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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.

Route
“Its a large area or strip for shopping. Access to the beach and a great way to stop in at a few restaurants to have a few drinks. Did I mention you can get to-go cups and continue your walk through the shopping strip!”
60 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A classic Tulum breakfast hub that has been open for a number of years. Our favourite dish is the Mata Cruda. Reservations are not necessary as it is walk in. ”
39 locals recommend
Bar
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“La Buena Vida (which translates to "The Good Life") is located right on the beach of Half Moon Bay. Come for lunch and spend the entire day! Akumal Dive Adventures is right next door with snorkel gear for rent and a dipping pool for patrons as well as dive students. Rent a kayak, nap in a hammock, enjoy the view from a crow's nest. Whatever you do, don't miss out on sitting in a swing at the bar while you enjoy your cold drink! Open daily from 11:00 AM, serving Lunch and Dinner. Happy Hour Daily 5:00 - 7:00 PM. ”
56 locals recommend
Water Park
“Regarded as one of the world’s greatest Natural Wonders, Xel-Há provides one of the best experiences in the heart of the Riviera Maya. Practice snorkeling and see hundreds of colorful fish and a great diversity of marine species that inhabit its cove and cenotes. At this All Inclusive Park you can enjoy water activities, ecological attractions, restaurants and the best scenery to admire while you relax in a hammock or stroll the nooks and crannies of Xel-Há. Come and immerse yourself in one of the cenotes, lagoons or caves, and enjoy the aquatic zip-lines you’ll only find at Xel-Há.”
33 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Grocery Store, Barber, Beautician, Nail Designers, Clothing Stores, Cinema and much more”
50 locals recommend
Resort
“This is the place for all night party's, check out their line ups and don't miss out (especially full moon parties)”
54 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Come with us on a magical journey through the crystal museum that is Río Secreto, where the history of our planet is written on the myriad geological formations, and where floating in its clear fresh water your life will change forever. Río Secreto could very well be one of the great world wonders. Experience this stunning underground river with thousands of dramatic stalactites and stalagmites. It's like stepping back in time to witness something mysterious and truly spectacular.”
46 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Typical upscale menu with down scale prices. Great choices. Good music, just ask. It's down two blocks and across the street.”
83 locals recommend
River
“this is one of the top diving spots in Riviera Maya, although its name suggests it is only one big cenote, it really consists of several cenotes meandering along the verdant jungle floor and connected by wooden walkways. The color of the water is so clear that one can see fish swimming without even snorkeling. Gran Cenote is one of the most popular spots to snorkel.”
57 locals recommend
Cinema
“It's in a shopping mall and they have movies in English with Spanish subtitles as well as dubbed in Spanish.”
32 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Splendid and elegant churrasqueria, where you will try charcoal roasted meat. Brazillian southern treasure”
56 locals recommend
Café
“Some of the best coffee in town can be found here. They also sell delicious Mayan Chocolate. There are several locations on 5th Ave. All of them are great!”
77 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Beach, Pool, Dolphins, Dive, Snorkel, Restaurants, All Day Activity, Relax, Massage, Drinks, Family Friendly, Botanic Garden with Mayan replicas”
33 locals recommend
Zoo
“An interactive zoo where you get to see local animals up close and sometimes even touch. ”
28 locals recommend
Hotel
“AKUMAL SNORKELING We set out from Playa del Carmen a little later than we had expected, arriving at Akumal around 10:45am. In retrospect, we should have gotten there earlier. The layout was pretty obvious, except for figuring out where to access the beach (hint: you go through the dive shop; see instructions below). Snorkeling with turtles in Akumal is easy. The small bay is protected by a reef. Big waves can’t penetrate the bay, so it is perfect for snorkeling.”
53 locals recommend
Beach
“Playa del Carmen’s main dining, shopping and entertainment district is located on the vibrant, pedestrian-only 5th Avenue. At the South end of this charming, cobblestone street is a central square in which visitors can view various free performances throughout the day. The ‘Voladores de Papantla,’ (Mayan Flying Men) climb an 80-foot pole and play traditional Mayan music with flutes and a drum. Four of the five men, spiral slowly downward, suspended upside down by their feet with a rope, which is attached to a rotating platform at the top of the pole. The 5th remains at the top to play the music while the others descend down, flying in a circular motion.”
48 locals recommend