Ten Things to Do in Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya is one of the most popular destinations in Mexico. Annually, thousands of people flock to Riviera to have a grand vacation. If you are currently planning for your next trip, check out our list of ten things to do in Riviera Maya.

Take a Dip in a Cenote

One of the popular things to do in Riviera Maya is swimming at Cenotes. Cenotes are large sinkholes which used to be a source of fresh water in ancient times. Nowadays, it’s one of the popular activities for tourists visiting the Yucatan Peninsula.

CenotePhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Cenote by lindseyq

Stay at an All-Inclusive-Resort

If you are thinking of pampering yourself or giving yourself the best vacation that you deserve then stay in one of the many all-inclusive resorts in Riviera Maya. All-inclusive-resort provides a worry-free vacation since everything has been prepaid before you arrive.

Dreams Riviera CancunPhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Riviera Maya by xiivii

Stay at a Luxury Villa

If you are thinking of travelling with your family or with your friends then why not stay in a luxury villa. This is the perfect option if you want to have a very comfortable vacation with your love ones. Almost all villas have their own swimming pools, multiple spacious rooms, easy access to the beach and more. Check out Riviera Maya Vacation Rentals if you want to get an idea on what the villas look like.

Riviera MayaPhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Riviera Maya by RossHawkes

Visit Archaeological Sites

One of the things that you shouldn’t miss when you’re in the Yucatan is a visit to the archaeological sites such as Tulum on the coast, and Chichen Itza and Coba located some distance inland. This is a great way to learn a bit of history while on vacation.

Chichen Itza, El CastilloPhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Chichen Itza by azwegers

Visit the Second Longest Reef in the World

Another reason why Yucatan is one of the most visited places in Mexico is because of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (also known as the Belize Barrier Reef). This reef system begins near Cancun and continues along the whole length of the Riviera Maya continuing southward to Guatemala.

Blue Shoal 3Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Mayan Reef by hisgett

Swim with the Dolphins

One of the most popular activities among the young visitors is swimming with the dolphins. Mexico is one of the very few countries where visitors could do this activity.

DolphinPhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Dolphin by mathieulebreton

Snorkel and Scuba Dive

Aside from swimming with the dolphins, you should definitely book a snorkelling and diving tour. Having the second longest reef system in the world also means that there are so much to see underwater. There are so many colourful marine life that have become favourite photo subjects among underwater photography enthusiasts.

TurtlePhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Turtle by hisgett

Have Fun with a Variety of Outdoor Activities

If you’re into a variety of outdoor activities then worry not as there are plenty of choices here at the Riviera Maya. Ride a jet ski, book a guided jungle tour, enjoy horseback riding, go sailing and more.

Cabo san LucasPhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Sunset by jeffgunn


Your vacation won’t be complete without enjoying the vibrant nightlife here at Riviera Maya. There’s almost an endless choices when it comes to bars and clubs.

WinePhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Wine by quacktaculous

Do Nothing

And of course, you flew here to get away from the hustle and bustle of city living and what could be better than just lounging around doing nothing. Enjoy your glass of Margarita at the poolside, get a nice tan, read a book, sleep on a hammock or just cozy up inside your luxury villa.

ChillingPhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Relax by poolie

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