Top 5 Things to Do In Riviera Maya

In my opinion, Riviera Maya is the unsung hero of Mexico.

Sure, it gets plenty of recognition for its high-end resorts and services, but did you know there’s an absolute ton to do in this destination?

From cenotes, to shopping, to dining, to sightseeing — there’s something for everyone.

Top 5 Things to Do In Riviera Maya:

1. The Beach

Dazzling white sand frames the vast, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. These waters are not just awe-inspiring, they are swimmable during good weather conditions.

Just look for the flags on the beach that notify swimmers of safety:

  • Black: Don’t swim, too dangerous
  • Red: use caution, dangerous
  • Yellow: Use caution
  • Green: Safe to swim

Whether looking for physical activity or lounging to catch some rays, the beach is the place to be!


2. Take Advantage of Hotel Amenities

The words “I’m bored!” should never escape your mouth while at an All Inclusive resort.

Many resorts have a vast list of included activities, so get the most out of them by participating. From cocktail making classes to non-motorized sports and snorkeling — there is something for everyone.

Ask a travel agent or go to to find out about hotel amenities.


3. Visit a Cenote

Cenotes are giant underwater sinkholes with caves and caverns. These natural phenomena of the Yucatan Peninsula are a must-see while on holiday to Riviera Maya. There are numerous excursions to cenotes in the region, but you can also often find cenotes near the resort.

For example, while on family vacation at Barcelo Maya Palace, my family ran across the street and paid a small entrance fee to experience the incredibly beautiful waters, caves and cliff jumping of a local cenote.


4. Excursion to Chichen Itza

I cannot recommend every excursion out there, but I highly recommend a trip to the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. These ruins are chalked full of rich history and culture.

Not only will this satisfy the inner nerd in you, it will make you appreciate your vacation so much more by giving a context for the region in which you are taking your holiday.


5. Day trip to Playa Del Carmen

Shopping, nightlife, and tasty local gastronomy can be experienced at the nearby, laid back beach-town of Playa Del Carmen. Riviera Maya stretches between Cancun and this town, so depending where your resort is located, this adventure is a quick hour or less car ride away.


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