Area Attractions

Visitor Info Guide to
Area Attractions on Riviera Maya
including Cozumel & Valladolid Mexico

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Whale Sharks

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.


With the short trip across, a world class reef, and enough shops to tire out the most addicted shopper, Cozumel makes a great day trip for diving, snorkeling, or to simply wander around the town of San Miguel sightseeing. With all of the cruise ships that make Cozumel a port of call, you will find an unbelievable abundance of jewelry shops there.

To get over to Cozumel, you will need to take the public passenger ferry from Playa del Carmen for the 50 minute voyage.  The round trip cost is approximately US$15.  The ferries leave Playa del Carmen at 6:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 AM and 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 PM.  The return ferries leave Cozumel at 5:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 12:00 AM and 2:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, 8:00, 10:00 PM.   A word of caution:  There are over 100 dive shops operating out of Cozumel so the level of safety and service varies greatly.  Check out who you are going to dive or snorkel with before jumping on board.

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If you are headed to Chichen Itza or would simply like to make a day trip to visit a charming Mexican town. We suggest you spend at least a couple of hours in Valladolid. The square in the center of town is where you should head first. From here you can walk around checking out the park, church and shops. If you are hungry or thirsty, you will find the “mercardo de comida” (food market) with its’ many small restaurants offering numerous and delicious “comida corrientes” (daily specials). The taco stand on the street corner by the church are delicious for a quick snack.  You should also not miss the lovely Hotel El Meson del Marques. This 16th century colonial house has a nice restaurant and a beautiful courtyard to dine or simply have a refreshing drink. There is a handicraft market near the square.  Another interesting thing to do while in the Valladolid center is to visit the Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico.  This little non-profit museum has a collection of traditional ethnic clothing for all over Mexico.  We highly recommend that you see the Convento y Iglesia de San Bernardino de Sisal.  A convent constructed 1552 to serve as church and fortress.  It is a little difficult to find but worth the effort.  Be sure to ask if you can see the cenote and gardens in back.  If you want to cool off while in Valladolid then you take your bathing suit and a go for a dip in the cenote located right in town.  Another interesting stop is Casa de los Venados just off of the square.  This 400 year old hacienda is in the process of being lovingly restored by the owners John & Dorianne Venator.  You will find Valladolid located just before Chichen Itza on the “free road.” You can get there off of the toll highway, or by taking the free road from Cancun, or by following the secondary road from Tulum, up past Coba. We prefer to take a circular route which makes for a nice day trip.

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Whale Sharks:

If you are visiting the area during early June to mid September then you really should take a day to experience the whale sharks that congregate off of the eastern tip of the Yucatan peninsula during this period. For the real adventurer, you can swim and snorkel with these ancient sea monsters.  Whale sharks are the worlds largest fish yet eat the oceans smallest creatures (plankton).  They can reach up to 14 meters (50 feet) in length yet are docile.  Large schools of these spectacular creatures come to this area during the summer to feed on the plankton rich water.  They cruise slowly through the near surface water with their enormous mouths which can reach 1.5 meters (5 feet) wide, open as they filter the plankton.  They are non aggressive and seem to be hardly bothered by the boats and swimmers who come to experience this amazing spectacle.  The government of Mexico has done a good job of ensuring that the interaction between humans and the whale sharks is performed in a minimally disruptive way.  Licensing of tour operators, restrictions on the number of people in the water near one animal at a time, no touching or scuba allowed, and the tour operators own self discipline combined with the large numbers that come to the area to feed, all ensure a 99% chance of a sighting and most memorable experience.  All though more timid and faster moving in the water, the equally non aggressive manta rays are also seen in large numbers amongst the whale sharks. 

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We hope that this Maya Riviera information guide to the many Riviera Maya attractions, helps make your Mexico vacation villa or condo rental experience better.  If you have information on any attractions or things to do and see in Cancun, Puerto Morales, Playa del Carmen, Xcaret,  Puerto Aventuras, Akumal, Xelha, Soliman Bay, Tankha, Tulum, Punta Allen or anywhere else in the Cancun to Tulum corridor, please contact us so that we may include it here in our Riviera Maya info guide.

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