Puerto Aventuras: Is a beautiful and exclusive tourism development, preferred by travelers seeking relaxation in comfortable tranquility. Located at 24 km from Playa del Carmen. One of the principal attractions at Puerto Aventuras is the “Marina” where many yachts are docked and abounding in restaurants and cafes with a splendid view of the entire area. It is possible to charter boats by hour or for the whole day, for deep sea fishing or simply for cruising on tranquil turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. It is also a dolphin facility, where visitors can experience the thrill of swimming with dolphins or manatees. They can also visit the CEDAM Museum where numerous objects rescued from shipwrecks are on exhibit; this is an enormous interest for those who love navigation. The abundance of fish in this zone makes it one of the favorite places for big-game fishing, and there is an international fishing tournament during the spring. Besides fishing, regattas are held in the marina during May and June. And another favorite activity in the area is Golf, with a scenic course inside the complex.
About 30 km further south you find the village of Akumal. Akumal means ”the place of the turtle” in the Maya Language and it was the first settlement of what has become the Riviera Maya, funded 52 years ago. Inspite of tourist development the place has not lost it’s small village mentality and the atmosphere is laid back and friendly. Within the community you will find some hotels and guesthouses and many private villas and condominiums for rent. In the town there is a center on environmental issues created by the CEA (Centro Ecological Akumal) a nonprofit civil organization, whose primary interest is to create environmental awareness to residents and visitors and to ensure the environmental quality of the village. The main attraction of the village is Half Moon Bay, the beach area in the center of the village. As the coral reef runs very close to the shore there are very little waves and almost no current, which makes this beach area ideal for family vacations. Half Moon Bay is home to the amazingly beautiful sea turtles, an endangered species that until today comes to the shore of Riviera Maya to lay their eggs. By just swimming out for about 100 meters you will have the unique possibility to snorkel with those fabulous creatures, as well as with stingrays and other multicolored tropical fish. At the end of the village there is a beautiful inlet called Yalku. This is the outlet of an underground river that mixes with the sea, so its water is brackish (mixed fresh and salt water). Yalku is a fabulous place to go snorkeling. The place charges a small entrance fee and there is snorkel equipment and life jackets for rent. You can also rent a palapa and spend the entire day here. In Akumal you will find many different restaurants with excellent food and even better service. There are also some souvenir shops and supermarkets.
Tulum which original name is Zamá meaning “Sunrise” in the Mayan language is the best known and the most representative site of the region. This majestic archeological zone preserves impressing views that inspire its visitors to be part of the mysticism that surround them. There are over 60 structures all perfectly well preserved, amongst them “El Castillo” or “The Castle” , the highest construction of Tulum, which splendor and unique beauty are framed by the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. For the many murals and other painting that were found in the buildings it is believed that Tulum was an important ceremonial site dedicated to the Descending God. The site is open daily from 08.00 – 17.00 hrs. A little train will bring you from the parking lot to the entrance of the site, if you prefer you can also walk, it will take around 15 minutes. There is a fun outdoor shopping mall to buy a cold drink or some souvenirs after your visit to this stunning site.
Tulum Village is located at 3 km south of the archeological site. This cute little town is certainly worth a visit. Tourists from all over the world travel to Tulum because of its laid back atmosphere. Tulum is very popular amongst European backpackers who travel here to enjoy the beautiful beaches and the local ambience away from the crowd. There is a bus station for those who want to travel by bus. In the town you will find many different restaurants and bars as well as souvenir shops, Banks, internet cafes and supermarkets. Most of the tourists rent bicycles to move around but there is also taxi service available. The Tulum area is also very famous for its cenotes. A cenote is a fresh water sinkhole connected to vast underground river systems that flow beneath the ground and connect several caves and caverns. The cenotes have provided fresh water to the locals for centuries and they were sacred for the Mayans as it represented the entrance to the Xibalba, the Mayan underworld. Nowadays they are a unique place to go snorkeling or scuba diving.
The hotel strip of Tulum is without a doubt unique in the entire world. It is located on the coast just south of the archeological site and at 3 km distance from the village of Tulum. The beaches along this 9 km long hotel zone are amongst the most beautiful beaches Riviera Maya has to offer. The sand is powdery and white and the beaches are endless. The hotels are small and constructed with materials from the region and with great precaution to protect the natural environment. It is probably best described as small palapa style bungalows in an unspoiled natural setting. Most of the hotels depend on generators and alternative sources such as solar panels for their electricity. Only a few will offer power 24 hours a day, more common is that the electricity gets shut off at 11.00 pm. The hotels will provide you with candles to illuminate, and of course there is the moon and the millions of stars that will for sure make your stay memorable. The ambience in Tulum is best described as “Hippy Chic”. People come here to be away from the hustle and the bustle of the cities, to relax and to be close to nature. Many tourists will come to meditate and to practice yoga, giving this destination a unique spiritual touch.
Sian Ka’an, means “where the sky is born” or “gift from heaven” in Mayan, is unique because of its diverse cultural and biological preservation. The area has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site and is home to more than 500 species of birds as well as the Muyil archaeological site. Funded as a non-profit Maya co-op program, the Community Tours Sian Ka’an offers visitors a myriad of experiences such as kayaking and visiting a local Maya community to learn how to make chewing gum.
An amazing Eco Park located in one of the most privileged locations along the Riviera Maya. With a virgin beach as the stage, the various activities to jump into are horseback riding, ATV Tours, snorkelling on the reef or hang out at the Blue Venado Beach Club enjoying the view.
The amazing Xcaret eco-archeological park offers unique attractions such as a butterfly pavillion in which they care for caterpillars, cocoons and butterflies to realease in the park; an aviarium with incredible mexican species of birds, helping to preserve the Guacamaya species and release it into the wild; and of course, their world famous show Xcaret Mexico Espectacular, in which you'll see mexican culture in all its might!
November (date to be confirmed). Each year, the beauty of a majestic natural inlet in the Caribbean Sea is the backdrop for the Xel-Ha Triathlon. This sport is becoming very popular and the amount of triatletes in the country has shown tremendous growth in recent years. The competition takes place during the month of November at the park Xel-Ha and includes categories for all ages.
December 2015 (Date to be confirmed), Winterbeach is an event that brings music, fashion and entertainment to say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one. National and International talent get together at Mamita’s Beach Club for an ongoing series of events including concerts, catwalks from recognized Latin designers, DJ's and other parties to receive the new year's eve.
From 12 - 15 March, 2015 The fourth edition of the Wine & Food Festival Cancún-Riviera Maya will be celebrated from March 12th to 15th, 2015 bringing once again the best chefs and wines of the world to Cancun. Adding to an extensive list of honoree guests like Ferran Adriá, Massimo Bottura & Daniel Boulud, the 2015 edition of the festival will host the legendary Spanish chefs Joan Roca and Juan Mari Arzak who will cook alongside Spanish star chefs living in Mexico Bruno Oteiza, Mikel Alonso and Rafael Zafra. This year, the Wine & Food Festival will also have the privilege of paying tribute to the female culinary talents of Mexican cuisine. The gala dinner "Divas de la cocina mexicana" brings together ten of the best female chefs of the country in an exquisite 5-course dinner that enhances Mexico's culture and tradition worldwide in a single event.
April 23-29, 2015 Riviera Maya once again will be the main venue for the fourth edition of the Riviera Maya Film Festival, an event that is achieving to unite the greatness of Quintana Roo, its people, its natural beauty and its ancient culture with the universal contemporary art: movies. During the six days of the festival, a variety of Mexican and foreign films will be broadcasted in natural settings both in Playa del Carmen and in Tulum.
October 2015 (date to be confirmed). It was founded in 2003 to raise awareness among residents of Tulum on the importance of conserving sea turtles. Many different activities for children, teenagers and adults invite the community to participate actively within the celebration of this festival.
November 09-15 The OHL Classic at Mayakoba made golf history in 2007 when it became the first PGA TOUR event to ever be contested outside of the United States and Canada. Today, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, remains México's only PGA TOUR event and it is regarded as one of the finest on the PGA TOUR by professional players and spectators, alike. The OHL Classic at Mayakoba, scheduled for November 9 -15, 2015, will feature 132 professional golfers participating in four rounds of stroke play competition at the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón Golf Club at Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya area of México.
September 13, 2015, Xplor will receive around 3 000 competitors who will test their courage with strength-, skill- and resistance tests on a 5 km route, in which they will also face human obstacles –fear hunters- representing their fears and who will try to steal their courage during this challenge. The aim is to finish the course and keeping the bravery flags, making the competitors one of “the bravest”. www.xplorbravestrace.com
January of 2016, The BPM Festival is an annual world-class electronic music festival in Playa Del Carmen, México held at the beginning of the calendar year. Originally conceived as an elite dance music industry-networking event, the festival has morphed into an international mélange of electronic music lovers, DJs, producers, and party professionals.
Famed Mexico City chef Enrique Olvera has partnered with Grupo Kampai to open Maíz de Mar in the state of Quintana Roo. The restaurant takes inspiration from the popular cuisine of Mexico’s coasts and seeks to please both Playa del Carmen locals and visitors alike. Maíz de Mar extends Olvera’s culinary philosophy—first expressed at Pujol and ENO—where quality takes precedence over luxury and where the highest quality local ingredients are essential, all amid a specially designed ambience that brings to mind everything you love about restaurants at the beach.
Imprevist is a Catalan word which means the “Unexpected“. Dining here and experiencing these wonderful dishes will be surprisingly unexpected everytime. The restaurant is situated in a quaint street in the Heart of Playa del Carmen. After several years of experience and learning from European chefs, Chef Juan Diego Solombrino is well known for his incredible combination of Mediterranean and Asian inspired cuisine. Preparing dishes of unique flavor, creating art within each presentation. He personally hand picks the products, focusing on the menu to provide a wide variety so that everyone can enjoy their meal, from vegetarian options to oriental, excellent seabass or steak, ending with the delight of a chocolate fondant berry sorbet. “Cooking is an art, and for me it is the only art that stimulates all senses. The moment when you take your first bite, all your senses comes together to experience the delightful aromas, flavors and textures of food” - Chef Juan Diego Solombrino.
This magical piece of Mayan culture sets itself in a sacred garden located right on the 5th Avenue yet invisible from the outside. Whether you would like to enjoy the view at 5th Avenue while savoring a frozen cocktail, or be delighted by the reenery and hearts with air conditioning area or you would like to find yourself in a magical environment surrounded by dream catchers, tropical greenery, old leaf trees and underground cenotes. Pamper the most discerning palate by enjoying mouth-watering dishes as fresh local fish with hibiscus flower sauce or a tender beef fillet, filled with huitlacoche (Mexican corn fungus) covered with spicy poblano chile sauce. Aldea Corazon serves a fusion of Mexican cuisine with a Mayan twist.
This Argentinean Grill will amaze you with its wide variety of charcoal grilled cut meats as well as a large range of appetizers, seafood, pasta & salads. Its privileged location on the corner of the 5th Avenue and Calle 10 will enhance your dining experience being the perfect spot to enjoy the most cosmopolitan pedestrian Avenue in all Latin America. Try our exquisite fresh tuna carpaccio or our grilled charcoal octopus with a touch of cayenne pepper as a starter followed by a juicy beef tenderloin or our famous cowboy steak. Let our professional staff and exquisite cuisine give you an experience to remember.
Almirante Pech located on the famous and busy 5th Avenue. His contemporary fusion menu méxican &Yucatecan food offer you a unique experience in the new call fifth. His story honoring the great Admiral Pech will captivate you. A unique sound with live DJs create a unique musical atmosphere. Definitely a place you fall in love with. The Admiral and his crew invite you to live this great experience.
Mezcalinna is a very popular meeting point for tourists and local people who want to hear new musical ideas with Latin, indie and electronic rhythms, along with the traditional drink Mexican mescal (is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant), authentic laid back Caribbean atmosphere.
The Blue Parrot has been a "must-do" for visitors, where one can experience an eclectic mix of music either on the beach dance floor where they feature more pop and retro music, or the Palapa Lounge which offers the progressive dance mix that our Latin American and European customers tend to prefer. For a more relaxed chill out vibe, the palapa-covered sky bar offers dramatic overviews of the Caribbean and the beachfront dance floor. The most spectacular at the Blue Parrot is the Fire Show, held every night at 11.00 pm.
Decorated in an attractive Asian style, Mandala is a popular bar which offers an area to dance on the ground floor and the mezzanine, where there are DJs mixing the latest pop and techno tunes, and also there is an open-air terrace on the top floor where you can enjoy a drink and chill out for a while.
Indoor Cuban dance club with live dance bands. Free Salsa lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 PM. La Bodeguita del Medio is a Cuban bar on the Northern end of 5th Ave that serves up live music and the best Mojito in Playa. Take a free salsa lesson and sign your name with thousands of others on the walls, ceilings or light fixtures. (located at 5th Ave and Calle 34.
Paseo del Carmen Shopping Mall, next to the pier to Cozumel is one of the best shopping malls in Playa del Carmen. You can find the best brands and the most diverse products, such as clothing, perfumery, accessories and decoration, also find the best choices of restaurants and cafes. It offers something special beside shopping, that's the magic of Playa.
There are several options available for ground transportation. Some properties might include the transportation in the package. Car rental is available and gives you the liberty to move around freely, all mayor car rental companies are represented. Upon arrival you can also hire a shared shuttle service at around 18 USD per person or get a private taxi. The most economic option is the ADO bus with services from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen with a brief stop at Puerto Morelos. Buses run from 10.00 am to 22.00 pm every hour and the rate is $116 pesos (around 10 USD) The terminal is located at the southeast corner of terminal 2. A shuttle service runs every 10 minutes between terminal 2 and 3. Payment is accepted in mexican pesos and US Dollars. (Euro is NOT accepted) ATM machines are available inside the terminals 2 and 3. Buses are painted red and they will be marked with Playa del Carmen. The ADO airport bus will take you to the bus station on 5th Avenue in downtown Playa del Carmen. There is a taxi stand located in front of the bus terminal for transportation to your hotel. For more information please see the websites below: www.ado.com.mx
There are several ways to travel in Riviera Maya: The ADO bus runs between the main cities and according to a timetable. The buses have air conditioning and video on board and offer services throughout the Mexican Republic. Buses to Cancun run every 15 minutes and to Tulum every 30 minutes. For actual rates and schedules check the local bus station at 5th Avenue Corner Juarez Avenue in Playa del Carmen or click : www.ado.com.mx Another option is the “colectivos” a shuttle-type service that runs between Tulum and Cancun. They run all day long and can be stopped at the side of the Highway 307. There is no timetable so some patience is requested. In Playa del Carmen you catch it at the “colectivo” stand located at 2nd Street between 15th and 20th Avenue. (Calle 2 Norte entre 15 y 20 Avenida). Car Rental Agencies are located at the airport, in Playa del Carmen and in all the hotels in Riviera Maya. Rates may vary according to the season. A credit card and a valid driver’s license are requested and the minimum age to rent a car in Riviera Maya is 21 years. The Highway 307 is a modern 4-lane divided highway in excellent condition that connects Cancun with Tulum. From Tulum 2 lanes continue to Chetumal in the south of the state of Quintana Roo.
Taxis are available 24 hours a day. Rates are per taxi and a maximum of 4 people per taxi is allowed. There are taxi stands at strategic places in the mayor towns or simply stop any taxi on the street. Taxis have fixed rates and all taxi drivers should have a rate chart available. It is recommended to make out the price before boarding. Make sure you carry small bills or the correct amount as change is difficult sometimes. Most taxi drivers will speak little english so it is recommended to have the address written down on paper and remember the taxi number written on the door for eventual forgotten items. The current average cost for a taxi within Playa del Carmen is 25 pesos.
You can find pharmacies in all villages and cities in the Riviera Maya, most of them are open 24 hours and some of them offer delivery service. Please note that laws have changed in Mexico and that a prescription is required to purchase medication. Farmacias Yza Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo Constituyentes Cruce con Av. 30 Col. Gonzalo Guerrero +52 984 873 0597 Farmacias del Ahorro Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo Av Constituyentes lt 1, Gonzalo Guerrero c.p. 77720 Toll free: 01 800 711 2222 Medical Assistance is excellent in the Riviera Maya. Doctors are professional and speak fluent English. Hospitals and Private Clinics are available for the unfortunate case you need one. HOSPITEN Medical Service in Playa del Carmen Full hospital with all medical and emergency services. Tel. +52 984 803-1002, +52 984 803-1002 Location: Hwy 307 on the North bound side near the Playacar entrance Accepts Credit Cards. Open 24 hrs, daily PLAYAMED Medical Service in Playa del Carmen Hospital and emergency room services. Tel. +52 984 879-3114, +52 984 879-3114 Location: Hwy 307 and Calle 28, on the west side of the highway. Open 24 hrs, daily
The Riviera Maya offers several communications options. From phone booths to Internet cafes located in shopping malls and restaurants, most of them with Wi-Fi service. Also most of the Hotels offer Internet service. Country code: +52 Area code: 984 To call from México to USA you have to dial 001+ telephone number To call from México to other countries dial 00+ country code+ telephone number
Riviera Maya has a subtropical climate with warm and sunny weather all year around. The average daily temperature is 28°c / 85F with higher peaks in the summer months when temperatures can reach 32°C, 90 °F. The climate is predominated by a rainy season from June until November. Generally this means some showers in the early evening or during the night. It is recommended to bring a sweater or a light jacket in the wintermonths as temperatures may drop due to north wind influence.