5 places you can’t miss in the Riviera Maya

Coming on vacation to the Riviera Maya has its great advantages, among those various activities you can do from adventure to explore historical ruins, to get swimming in the crystal clear waters of the best beaches, here are some examples of places you should not miss when visiting this part of Mexico

It is highly recommended that to carry out the activities and if you are staying in a fixed place such as a hotel in the hotel zone of Cancun or the fifth avenue of Playa del Carmen take into account the distance and how you will move to the destination you like more.

I recommend you use a transportation service that you can hire in advance so that your mobility is punctual and they can take you and bring you without having to lose you

Cancun "palaya delfines"

5. Archaeological Zone “El Rey” (The King)

Archaeological Zone " El Rey "

El Rey is one of the most important archeological sites on Cancun Island. It is located at kilometer 18 of Kukulcan Boulevard, in the Hotel Zone of the City of Cancun, 10 kilometers south of downtown.


The cost of the entrance to all the public consists of 55 pesos; inside the archaeological zone, we can find restrooms and rest area to which we can have access without any extra charge more than what we pay of entrance.


The name “El Rey” is because the English explorers in charge of finding this archaeological zone on their first visit found an anthropomorphic figure, which was interpreted as a character of royalty (the king in this case).

4. Swim with the great king of the Caribbean Sea; the whale shark

whale shark

From mid-June to September you can do one of the most impressive activities you can do in Riviera Maya: swimming with whale sharks.


The world’s largest fish, up to 12 meters long! To carry out this activity you will have to visit one of the most beautiful islands that the Caribbean has to offer; Holbox.


One of the best activities is to be able to live with the whale shark and to be able to be so close to one that you can touch it, however it is not the only thing that you can do in this island, since here you can find a great number of activities and gastronomy to enjoy!


To get to Holbox you have to get to the Port of CHIQUILÁ. This is the jetty from where the boats leave for Holbox.


Note: In Chiquilá there are several parking lots to leave your car safely. Most of them are a few steps away from the pier where the ferry is taken; the price of the parking lots is per day (there is no charge per hour or fraction) and the fare is normally 50.00 Mexican pesos.

3. The spectacular Coco Bongo show

Guns n' Roses show

One of the great attractions that Playa del Carmen and Cancun have to offer is undoubtedly the Coco Bongo, which is a place where the concept of the show is combined with the touch of a traditional discotheque.

The experience that is lived inside this place is impressive, there are several shows with different representations of artists, from Freddy Mercury with Queen to Slash with Guns N’ Roses!

In short, it’s a feeling that you won’t want to miss, you can get the tickets at the box office for a price of approximately 1,290 Mexican pesos for the normal pass which includes national drinks from 10:30 pm to 3:00 am and 2,495 for the golden ticket, which includes international drinks at the same time, the right to pass without having to make lines and seats in the golden area of the place to better enjoy the show!

Note: It is worth mentioning that since this is a discotheque the access is only for people over 18 years of age (legal age in Mexico).

2.  Akumal “Lugar de las tortugas”

Akumal land of turtles

Akumal was decorated by the ancient Mayans as “The place of the turtles” because this was one of the places in the southeast where the turtles used to come to nest and rest without anyone being able to harm them.

Today Akumal is one of the ideal places for people who love snorkeling because it has a lot of underground caves to explore, likewise, you can go swimming in the cove of Yal-ku in which you can find a variety of fish of all colors, sizes, and shapes.

In spite of being able to enjoy these activities, the truth is that Akumal is a place that is not so overexploited touristically speaking, however, this does not mean that it does not have large and luxurious places to stay.

You can find everything from small hostels and cabins, to luxury hotels and very modern condominiums near the beach so you can enjoy the experience the way you like!

1. El Cielo: Cozumel

The cristal waters of "El Cielo" in Cozumel

Cozumel is one of the most beautiful islands that exist in the whole country, the people are very warm, they have many activities to do and the prices are not so expensive, besides that the gastronomy is exquisite!

During your visit to this beautiful island, you can stay in the hostels that are near the beach, although not so luxurious is very humble and comfortable, plus at night you can go out and watch the sea and breathe the sea breeze!

If you have more refined tastes some hotels will undoubtedly catch your attention and where you can enjoy a great vacation!

El Cielo is a sandbank located 800 meters from the coast of Cozumel and is one of the most popular tourist spots in the Riviera Maya in recent years. This is due to the tranquility of the sea at that point, the crystal clear water and the fauna that we can find in the place by using a visor and observe various starfish with different sizes and fish of all sizes and colors!

Many people on the beach will offer you different packages with different prices to take you to this place in their boats; prices may vary depending on the service they provide, such as if you want your service to be able to fish and prepare ceviche with what they get.

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