The Top Things to do in Riviera Maya

A beach on the Riviera Maya

Stretching from Puerto Morelos to Sian Ka’an, the Riviera Maya is the perfect place to escape to for the ultimate beach vacation. One of the best Mexico vacation spots, there are a number of great things to do in Riviera Maya, and as of July 29th, 2020, travel restrictions have been lifted so travelers from the USA and Canada can start to make plans for family beach vacations in summer 2020, visiting one of the best vacation spots in the world. With a plethora of stunning, Caribbean beaches to explore, this is the perfect opportunity to plan family summer vacations in some incredible tropical destinations.

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Visit Playa del Carmen for your family beach vacations

One of the top diving spots in the world, Playa del Carmen boasts an abundance of amazing marine life and underwater caverns, perfect for a diving vacation in one of the best tropical destinations in the world. When it comes to things to do in Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen has a lot to offer for family beach vacations. Not just a divers paradise, the town has a decent golf course, and the kids will love a trip to The Jungle Place sanctuary with its spider monkeys providing endless entertainment. With a cultural trip to the Coba Mayan Village, Playa del Carmen really does offer something for everyone.

Visit Coba Mayan Village, one of the best things to do in Riviera Maya

Go diving in Xcaret, one of the best things to do in Riviera Maya

An eco-archaeological park with over 50 attractions, Xcaret is an amazing spot to take the family for the best beach vacations. Just an hour from Cancun, Xcaret offers divers one of the most exciting things to do in Riviera Maya. Head to the depths of the clear blue waters and explore shipwrecks for the ultimate diving experience. For those of you who’d prefer to stay closer to the surface, snorkeling in Xcaret will give the opportunity to watch some vibrant sea life in its natural habitat. In addition, you can look forward to seeing tropical wildlife in their natural surroundings, there are underground caves and rivers to explore in the park, and the chance to learn about Mayan culture, the recipe for the perfect family adventure.

A parrot in the Xcaret park

Plan your family summer vacations on Tulum beaches

With Mayan ruins built onto the cliffs towering over the ocean, Tulum beaches are a sight to behold. One of the last Mayan cities to be built, the site has been well preserved and definitely deserves some exploring when you can drag yourself away from the stunning beach. Spend your family summer vacations exploring an underground river under the cover of stalactites, hidden in the sacred caverns of LabnaHa Eco Park, or enjoy the unique experience of heading into a forest until you reach the Cenote Dos Ojos and snorkel in natural caves.

Go snorkeling in the Cenote Dos Ojos, one of the best things to do in Riviera Maya

One of our favorite things to do in Riviera Maya; relaxing on a beach vacation in Puerto Morelos,

A quiet beach village, Puerto Morelos marks the start of Riviera Maya. A great place to immerse yourself in the real Yucatan way of life, a beach vacation in Puerto Morelos is perfect for those hoping to leave the more vibrant spots behind. Protected by the government, the eco-systems surrounding Puerto Morelos are untouched, and offer visitors the chance to see some incredible nature. With jungle adventures and tranquil cycling routes, it’s a real chance to enjoy the great outdoors. One of the more memorable things to do in Riviera Maya is diving at the Puerto Morelos reef which will give a front row seat to this untouched marine eco-system.

Sunrise over Puerto Morelos
Photo from Alyssa Black and Flickr

Meet the turtles of Akumal

Akumal translate as the place of the turtle in Mayan, so it is hardly surprising that a beach vacation on one of the Riviera Maya’s most beautiful beaches, you can look forward to a diving trip to see sea turtles enjoying the stunning waters of Akumal. However, make sure you touch the shelltered residents; there is actually a law protecting them from human interference, so you’ll have to enjoy them from a safe distance. While only an hour south of Cancun, Akumal is so peaceful that family beach vacations here seem as though they’re a world away from the vibrant beach town while you relax in you beach house rentals.

See the sea turtles in Akumal

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