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.

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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Coba

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

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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Cozumel

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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Cenotes

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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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.

Golf

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.

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: 

Events

The Night Before Christmas

December 24, 2020

Indulge on a seasonal feast, while watching the sunset over the Caribbean ocean.

Tequila Challenge

December 24, 2020

Let us help you discover the perfect Tequila for you.

Tortilla Masterclass

December 25, 2020

Learn about the tortilla, the basis of Mexican food and the backbone of flavor.

Christmas by Candlelight

December 25, 2020

Dine with your toes in the sand, and the sound of the ocean in your ear, all under a blanket of stars.

Three Times Margaritas

December 26, 2020

We are ready to teach you how to prepare three of the most delicious margarita recipes.

World Wine Competition

December 28, 2020

Learn about the differences that the Mexican 'Terroir' makes to the most consumed grape varieties in the world of wine.

Sea & Steak

December 28, 2020

The best of land and sea is yours to indulge in.

Cochinita at the Pib

December 29, 2020

This is one of the most iconic dishes in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chef Carlos invites you to witness this unforgettable ritual. 

Mexican Street Food

December 29, 2020

Indulge in Mexican street food and mariachi music.

Taco Bar

December 29, 2020

Enjoy Mexico’s traditional flavors, finessed by Chef Carlos Zamora.

Three Times Margaritas

December 30, 2020

We are ready to teach you how to prepare three of the most delicious margarita recipes.

A 'Fork Free' Feast

December 30, 2020

Join us for a feast of creative gourmet handheld bites.

Mezcal & Taco Tasting

December 31, 2020

Learn about and celebrate the delicious, versatile agave-based spirit paired with a taco tasting.

New Year's Eve Pool Party

December 31, 2020

Join us to bring in the New Year, as we celebrate over a sumptuous set menu, and enjoy the countdown celebrations.

Mexican Spirits

January 1, 2021

Let us share a few spirit secrets, old and new!

Tamale Cooking Class

January 2, 2021

Join us for a fun, interactive lesson on tamale making.

Romantic Dinner

Every day

Enjoy a romantic dining experience at Viceroy Riviera Maya.

Grill Night

Every Friday ...

Join us for Grill Night and enjoy savory grilled favorites.

Antojeria Night

Every Tuesday ...

Antojeria Night at Coral Grill Restaurant

Oyster Bar

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday ...

Join Chef Carlos Zamora for our Oyster Bar event and enjoy local oysters paired with delicious cocktails.