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Best things to do in Riviera Maya

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Theme Park
“A mix of outdoor activities, animals, restaurants and culture for all ages.”
399 locals recommend
Water Park
“Xplor is an adventure park in Playa del Carmen. During the day or the night, at Xplor park you will show how brave you are with six activities that will bring out your adventurous side. Discover if you have what it takes to live an extreme day or night. Xplor park includes zip-lines, amphibious vehicles, rafts, stalactite river swim, spelunking hike and hammok splash. www.xplor.travel”
147 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“This place is amazing for breakfast. It's a local bakery and the owner, a friend of mine, puts a lot of effort creating the baked goodies he used to eat when he was a child in France. ”
295 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Quinta Alegría offers an unparalleled experience full of magic and charm, which can only be achieved in one of the most emblematic cities of the Mexican Caribbean, being located on the Fifth Avenue of Playa del Carmen, the heart of the city; A perfect balance between style, fashion and the unique beach atmosphere is achieved. ”
143 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Tulum was a walled city of Mayan culture located in the State of Quintana Roo, in southeastern Mexico, on the Caribbean coast. It is currently a great tourist attraction of the Riviera Maya and next to it is the modern town of the same name, Tulum. Beautiful crystalline beaches surrounded by nature you can not miss, it is worth visiting”
253 locals recommend
Beach
“This place is a great place to spend the day, you get 80% of your payment in food and drinks! And amazing beach ”
193 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Its one of those things to do one time, its fun, all inclusive, just a pain to wait in line to enter. The show is good, they have different performers and themes for some nights. Take a look on their website for more info. ”
197 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Amazing restaurant, with a lot of outdoor space, authentic mexican food, mostly recommended for breakfast!”
230 locals recommend
Water Park
“A very popular tourist destination, one that has a bit of a theme park feel at times. That said, it's utterly beautiful and lives up to its reputation as the largest natural aquarium in the world. You will see so many tropical fish. ”
151 locals recommend
Island
“Cozumel, a mostly undeveloped Mexican island in the Caribbean Sea, is a popular cruise ship port of call famed for its scuba diving. At Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park, there's diving spots around a section of the Mesoamerican Reef and the Museo Subacuático de Arte’s submerged sculptures. Chankanaab is an eco park surrounding a lagoon with underwater caverns, home to dolphins, manatees and sea turtles.”
90 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This is a great place to go shoopping and walk around 5th avenue, also very close to the 5th avenue”
65 locals recommend
Circus
“The theatre is stunning and the show (Joya) is fantastic. I highly recommend seeing it. Go for dinner before the show to get the best seats, the food is ok but the presentation is exceptional.”
52 locals recommend
Bar
“good mojitos plus they made the mojitos witrh freshly crushed sugar cane juice out of a converted VW Beetle! They also have live music”
130 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“You can go to and chill watching the sunset from the beach and listen to live DJs. ”
117 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Mandala Nightclub is the favorite spot to enjoy Playa del Carmen’s nightlife. Located in the heart of Playa, at the famous 12th Avenue and considered one of the chicest spot in town, Mandala is frequented by Cosmopolitan people who love to celebrate until dawn. Its two levels decorated with an Asian style, the best music selection and exceptional service make Mandala Playa a magical place, which will transport you to a new level of fun. The atmosphere at this club is incomparable and the energy that radiates is contagious, here everyone has fun without exception.”
75 locals recommend
Beach
“arguably the biggest cultural pull Tulum offers and it’s clear to see why year on year tourists continue to flock to these superbly located Mayan ruins. Perched high on a cliff with sweeping vistas of the jewel toned ocean below, you come for the culture but stay for the view at Tulum’s ruins. Tip: arrive early!”
100 locals recommend