The Riviera Maya Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Riviera Maya - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Akumal 8

Playa del Carmen 8

Chetumal 6

Puerto Morelos 5

Puerto Aventuras 5

Xpu-Há 3

Cobá 3

Xcaret 3

Punta Maroma 3

Mayakoba 3

Tulum 3

Mahahual 2

Bacalar 2

Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka'an 2

Xcalak 1

Bahía Petempich (Punta Tanchacté) 1

Felipe Carrillo Puerto 1

Tankah 1

Playa del Secreto 1

Punta Bete (Xcalacoco) 1

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Market/ Bazaar 1

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The name is Mayan for "the cave with cenotes inside," and these amazing underground caverns—estimated to be about 5-million years old—are...

Akumal Bay

  • Beach–Sight

Known for the sea turtles that swim in its waters, Akumal Bay is sheltered by an offshore reef—sadly only about 30% of it is alive.

Banyan Tree Spa

  • Spa–Sight

Built over freshwater lagoons, the Banyan Tree Spa draws on centuries-old Asian traditions. The therapists (most of whom are from Thailand)...

Budha Gardens Spa

  • Spa–Sight

This small day spa in Akumal offers Swedish massage, reflexology, facials, body scrubs, wraps, manicures, and pedicures. After a day...

Canibal Royal

  • Beach–Sight

Playa's most urbane beach club is set apart from the crowd in more ways than one. It's north of town at Calle 48, and its retro-1960s...

Cenotes Kantún Chi

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

This Maya-owned and operated eco-park has cenotes and a few beautiful underground caverns that are great for snorkeling and diving, as...


  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Excavated in 2005, Chacchoben (pronounced cha -cho-ben) is an ancient city that was a contemporary of Kohunlich and the most important...

Chan Yu Yum

  • Beach–Sight

North of Tulum is a smaller bay, known as Chan Yu Yum, edging the Catalonia Royal Tulum. While it's marginally less protected than Omni...

Chetumal Bay

  • Beach–Sight

Several grassy beach parks, including Punta Estrella and Dos Mulas, surround the bay. The latter is presently not recommended due to...

Cobá Ruins

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Mayan for "water stirred by the wind," Cobá flourished from AD 800 to 1100, with a population of as many as 55,000. Now it stands in...


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