Riviera Maya is known for its turquoise water, white sand beaches and all inclusive resorts. This Caribbean coastline offers something for everyone. As much as I enjoy sitting on the beach all day sipping mojito after mojito, this is a destination with so much to offer, you’ll find yourself leaving the resort as soon as you wake to embark on another adventure. Here are 5 awesome things to do in Riviera Maya that won’t dissapoint!
Looking to snorkel, zip line, tube, cliff jump and explore caves? If yes than Xel-Ha is the place for you! Xel-Ha is absolutely gorgeous and offers something for everyone. It is all inclusive food, drinks and activities except for a select few you do need to pay extra for like the swim with the dolphins or manatees, zip biking and scuba diving. You are able to purchase a photo package to take professional photos of you throughout the day. If you bring a camera bring a waterproof one. This was my second time to Xel-Ha and an excursion I recommend to anyone travelling to the Riviera Maya. This is an Eco Park so you will need biodegradable sunscreen. Bring your own or trade in your regular sunscreen at the information desk for the day and they will provide you with biodegradable.
For the adventurous travellers who want a day of non stop fun. Xplor will have you zip lining, rafting, ATVing, exploring caves and underground rivers. This is an all inclusive park so your food, drinks and activities are all included for the entire day. My favourite part of Xplor was the rafting through the underground caves (there are bats in the caves). There are also plenty of photo opportunities on all the activities that you can pay for at the end of the day. Bring a waterproof camera or a GoPro if you want to take your own photos. You will need appropriate footwear as there is a lot of walking between zip lines.
There are so many tours to choose from in the Riviera Maya when it comes to snorkelling. This is my favourite of all the excursions because of the sea life. I did Xel-Ha the day after snorkelling in Akumal and it did not even compare. At Xel-Ha I had to actually swim around looking for fish where as on this tour I was immediately swimming with sting rays, turtles and a dozen different types of fish. It was a day I will never forget because how often can you say you got to swim along side sea turtles in their natural habitat. Most Snorkelling tours are all inclusive and you can choose which tour to go on based on how many hours you want to be gone and the type of boat.
The Tulum Ruins were once used as a seaport made of limestone. You will get to see the remains of a castle on the cliff overlooking the most beautiful beach. I reccomend getting a tour guide to walk you through the ruins as it is very interesting to learn the history of Tulum. You can either take a taxi to the ruins and pay the admission cost to get in or pay for a half day excursion and they will pick you up, be your guide and transport you back to the resort. Depending on where your resort is located they could work out to be the same cost.
Most resorts will have water sports included or to rent. Our resort had a 1 hour a day per guest use of most of their water activities. Kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkelling equipment were included at our resort but even if it’s not at your resort it is worth it to rent one for a few hours. The Riviera Maya is the perfect location for any water sports because of its clear water. I had so much fun kayaking and watching all the fish swimming around me.