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Riviera Maya, Mexico | Beaches | Hidden Beach Resort


Hidden Beach Resort

The Hidden Beach Resort is a naturist beach located right next to Kantenah. This adult-only bay provides an uninhibited environment where you can enjoy sunbathing in the nude without being disturbed.

The beach is fine white sand and boasts crystal clear waters and a number of facilities such as sun beds, showers, boat hire and water sports including snorkelling and diving.

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Beaches | Half Moon Bay Beach


Half Moon Bay Beach

At Half Moon Bay Beach in North Akumal, you’ll find a coastline made up of a mixture of fine sand and rocky sections. Footwear is required if you want to go for a swim, due to the rough ground under the sea, which creates the ideal conditions for snorkelling. Facilities come in the form of sun loungers, shades, beach bars, restaurants, water sports, a dive shop and kayak hire.

Half Moon Bay is mainly populated by privately owned condos, often available for rent for weeks or months at a time. There are also a number of delicious restaurants in the area. Don’t miss the superb little beach bar “la Buena Vida.” This is a relaxing spot for lunch on the beach and a few cold ‘cervezas’ – a form of local beer mixed with tomato juice and hot sauce or salsa.

There are some great snorkeling spots in and around Half Moon Bay Beach. You are very likely to come across some stunning sea turtles swimming in the water. You can either bring along your own snorkel and flippers or hire them from the local dive shop which is open seven days a week.

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Beaches | Aventuras Beach


Aventuras Beach

Aventuras Beach is located just south of Akumal Beach. In Spanish ‘Aventuras’ is translated to ‘adventure.’ You may be wandering why in fact this beach was given this name, well it is because Aventuras boasts some of the best swimming and snorkeling spots in the region. There are also many other facilities in the local area such as restaurants, shops, diving centers, fishing, golf courses and even archaeological sites.

On the beach itself there are a handful of amenities including sun loungers, hammocks, a beach bar, a dive shop and boat hire!

Furthermore, Aventuras is a great location for some turtle spotting. In the summer months sea turtles will come and lay their eggs in the sand and then  migrate into the Caribbean Ocean.

Aventuras is also renowned for its marina. The area is actually split up into three smaller bays: Fatima Bay, Chac Hal Al and Chan Yu Yum. The longest beach is Fatima, which spreads out over 1.5 miles, whilst the other beaches are relatively small and quiet.

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Beaches | Akumal Beach


Akumal Beach

Central Akumal beach is perfect for families and couples looking for a place to spend the day. This beach features clean white sand and is within close proximity to many beachside restaurants, shops, hotels and dive centres. Lol Ha Restaurant and Beach Bar are both local favourites, so make sure to check these out!

This beach offers a number of different facilties such as sun beds, shaded areas such as large palm trees and huts. Lifeguards are also present on the beach at peak tourist times.

There are two diving shops here which are the Akumal Dive Centre and the Akumal Dive Shop which offers scuba courses, reef diving, fishing trips and sailing excursions.

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Bars | Js Travel Guide


Riviera Maya Bars

Riviera Maya, Mexico is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Central America for families and couples who want to enjoy fantastic year-round weather, a top choice of tourist activities and a buzzing nightlife scene. The resort offers a great number of nightclubs, Mexican bars, cabaret venues and beach clubs to cater for all visitors’ tastes and budgets.

Bar crawls

If you want to hit the clubs but don’t know where to begin, join one of the Playa del Carmen-based pub crawls with Playacrawl. On this trip you’ll join a number of visitors from all over the world as you move between three and four of the best bars and nightclubs in the resort. The ticket price includes unlimited drinks, cover charges, VIP treatment, reserved tables and queue jumping in every venue you visit. Your host will make sure everyone in your group has an amazing night out that you’ll never forget.

Also based in Playa del Carmen, Party Playa is another top choice when it comes to hitting the most popular bars and clubs in the resort. On this night out you’ll visit three or four of the hottest bars and clubs, where you’ll enjoy unlimited drinks, bottle service to your table in two venues, VIP access and table reservations. The party guides will make sure you stay safe whilst having a great time and will show you some of the most trendy night hotspots that most tourists never get to see.

Nightclubs

La Santanera in Playa del Carmen is a great place to go to party until the early hours of the morning. This club is made up of two zones – one chill out lounge downstairs where you can relax and chat with friends and one open-air area upstairs where you can enjoy some drinks and dance. The top tunes provided by the resort’s best DJs attract a great number of residents, making it a great place to meet and mix with the locals.

Hardcore clubbers won’t want to miss the chance to visit Bali Club in Playa del Carmen. This large club really gets going at around 1am, when locals and visitors turn up in groups to enjoy affordable cocktails and mixed drinks, dance to some of the hottest latest music and enjoy a great night out with friends. As well as the main dance zones, Bali Club also features a number of VIP areas where private groups can spend the evening.

Entertainment bars

Coco Bongo Playa del Carmen is one of the top locations in Playa del Carmen for evening entertainment. This venue hosts a nightly performance which combines music, choreography and the most advanced entertainment technology, creating a unique experience. Here you can watch singers, dancers, acrobats and artists take to the stage in what will be a night you’ll never forget. Unlimited drinks are included in the price of your ticket, but you’ll have to purchase VIP seating if you want a table and chairs.

Also located in Playa del Carmen, Kitxen is a hit amongst live music lovers. Founded by Saul Hernandez – lead singer of Los Jaguares – this bar features a number of live acts throughout the week, including rock bands and local DJs. The small size of this open-air venue creates a friendly atmosphere which sees people returning time and time again during their holidays in Riviera Maya.  The drinks here are very affordable, but make sure you take plenty of cash because the bar doesn’t accept credit/debit cards.

Sports bars

Sports fans won’t want to miss the chance to visit Tequila Barrel in Playa del Carmen. This bar features a large dancing area and serves an extensive list of tequila and other spirits, as well as a great selection of Mexican beers. Not only can you watch a number of live sporting events at the Tequila Barrel, but you can also bet on your favourite teams and enjoy an open bar when you bet on horse and dog races.

End Zone Sports Bar is one of the best places to go in Playa del Carmen to watch your favourite team play. Here you can watch a vast array of live sporting events, including hockey and American football, whilst enjoying an ice cold beer. There is a small selection of Mexican bar snacks served throughout the day, alongside an extensive selection of soft drinks, beers, cocktails and spirits. End Zone Sports Bar is very small, so if there is a game you’re eager to see, make sure you get there early to ensure you get a seat.

Cocktail bars

Unico Beach Club in Puerto Morelos is the ideal place to go if you want to enjoy a cocktail and some fantastic sea views. Open from morning until night, this beach club plays relaxing music throughout the day, creating a wonderful chilled out vibe. You can choose to relax on a comfy beach chair or opt for the hammock-like swings. The mojitos and piña coladas come highly recommended, but if cocktails aren’t your thing, there is also a selection of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks available. Come sunset, the evening entertainment kicks off with a number of live bands, solo artists and DJs performing each night.

When it comes to cocktail lounges, it doesn’t get much better than Mint Cocktail Bar in Tulum. Situated in the heart of the resort, this bar serves freshly prepared cocktails in a party atmosphere. Once a week, the Mint Cocktail Bar also hosts a pool tournament, with a bottle of rum for the winner. There is a variety of music played every evening for those who love to dance, or if you’d prefer to take it easy, there is a chill out lounge decorated with comfy furniture.

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Attractions | Js Travel Guide


Riviera Maya Attractions

Thousands of people travel to Riviera Maya, Mexico every year on holiday to take advantage of the huge number of attractions available throughout the resort. Whether you’re travelling as an individual, couple or family, there is plenty to keep you entertained here. In Riviera Maya, there is a strong emphasis on protecting the natural environment, which has resulted in many eco-friendly parks and activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Nature & wildlife

The Jungle Place is one of the most popular attractions in Playa del Carmen and is a must-visit for animal lovers and anyone travelling with little ones. This sanctuary takes care of hundreds of endangered spider monkeys in a safe and healthy environment. If you make a reservation, you’ll be able to take a tour around the centre and get the chance to interact with some of the sanctuary’s residents. Each tour takes around one hour to complete and is sure to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Located within the holiday resort of Tulum, the Tulum Monkey Sanctuary is another great place to spend the day. This sanctuary forms part of a 25 hectare ranch which takes care of white tail deer, donkeys, horses, iguanas, ducks and hundreds of species of 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 also a tour available which includes a trip around the sanctuary, swimming in cenotes and exploring the Mayan jungle.

Crococun Zoo in Puerto Morelos is popular with couples and families who have a great interest in nature and wildlife. This interactive and conservationist zoo is one of the best places in Riviera Maya to touch, hold and feed a vast array of local wild animals. The one hour tour is highly recommended and provides a fantastic opportunity to get up-close and personal with deer, parrots, snakes, spider monkeys and even crocodiles.

Nature lovers won’t want to miss the chance to visit Punta Laguna Nature Reserve near the Gulf Coast. This park forms part of a 5,000 hectare nature reserve and is best visited in the afternoon, around 2pm. There are many guides at hand, eager to take groups on tours around the reserve and show them around the most fascinating parts. As well as exploring, you can also have a go at zip lining, rappelling and swimming in the lagoon. You’ll be surrounded by photo opportunities, so don’t forget to take your camera.

Centro Ecologico Akumal in Akumal is one of the best places in Riviera Maya to catch a glimpse of sea turtles. The money you pay goes toward the environmental programme which strives to keep the beach and sea clean, as well as educating the public about how they can help to protect the environment. One of the most popular activities at the centre is the snorkel tour which is led by a qualified guide who points out interesting marine life and rock formations along the way. There are also many turtle-themed discussions and presentations held throughout the year which are suitable for the whole family to enjoy.

Water sports

Adrenaline junkies won’t want to miss the chance to visit LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park in Tulum. Here you’ll find a wealth of aqua activities to enjoy, including diving, snorkelling, swimming, kayaking and zip lining into lakes. The activities are open to both children and adults and include transportation, safety briefing and equipment, lockers, multilingual guide and buffet lunch, as well as your chosen tour. The entrance fee you pay goes toward protecting the local flora and fauna and also provides funds for two small Mayan villages.

Riviera Maya is known as one of the best places in the world for diving. If you’d like to have a go at the popular water sports, visit the DiveMex centre in Playa del Carmen. This professional diving school offers tours to small groups of both professional and amateur divers. If you’ve never been diving before, you can sign up for a one-on-one or two-on-one training session before heading out on an excursion. PADI courses are also available for experienced divers.

If you’ve ever dreamed of swimming with dolphins, now is your chance. The Dolphinaris Park Riviera Maya in Puerto Aventuras provides dolphin lovers will the opportunity to interact with the gentle creatures in various different programmes. The most popular choice is the dolphin swim programme, which includes the chance to touch, kiss, hug and play with the dolphin in the water. The various other options include dolphin swim and ride, dolphin interactive programme and even the chance to become a trainer for the day.

Cenote Dos Ojos in Tulum is one of the top destinations for scuba diving in Riviera Maya. Diving trips are offered for small groups of no more than four people and are a fantastic opportunity to explore the caverns and cafes in a safe and fun way. Dos Ojos stretches on for over 60km, making it one of the longest underwater cave systems in the world and is also where you’ll find the deepest cave passage in Quintana Roo. The name means “two eyes” in English and refers to the two side-by-side cenotes which merge into a large cavern. The water temperature is always between 24 and 25°C, making it a pleasant place for a swim at any time of the year.

Golf courses

Golfers won’t want to miss the chance to play a round or two at El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club in Playa del Carmen. This 18-hole par-72 course features two coastal holes and is a challenge for even the most experience of golfers. As well as the green sprinkled with cenotes and water features, El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club also features golf carts, club house, shower facilities, golf shop, restaurant, snack bar, driving range and putting and pitching greens.

Playa Paraiso Golf Club in Playa Paraiso is another course popular with experienced golfers. Boasting a seafront location, this 18-hole par-72 golf course is known as the best in the resort and includes part of a Mayan jungle. As well as the fairways, greens and sand traps, Playa Paraiso Golf Club also provides a driving range, putting greens, showers, lockers, golf shop and club house.

The Riviera Maya Golf Club in Akumal is a top choice amongst golfers of all abilities. Made up of one 18-hole course and one nine-hole course, Riviera Maya Golf Club offers various types of terrain, including grass, water and rock. Here you’ll also find a driving range, club house, golf school, equipment rental and golf shop. There are various deals available throughout the year, including club rental discounts and special rates for multiple rounds.

Historic sites & caves

History buffs won’t want to pass up the chance to visit the Mayan ruins in Tulum. This site boasts an amazing seafront location, nestled between the sea and tall dark cliffs, making for some fantastic photo opportunities. With so much to see and do, you can spend hours exploring the various sections of the ruins, including royal burial sites, ancient houses and even a pyramid. You can also join a tour led by an experienced guide who will show you all of the most fascinating parts of the site and answer any questions you may have. Although there are no brochures, there are signs throughout the ruins, offering basic information about each section. As well as the ruins, there is also a great selection of stalls and shops selling Mexican handicrafts, as well as a number of small cafes and bars.

A visit to Riviera Maya isn’t complete without stopping by the Aktun Chen in Akumal. This underground cave is full of breathtaking rock formations and is a great place to snorkel or dive. There is also a zip wire and jungle trails in the area which are populated with hundreds of wild monkeys and snakes. Aktun Chen is usually swarming with mosquitoes and other bugs, so be prepared and bring some protective spray with you.

Chaak Tun in Playa del Carmen is also one of the most popular collections of underground caves in the resort and is a great place to spend an afternoon. Here you can explore a network of jungle paths, impressive underground caverns and crystal clear waters which area ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving. There are plenty of multilingual experienced guides onsite which offer tours of the area and can tell you everything you could ever want to know about the cenotes. Chaak Tun can be very busy in the morning, so the best time to visit is in the afternoon, between 2pm and 3pm.

Coba Mayan Village in Playa del Carmen is a great place to visit, whether you’re holidaying on your own, as a couple or as a family. Mayic Travel offers a comprehensive tour which gives you the chance to explore the village, climb the highest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula, discover how the locals live, hike through the jungle and enjoy lunch in the traditional Mayan restaurant. On your tour you’ll be accompanied by a qualified guide who knows everything there is to know about the area and will be happy to answer all your questions.

Excursions

If you want to go on an excursion during your stay in Riviera Maya pop into the Akumal Tour Centre in Akumal. Here you’ll find a top selection of trips and tours on offer, including visits to the Mayan ruins, journeys on ATVs, Jeep safaris, boat trips to nearby islands, swimming with dolphins, visits to theme parks, deep sea fishing and snorkelling. Akumal Tour offers great deals and discounts throughout the year for group bookings, making it one of the most popular excursion companies in the resort.

Sian Ka’an Jeep Tour Expedition is one of the most popular excursions based in Playa del Carmen. On this Jeep tour you’ll start your journey along the coast, where you’ll have several breaks for a chance to eat, drink and enjoy a swim in the sea. You’ll then get to board a boat where you’ll also have the opportunity to go swimming and might even see some whales and dolphins. This is followed by a snorkelling trip along the Mesoamerican reef and a final buffet before heading back to your accommodation.

Theme parks

When it comes to theme parks in Riviera Maya it doesn’t get much better than the Xplor Adventure Park in Playa del Carmen. This natural adventure park is one of the best places in the resort for adrenaline-pumping activities such as zip lining, rafting, amphibious vehicle tours and cave exploring. All the safety equipment will be provided by the park, so all you have to bring with you is comfortable clothing, swimming gear and suitable footwear. On top of the numerous activities, the Xplor Adventure Park also features dressing rooms, lockers, relaxing areas, restaurant and shops.

Xel-Ha Park in Quintana Roo is a must-visit during your holiday in Riviera Maya. This natural aquarium is one of the most popular parks in the resort and is considered to be the largest aquarium in the world. With so many different things to do and see, you’ll need to set aside the whole day to really appreciate everything the park has to offer. You can go snorkelling, zip lining, swimming with all sorts of marine life, trekking through the jungle and bike riding, while the kids have the time of their lives at the children’s park.

Cancun, Mexico | Beaches | Playa Tortugas


Playa Tortugas

Playa Tortugas is a highly popular beach for families and couples who like to be close to the services and amenities. This pale sand beach with deep waters provides lots of different facilities such as

  • Child friendly swimming
  • Beach bars
  • Sun beds
  • Shades
  • Watersports
  • Lifeguards
  • Showers.

Two buses stop at this beach these buses are the 70 which stops at the blue line stop and the 75 which stops at the green line stop.

Playa Tortugas is a highly recommended beach for divers and has the opportunities to see the sea turtles.

This beach has its own dock that offers trips to Isla Mujeres and other tours.

There is a indoor craft & flea market.

This is the beach the pirate ship ses sail at night.

Cancun, Mexico | Beaches | Playa Punta Nizuc


Playa Punta Nizuc

Playa Punta Nizuc is a very secluded beach and offers you the chance to to sunbath in peace without the hustle and bustle of the tourist resorts.

Playa Punta Nizuc is one of the most secluded bays in the area, Playa Punta Nizuc is found on the southern tip of the resort and the waves are almost non-existent so this beach is great fo little ones or any swimmer looking to go in for a dip.

Playa Punta Nizuc offers offshore reef’s full of diverse marine life and submerged sculptures.

This beach is a popular spot for diving and snorkelling.

This beach has no services or facilities and it’s recommended to bring your own sun loungers, parasols, snacks and drinks.

This beach isnt to hard to get to and parking is available, this beach is surrounded by jungle trees instead of hotel’s.

There are two buses that travel to this beach which is the number 4 which stops at the blue line stop and the 3 which stops at the green line stop.

Cancun, Mexico | Beaches | Playa Marlin


Playa Marlin

Playa Marlin is a great sunabthing beach that boasts beautiful veiws.This beach is a top location for water sports and gives you the opportunity to do nearly every popular watersport such as

  • Jet skiing
  • Parasailing
  • Body boarding
  • Banana Boating
  • Pedal boats etc.

This beach is the best beach in Cancun, Mexico to try out these watersports.

Playa Marlin offers visitors with plenty of room in which to relax and has small waves which are great for splashing about in. This beach doesnt provide any facilities.

This is a very large beach with deep turquise sea and it is recommended you to check the flags before swimming.

Two buses stop at this beach which are the 46 which stops at the blue line stop and the 41 which stops at the green line stop.

Cancun, Mexico | Beaches | Playa Las Perlas


Playa Las Perlas

Playa Las Perlas offers the most safest swimming waters in the whole of cancun and is perfect for little children. Playa Las Perlas is a top familiy beach that is packed with facilities and services such as

  • Sun bed
  • Parasol hire
  • Car Parking
  • Volleyball court
  • Picnic areas
  • Bars & Restaurants
  • Lifeguards
  • Water sports

Here children can safely enjoy the gentle, clear waters, which hardly ever feature waves and you can have a lot of fun building sandcastles in the pale sand.

Two buses stop right near here which are the 84 which stops at the blue line stop and the 89 which stops at the green line stop.