone can be as active as they want to be . Plan your trip and Riviera Maya activities and experience the magic of this place.