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Riviera Maya Tourist Attractions
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PLAYA del CARMEN’S FIFTH AVENUE - Fifth Avenue is Playa del Carmen’s
pedestrian walkway and a destination in itself.  Dozens of shops & restaurants"with a lot of sidewalk dining. Also stroll 10 Avenue.
DIVING and SNORKELING - Dive shops are numerous on this coast. They will take you to the Cozumel reef. Ask your manager for recommendations for a shop.
AEROSAAB - Tours by air to Chichen Itza, Isla Holbox, Palenque, Merida.
located at the Playa del Carmen airport.
AKTUN CHEN CAVE - Walk through an extensive cave network. There is also a
menagerie of local animals. Aktun Chen Cave is on the highway south of Akumal. 
ATV EXPLORER - All-Terrain Vehicle tours in the jungle. Swimming in cenotes,
cave exploring & Mayan ruins. Located at Rancho ATV on the main highway.

HIDDEN WORLDS - Hidden Worlds offers excellent cave diving & snorkeling.
Located on the main highway south of Chemuyil.

SKY DIVE PLAYA - Parachuting – lessons or in-tandem. Playa del Carmen’s airport.
XCARET ECOLOGY PARK - Probably the most famous attraction on the Riviera
Maya, an ecology park offering beach, underground river snorkeling, Mayan ruins
and a Mayan village, Swim with the Dolphins, and a variety of animal exhibits.
XEL-HA ECOLOGY PARKS - Snorkeling, Cenotes, Kayaks, Bicycles, Jungle Train,
Swim with the Dolphins & a lot more.
RIO SECRETO - Cave exploration with some water experience - discovered
on a farm only a few years ago - one of the newest & most rewarding experiences
KANTUN-CHI ECOPARK - Cenotes, Caves, Wildlife and Plant exhibits.
SPA ITZA - Upscale spa in Playa del Carmen. Full range of services.
CAPT. RICK'S FISHING CHARTERS - Located at the Puerto Aventuras marina.
MAMITAS BEACH CLUB - Beach club, palapas & lounge chairs, restaurant, bar.
Located on the beach at 28th Street in Playa del Carmen. There is a charge if you
use the palapas and lounge chairs.
YALKU LAGOON - Freshwater lagoon that meets the ocean in Akumal. Excellent snorkeling.  Located at the north end of Half Moon Bay in Akumal. There is a fee to enter if you are not staying in one of the houses on the lagoon.
DELPHINUS - Swim with the dolphins. Several locations on this coast.
DOLPHIN DISCOVERY - Swim with the dolphins. Located in Puerto Aventuras.
COZUMEL – Take a day trip to Cozumel where you will find small Mayan ruin sites, a delightful town, botanical gardens and underwater Chankanaab National Park.
ISLA MUJERES - Take a day trip to Isla Mujeres - 20 minutes north of Cancun
then a ferry ride - a small island where golf carts are the rental transportation.
Isla has a much more Caribbean feel than the mainland. Beach on the north
end with some restaurants - a nice outdoor sculpture museum on the south end.
CEDAM Nautical Museum – in Puerto Aventuras, displays artifacts from the Spanish Galleon Nuestra Señora de los Milagro that sank in 1743.
SIAN KA'AN Biosphere - South of Tulum on the Tulum coast road. An incredible national park. Take a small boat through the mangroves.
RANCHO PUNTA VENADO - Eco-adventure located just south of Playa del Carmen.
Horseback riding, ATV excursions & snorkeling from the shore.
Yaxche Restaurant - Mayan Cuisine - Playa has dozens of good restaurants.
This is one of the best. Located on Calle 8 between 5th and 10th Ave
YOGA in AKUMAL - Offering a full range of yoga disciplines.

GOLF - The Riviera Maya definitely has good golf courses.

  • Playacar in Playa del Carmen - Robert vonHagge Championship
    984-873-4990 (this course is owned by Palace Resorts)
  • Puerto Aventuras Golf - 9 holes - 984-873-5109
  • Mayan Resorts in Playa Secreto - 20 minutes north of Playa del Carmen

TULUM (coast road)– A day trip down the coast road in Tulum is a place to find
dozens of oceanfront restaurants & great views. The entrance to Sian Ka'an
Biosphere is on this road.
TULUM ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE – One of the very few Mayan coast towns –
wonderful views amid post-classic ruins. Wear your bathing suit under your
and go for a swim while you are there. Arrive early to avoid tour buses.
MUYIL ARCHAELOGICAL SITE - Locate about 20 minutes south of Tulum on the
main highway. A small site but worth seeing. Muyil actually extends throughout
the Sian Ka'an Biosphere with hundreds of small sites seen only by boat.
COBA ARCHAELOGICAL SITE – Inland 45 minutes from Tulum – One of the largest
Mayan cities only 5% excavated. Site of the tallest single pyramid in the Yucatan
and one of the few Mayan cities located on a lake (with alligators in the lake.)
CHICHEN-ITZA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE – The most known, most excavated,
most restored, most promoted Mayan-Aztec site in the Yucatan. Located two
hours west of Cancun.  A must see at least once in your life. PLan a full day.
EK BALAM ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE - An hour west of Cancun then 45 minutes
north off the toll road. One of the most interesting & least visited sites.

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