Riviera Maya and Playa Del Carmen Vacation Guide

Riviera Maya is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Here along the Mexican Caribbean in the State of Quintana Roo you will find amazing white sand beaches, turquoise waters, lush tropical forests, magical cenotes, architectural wonders, and world-class nightlife in a comfortable climate to be enjoyed 365 days a year. Everyone can find something to love about the Riviera Maya; beach lovers, honeymooners, water sport enthusiasts, divers, language students, party animals, foodie as well as the culturally interested. 

Popular activities include: People watching on 5th Avenue, Biking, Bird watching, Boating, Casinos, Cinemas/Movie theaters, Diving (Ocean - Cozumel - Cenote - Cave), Fishing, Fitness Center/Gym, Golf, Horseback Riding, Jet Skiing, Jungle Ziplines & Canopy tours, Kite surfing, Mayan ruins (Tulum, Chichen Itza, Coba, Ek Balam- to mention a few), Nightclubs/Bars, Para sailing, Pilates, Relaxing Sea-side, Restaurants, Sailing, Segway, Shelling, Shopping, Sightseeing, Snorkeling, SPA, Spelunking, Swimming, Swimming with Dolphins, Ecology, Tennis, Theme Parks,  Water parks, Windsurfing, Sun Bathing, Wine & Tequila tasting, Yoga, Zip-lines and Zoo adventures. 

Activities & Day Trips

The adventure parks Xcaret, Xel-Ha and Xplor are great attractions for the whole family. Don’t miss the evening show at the Xcaret Park! The annual Day of the Dead Festival at Xcaret is a magnificent event we highly recommend you visit (Oct 30 – Nov 2), book your entrance tickets with us and don`t miss the fun! Kids also enjoy trips to the Crococun Zoo and swimming with dolphins in Puerto Aventuras.


There is something interesting going on all year long in the Riviera Maya from electronic music, Jazz, Italian festival, film festivals, theater, showcases, special beach and Sports events; from the weekly Art exhibition to the only PGA tournament in Latin America, you will find numerous sought after events, many without cover charge or almost free- all here!

Popular Destinations

The Riviera Maya has a lot to offer! From Shopping Paradises to the most exotic jungle and virgin beaches, from Skydiving to Ocean Diving, you name it, Riviera Maya has it all!

Riviera Maya Restaurants & Coffee Shops

It’s not always easy to know where to find good quality and value while visiting a tourist destination. Your best option is to ask the locals! Our recommendations are based on our personal experiences and also recommendations by our guests. We obviously cannot guarantee that you will have the same great experience, but we hope that you will. If you feel that we have missed something or would like to recommend a place, feel free to let us know. Enjoy!

Riviera Maya Beach Clubs

Oh the Beach! Whether you`re looking to relax in a hammock, have drinks with the fashionistas or spend a day with your family...the beach is the place. The Riviera Maya offers a wide range of Beach Clubs, we`re sure that one of them will suit you!

Riviera Maya Nightlife

The night is young...so is the Riviera Maya! From nice bars on the beach to hard core partying until sunrise! Choose the best for you but don`t forget to have fun!

Playa Del Carmen Food Shopping & Gourmet Stores

If you want to make a homemade meal, you can find most ingredients at the big super markets (See location of Mega and WalMart on map). However, we also recommend visiting one of the nearby gourmet food stores.