Get to know the most visited places between Puerto Morelos and Tulum  

Dear traveler, if for your next trip you are considering visiting the paradisiacal shores of the Caribbean Sea, I assure you that you are making the best decision. There are few places with a natural charm like the Riviera Maya. 

What makes it so special is undoubtedly its 87 miles of coastline with turquoise blue waters and white sand. From Puerto Morelos to the banks of Tulum, you will find many places that you will love to discover. 

Therefore, here you’ll find the Top 10 of the most visited places that cannot be missed on your trip to the Maya world.  

1.- Visit Mexico at Xcaret 

Xcaret México Espectacular is the presentation that occurs every night, it is the biggest “placing on stage” in the country, which takes you on an emotional journey through Mexican history and culture, along with its music and dance performances that represent the different states of the Republic. This iconic park is undoubtedly a must-see destination. 

Xcaret will amaze you with the different aquatic scenarios where you can swim in three underground rivers, beaches and natural pools. You will also be astonished at the Aviary, the Butterfly Pavilion and the Coral Reef Aquarium. 

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Read: How does traveling to Xcaret under the new normal looks like

2.- Swim with sea turtles in Akumal 

Akumal will leave you amazed, it is only 30 minutes from Playa del Carmen, it is known for its abundant flora and fauna and for being a natural protected area. Here you will live an unmatchable experience when swimming with sea turtles.  

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You can also take part in diving, windsurfing and kayaking; It is recommended that any activity that you realize be a guided tour, as there are marine species that are in danger of extinction, and it is necessary to be very cautious. You cannot miss a bike ride through the town of Akumal and visit the craft shops. Do not forget to bring your sunscreen or sunblock and make sure that it is completely biodegradable. 

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3.- Snorkel in the inlet at Xel-Há 

At Xel-Há you will connect with nature, here you can enjoy unlimited snorkeling and swim in the refreshing inlet. You will also have fun with different water activities that are full of adventure.  

You will even be able to glide across the air on zip-lines, jump off the Cliff of Courage, experience incredible views at the Scenic Lighthouse and descend from its water slide. Don’t forget to take a bicycle ride or if you prefer to just relax, you can sit back on an inner tube and let the currents of the river take you on an amazing tour while you admire the beautiful landscapes of this natural wonder. 

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4.- Enjoy a day at the beach in Punta Bete 

Punta Bete is located 8 kilometers from Playa del Carmen, it is one of the least crowded beaches where you can enjoy a warm ocean, white sand and a blue sky.  

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You will be able to relax while enjoying a piña colada and the magnificent scenery with delicious food. You’ll find the restaurant with exquisite dishes that are typical in this part of the Caribbean coast. You can also snorkel, and it is the ideal place to take the best photos. 

5.- Explore the different cenotes in Puerto Morelos 

In the Riviera Maya you will find a lot of cenotes, but many of them are in places that are complicated to reach, that is why I suggest that you get to know them through the Xenotes tour, which is one of the best options to get to know all the four types of cenotes that exist. 

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These are located in Puerto Morelos, within the popular cenotes route. With this tour you will perform different activities in each cenote such as: rappelling, zip-lining, kayaking and swimming, all the activities are led by a professional certified guide, and at the end of your activities you will also enjoy a picnic in the middle of the jungle. This will all make you fall in love with this enigmatic experience! 

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6.- Fly on a zip-line at Xplor 

Show off your courage at Xplor and visit this all-inclusive park, that will leave you speechless with all its adventure. Glide through the air in two zip-line circuits, including the highest in the Riviera Maya with a height of 148 feet. 

Read: The ultimate guide to visit Xplor

And not only that, tour the amazing jungle of the Riviera Maya in amphibious vehicles, have fun paddling in rafts, swim in rivers of stalactites and surprise yourself when hiking across ancient caverns. Recharge and replenish your energy with delicious smoothies and a complete all-you-can-eat buffet. 

You can also add a little more excitement by discovering this park in the evening at Xplor Fuego. 

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7.- Fall in love with the Maya culture at Tulum y Cobá 

The archaeological site of Tulum is considered one of the most beautiful in the Riviera Maya, this is because it is a city built in front of the Caribbean ocean with impressive history. 

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On the other hand, Cobá is the highest pyramid of the Peninsula that you can climb to enjoy the best panoramic views. To be able to visit both places since they are at different distances, I recommend the Cobá – Tulum tour of Xcaret Expeditions, which takes you to get to know these legendary sites, with the company of a certified guide and that also includes an exquisite unlimited buffet at Xel-Há park. 

8.- Walk through Fifth Avenue in Playa del Carmen 

Fifth Avenue is a street parallel to the coast of Playa del Carmen, well known for being located in the heart of the city, where you can find a lot of restaurants, clothing stores, boutiques, jewelry stores, handicraft stores, art galleries, souvenirs shops and much more. 

And if you feel like partying, Avenue 12 is the place to find bars, clubs and entertainment where you can spend an unforgettable night. Don’t think twice, you definitely can’t miss walking through this beautiful street. 

9.- Awaken your senses at Xenses  

Get ready to live an adventure where your body and your senses will be awakened. Xenses is an original park where you will travel across two paths that will test your perception & balance with its more than 50 fantastic scenarios. 

Walk in a colorful town that will flip you upside down, enjoy the colorful lights in Turrell, discover the bottom of a peculiar pool; cross a path of dwarves and giants, relax in a river of salt and one of mud, among many other activities in this park where nothing is what it seems. 


10.- Reach the sky at Cozumel 

El Cielo is located on the island of Cozumel, it is 40 minutes by ferry departing from the pier of Playa del Carmen. To get to El Cielo it is necessary to take a tour, since, it is off the coast of Cozumel, you can snorkel and observe amazing sea stars on the sand. 

You will know also get to see the second largest reef in the world and be impressed with its natural beauty. 

Undoubtedly the Riviera Maya hides magical places in every corner, landscapes that make you fall in love at first sight. That is why it is the favorite destination of thousands of tourists around the world. 

After visiting these beautiful places, you will need a vacation from your vacation. 

¿Are you ready to start your journey through the Riviera Maya?