Unique Adventures in Cancun and the Riviera Maya
Collected by Michelle da Silva Richmond, AFAR Local Expert
Cancun and the Riviera Maya boast an almost overwhelming roster of unique adventures to fill your days. From cooking classes to yoga retreats, from wedding renewals to reef diving, from swimming alongside the largest fish in the sea to chilling out in an ancient temazcál ceremony, something wonderful is always just around the corner in Cancun and the Maya Riviera.
km.12, Blvd. Kukulcan 5, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
For hundreds of years, Mexico’s ancient cultures have employed the temazcál, a purifying steam bath intended to heal the body and cleanse the mind and soul. Unlike steam baths or sweat lodges of other indigenous cultures, the temazcál was used...
Carretera Federal 307 Cancún-Puerto Morelos, Mza. 01 Lote 1-02, 77580 Puerto Morelos, Benito Juárez, Q.R., Mexico
One of the newest - and most popular - attractions to hit these shores, "Xoximilco Cancun," is a floating fiesta, offering entertainment, colorful anecdotes, history, good food and drink - and three hours of sheer delight. Thanks to the...
Carretera Federal Cancun - Playa del Carmen Km 48, Solidaridad, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Playa Xcalacoco Frac 7, Riviera Maya, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
The Viceroy Riviera Maya is a 41- villa resort set on the sugary-white-sand beach along the Riviera Maya. Surrounded by a lush jungle ambiance dotted with dense with ferns, palms and guava trees, it offers a luxurious retreat for guests 16 and...
Cerrada Las Golondrinas 24, Alfredo Bonfil, 77560 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Located off the coast of Cancun, the Cancun Underwater Museum features more than 500 sculptures scattered across the ocean floor, allowing art lovers a unique perspective personal while snorkeling or scuba diving. Since 2010, sculptures have been...
Carretera Cancún Aeropuerto km 7.5, Campestre, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
At Exotic Rides on the south side of Cancun, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and Lotuses await the touch of your fingers on the wheel and the pressure of your foot on the accelerator. With prices starting at just $99 US, you can race through the turns on...
Av. Benito Juárez, Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
While planning a solo trip to Mexico, one is generally warned, "Don't talk to strangers." The truth of the matter is that the "strangers," or locals as I like to call them, know all the details of what to do, and most importantly, what to eat. So...
Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Eco-chic yoga beach spa. Even if you do not practice yoga, the spa treatments are heavenly. You can rent a bike and take a short ride to the ruins down the road. You probably get a better deal if you book a yoga package thru one of the yoga groups...
Boca de paila Km 5.5, 77766 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Rustic luxury is the vibe at Amansala, where all accommodations are cabana-style. How rustic? Well, lights go out at 11 each night, after which time candles provide illumination. Ocean breezes do the work that is relegated to air-conditioners at...
México 307, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Secluded and service-oriented are the adjectives that best describe Rosewood Mayakoba, a resort in Playa del Carmen that opened in 2008. At 1,600 acres, the resort is expansive, offering plenty of room for guests to feel that they have their own...
Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Carretera Federal Cancun - Playa Del Carmen Km. 48, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Cancun is an incredibly popular spot for destination weddings, and the reasons why are obvious: the setting is gorgeous, accommodations for out-of-town guests are abundant and typically affordable, and service tends to be exceptional. If you've...
Central Commercial Marina 2A, 77750 Puerto Aventuras, Q.R., Mexico
At first I thought he was dead, lying in the sand motionless, his massive shell covered in barnacles. I floated above him for a few moments. He must have felt my presence and, like Rip Van Winkle waking from his nap, this ancient loggerhead sea...
Km. 12.5 Local E 19, Centro Comercial La Isla, Boulevard Kukulkan, La Isla, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Slip your feet into cool water at the fish spa and relax while 150 garra rufa nibble at your toes. This newest health trend uses tiny fish to literally eat the dead cells from your feet and leave your skin soft and rejuvenated. Also known as...
Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Tulum has great beach bungalows all along the coast. There's nothing better than waking up on the sand and diving into the ocean every morning. We stayed at a place called Azucar. Get the standalone unit if you can, it's the nicest and most...
Rtno. del Rey #36, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, QROO, Mexico
Mexico's culinary history and repertoire are vast, with significant variations by region. In the Yucatan Peninsula, where Cancun is located, many traditional dishes are informed and inspired by the Mayan culture. You can learn what that means and...
Carretera a Punta Sam Km 5.2 Manzana 9 Lote 3 SM 2, Zona Continental de Isla Mujeres, 77440 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Cancun has 30+ spa resorts, so couples in search of a treatment-whether solo or simultaneous-have plenty of options. Beyond typical spa services, there are also unique treatments reflecting local culture. Temazcal, for example, is a pre-HIspanic...
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