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Riviera Maya, Mexico | Attractions | Tulum Monkey Sanctuary

Tulum Monkey Sanctuary

Located within the holiday resort of Tulum, the Tulum Monkey Sanctuary is a great place to spend the day and learn all about the different types of monkeys in Riveria Maya.

This sanctuary is over 2.7 acres and takes care of all different animals such as monkeys, White tail deer, donkeys, horses, iguanas, ducks and exotic birds.

Here you can explore a number of trails which wind throughout an open-air enclosure where the monkeys are free to swing, jump and play where they wish.

There is even a tour available which includes a trip around the sanctuary and exploring the Mayan jungle. You will also get the chance to swim in two cenotes and explore a ring of caves!

The sanctuary is owned by Richard, who has over 20 years of experience in monkey rescue and rehabilitation. Richard is motivated to provide nourishing food and safe shelter for the monkeys that had been previously used in gift shops and restaurants as photo-ops for tourists.

Open Monday to Sunday from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Free parking is available for visitors to the sanctuary.

Address:

Riviera Maya, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Phone:

984-115-4296

Website:

www.tulummonkeysanctuary.com./

Ticket prices30-50 dollars per person

 

 

 

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Attractions | The Jungle Place


The Jungle Place

The Jungle Place is one of the most popular attractions in Playa del Carmen and is great for animal lovers and anyone travelling with children. This zoo take care of hundreds of endangered spider monkeys in a safe and natural environment.

Many of the spider monkeys are here because they have been victims of illegal pet trading, poaching or their natural habitat has been destroyed by deforestation.

Making reservations for this zoo is advised as you’ll be able to take a tour around the centre and get the chance to interact with some of the cheeky monkeys. Each tour takes around one hour to complete and is sure to leave you with memories you’ll never forget.

You can also donate to the Jungle Place through their website or on the day at the zoo! Your donations allow the volunterrs to accept hundreds of abandoned spider monkeys who cannot survive in the wild. They will be able to live in a safe and secure environment as well as recieving healthy and nourishing meals as well as excellent medical care.

Address:

Chemuyil, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Phone:

52 984 116 9777

Website:

www.thejungleplace.com/

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Attractions | Crococun Zoo


Crococun Zoo

Crococun Zoo is an interactional conservationist zoo located in Puerto Morelos. Originally the centre was established as a crocodile farm, dedicated to the breeding of crocodiles and creating sustainable commercialization.

Sadly in 1988 Crococun was destroyed by a hurricane but this began a new concept where the centre would turn into a zoo and become a 100% conservation project. Nowadays their mission is to educate people from all walks of life about the importance of conservation of animals, habitats and their natural environment in the local region.

The one-hour tour is highly recommended, where you will have the chance the walk among crocodiles! Your guide will also show you some parrots, spider monkeys, snakes, deer, turtles and the unusual tegu lizard.

There are a number of special deals on offer at Crococun Zoo including savings on group rates, kids under the age of  five can enter for free and there’s a 40% seniors discount for those over the age of 60. Please note an ID is required to prove your age.

Address:

Carretera a Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Phone:

52 998 850 37 19

Website:

www.crococunzoo.com/

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Beaches | Ziggy Beach

Ziggy Beach

Stretching on for more than 540 feet, Ziggy Beach is one of the most popular bays in Riviera Maya. Here you can relax and soak up the sun on a comfy lounger next to gently swaying palm trees. If you’ve had enough of sunbathing, head to the sea for a swim or try out the selection of water sports. There is also a large luxurious beach bar simply known as ‘Ziggy’s Beach Bar’ available which serves a selection of traditional Mexican food with a modern twist and refreshing drinks throughout the day.

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Beaches | Yal-ku Lagoon


Yal-ku Lagoon

The Yal-ku Lagoon in North Akumal is made up of solid natural limestone with a few stairways to enter the water.

This is the ideal way to enjoy a dip in the sea if you’re not fond of sand, this lagoon has virtually no wave surges or currents, meaning the water is always calm, but unfortunately it isn’t very child friendly.

Yal-ku Lagoon offers great scenery and amazing underwater marine life with lots of tropical fish. Therefore, this beach is popular for snorkelling. However, there is an entrance fee but we would definitely recommend paying the small charge.

Unfortunately, there are not many facilities at Yal-Ku Lagoon as it is relatively unspoilt, but snorkelling equipment rental is available and a small snack bar is nearby selling refreshments.

Furthermore, this is an ideal spot for nervous swimmers as the water is not too deep with a maximum depth of only 6-15 ft.

 

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Beaches | Xpu-ha beach


Xpu-ha beach

Xpu-Ha Beach is one of the most beautiful in Riviera Maya and is a great place to have a go at snorkelling or diving during low surf times.

This soft powdery beach is regularly cleaned and raked which makes this beach is suitable for families with young children who can play safely as well as the water being shallow enough for the children to also paddle in.

At Xpu-Ha Beach you’ll find a handful of amenities including sun beds, shaded areas, lifeguards, toilets, showers and a number of restaurants and bars within close proximity. If you are feeling a bit peckish it is highly recommended to try a refreshing limonada with some locally caught prawns and fresh avocado. Live music is also played at some of the bars in summertime.

Xpu-Ha Beach is relatively unknown compared to other beaches in Riviera Maya which makes it very quiet. If you want somewhere quiet and peaceful, then this is the place for you!

You can access the beach from the highway “La Playa” entrance.

 

 

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Beaches | Xcacel Beach


Xcacel Beach

X’cacel Beach can be found off the beaten track located between Chemuyil and Xel-Ha Park, off highway 307. This is the number one beach in the area where sea turtles like to hang out.

Every spring many turtles travel for miles to lay their eggs in the deep, soft sands of X’cacel. However, it is quite difficult to get a glimpse of the hatchlings as it happens during the middle of the night.

If you visit during the summer months you may notice mounds of sand. These are actually turtle nests, so be careful where you step. Many are also marked with small white signs, so please do not remove them.

When you visit the beach the sanctuary requests a donation of 20 pesos per person to ensure the protection of the sea turtles. This fee also covers entrance into the small cenote that is hidden off shore. This magical place is unknown to many tourists; therefore it is relatively quiet throughout the year. There is even a small mangrove for freshwater swimming.

X’cacel Beach is also a great place for snorkelling as there are coral reefs offshore. Most of the time it is safe for swimming but sometimes the wind can pick up creating strong currents.

 

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Beaches | Tulum Beach


Tulum Beach

Unlike many other popular beach resorts in the Caribbean and the rest of Mexico, Tulum beach boasts an interesting historical past. It is actually one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Mayas and today the beach hosts the only archaeological site situated along the shores of Riviera Maya.

This is a white sand beach with isolated rocks. Foot protection is not required in most areas and snorkelling and swimming are highly recommended when the water is calm.

There are a handful of facilities available at Tulum Beach, such as sun loungers, Balinese beds, parasols and water sports. There are also beach clubs located along the Tulum beach road where you can use their parking as long as you go for lunch.

Overall, this beach is perfect if you just want to relax with a book and top up your tan. The beach is relatively quiet compared to popular resorts such as Cancun. Visiting the Tulum ruins you also have a feeling of the “true” Mexico, which can be difficult to find in tourist destinations.

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Beaches | Tankah Bay


Tankah Bay

Tankah Bay Beach is one of the most beautiful places in the whole of Riviera Maya. The bay is sheltered from the noise of civilization and is located by a lush mangrove jungle. There is even a manatee cenote leading directly into the sea through a natural tunnel. It is here where the underground river meets the Caribbean, a natural union that makes Casa Cenote special. Divers, snorkelling and swimmers can all share this cenote. The manatee cenote is open to the public, all though you are expected to pay a small entrance fee.

Furthermore, Tankah Bay is often referred to as a snorkelers underwater Garden of Eden. This is because the offshore coral reef is filled with large schools of colourful fish.

There are also two local restaurants in the area called Casa Cenote and the Blue Sky Hotel Restaurant. Unfortunately there are a limited number of facilities but there a handful of sun loungers and shaded areas to take your pick from.

 

 

 

 

 

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Beaches | South Akumal Beach


South Akumal Beach

South Akumal is located south of Jade Bay and the central Akumal Beach. This sandy beach is ideal for children to play in and the numerous palm trees provide some much-needed protection from the summer sun. Although facilities are limited to a handful of sun loungers and parasols, the sea is crystal clear and warm which makes it great for snorkelling, swimming and kayaking. Who knows, if you’re lucky you may even spot the odd sea turtle or stingray.