6 Top Things to do in Akumal Riviera Maya

things to do in Akumal

6 Top Things to do in Akumal Riviera Maya.

The natural beauty and variety of attractions near Akumal make it ideal to visit for the day on a private tour. Located midway between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, Akumal has breathtaking beaches and lagoons. From sea turtles to cenotes, here are 6 must-do activities in Akumal.

swim with turtles

Swim with sea turtles

Akumal has a natural sheltered bay protected by a reef. It’s the perfect place to snorkel with sea turtles in their natural environment. Make sure you book a tour guide (mandatory) and read the Akumal bay regulation before the activity.

Akumal beach

Akumal beaches

Akumal’s beaches are the jewel of the Riviera Maya coastline. Stroll on the sand or swim and snorkel in the clear warm sea.

tulum ruins

Tulum ruins

Situated on a headland overlooking the beach and sea, Tulum ruins are the most visited archaeological site in Mexico after Chichen Itza. Marvel over the engineering feat of these well-preserved buildings and imagine 13th century Mayan life in this beautiful spot. Take captivating photos of this historic site before enjoying a refreshing swim in the sea.

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Yal Ku Lagoon

Don’t miss Yal Ku Lagoon in Akumal. The lush site has footpaths, statues, benches and the calm lagoon waters are safe for less confident swimmers. It’s like snorkeling in an aquarium with a lot of colorful fishes!

snorkeling cenote

Snorkel in cenotes

There are many excellent cenotes near Akumal including Taak Bi Ha, Dos Ojos and Nicte Ha. Snorkeling in the crystal clear waters is a unique experience and each cenote is different. Some are covered, like caves; others are open to the sky and edged with ferns. Why not visit several?

Delicious lunch in Akumal

Escape the heat with a relaxed lunch at one of the excellent restaurants in Akumal. Our favorites are “Buena Vista” and “La Cueva del Pescador” for fresh fish and yummy seafood.

Why not plan to spend a day in Akumal, swimming, snorkeling with sea turtles and enjoying the nearby attractions? Choose a private tour which includes transport, snorkel equipment and a friendly local guide.

Bachelorette Tours

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Best Private Bachelorette Tours in Riviera Maya.

The Riviera Maya is an amazing destination for a bachelorette trip, hen party, stag weekend and we have the best Bachelorette Tours in Riviera Maya!

Whether you are looking for unique travel  experiences, amazing adventures, great food and drink, or unforgettable moment to share on Instagram, the Riviera Maya is a top destination for Bachelorette parties before the Big Day.

Bachelorette tours for travel lovers

Gather your girlfriends and book a private tour to the Tulum Ruins and cenote swim. Explore the ancient Mayan ruins then visit one of the beautiful cenotes (water-filled sinkholes). Enjoy swimming, snorkeling and laughing together in the crystal clear water. It’s a beautiful place to capture special moments of your bachelorette trip in Riviera Maya with unforgettable photos.

Bachelorette trips for adventurers

Riviera Maya has amazing tours for Bachelorette trips, hen trips, Bachelor/stag parties and groups in search of adventure. Climb the ancient Mayan pyramid with the bride or groom as part of your Coba ruins and Swim in Cenote tour and ride bicycles and head off along stone causeways exploring the hidden ruins in the jungle.

Another great Bachelorette trip for adrenaline junkies is the ATV, zipline and cenote tour. Drive your own ATV off-road before ziplining through the treetops in the jungle. Finally, relax and swim in a peaceful cenote. It’s the perfect way for everyone to bond and have fun before the wedding.

Instagram moments on Bachelorette tours

Book your own private Bachelorette tour to 3 cenotes around Tulum. We know the best open and closed cenotes that are off-the-tourist-path and offer peaceful experiences surrounded by jungle greenery. Swimming in the clear spring-fed cenote waters is an unforgettable experience.

Therefore, bring several changes of swimwear and clothes and get ready to pose with your friends for the best Instagrammable photos. Your fabulous Bachelorette party in Riviera Maya will be the talk of all your family, colleagues and friends back home!

Whether you want a beach experience or something memorable and unique, you’ll find plenty of things to do on a Riviera Maya Bachelorette trip. End each adventure with lunch and tequila shots to celebrate in true Mexican style!

Seaweed in Riviera Maya

seaweed in riviera maya

All you Need to Know About Seaweed in Riviera Maya.

During your Riviera Maya vacation you may come across some seaweed, but it needn’t spoil your stay. Here are some facts about seaweed, and some water-based activities in Riviera Maya that are not affected by it.

What causes seaweed in Riviera Maya?

Seaweed is a natural phenomenon that has always existed in Riviera Maya. Even the first Spanish navigators mentioned it in their records. However, in recent years there is slightly more. Scientists think this may be due to warmer ocean temperatures, currents changing, and fertilizers washing into rivers and then finding their way into the ocean.

Is there a best time to avoid seaweed in Riviera Maya?

Like most plants, seaweed thrives in warmer temperatures. The ocean is warmest in late spring and summer. Plan your visit during the winter months when the climate on the Riviera Maya is beautiful, and the beaches will be less affected by seaweed.

What do the authorities do to reduce seaweed?

Hotels, resorts and restaurants all do their part in clearing seaweed from the beaches. Riviera Maya authorities and volunteer groups also regularly clean the beaches of seaweed, but new deposits can reappear overnight.

Things to do in Riviera Maya that are not affected by seaweed

If you don’t like swimming and snorkeling in waters that have some seaweed, visit some of the freshwater attractions in Riviera Maya.

swimming in dos ojos cenote

Swim in Cenote

Take a private tour that includes swimming and snorkeling in a cenote - it’s a unique and beautiful experience. Cenotes are natural spring-fed sinkholes in the jungle with crystal clear water surrounded by amazing scenery. Every cenote is different - some are open to the sky while others are covered, like caves. Quieter cenotes are ideal for nervous or beginner swimmers. Instead of going to the beach, you can visit a different cenote every day to find your favorite!

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Floating River

Visit the Floating Canals at Sian Ka’an. From the boat trip, don a life vest and jump into the gently moving river. Float through the mangroves is an amazing way to experience the natural beauty in this UNESCO Biosphere

bacalar tour

Bacalar

Swim and relax in the surreal Bacalar Lagoon with its 7 shades of blue and turquoise waters. Swimming, paddleboarding and kayaking can all be enjoyed in the stunningly beautiful lagoon

Other seaweed-free activities include:

Top 10 Things to Do in Tulum

top 10 things to do in tulum

Top 10 Things to Do in Tulum

If you’re planning a holiday in Riviera Maya, there are many unique things to do in Tulum which reflect its natural beauty and historic heritage. Check our top 10 list of amazing activities around Tulum so you don’t miss a thing!

Mayan Ruins

Tulum Ruins

Tulum Ruins are one of the most visited archaeological attractions in Mexico. The best way to visit these Mayan ruins is on a private guided tour combined with swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing on the nearby beach.

Coba ruins

Coba ruins

Surrounded by lush jungle, the less-visited Coba Ruins offer some unique things to do near Tulum. Climb to the top of the ancient pyramid or explore the network of sacbes (white roads) around the Mayan ruins by bicycle.

Muyil ruins

Muyil ruins

The ancient site of Muyil is off-the-tourist-path and boasts the highest Mayan pyramid on the Riviera Maya.

Snorkel and Swim!

Cenote Swim

One of the best adventure to do in Tulum is swim in a cenote, a natural sinkhole filled with crystal clear water. Visit Dos Ojos with its underwater caves or the hidden gems of Sac Aktun, Taak Bi Ha or Nicte Ha.

Swim with turtles

If you dream of swimming with turtles, unspoiled Akumal Bay is the place to encounter these gentle, beautiful creatures.

Boat Trip

Enjoy a scenic boat trip in Sian Ka’an Lagoon and swim in Mayan canals, after or before visiting Muyil ruins.

Things to Do on Tulum Beaches

Playa Paraiso

Witness a stunning sunrise on Playa Paraiso, one of the best beaches on Riviera Maya.

Beach festivals

Visit Tulum during one of the music festivals for top live entertainment. Sound Tulum is in early January and Tulum Live Music Festival is in mid-April, so book your passes ahead of time.

Beach clubs

Papaya Playa Project, Coco Tulum Beach Club and Ahau Tulum blend culture, wellness and sustainability with great things to do in Tulum including watersports.

No visit to Tulum is complete without visiting one of the local restaurants in downtown area. Check out our favorites – Camelo, Barracuda and Aguachiles - for a memorable meal.

By following these top 10 things to do in Tulum, you’ll have an amazing vacation in Riviera Maya!

The Most Instagrammable Places in Riviera Maya

The Most Instagrammable Places in Riviera Maya

The Most Instagrammable Places in Riviera Maya

They say “a picture is worth 1000 words” so use your phone to share your Riviera Maya experiences using this app. Riviera Maya is a top choice for Instagram fans with something for everyone to enjoy, photograph and share.

Here are some of the most Instagrammable places in Riviera Maya to visit and share. Get ready to be wowed!

Breathtaking beaches & lagoons

Akumal

Akumal is a quintessential tropical white sandy beach on Riviera Maya with a lagoon teeming with colorful fish and sea turtles. Get yourself an underwater camera or waterproof cover for your phone and upload amazing pieces to Instagram.

Isla Mujeres

Take a breezy ferry ride from Cancun to Isla Mujeres, a traffic-free island with white sandy beaches and turquoise waters for snorkeling and diving. Post snaps on Instagram of the Seashell House and the Underwater Museum.

Bacalar

Bacalar Lagoon is another dream location for sharing. It’s known as the “Lagoon of Seven Colors” - when you see it you’ll understand why!

Riviera Maya – Naturally!

Cenotes

Peer into a cenote and see the surreal crystal clear water in these natural limestone sinkholes. Some of the best to share on Instagram include famous Dos Ojos cenotes but for sure some private guides can bring you to less frequented cenotes.

Punta Laguna

Looking for more wild? Take a tour to Punta Laguna Reserve, it will be the unique opportunity to take pictures of spider monkeys!

Las Coloradas

Unexpected color can be found at the amazing Pink Lakes at Las Coloradas with flocks of pink flamingos. Mexico is one of only few places in the world with Pink Lakes, so take the advantage of being in Mexico to visit Las Coloradas!

Mayan Ruins Shots

Chichen Itza

Appreciate ancient cultures and architecture at places like Chichen Itza. Find an unusual angle to capture El Castillo pyramid, or photograph it early in the day for dramatic shadows!

Coba

Amid lush jungle, climb up to the ancient Coba Ruins and take amazing photos of the spectacular view with an interesting blend of manmade and natural.

Tulum

Due to its prime coastal location, it also offers some of the world’s finest views of the Caribbean Sea. As you explore the ruins, your guide will point out highlights like the main temple.

9 Tips for Choosing the Best Tour Agency in Playa del Carmen

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9 Tips for Choosing the Best Tour Agency in Playa del Carmen.

If you’re planning to book some tours to see the amazing natural sights around Playa del Carmen, it’s important to avoid scammers and find a reputable private tour agency for your needs. While many tour companies employ experienced knowledgeable tour guides and take responsibility for visitor safety, there are others who provide false information, make unrealistic promises or cut corners due to low prices.

Here are 9 tips for choosing the best tour agency in Playa del Carmen and enjoy some breathtaking experiences.

1/ Official tour or scam artist?

Never book a tour with an intermediary. You can book a tour in a shop, on the street or online, but make sure you are dealing direct with the tour agency before you hand over any money.

2/ Recommendations and referrals

The best way to find a top tour agency in Playa del Carmen is with a friend’s recommendation. Failing that, check out reviews and feedback on TripAdvisor, Yelp or Facebook. There are always one or two people with a gripe, but if the majority of people post positive reviews about a tour, it’s a good  indicator. You can also search online for recent posts or blogs that mention tours in Riviera Maya. It’s almost as good as a referral from a friend.

3/ Registered and accredited?

Check whether a tour company is registered or accredited by local government or the tourist office. Look for certifications and check they include the tour agency name.

4/ Safety first

Going on a tour usually means putting your safety in the hands of a local driver and vehicle. Ask what type of vehicle the agency will provide for the tour. Do they look new and well maintained? Are they fully equipped with seat belts? Check out the vehicles for comfort (you could be spending hours in the back seat!) and ask to see a copy of the vehicle insurance. Any reputable tour company will be happy to provide documentary evidence for your peace of mind.

5/ Smart and secure

How does the tour company accept payment? If they want the full amount in cash up-front, think again. Hacking is an international problem so check if the tour agency website has a secure trust certificate (trusted commerce) for credit card payments, or use Paypal. Any properly licensed and responsible company will have a secure online credit card payment system and will give you a receipt for your deposit/booking. Your payment can then be traced if they fail to provide the tour you expected.

6/ Check the small print

Don’t rely on what someone verbally says the tour includes - read the details in the website or get them in writing on an email. Does the tour include food, boat fees, admissions etc. or do you have to pay those as extras?

7/ Cancelations

Check the terms and conditions. Will you get a refund if the tour is canceled due to bad weather, sickness or unforeseen events?  You need to know.

8/ Customer service

If you’re looking for tours in Playa del Carmen, consult a few tour agencies websites. Once you have checked the tour details you may have some questions and should contact them direct. You can learn a lot about a tour agency by how promptly and accurately they answer your enquiry.

9/ Relax and enjoy!

Once you’ve done your homework and booked a guided tour, it’s smart to contact the tour agency a few days before your tour to check everything is OK.

Get ready to enjoy an unforgettable experience that will be the highlight of your Playa del Carmen vacation.

Weather in Riviera Maya

Weather in Riviera Maya

Weather in Riviera Maya - Playa del Carmen - Cancun - Tulum.

The beautiful weather is just one of the many reasons that the Riviera Maya is so popular as a tourist destination. The Riviera Maya is located in a humid subtropical climate area, which means that it enjoys warm temperatures all year long, with humidity levels that hover around 90% most of the time. Its annual average temperature is between 75 and 82°F (24 and 28°C), which is perfect for both sunbathing and swimming since the Caribbean Sea always stays warm.

Winter

If you come from a snowy climate, then you probably won’t agree that the weather in Riviera Maya from November through February deserves to be called “winter”. While temperatures fall to their coolest levels during these months, it’s still quite comfortable to stroll through the city and take part in all the exciting activities it offers. In the evenings, you’ll probably want to trade your sandals in for closed-toe shoes and grab a light sweater to wear, as temperatures can reach as low as 65°F (18°C).

Spring

Springtime is gorgeous due to the flowers that bloom everywhere. Between March and May, the weather warms up to the point that you’ll rarely need a sweater in the evenings. The sea also gets calmer and warmer, which makes swimming even more enjoyable than it is in the winter.

Summer

It should come as no surprise that summers are hot!!! You won’t mind though, since the crystal clear water is gloriously warm, meaning you can swim and dive all day long under its spectacular blue skies. Rain showers and thunderstorms are common between June and August, but they generally only last for an hour or two. Come prepared for the sun – you’ll want a hat and sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn.

Autumn

September and October are the windiest and rainiest times of the year in the Riviera Maya, though the temperature stays warm. If you’re planning a visit this time of year, you’ll want to keep up to date with weather information by using forecasts from meteorological services, since this is the season when tropical storms and hurricanes tend to pass through the area. You can stay safe by following the recommendations provided in local travel advisories.

Good to Know when Visiting Riviera Maya

Visiting Riviera Maya

Good to Know when Visiting Riviera Maya

Sunscreen & Insect Repellent

When visiting Riviera Maya, it’s important to remember that you can only use natural sunscreen and insect repellent in order to maintain natural wonders like our reefs and cenotes.
We highly recommend swimming in a long-sleeved shirt or rash guard when snorkeling, or we can provide you with a wetsuit to use on our tours. All of these options help to protect your skin from the sun and also keep the environment free of harmful chemicals.
Another option is to purchase a biodegradable sunblock or repellent, which means that it will break down naturally in the environment over time instead of leaving unnatural chemicals in the water that harm the ecosystem.
If you’re worried about purchasing the wrong product or don’t have access to biodegradable products, just let us know when you reserve your tour and we can get it for you!

Safety

Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya as a whole are known to be safe places. As long as you use common sense and follow the same safety precautions you would when visiting any other new location, you shouldn’t have any problems.
It’s also very easy to get around Playa del Carmen and travel between the many fascinating cities, archaeological sites, and recreation areas in the Riviera Maya. You’ll be in good company – according to The Playa Times, over 4 million visitors came to the area last year from all over the world, particularly the United States, Europe, Canada, South America, and other parts of Mexico.

Taxis

One of the easiest ways to get around Playa del Carmen is by taking advantage of its extensive network of taxis. Not only can you find taxis all over the city, but they are also usually an affordable way to get around town. You can find available taxis in the streets or at one of the city’s designated taxi stations, though prices are slightly higher when you get a taxi from a station.
Playa del Carmen’s taxis aren’t metered, and instead calculate fares using a zone chart. When you depart from your hotel, first ask to check the official price list so that you know what you can expect to pay. Before you get into a taxi, always ask the driver what the ride will cost and compare it to the official price list – that way you won’t have to worry about being overcharged. However, you should keep in mind that taxi fares in Playa del Carmen are more expensive late at night when people are returning home from nightclubs.
Finally, we always recommend that you make a note of your taxi number – that way you can more easily retrieve any lost or forgotten items or file any necessary claims.

Currency

The official currency in Mexico is the Mexican peso, but the U.S. dollar is also widely accepted at establishments in the Riviera Maya. However, most businesses determine their own exchange rates, which can sometimes be quite high, so it’s generally a good idea to exchange your currency and pay for everything using pesos throughout your stay.
If you decide to wait until you arrive in Playa del Carmen to exchange your currency, you can do this at a “casa de cambio”, or exchange booth. Many hotels also provide currency exchange services.
Another option is to withdraw money from an ATM. If you’re from another country, you will probably have to pay a bank fee for international withdrawals as well as an ATM fee, so it’s generally best to withdraw large sums of money that you can use over a few days in order to avoid repeatedly paying these fees.
Finally, keep in mind that Mexico does have a tipping culture, so be sure to reward anyone who provides you with good service.

Electricity

If you’re planning to use your phone, laptop or other electrical appliances during your stay in the Riviera Maya, you may need to bring along an adapter. Electrical sockets in Mexico use 110-120 volts, which is the same as those found in the United States and Canada. However, if you’re from these countries you may still need an adapter if your appliance is designed for grounding (has a third round pin on the plug) or polarization (the left vertical blade on the plug is bigger), since such plugs will not fit into Mexican sockets. Visitors from other areas of the world, including Europe and Asia, will definitely require an adapter.

6 Unique Things to Do in Cancun

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6 Unique Things to Do in Cancun.

Sunshine holidays in Cancun offer plenty of things to do in and around your resort. However, you won’t want to miss the “real” Cancun by booking some fun tours and activities beyond “The Strip”.

1. Downtown Cancun Activities

Hop on the local bus and head to downtown Cancun for some retail therapy in the charming old town. Hang out for dinner and drinks at very affordable prices. You can also visit local archaeological ruins at El Rey in the Hotel Zone or El Meco in North Cancun.

2. Visit Isla Mujeres

Cancun is just a short boat ride from Isla Mujeres, a peaceful traffic-free island with beaches, shops and a mayan temple. It’s a perfect day trip from Cancun.

3. See the Famous Pink Lakes at Rio Lagartos

Book an all-inclusive tour to Rio Lagartos National Parks. Relax on the van, eat lunch and take a boat trip with a fun local guide. Learn what makes the extraordinary Las Coloradas Salt Lakes so pink, and take stunning photos of the flocks of flamingos that live there.

4. Swim with Whale Sharks!

During the summer, one of the most unusual things to do in Cancun is swim with whale sharks. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is part of a small group tour as you swim with the biggest fish in the ocean.

5. Explore Mayan Ruins near Cancun

Take a tour to Chichen Itza or the Tulum Ruins direct from your Cancun resort. These unique Mayan sites include remarkable pyramids, temples and other structures. Your English-speaking tour guide will explain Mayan culture and the extraordinary purposes of the temples, observatory, ball court and pyramids built by these advanced people.

6. Cool Off in a Cenote

Combine your Mayan Ruins Tour with a visit to a nearby cenote. Enjoy a unique swimming and diving experience in these rare limestone sinkholes.

As you can see, there are plenty of fun things to do in Cancun for all ages and interests!

6 Exciting Things to Do in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen

6 Exciting Things to Do in Playa del Carmen.

The town offers some unique attractions.

Whether you are visiting Playa del Carmen as a couple, a family or with a group of friends, Playa del Carmen has plenty of activities for all ages. Beyond the beach and downtown, the area around Playa del Carmen offers some unique attractions.

1. Enjoy Beach Activities and Watersports

Most people book a vacation in Riviera Maya for the stunning sandy beaches and warm Caribbean Sea. It’s a great destination for snorkeling and scuba diving tours. The nearby reef offers amazing opportunities to see shoals of brightly colored fish, huge sea turtles, anemones and coral in their natural environment. Closer to shore, you can sunbathe, parasail, kitesurf and paddleboard. You’ll find equipment rentals and watersports tuition right on the beach.

2. Explore Downtown Playa del Carmen

You may be surprised to find yourself shopping on Fifth Avenue! The downtown area is a great place for drinks, Mexican dining and nightclubs. More cultural attractions in Playa del Carmen include the new Frida Kahlo Museum and the 3D Museum of Wonders.

3. Tour Mayan Ruins

Playa del Carmen is well located for visiting the world-famous Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan peninsula. Check out tours to the Tulum Ruins, Coba Ruins or Chichen Itza with its famous El Castillo pyramid.

4. Swim - Snorkel in a Cenote

Snorkeling or scuba diving in a limestone sinkhole known as a cenote is another unique thing to do near Playa del Carmen. The clear waters provide a surreal experience in amazing surroundings.

5. Explore the Jungle

The warm tropical climate means that the Yucatan is covered in lush rainforest. Jungle tours from Playa del Carmen include ATV rides, jungle ziplining and other adventure activities.

6. Visit National Parks

Finally, one of the best national parks to visit is Sian Ka’an, a UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve. Floating through the mangroves along Mayan Canals is a relaxing way to cool off while spotting birds and wildlife.

Which things to do in Playa del carmen will you try first?