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

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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
• Dolphinaris Riviera Maya
• Paamul
• Rancho Punta Venado
* Rio Secreto
• XCARET Eco Park & XENSES
* XPLOR
* Emotions
• PlayaCar
• Playa del Carmen
Gran Coyote Golf Club (previously Grand Coral) 
• Mayakoba Golf
• Maroma Adventures & Beach Club
* Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf
* Vidanta Golf
* Cirque du Soleil Joya
Ruta de los Cenotes 'the cenote trail'
• Puerto Morelos
* Crococun Crocodile Park
* Moon Palace Golf
* XOXIMILCO & Xavage
* El Tinto Golf Course at Cancun Country Club
• Cancun


 Dolphinaris Riviera Maya:
2.2 Km. (1.4 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
69.7 km. (44 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff 

This man made dolphin pool is located right along the Playa del Carmen - Tulum highway right near the Puerto Aventuras entrance.  See their web site for more details.

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 Paamul:
3.9 Km. (2.5 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
70.8 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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 Blue Venado Beach Club & Mountain Bike Park: 
9 Km. (5.6 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
64.6 km. (40.4 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff 

 Venado means deer in Spanish so watch for a blue and white entry arch with stylized deer to mark the turn. This is one of those Riviera Maya beaches that you see in postcards.  Head off the highway down a long rough, meandering track through the jungle to discover this slice of paradise.  A full service restaurant and bar, chaise lounges on the beach and a chill vibe await you.  Before reaching the beach you will pass the staging area for the Mountain Bike Park (rentals available).  Get a workout pounding the trails through the jungle, then chill on the beach.
 See their web site for more details Blue Veanado Beach Club

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 Rio Secreto: 
13.4 km. (8.3 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.  Rio Secreto

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 XCARET (eesh-ca-ret) Eco Park &
XENSES (senses): 

13.8 km. (8.6 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


XENSES (Senses) is a half day park that takes you on an incredible journey through two paths of unique activities and fantastic scenarios.

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 XPLOR: 
14.5 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.  XPLOR

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  Emotions Native Park 
15.5 km. (9.6 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
58.6 km. (36.4 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff   

Experience the emotion of driving an ATV vehicle 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.  Emotions

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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 named the Hard Rock Golf Club. For more details including course fees and to make a booking see Hard Rock Golf.  For information on all the area golf courses see our Golf Page.
  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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 Gran Coyote Golf Club (previously Grand Coral Golf, Beach Club & Spa: 
 25.7 km. (16 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
47.9 km. (30 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff
 
Located within the Corasol Resort (formerly the Grand Coral).  This Nick Price, 18 hole, par 71 course was designed with the environment in mind. 
Just steps away from the beachfront, Gran Coyote Golf challenges golfers with tricky winds, strategic bunkering and seven acres of water hazards spread throughout the course. The facilities at Gran Coyote Golf are top-notch, and use of the clubhouse and beach club with its many amenities is included For more details see Gran Coyote Golf.  For information on all the area golf courses see our Golf Page.

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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 hosted the first of what has become the 'Mayakoba Classic'  This was the first money paying  PGA tournament ever held in Mexico.  For more details including course fees and to make a booking see Mayacoba Golf.  For information on all the area golf courses see our Golf Page.

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 Maroma Adventures & Beach Club:
34.9 Km. (21.7 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 Maroma Adventures

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 Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club: 
39.5 km. (24.5 miles) from Puerto Aventuras.
33.9 km. (21 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff  

This 6712 yard, par 72 course was designed by P.B. Dye and considered one of the areas' best.  For more details including course fees and to make a booking see Playa Paraiso Golf.  For information on all the area golf courses see our Golf Page.

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  Vidanta Golf Course: 
40.5 km. (25.1 miles) from Puerto Aventuras.
32.9 km. (20.4 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff    

This 18 hole par 3 Nicklaus designed course is beautiful and challenging.  Featuring traps of radiant white sand, lakes surrounded by natural rocks and the intense color of the greens and its vegetation.   For more details including course fees and to make a booking see Vidanta Golf.  For information on all the area golf courses see our Golf Page.  

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 Cirque du Soleil: 
40.5 km. (25.1 miles) from Puerto Aventuras.
32.9 km. (20.4 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff  

This permanent facility offers a fabulous dinner and spectacular stage presentation.  (don't miss the dinner.  It is fabulous)  For more details see Cirque du Soleil Joya or Vidanta Joya

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  Ruta de los Cenotes (the cenote trail):
50.1 km. (31.1 miles)  from Puerto Aventuras to the turn off from the highway. 
22.5 km. (14 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff

The Ruta de los Cenotes is a 35 km road from Puerto Morales on the coast to the village of Leona Vicario where you can meet up with the highway between Cancun and Chi Chin Itza making it possible to do a loop.  Along the route are numerous cenotes, zip lines and jungle tours.  To lear more see Ruta de los Cenotes

One of our favorites is
Selvatica where you will find 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. 

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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 on the ocean side of the highway 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. This is a pleasant place to visit, stroll around or to enjoy a meal or drink on the beach.  There is a crocodile zoo north of town a short ways.  OR.. why not take a Mexican cooking class located on the Ruta de los Cenotes road (see above)

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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
67.5 km. (41.9 miles) from Puerto Aventuras 
5 km. (3.2 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff 

This 27 hole championship course (3 par 36 courses) is a  Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.  For more details including course fees and to make a booking see Moon Palace Golf. OR  Moon Palace web site.   For information on all the area golf courses see our Golf Page

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 XOXIMILCO Water Park &
Xavage Thrill Park

67.8 km. (42.1 miles) from Puerto Aventuras 
4.8 km. (3 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff 

XOXIMILCO water park pays tribute to the famous canals of Xochimilco, the last remnants of a vast water transport system built by the Aztecs just south of Mexico City.  Join the party and float in a large gondola style barge with the joy and ambiance of Mexico. Your experience in Xoximilco Cancun includes a delicious dinner with  Mexican cuisine, tequila, beer, soft drinks and fresh water open bar, live music with a great variety of music genres to dance and sing to all night and a host that will make sure you enjoy every moment.  See XOXIMILCO

Xavage offers a challenging elevated rope obstacle course, kayak through canals, fly through the air on a zip line, take a thrilling jet boat ride, bounce over rapids on a raft tour, or drive a monster truck through an obstacle course.  For more info see Xavage

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 El Tinto Golf Course at Cancun Country Club:
71 km. (44.5 miles) from Puerto Aventuras
2.5 km. (1.5 miles) from Cancun Airport turnoff  

This 18 hole Nick Price designed course was built to PGA standards.  For more details including course fees and to make a booking see El Tinto Golf.  For information on all the area golf courses see our Golf Page.

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