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Riviera Maya Activities & Attractions

Things to Do Around Playa del Carmen

Guests at Viceroy Riviera Maya can enjoy seven miles of white sand beach and a whole host of activities in Playa del Carmen on property or nearby. Follow your whim and experience golfing, fishing, horseback riding, diving cenotes, windsurfing, ATV riding through the jungle and more.

Beach & Water Activities

Viceroy Riviera Maya sits peacefully on seven miles of white sand beachfront that are ideal for sunbathing and snorkeling at the world's second biggest coral reef and unique cavern/cave. A 350-foot section of beachfront is kept carefully maintained and is dotted with palapa-roofed cabanas. Viceroy Riviera Maya also offers kayaks and other water sport equipment. Other nearby attractions include Cenotes Diving & Snorkeling, Fishing & Pleasure Cruising, Private Yachts & Catamarans and Dolphin Discovery.

Resort Pool

In addition to the private plunge pool in your villa, Viceroy Riviera Maya features a resort pool with a sundeck and a selection of loaner sunhats for guests' use. You'll also have easy access to Coral Bar where you can enjoy tropical cocktails and fresh small bites.

Caribbean Sea & Beach

Seven miles of white sand beachfront are ideal for sunbathing and snorkeling. A 350-foot section is kept carefully maintained and is dotted with palapa-roofed cabanas. Viceroy Riviera Maya also offers kayaks and other water sport equipment. Please ask staff for assistance.

Candlelite Beach Respite

Looking for a romantic evening? White table linens, exotic flower arrangements and a private seaside palapa framed by torches in the sand as the stars reflect off the Caribbean Sea. It doesn't get any more romantic for nature-gazing or dining. Viceroy Riviera Maya will happy to set the stage for your romantic evening.

Scuba & Snorkeling

Dive or snorkel at the World's second biggest coral reef and unique cavern/cave system to explore. Private and public dives are available.

Cenotes Diving & Snorkeling

The spectacular cenote at Dos Ojos natural reserve is just 35 minutes away.

Fishing & Pleasure Cruising

Troll for Sailfish, blue marlin, white marlin, wahoo and dorado right outside the Puerto Aventures marina. Year round deep sea sport fishing charters. If fishing is not your game, pleasure cruising is also available.

Private Yachts & Catamarans

Enjoy a spectacular day on a private yacht or catamaran while visiting the most beautiful spots in the Riviera Maya.

Land Adventures & Tours

Experience the emotion of driving an ATV through jungle trails. Or enjoy year-round golfing at the nearby El Camaleon Golf Club (designed by Greg Norman) or the Golf Club Playacar imagined by the famous architect Robert Von Hagge. Horseback riding through the exotic landscape of Riviera Maya is unmissable, as is flying across the sky on zip-lines in the Xplor (Xcaret) park.

All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Tours

Experience the emotion of driving an ATV  through jungle trails. Enjoy pleasant walks immersed in a protected natural area to  explore caves, fly above vegetation with zip  lines, discover archaeological vestiges, learn  about the lifestyle of the first inhabitants and  swim in a beautiful cenote with crystal clear  water.


Enjoy year-round golfing. Playa del Carmen has many year-round options for the avid golfer.

  • El Camaleon Golf Club: A Greg Norman design, El Camaleón Golf Club boasts a spectacular layout winding about the tropical jungle and the mangrove boldly stretching to the sea. Well reputed among golf's finest players,  El Camaleón is the PGA TOUR site for  the Mayakoba Classic, the only official  PGA TOUR event held outsidethe U.S.A. or Canada.
  • Golf Club Playacar: This magnificent par 72 Riviera Maya golf course with 7,144 yards was designed and constructed under the supervision of the famous Architect Robert Von Hagge and is surrounded by a diversity of lakes and exuberant vegetation. The Golf Club Playacar is considered the most challenging golf course of the region.

Horseback Riding

Especially designed for persons with little to  no experience in horseback riding, our  activity allows them to enjoy the experience  of riding safely through the fascinating and  exotic landscape of Riviera Maya. This tour will take you through the verdant  Mayan jungle and to visit two fascinating  cenotes (sinkholes); you will be able to refresh and swim in one of them.Afterwards you will taste artisanal bubble  gum. All our horses have been rescued and  rehabilitated, friendly creatures that invite you to come, feel Mexico through its land  and its beautiful nature.

Xplor (Xcaret)

Xplor is a park that will take you to enjoy  adventures flying across the sky on zip-lines, go through the paths of the jungle on amphibious vehicles and to swim and float on rafts in a cenote, underground rivers created millions of years ago. Discover if you have what it takes to live an  extreme day or night.

Archaeological Sites

Numerous landmarks and ancient cities reside nearby for exploration: Xcaret, Cozumel, Xel-ha, Tulum, Cancun, Cobá, Isla Mujeres, Sian-Khan, Chichén Itzá, Akumal, Valladolid, Merida and Uxmal. For many, the resort offers specialized tours and packages with a professional guide.

Chichén Itzá

Explore mysterious Chichén Itzá, considered by many as one of the seven new wonders of the world and certified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A professionally guided tour will allow you to witness the magnificence of the 75-foot-high Kukulkan pyramid, the Temple of the Warriors, the Ball Court, the Observatory and more. Then, visit a beautiful cenote to swim. 

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Visitors who brave the steep climb up the  highest pyramid in Mexico's Maya world reap the reward of a breathtaking vista. At  more than 130 feet in height.

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Tulum is the city with the most impressive  sight of the Mayan World. One of the last cities habited  by the Maya before the Spanish conquest,  built 800 years ago considered the most  important trade port of the Mayan Empire.

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The island of Cozumel holds its name from the Mayan “Cuzamil” which means land of the swallows . It was famous for its devotion to the Goddess of fertility Ïxchel” and is today most famous for its submarine wonders. 

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The peninsula of Yucatan is a paradise of white sandy beaches washed by turquoise warm waters; an emerald green land amidst the Mayan jungle. In this marvelous setting, windows open up to discover the un-earthly world of the Ancient Gods. 

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Shopping in Riviera Maya

Your wish is our command: we are pleased to now feature Viceroy' custom-designed furnishings and linens, robes, bed canopies, hammocks, and even the linen guayaberas used in Maya ceremonies, in the hotel La Tienda shop. Additionally, the boutique sells museum-quality archaeological reproductions certified by the National Institute of Anthropology; accessories by Mexican designer Pineda Covalin such as scarves, ties and handbags inspired by Mexico's rich culture and traditions; and one-of-a-kind silver jewelry by leading Mexican artisans. Items can be shipped via Federal Express and delivered within 48 hours.

If you are looking for more?  Playa del Carmen offers three luxury shopping malls and plazas: 


Romance à la Carte: Dinner and Yucatecan Serenade in Your Villa

December 6, 2023

Surprise that special person with a private dinner in the privacy of your villa, featuring a 3-course menu from La Marea.

Salsa Vibes by the Beach

December 22, 2023

Immerse yourself in a unique culinary experience, where the flavors of our beach grill merge with the charm of the coastal environment.

Harmony of Flavors

December 23, 2023

Join us for an unforgettable evening of flavors and melodies at our dinner of fusion cuisine with live jazz music.

Dawn Delight

December 23, 2023

Take in a breathtaking sunrise experience on the beach.

Iberian Flavors

December 24, 2023

Our talented team of chefs has created a carefully crafted menu that captures the essence of Spanish cuisine, from intense flavors to artist

Viceroy Chilaquiles

December 24, 2023

Explore unique and bold flavors at the chilaquiles station.

Ceviche Rhythms

December 24, 2023

Delight in a selection of ceviche at our ceviche bar with live DJ music.

Sabores de Mexico

December 24, 2023

This Mexican cuisine pairing activity is a unique opportunity to enjoy a complete culinary experience.

Karaoke Night

December 25, 2023

Celebrate the holiday season with music, laughter, and the excitement of showcasing your vocal talent at our karaoke night.

Personalized Gift Delivery

December 25, 2023

Surprise your loved one with a special delivery of gifts purchased from our hotel store.

Mexican Christmas Feast

December 25, 2023

Immerse yourself in the culinary richness of Mexico as you indulge in a wide selection of authentic and delicious dishes.

Christmas Brunch

December 25, 2023

Celebrate Christmas in an extraordinary way with our exclusive brunch by the sea.

Festive Mixology Workshop

December 25, 2023

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with our festive mixology workshop.

Delicious Chaos Gastronomic Experience

December 26, 2023

La "Cena al Revés" is much more than a meal; it's a shared experience. Immerse yourself in a culinary world full of surprises and emotions.

Full Moon Meditation

December 27, 2023

Full moon meditation, a warmup for the New Year at Viceroy Riviera Maya.

Sabores de Mexico

December 28, 2023

This Mexican cuisine pairing activity is a unique opportunity to enjoy a complete culinary experience.

Tuna Ronqueo

December 29, 2023

The sea breeze and the soothing sound of the waves create the perfect ambiance to enjoy this unique gastronomic experience.

Sabores Norteños

December 29, 2023

Celebrate the rich gastronomy and characteristic flavors of the northern region of Mexico.

Prosecco Splash

December 30, 2023

Join us for our exclusive Prosecco Splash, where you can enjoy this refreshing and elegant beverage while relaxing under the sun.

Mosaic Flavors

December 30, 2023

Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with an exquisite and authentic banquet of flavors from around the world.

Caminita Sac Be

December 31, 2023

On this special day we ask our “Maák Bacab” and the Spa team to open the way with positive thoughts, thanks and prosperity for a new year. 

New Year's Eve Pool Party

December 31, 2023

Join us poolside while we bid farewell to 2023 with great music, refreshing drinks and special cocktails.

Exploring Mexican Mixology

December 31, 2023

In our Mexican mixology class, we will take you on a sensory journey that will awaken all your senses.

New Year's Eve Dinner & Party

December 31, 2023

Welcome the new year with a spectacular party and countdown with live music and DJs.

Unveiling the Essence of Margaritas

January 1, 2024

Enjoy a flavorful margarita demonstration with our talented mixologist set to the tunes of our tropical house beats.

Romantic Dinner

Every day

Enjoy a romantic dining experience at Viceroy Riviera Maya.

Private Cenote Experience

Every day

Step back in time and enjoy the tranquility and serenity that the private cenote experience provides.

Taco Tastings at Coral Restaurant + Bar

Every Thursday ...

Join us every Thursday at 6:00 PM in our Coral Restaurant + Bar for our specially curated Taco Tasting menu.

Antojeria Night

Every Tuesday ...

Enjoy a chef interpreted menu of traditional Mexican street food for Antojeria Night, happening every Tuesday night.

Mindful Beach Walk

Every Tuesday, Friday, Sunday ...

Find time to breathe and connect during the busy festive season.

Morning Stretch

Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday ...

Reset and rejuvenate with a morning stretch on the beach.