Riviera Maya is one of Mexico’s premier vacation destinations, and there’s something for everyone along this gorgeous stretch of Caribbean coastline. Booking a private villa with us means you’ll be close to all the major attractions while enjoying beautiful private properties loaded with exclusive amenities. Explore our favorite things to do in Riviera Maya and be sure to browse our listings on Agave Villas.
Best Things to Do in Riviera Maya
1. Explore Mayan Ruins
Discover Mexico’s ancient past when you visit the many Mayan ruins in the area. As one of the Wonders of the Ancient World, Chichen Itza is a must-see! It’s home to the Temple of Kukulkan, a Mayan pyramid that’s become iconic around the globe for its breathtaking beauty. Experience one of Mexico’s most legendary ancient landmarks through a guided tour, or if you’re feeling adventurous, explore on your own.
In the coastal town of Tulum, Mayan ruins overlook the stunning Caribbean Sea. It’s one of the best-preserved Mayan cities and still features stone walls and watchtowers that the Maya used to watch over the coast. Check out El Castillo for an amazing example of ancient Mayan architecture.
2. Swim in Crystal-Clear Cenotes
Cenotes are naturally made pools created by the collapse of limestone bedrock. They’re perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. View fascinating rock formations, explore intriguing marine life beneath the surface, and dive in some of the world’s most spectacular underwater caves.
Cenote Ik Kil is near Chichen Itza and is one of the most visited cenotes for its sparkling blue-green waters and lush vegetation. Gran Cenote (near Tulum) is one of the top diving spots in Riviera Maya, with crystal clear waters that allow you to watch swimming fish. Finally, Dos Ojos represents the largest underwater cave systems in the Yucatan peninsula, at a staggering 118 meters deep. Truly an unmissable experience!
3. Enjoy Pristine Beaches
Mexico’s white sand beaches and shining turquoise waters are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and diving. Visit the beaches in Playa del Carmen, particularly Parque Fundadores, for its wide-open space, volleyball courts, and plentiful bars and restaurants nearby.
Tulum’s most beautiful and unique beach is Playa Ruins, where El Castillo looms over the white sand from its cliffside perch. The waters are calm and refreshing, ideal for swimming and sailing.
Akumal boasts magnificent seaside views. It’s a hub for sea turtles, which you can easily see while snorkeling or diving. It also hosts a variety of shops and restaurants.
4. Experience the Xcaret Eco-Archaeological Park
Xcaret Eco-Archaeological Park is a water amusement park in Riviera Maya that is beloved by tourists and locals alike for its incredible range of activities. No matter what you enjoy, there’s something for you. Swim with dolphins, go parasailing, pet stingrays, go on a snorkeling tour, and even enjoy a relaxing massage!
5. Discover the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
For the eco-conscious traveler, a visit to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve will be a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Located near Tulum, the reserve is home to thousands of species of plants and animals. Take an intimate boat tour to see remarkable creatures such as crocodiles and manatees in their natural habitats, with minimal disruption to the environment.
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Indulge your adventurous side with an unforgettable vacation in Riviera Maya! Booking a private villa with us ensures all the amenities of a large resort with total privacy and exclusivity. Browse our villa rentals today or contact us to get started on planning your next tropical getaway!