Top 8 Reasons to Visit Riviera Maya, Mexico
Find out why Riviera Maya, Mexico is one of the most stunning and safest destinations in Mexico. With white sand beaches and underground rivers, it’s a one-of-a-kind destination!
I had such an amazing time in Riviera Maya, Mexico that Scott and I have decided we will be going back there together for a romantic and adventurous getaway.
I wanted to make a list of all of my favorite things about Riviera Maya and instead of talking about it, I’ve decided to show you with some photos of the best things to do in Riviera Maya. I hope these photos will transport you to the Yucatán Peninsula so you are able to smell, taste, and feel the beauty of this place.
Top 8 Reasons to Visit Riviera Maya, Mexico
Cenotes, Underground Rivers and Caves
I was told if you dig deep enough anywhere in Riviera Maya, you will hit water. This just goes to show how many options there are for swimming in cenotes and underground rivers.
All in one day, I was able to rappel into a cenote, swim in the breathtaking underground pool known as Yaxmuul, zip-line into the mouth of a cave filled with water and snorkel in an underground river with Alltournative tours.
Just when I thought we had seen it all, two days later we visited Rio Secreto in Playa Del Carmen and explored caves only lit by our headlamps and swam through the clearest water I have ever seen.
Sunsets never get tiring, especially in tropical destinations with turquoise ocean water as the foreground.
There are plenty of restaurants in Riviera Maya offering authentic Mayan food prepared with the same ingredients used centuries ago. A few popular Mayan ingredients and dishes include chaya (Mayan spinach), locally caught seafood, lime soup and papadzules.
Of course, you won’t be stuck with only Mayan cuisine options. Riviera Maya offers an eclectic mix of culinary delights to tempt even the most picky eaters. The cooks at our hotel, Le Reve, amazed me on a daily basis with their unique dishes.
Blue-green translucent, salty water. Need I say more?
In the mood for adventure? Take your pick of caving, scuba diving, snorkeling in underground cenotes, zip-lining, rappelling, jungle tours, ATV tours, boating, parasailing, and deep sea fishing. The list really goes on and on.
If none of the above sounds exciting to you, then just grab a drink by the pool and make that your adventure for the day.
It seems like everywhere you turn in Riviera Maya you will find beautiful Mayan ruins to explore. The Tulum Archeological Site is one of the most well known, but a few more include Chichen Itza, Coba and Muyil.
Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
Sian Ka’an is in a league of its own. The name means “Gift from the sky” and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. I was introduced to this place by Community Tours, a company who is committed to environmentally sustainable development and generating jobs for the people who live in the communities of Punta Allen, Muyil and Chumpon.
Our tour consisted of a boat ride through the Sian Ka’an reserve, floating down the fresh water canal on life jackets (the coolest lazy river experience) a walk through Muyil Archaeological Site and a home-cooked meal for lunch.
Race Car Driving
This may come as a surprise to you, but you can actually live out your fantasy of speeding around a racetrack in some of the fastest cars in the world. Exotic Rides offers an experience of a lifetime.
You can ride as a co-pilot and experience what it’s like to go as fast as the NASCAR drivers or drive one of these dream cars yourself. For those of you who would rather get behind the wheel of a smaller vehicle, you can race around the track in one of their thrilling go karts.
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Oh WOW! These photos are gorgeous, just beyond. I would do anything for a trip to a beautiful place like this right now…
Tasty Mexican food mixed with gorgeous beaches is always a good combination. I usually skip out on the touristy areas. But your photos have me intrigued. Interesting to see kite surfers, too. Maya Riviera may just be a soon-to-be destination.
I went there last year and did everything on your list except Rio Secreto – gutted I missed out on that one – didn’t even hear about it. However, I’ve been all around the world and I have to say this was by far one of my best holidays ever – even though the heat was in the 40 degrees marker – and prices were extortionate!!
Good pictures!! You got the goal to convince people for going there, altohugh it was not difficult hehe!
I’m sold! I can’t believe I still haven’t been there.
I want to return to the Riviera so bad. I am going to visit Puebla and Oaxaca soon but I was tempted to return to Playa del Carmen.
That first photo is just dreamy. And I am absolutely dying to frolic in a cenote! Still have yet to check that off the list.
There’s nothing about this I don’t enjoy!