Things to do in the Mayan Riviera

Planning a trip to the Mayan Riviera? The spot is one of the most popular getaways for couples, families with small kids and anyone who just wants to enjoy fun in the sun during spring break. The area boasts all-inclusive resorts, plenty of water sports to try and and some of the most beautiful beaches and rain forests you’ll ever see. It’s easy to get overwhelmed during your stay, so here are some of the things you simply have to try.

Playa del Carmen

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Try Scuba Diving

Playa del Carmen is one of the best scuba diving spots in the world with crystal-clear waters and plenty of wildlife to see. The area also offers plenty of rentals and initial certifications to get you started. The coral formations fo the Great Maya Reef are simply unforgettable and this is actually the largest reef in all of the Northern Hemisphere. You may also want to explore the subterranean rivers and caves, formed by water making its way through limestone, although it’s always best to go with a guide.

Visit the Mayan Ruins

Head to Tulum and you can explore the Mayan Ruins that sit right on the edge of the Caribbean, as well as a tour of the private beaches here. This ancient city still has the remains of dwellings, the square and a few temples. You’ll need to pay admission but you can reach the ruins by taking a bus from Cancun. Interestingly, this is the only known archaeological site in the entire world located on a sea and it was build right on a cliff overlooking the clear waters.

Relax at the Spa

What’s a vacation without pampering? Treat yourself to healing treatments at one of the region’s many spas, such as the Maroma Resort & Spa that focuses on unlocking your inner spirit. This spa offers a number of treatments based on ancient Mayan healing techniques as well. You may also want to check out the Maya Spa at the EcoTulum Resorts & Spa, which is a holistic spa with a sweat lodge, Mayan clay massages and healing treatments and Mayan crystal therapy.

Enjoy the Nightlife

If you really want to enjoy a good party, head over to Playa Del Carmen for the region’s best beachfront bars, clubs and lounges. There’s a full range of venues here, from small little bars to upscale nightclubs that require proper dress. There are also a number of excellent restaurants that stay open late, serving a mix of local and global cuisine.

Horseback Riding

Ranch Baaxal (Mayan for “place to have fun”) offers the best horseback riding experience in the Mayan Riviera, with tours that take you through the jungle and along the water’s edge on horseback. Most day tours last for 90 minutes and give you the chance to spot plenty of wildlife, including indigenous iguanas, birds and even wild pigs. The ranch is set deep in the jungle with a truly relaxing setting that you’ll never want to leave!

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