There are many thrilling activities to do when you’re in the Riviera Maya. One of the most interesting and refreshing is snorkeling! And there is no shortage of places for you to indulge. Continue reading
There’s no question about it. When someone hears the word Tulum, they naturally paint a picture of this beautiful beach in their head. They then think of celebrities, hippies, posh cabanas, little boutique hotels and stores and much, much more. However, there are many activities you can do that are fun and you probably wouldn’t think of off the bat. Oh, the Mayan Ruins are something you must see when you are visiting Tulum… but you obviously knew that.
So, if you’re wondering what activities you can do in Tulum, here are a few ideas to have a wonderful day in this beautiful town:
Rent a bike in Tulum
We were thinking somewhere along the lines of biking around Tulum; seeing everything there is to see and going at your own pace. You can rent a bike daily for approximately $80 pesos, which is around $5.00 USD per day. If you rent on a weekly basis, you will get a better price.
Bike ride through Coba
Nonetheless, if you wanted to go for a bike ride through the jungle, we would point you in the direction of “Coba.” Coba is an archeological site that was open for public use in 1973. Coba has many different ruins to explore around. However, they do have one incredible ruin that you are actually able to climb to the very top to see the amazing views of the jungle above the trees. When you first arrive to Coba, you have the option of renting a bike or choosing to walk. We of course recommend to rent a bike, and make your time at Coba much more adventurous and fun. At the end of the day, you are doing enough walking if you choose to walk up the ruin, so biking to the ruin could be a good choice.
One thing that you will notice in Tulum are the Yogi’s (people who like doing yoga.) Therefore, there are a lot of yoga studios. If you have never tried Yoga before, Tulum is the place to do so. With cheap prices, and being located right on the Caribbean Sea, it will be the best experience of your life. Classes usually start around 8:30 am or evening classes around 5:00 pm.
What is a cenote you may be wondering?
A cenote is a sinkhole that has water underneath the hole and we now use it for swimming purposes. A cenote formed when the limestone bedrock collapsed. What an innovative idea right? Well let me tell you, the Riviera Maya is filled with all these magnificent sinkholes that make the perfect snorkeling spot.
Make sure you research ahead of time which sink hole you would like to visit and be prepared with a towel, biodegradable sunscreen, so we don’t harm the fish, and your snorkeling gear. If you have an underwater camera, you should definitely bring that along too! There are people who come to the cenotes for diving purposes. If you like diving, this would be the perfect place to do so. If you have never done it before and would like to try, the shallower waters make it less frightening. Three great cenotes you can visit are:
- Gran Cenote
- Cenote Dos Ojos
- Cenote Calavera
If you have any other questions about Tulum or more activities to do there, or even investment opportunities in Tulum, please feel free to reach out to us. Our representatives will be happy to help you!
What comes to mind first when you are thinking of something to do in Playa del Carmen? Would it happen to be the beach? But let us tell you, there are way more activities to do other than just spending all your day at the beach.
Here are some ideas of daily activities you can do in Playa del Carmen
Have you ever thought of renting a bike, joining a gym or salsa class? Maybe even a sports team if you’re into that. What makes Playa del Carmen so special is that there are so many activities here for all ages. Whether you are a child and looking for swimming lessons or you are in your teens and you would like to try out a new sport. Maybe you are in your early 50s-70s and you would like to get out and play tennis a couple times a week.
Anything and everything is possible in Playa del Carmen
There is one unique Canadian restaurant whose owners are a couple and each week they have a trivia night, along with other charitable events throughout the year. This restaurant is called ‘Moms.’ Let us tell you, if you are a Canadian and you are used to Mom’s homemade cookin, then we would highly recommend visiting this place. It’s not just great for Canadians. This couple welcomes each and every person here with open arms. There are also pool tables here too, which makes the perfect games night.
Getting back to the activities we had mentioned before. If you are looking at bike rentals in Playa del Carmen there are many different shops scattered around the town.
One place in Playa del Carmen that has great reviews is Playa Bike Rentals. You can find this place in 24 street between streets 10 and 15. They charge the following prices below:
1-3 Days = $10.00 USD per day
4-7 Days = $38.00 USD for the period
7-14 Days = $5.00 USD per day
This company is opened 9am-9pm Monday-Saturday.
If you’d like to play tennis, there are many tennis courts all around the town. Some places you have to reserve ahead of time, and some are on a come and go basis. We would recommend reviewing the times online prior to heading to the courts.
For swimming lessons, we would recommend ‘Kiin Ha’ indoor pool and sports center based on their reviews. They open from Monday-Friday from 7:00am-10:00pm and Saturdays from 7:00am-1:00pm. Depending on how many classes you would want to enroll in the prices vary. They are located just off Constituyentes Avenue, one block north between 85th and 90th avenue.
If you woud like to do a water activity, we would recommend trying SUP (stand up paddle-boarding.) If you haven’t already done it before, “Aloha Paddle Club” offers lessons and board deliveries. They are located at: Inti Beach club which is located at Calle 4 and Calle 6 in the center of town.
Now that you know about amazing activities you can do in Playa del Carme, go out and have fun! Living in paradise has this and many more incredible advantages!
We understand this summertime heat can be a little irritating. There are days when all you want to do is stay somewhere with air condition. But, this could actually be boring. Besides, when you live in Playa del Carmen, you must learn how to handle the heat. It is okay to stay locked in home with A/C once in a while. However, there are so many places where you can go to freshen up while you have fun outdoors. Let’s take a look at some options to escape the Caribbean heat!
The first thing you can do is visit a beach
Well, this one is clear! There are so many beautiful beaches all along the Riviera Maya. We recommend to bring an umbrella, a large blanket, drinking water, snacks, sunscreen and a chair. This will help you stay fresh and away from the sun. Whenever you want to rest, you can sit under your umbrella. And if the heat takes over, you can run to the sea and cool down Don’t forget to bring a book or something to stay entertained and enjoy the beach to the fullest.
Have a wonderful day at a cenote
A freshwater sinkhole, also known as cenote, is a perfect way to fresh up. Its cold water will help you to feel better and escape the Caribbean heat. Also, most cenotes are covered, so you can stay away from the sunlight and avoid a sunburn. There are many cenotes you can visit, and most of them are not expensive. In addition, if you want to have an adventure and enjoy a cenote to the fullest, you can rent diving equipment and have much more fun.
Enjoy a delicious ice cream on the 5th Avenue
What’s better than taking a walk on the Fifth Avenue? Well, having an ice cream while walking all along this amazing street. There are plenty of ice cream shops that offer delicious flavors and also, beverages if you’re not really in a mood for an ice cream. Once you decide what kind of dessert you’re having, it’s time to enjoy the 5th Avenue! This pedestrian street offers so many shopping stores, restaurants, spas, among many other things. The world-famous 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen will surely keep you entertained and, sometimes, away from the Caribbean heat.
Have an amazing adventure at a theme park
There are plenty of options to choose from! Each theme park in the Riviera Maya offers different amazing activities. You can have a relaxing day at Xel-Ha or an incredible adventure at Xplor. And if you want to have a family day, Xcaret could be the perfect place. Alternatively, there are some other companies that offer great tours which include zip-line, ATV and a cenote visit. Choose one or more of these activities and have fun while you freshen up.
Swim in one of the many hotel rooftops in Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is home to several hotel rooftops that are open to the public even if you’re not a guest. However, most of these rooftops will ask you to eat something or have a drink. Therefore, make sure to bring some cash, so you can enjoy your food and/or beverage while you sunbathe and refresh in the swimming pool. This exquisite option could end up being your weekend getaway plan!
Now you that you have these ideas in mind, go outside and enjoy all the activities the Riviera Maya has to offer! As a result, you will escape the Caribbean heat whilst having an astonishing journey. Additionally, you will get to discover more incredible places in the Riviera Maya and see why people define it as a paradise.
A new theme park will soon be added to Cancun next year, dedicated to exploring the world of the Mayans. The ‘Parque Maya’ is a private investment planned to be ready for winter of 2017 with the intention of promoting cultural tourism in the city. Cancun and the Riviera Maya have already had tremendous success with the Xcaret adventure parks, which were named among the world’s best theme parks earlier this year and recently saw the opening of Xenses, a new park on the same grounds, but this new park will be dedicated to promote the cultural tourism in the area.
August 15 will see the laying of the first stone, while work will be expected to take 12 months in order to bring this project to life. “The concept behind it is of the Mayan universe” said Francisco Córdova Lira, an investor of the Park. “We already have all the permissions and licenses to carry out the Park.” He stated that they are currently in the phase of accreditation for a bank loan, although some investments have already been made.
The plan for the park is to have three zones that are united together, including El Rey, archeological ruins that few currently visit but will now be promoted, and the Mayan Museum which opened to the public in 2012. The Park will be located facing the Museum and is designed for visiting families to learn about the Mayan culture and also have fun at the same time. There will be zip lines, rope bridges, along with replicas of relics and Mayan architecture. They will be distributed among the three worlds that make up the Mayan universe.
Getting to this point has come at an investment of approximately 50 million pesos. The development project was submitted twice to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), but due to the lack of appropriate permissions it was put on hold, but will now see the beginning of the construction.
The investors believe that the concept will appeal to tourists, since the Cancun hotel zone will be providing more places of recreation and culture. Given the tremendous success that Xcaret and other adventure park have had in recent years, along with the continued boom in tourism for Cancun and the Riviera Maya in general, the opening is likely to be a big success.
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