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Things to Do in Riviera Maya


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Top Attractions in Riviera Maya

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  • Melissa Nowak
    Oxford, MA13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We purchased the Xcaret Plus Admission. which includes lunch. We had a blast. the "rivers" are life jackets required there are 3 of them. the current is barly anything. but the swims are LONG. I reccomend this for godd swimmers. I also reccomend buying the photo package. All over the park they have photo ops. you scan your band and take photos. they have them in the rivers even which is wonderful. The buffett for lunch was FANTASTIC. the shows were great. we were sad we couldn't get the tickets for the dinner show. We booked our own transportation to and from with Cheap Transfer Cancun which was good. Don't be alarmed with the armed guard outside the park it is mexico afterall.
    Written 22 April 2024
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  • Phil G
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    These pictures barely do the caves justice. Our guide was great, knowledgable and entertainimg and the full trip was about 1.5 hours, well worth the money. The buffet at the end was very good. You can not bring a camera and the photo package they offer is incredibly overpriced and any kid with a camera could do better. $120 us for the package or $30 each and they will email them to you. Be advised that you do get a neoprene wet suit and life jacket but if you don't swim at all there are no ropes to guide you through the deeper sections and you can not hold onto the walls ocks. You will need to learn fast or have someone to hold onto. Overall the is a do not miss adventure!
    Written 19 April 2024
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  • Marco B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth every penny. Like Travelling back in time. Best to hire a guide outside by info booths on street. We hired Abraham and he has been doing it for nearly 25 years. Best guide ever. The history of these old places 350 BC is so important to preserve.
    Written 21 April 2024
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  • Katie Marie M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful cenotes . Was not crowded when we visited and felt very serene.
    Park is well maintained and easy to navigate. Multiple centones onsite.
    Written 12 April 2024
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  • Allison Blackstone
    Cape Elizabeth, ME7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We bought cavern, cenote, and zipline combo tickets for my husband a daughter, and I just did the cavern and cenote - it was nice to have that flexibility. My husband and teen daughter had a blast on the zip line, and their guides, George and Andres, were awesome in making sure everything was safe and clear. I couldn't follow them into the jungle for the whole experience, so I ended up snagging some of the pictures they took, and they turned out really great.

    Our guide, Alexís, led the cavern walk. He pointed out fascinating details such as fossils, shells, and white shrimp, all while explaining how animals use the caverns and sharing plentiful historical insights about their formation and significance to the Mayan people. The cavern itself was like being on another planet, it was breathtakingly beautiful. While some areas were tight and necessitated helmets, most spaces were expansive. Although the first cavern teemed with bats, they didn't disrupt our experience, and keep the mosquitoes and spiders under control.

    We had recently swum in another cenote, but this one quickly became our favorite. It boasts the same stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations as the cavern, along with its crystal-clear, chilly mineral water. The cenote was alive with small catfish, which I suspect helped keep the rocks algae-free, making for a unique swimming experience. With several openings in the cenote's roof, sunlight streamed in, and made it feel magical. There was ample space to swim and explore, and we never felt rushed. Lockers and changing rooms were available, offering a choice between belt-style and regular life vests, with masks provided as well. Although we had a guide to lead us down, they didn't stay for the entire time or provide any information about the cenote.

    In the park, we saw animals like monkeys and peccaries, many of which were rescues undergoing rehabilitation, along with a number of reptiles. We also had the pleasure of meeting two charming parrots who greeted us with enthusiastic "holas!"—that left us laughing. We spent around four hours there, my teen daughter said this experience was her favorite from our entire trip.
    Written 23 April 2024
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  • Debra G
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We have stayed at Akumal Beach Resort for 2 weeks now. When we first arrived Inaki helped us at the reception counter. He was welcoming, warm smile and supportive. He helped us when we had an issue with our room key one day and is someone you can always approach with a question or story. Inaki made our stay here at Akumal Beach Resort very enjoyable .
    Written 3 March 2024
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  • Krissy A
    Milsons Point, Australia8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience! Angelo was an excellent tour guide - great English, so friendly, and gave us all the history of the caves. We went at 9am (hours are wrong on google and trip advisor) and it lasted about 1.5-2 hours. We paid $50 each plus tip but it was worth it!
    Written 16 April 2024
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  • Maria A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Food was amazing . Great costumer service by hannia odalis/nick bistro. Kids were loving the characters and the dance .
    Written 24 April 2024
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  • Scott W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picked this spot based previous reviews, and we were not disappointed. We knew going in we were all swimmers and not claustrophobic— skip this one if this applies to you.
    Had an awesome time in the cave. Carlos was a great guide and helped make the experience very memorable.
    Definitely take time at the end to hang out in the open air portion!
    Written 15 April 2024
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  • Tom J
    London, UK1,662 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the main shopping street in Playa Del Carmen. There’s plenty of shops for souvenirs snacks drinks and also restaurants.

    We came to the town on 3 separate occasions twice in the morning and once in the evening. We were staying in Playacar and it took around 30 minutes to get to the south end of the shopping street then another 20 minutes or so to walk along the street.

    Expect to pay a higher price as this is a touristy area make sure you head off the Main Street and explore the quieter more local areas.

    It’s much nicer in the morning we were leaving our hotel around 9am then heading back for around 2pm. There is less open in the mornings and not as much going on less street performers etc but it’s a much nicer experience as it can be frustrating having the constant sellers in the shops trying to attract your attention, but at the end of the day they are just trying to make a sale.

    It’s a cooler walk in the morning but then extremely hot walking back. Whereas when we went in the evening it was the opposite super hot walking to the town but a little cooler walking back. It’s worth heading into the town both morning and evening to experience both as they are completely different vibes. We never felt unsafe walking through the town we were just always aware of our belongings to be on the safe side.
    Written 15 February 2024
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  • Lindsey D
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did the 5 cenote tour including the guided cave exploration. I loved it! Our guide, Adrian, was knowledgeable, funny, and highly educated. The park itself is beautiful and well-designed. It has well built paths between cenotes, but they leave a few palm fronds to push aside, so you still feel like you’re in the jungle.

    In the tour, to do the caving first then bop around the 5 cenotes. You only swim in the private/tour-only cenote, viewing the others fairly fast. The tour itself is only 3.5hr total, so we hung around the park after to spend time in another cenote.

    Lunch was all right to good, depending on whom you ask.
    Written 11 April 2024
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  • trish610
    Krakow, Poland5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a beautiful experience, quite unique. We emerged peaceful and curious. I’d so love to share this with my family and friends.
    We found the music a powerful art source that touched us deeply as we went around.
    Thank you
    Written 8 January 2024
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