Riviera Maya Attractions
One of the most spectacular beaches along the Yucatan. This incredible beach is called Xpu-Ha (shpoo-ha).
At Xpu Ha, you’ll find a wide expanse of fine, white, powder-like sand beach, crystal clear turquoise waters, and a protective coral reef offshore that keeps the waters within calm and inviting. It’s an ideal place for people of all ages to play, sunbathe, snorkel, and swim.
You’ll also find small restaurants, bars, shops, snorkel and scuba dive operators, Jet Ski rentals, and charter fishing boats available at Xpu Ha.
Xpu-Ha is undeniably one of the least known, yet most beautiful beaches in the world. We’re sure you will agree.
We recommend diving and snorkeling adventures with the Riviera Maya’s most reputable dive shop, Scuba Mex.
Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen’s world famous 5th Avenue pedestrian walkway is lined with many quaint shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes.
In addition, Playa del Carmen has large supermarkets, a modern hospital, internet service, dive shops, tour operators, and one of the most challenging and beautiful, par 72 championship golf courses in the Riviera Maya.
If you're into golf, Taninah is located within 10 minutes of one golf course, within 30 minutes of 3 golf courses, within 45 minutes of 5 golf courses, and within an hour and a half of 7 golf courses.
Mexico’s largest island is directly across from Playa del Carmen. The scuba diving off Cozumel Island was made famous by Jacques Cousteau and the island is one of the Top 3 diving destinations in the world.
Before there was tourism in Playa del Carmen or Cancun, there was Cozumel Island. The shopping in Cozumel is first rate.
Ferries depart from Playa del Carmen regularly for the 30-minute crossing. The Cozumel ferry leaves from the dock next to the main plaza in Playa del Carmen.
Xcaret is located 25 minutes north of Taninah and offers more than 25 attractions.
Activities and attractions include underground rivers, beach, aquarium, manatee lagoon, butterfly pavilion, aviary, orchid conservatory, equestrian show, sea turtle conservation programs, a wonderful night show, and much, much more.
You can easily spend an entire day at Xcaret.
We recommend Scuba Mex Dive Shop and the great beachfront restaurant and pool area. Please ask us about our favorite dining spots.
Puerto Aventuras is the only marina on the mainland. The resort has a 9-hole golf course, tennis courts, beach, museum, swim with the dolphins program, and more. The main plaza of Puerto Aventuras is centered around the marina and has international restaurants and shops, as well as two small grocery stores. The Puerto Aventuras marina is also home base for fishing boats and sailing charters.
Akumal is one of the oldest established communities in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Akumal offers multiple restaurants, shops, supermarket, internet service, diving, snorkeling, and fishing trips.
You’ll also find Yal Ku lagoon at Akumal. Yal Ku is a protected fresh and salt water lagoon where you can get the hang of snorkeling within this protected inlet.
Xel-Ha is a great place to snorkel if you beat the tour buses in the early morning. The eco-park also offers a network of paths through the jungle filled with wildlife, caves, and cenotes.
There is also a river you can navigate in a life vest. Restaurants, shops, and other services can also be found here.
We recommend combining a tour of the Tulum Mayan Ruins with Xel-Ha for a perfect blend of ancient culture and the great outdoors in a single day-trip
The only major Mayan city built on the coast, Tulum enjoys a spectacular setting perched on a bluff overlooking the majestic Caribbean.
Tulum was still inhabited when the Spaniards arrived and it was said to be larger than Seville, Spain at the time. What remains today, is a rather small collection of buildings. Of course, the spectacular setting of the main temple is truly a site to see. A small beach next to the cliff adds a picture-postcard quality to the area.
Coba was once the major commercial hub of the Maya empire occupying 31 square miles of territory.
As you can imagine, the pyramids and temples are still being excavated and many ruins are still covered with jungle evoking a sense of what it must have been like to first discover them. Coba is home to Nochoch Mul, the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan.
The ruins in this impressive archaeological site date from 1500 B.C. Chichen Itza offers an incredible array of temples relating to religion, rituals, astronomy, and recreation. This fact makes Chichen Itza a good pick if you are only going to do one or two Mayan ruins, as you will be able to see a wide variety of structures.
Chichen Itza requires a full day among driving, touring the ruins, and eating. You’re best off getting an early start to try to beat the crowds and in order to avoid driving after dark.
Uxmal (pronounced OOSH-mal — “thrice built” in the Mayan language) started to flourish in the 7th century AD (though many changes were made over the following 300 years.)
Be sure to visit the Pyramid of the Magician (according to Maya legend, it was built overnight,) the Nunnery quadrangle, the House of Turtles, and the Governor’s Palace.
The Uxmal Mayan Ruins are 60 miles south of Merida
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