Area Attractions
NORTH of
Puerto Aventuras

Visitor Info Guide to
Area Attractions on Riviera Maya
between Cancun & Puerto Aventuras Mexico
including Puerto Morales, Playa del Carmen & Paamul

    Area Attractions    Heading North   Puerto Aventuras    Heading South    Other Directions
    Mayan Ruins         Golf      Restaurants

This information guide of Area Attractions along the Mayan Riviera -  Riviera Maya starts at our home in Puerto Aventuras Mexico and steps out from there.  You can see what there is to see and do up and down the Mayan Riviera coast to the north and south by navigating on the buttons above.  Follow your progress and see how close you are to the various properties by opening up the Map pages.

Heading north on highway 307
• Paamul
• Rancho Punta Venado
• XCARET Eco Park
* Rio Secreto
* XPLOR
• PlayaCar
• Playa del Carmen
• Mayakoba Golf
• Tres Rios Eco Park
• Maroma Paradise
* Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf
* Mayan Resorts Golf
• Rancho Grande
Selvatica
* Botanical Gardens
• Puerto Morelos
* Crococun Crocodile Park
* Moon Palace Golf
* TPC Cancun La Roca Country Club
• Cancun


 Paamul:
3.9 Km. (2.5 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
69.7 km. (43.6 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff 

This small community has one of the few remaining RV parks along the coast. Besides a few full time residents, numerous snowbirds hide away here during the winter months, enjoying the wonderful weather and Caribbean waters. There is a small restaurant/bar right on the beach, a dive shop, and cabanas for rent.

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 Rancho Punta Venado: 
9Km. (5.6 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
64.6 km. (40.4 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff 

 Horse back riding, ATV Tours, Cenote adventures and an Italian inspired seafood restaurant/beach club are all awaiting at this little known and visited jungle and beach paradise.. Imagine riding horseback along 2 miles of unspoiled and rarely visited white sand beach, winding through the jungle on an ATV only to discover a freshwater cenote for a refreshing dip and finishing off the day with a tropical drink and delicious seafood lunch on a gorgeous beach....  This is where you can do it all.
 See their web site for more details Punta Venado

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 XCARET (eesh-ca-ret) Eco Park: 
14 km. (9 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
59.6 km. (37.2 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff  

“Nature's Sacred Paradise” was once an ancient Mayan port and one of the places they came to purify themselves in the sacred waters of the cenote. Today it is a large day park featuring an under ground river, aquarium, butterfly pavilion, archaeological sites, lagoons, beaches, museum, restaurant and trained dolphins. The evening show takes you back in time to visit the Mayan as they once were, plus offers a typical Mexican Folklore show performed in an open air theater. This popular and often crowded attraction is well worth seeing. It is a very long day if you come early and stay for the show. We recommend arriving in the afternoon then staying for the evening show, which is a little less expensive too.  Here is their web site for more info:  XCARET

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 Rio Secreto: 
14 km. (9 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
59.6 km. (37.2 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff  

Just outside of Playa del Carmen.  In this surreal locale near Playa del Carmen, you can observe natural history dating back millions of years as you hike and swim through a 600-meter route full of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.  Go deep inside an underground cave, where you’ll experience true silence among some of the most dramatic mineral formations in the world.  http://www.riosecreto.com/

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 XPLOR: 
14 km. (9 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
59.6 km. (37.2 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff   

An exciting adventure where you can experience 13 exciting zip lines, traverse a suspension bridge, trip through the jungle on amphibious vehicles, swim or raft through an underground cenote cavern.  http://www.xplor.travel

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 PlayaCar: 
18.5 km. (11.5 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
55.1 km. (34.7 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff 

This planned, upscale, residential/all-inclusive resort community is home to an 18 hole championship golf course designed by Robert Von Hagge. Cost is approximately US $130. per round including cart. (click here for full details) PlayaCar also has the interesting, Xaman Ha aviary. Here you can view a variety of the birds native to southeastern Mexico including toucans, flamingos, macaws and ibis.

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 Playa del Carmen: 
20.5 km. (13 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
53.1 km. (33.2 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff  

This funky little town is buzzing with growth. While it still attracts many budget minded travelers from all over the world, it is rapidly moving up market. Building restrictions have kept the large chain hotels just outside of town in PlayaCar and up and down the coast, thereby allowing the town to maintain a certain charm. The new growth is seeing many small hotels, boutiques, restaurants, bars and the odd chain popping up faster than one can imagine. 

The action is along the beach and centered around Avenida 5. Most of this street is blocked to vehicular traffic creating a wide pedestrian walkway. Here the people watching is as good as the shopping and dining. Listen carefully and you will hear as much Italian, German, French and English as you do Spanish.

Development has been blossoming to the north of town.  Follow Avenida 5 or 3 further north and you will find all kinds of interesting little restaurants, boutiques, and character hotels.  The beaches are less crowded out this way too.

Playa del Carmen is a major center so you will find numerous banks, pharmacies, film developing shops and other services here.  For groceries and refreshments Chedraui is the largest local grocery store.  There is also a Sam's Club. Playa del Carmen is where the pedestrian ferry to Cozumel docks.

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  Mayacoba Golf & Resort: 
 28.8 km. (18 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
44.8 km. (28 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff
 
The El Camaleon championship golf course at the Fairmont Mayakoba is a 18 hole, par 72 course designed by Greg Norman.  Feb.19-25, 2007 the PGA will host the 'Mayakoba Classic'  The first money paying  PGA tournament ever held in Mexico, with a purse of $3.5 million. 
Green fees $185 - $240 depending on time of year. Follow this link for information or more info or for reservations or call 52(984) 206-3088.

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 Tres Rios Eco Park: 
32 km. (20 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
41.6 km. (26 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff 

“Three Rivers” is one of 3 eco parks in the area. Here you can paddle a kayak down a crystal clear river through mangroves, snorkel in a cenote, hang out at the beach, snorkel or dive a reef, horse back ride, bicycle through the jungle or take a guided walking tour learning of the flora, fauna and geology of the Yucatan. This full service park costs approximately $35.  Here is their web site for full details.  Tres Rios

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Maroma Paradise:
34 Km. (21.2 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
39.6 km. (24.7 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff 


The Travel Channel named this the #1 beach in the world.  I wouldn't go that far but it is very nice.  This fun park offers horseback riding, 4 wheel drive quad trips, snorkeling, sailing, boat rental/tours and much more.  Here is the link to their web site http://www.maromaparadise.com/ 

 

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 Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club: 
36.7 km. (23 miles) from Puerto Aventuras.
36.7 km. (23 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff  

This 6712 yard, par 72 course was designed by P.B. Dye and considered one of the areas' best.  Green fees aprox. $185. For more details see their web site Iberostar Golf or call 52(984) 877-2847

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 Cirque du Soleil: 
36.9 km. (23.2 miles) from Puerto Aventuras.
36.9 km. (23 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff  

This permanent facility offers a fabulous dinner and spectacular stage presentation.  (don't miss the dinner)  For more details see their web site Cirque du Soleil Joya

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 Mayan Resorts Golf Club: 
37.3 km. (23.5 miles) from Puerto Aventuras.
36.2 km. (22.5 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff 

  This Jack Nicklaus designed executive 18 hole course is a par 54 with 2923 yards.  Beautiful.  Green fees aprox. $129.  For more details see their web site http://www.mayanresortsgolf.com/english/riviera/index.htm

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 Rancho Grande: 
48 km. (30 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
25.5 km. (16 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff  

With over 100 horses available, even the largest group can be taken care of at this horseback riding and restaurant facility.

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 Selvatica:
51 km. (32 miles)  from Puerto Aventuras to the turn off from the highway. 
22.5 km. (14 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff
 

Zip lines, aerial bridges, giant rope swing, the 'Tarzania Coaster', ATV jungle tours, all topped off with a plunge in a beautiful blue cenote to cool off in,

Just south of Pto. Morales on the service road watch for the sign (see top photo).  Follow the road 19 Km. and you will see the entrance. 

For more info Selvatica or call 52 (998) 898-4312
 

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 Botanical Gardens:
51.5 km. (32.5 miles)  from Puerto Aventuras
22 km. (13.5 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff 

The 'Jardin Botanico de Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin' was established in 1984 in memory of a famous local botanist.  This is a must stop for anyone interested in the natural flora of our region.

Take the right side service lane as you approach Puerto Morales.  Watch for small entrance gate.

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 Puerto Morelos: 
52.5 km. (33 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
21 km. (13 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff  

This small, quaint fishing village is home to numerous artists and where you will find the commercial port. The village has restricted growth to keep green tracts in and the large hotels out. You can enjoy the beach, dive, snorkel, fish, shop for Mexican handicrafts, or enjoy one of the small restaurants. In the village center you will find Alma Libre Bookstore with many English titles. Stop in and say hola to my fellow Calgarians Rob & Joanne.  On the highway there is a botanical garden with local and imported flora on display.  There is a crocodile zoo north of town a short ways.  OR.. why not take a Mexican cooking class

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 Crococun Crocodile Park: 
55.7 km. (35 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
17.8 km. (11 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff  

What began in 1985 as a crocodile breeding farm for commercial use.  Crococun today is a safe and enjoyable  place to bring the kids to get up close and personal not only with crocodiles, but a host of other local animals.  A guide will tour you through the grounds and provide general information about the various species.  For more information http://crococunzoo.com/

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Moon Palace Resort Golf Club
68.5 km. (42.8 miles) from Puerto Aventuras 
5 km. (3.2 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff 

This championship course is a 7,165-yard, par-72 Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.  $250. per round with a shared cart, food and beverages. For more info see Moon Palace Golf  or call 52(998) 881-6000 

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 TPC Cancun La Roca Country Club:
71 km. (44.5 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
2.5 km. (1.5 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff  

This 'Tournament Players Course' when completed will have 18 holes designed by Nick Price.   For more information call  52(998) 892-3617 or visit their web site La Roca Country Club

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Cancun International Airport & turn off to south end of Cancun Hotel Zone:
73.5 km. (46 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
0 km. (0 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff

Your entry point to a fabulous Riviera Maya vacation.  Here is a link to the official Cancun Airport web site for more info.

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Cancun: 
Airport 73 km. (45 miles) from Puerto Aventuras, Central Cancun 87 km. (54 miles) from Puerto Aventuras )

International airport, commercial center of the region, and world famous hotel zone are what Cancun is known for. This is a good place to stock up on groceries and supplies before heading out to the villa. You can find many American brand products and the best prices at Costco, WalMart, Sams Club or Commercial Mexicana.

Cancun is divided into two distinct areas. The “Hotel Zone” is a 28 km. (17 mile) narrow spit of land, separated by the ocean with its gorgeous white sand beaches on one side and the lagoon on the other. Here you will find a very polished side to Mexico with many of the hotel, store, restaurant, and nightclub names you are familiar with, plus many unique to Cancun. 4 shopping malls (we like La Isla) and a Mexican style Mercado will satisfy any shopper. The entertainment never ends along this strip. On the far end of the Hotel Zone nearest the airport is Ventura Park (where the old Wet & Wild aquatic park was located. Here you can keep an entire family cooled off and active all day long. with water slides, wave park, lazy river, zip lines, bridge walks, go-carts, a Caribbean theme restaurant and a beach clu  (click here for Wet & Wild web site)

If you like snorkelling then you may want to visit Sub-aquatic Museum of Art or 'MSAA' in Spanish.  Here you will find over 450 permanent life-size sculptures.  This is one of the largest and most ambitious underwater artificial art attractions in the world.  The museum aims to demonstrate the interaction between art and environmental science.  It forms a complex reef structure for marine life to colonize and inhabit.  For more see information see MSAA

The rest of Cancun is on the mainland and where the locals live, shop and conduct the business, which supports the region. The center has a nice Mexican charm about it and where you will find many restaurants, shops and smaller hotels. Not too far from “el centro” on Avenida Tulum, you will find the shopping center Plaza Americas, with its many shops and movie theatres. Right behind is Plaza del Toros where every Wednesday afternoon you can watch the bullfights. If you would like to join some of the local businessmen for lunch, try the restaurant Guadalupana under the bullring, it’s great.

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