Riviera Maya Activities
Here in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico there’s history, culture, natural beauty and plenty of shopping and dining. Activities from run-of-the-mill watersports to cave diving and eco adventures are all at your fingertips, depending on what part of the Riviera Maya you choose for your honeymoon. There are the major beaches and shopping in Playa del Carmen, the ruins of Tulum, and plenty in between. Explore some of our favorites below!
Eco, Adventure and Cultural Tours.
Mayan ruins, monkey sactuaries, caves and forests – the Riviera Maya is a nature-lover’s wonderland in Mexico. See some of our favorite eco, adventure and cultural tours in the Riviera Maya below.
-TULUM MONKEY SANCTUARY, Tulum.
This 60-acre privately owned ranch has been converted into a sanctuary for the Riviera Maya’s most mischeivous characters – its monkeys! The ranch’s owners have rescued about 60 Spider Monkeys, and now visitors can come watch them play, swing and climb. Talk to the sanctuary’s naturalists to learn more about these enchanting creatures, or just spend the whole time monkeying around! It’s up to you.
Address: Km 6 Coba Road – In front of Rancho Santa Cruz, Tulum
Telephone: (984) 115-4296
-CENOTE DOS OJOS, Tulum.
This beautiful cave system isn’t just fun to look at – you can book snorkeling and diving trips to the cave’s crystal pools connected by underwater passageways. The water may be cold, but the experience is one you’ll never forget and can’t get anywhere else. Some wedding photographers like Pierre Violle can capture your newlywed bliss like no other as you dive through the clear blue water of a cenotes with your other half close behind. So, if you’re having a destination wedding in the Riviera Maya and plan on ‘trashing the dress,’ we highly recommend him for his breathtaking shots like the one at the top of this page!
-TULUM RUINS, Tulum.
The ruins of this ancient walled Mayan city are set on a cliff overlooking the cool blue Caribbean, where couples can walk down and relax on the beach after exploring the ancient Mayan plazas, temples and ritual sites. There’s lots to explore, but once you’re done, just walk down to the beach and spend the rest of the day swimming and relaxing in an area once populated by the mysterious people of this legendary civilization.
-EL CAMALEON MAYAKOBA GOLF CLUB, Playa del Carmen.
This beautiful Fairmont golf course is a great way to take in some of the local scenery and play a great round all at once! Designed by Greg Norman, this course brings a great challenge and an excellent restaurant to boot, so you can wind down with a nice meal after playing your 18 holes. Just don’t let the iguanas distract you from your game!
Address: Carretera Federal Cancun – Playa del Carmen Km.298
Telephone: (984) 206-3088
-PLAYA PARAISO GOLF CLUB, Playa del Carmen.
Great golf, dining, a gorgeous beach and all-inclusive service are the big draws for the Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy a cocktail mid-game or just play all the way through – the course is beautiful and challenging, and the club restaurant and beach are perfect for winding down after your game.
Address: Iberostar Paraiso Beach, Playa del Carmen
Beaches, of course! Who in their right mind takes a honeymoon in Mexico’s Riviera Maya without a few days at the beach? There are tons of options – some more crowded, others off the beaten path – check out a couple of our picks below.
-XPU-HA BEACH, Puerto Aventuras.
Known as one of the Yucatan Peninsula’s most beautiful beaches, Xpu-Ha Beach has the sun, white sand and gorgeous ocean views you’re looking for, but that’s not all. There’s live music on weekends, and the beach is big enough that you can msotly avoid the crowds associated with so many other area beaches. Sure, it’s a bit farther away, but that means more private space for you and your sweetie. A modest 40-peso (about $3.00) entry fee is paid at the gate, and then this paradise is all yours.
-ZIGGY BEACH, Tulum.
This beach is small but private, owned by the good people at Bistro at Ziggy Beach, a great little restaurant where you can dine on the shore wioth delicious food, great service and strong tequila. When you’re done eating walk down to the sand and relax on this cozy, private little hideaway.
Address: Tulum-Boca Paila Km7, Tulum
Telephone: (984) 157 5569