(Closed) Riviera Maya for 10 days – what to do?!

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat

Xel Ha. Spend a day there tubing down the river and snorkelling in the lagoon 🙂 See Tulum, go snorkelling on the Belize Barrier Reef. Of course, you can always just relax at the resort!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Akumal. Its a free public beach. You can rent/buy/bring snorkel equipment and swim with sea turtles, stingrays, tropical fish. It was recommended to us by lots of locals. And its one of the few things that are free there.

Where are you staying? Is is an all inclusive?

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@MackInChiCity:  There’s a zip-lining place.. I am sure your resort will have brochures for it. A friend of mine went there but I can’t recall the name. If you’re somewhat adventurous, you’ll want to try that.

You can take a little excursion into Playa del Carmen… it’s a nice little town.

We stayed at the resort for the full 10 days. We just wanted to unwind. We did take a kayak out one day, though.. that was fun. Our resort let us use their kayaks for free.. you can do the same w. windsurfing if your resort offers it.

You can also do snorkeling or scuba diving or deep sea fishing. Again, your resort will have info and shuttle buses to take you to do these things.

Have fun! 🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@MackInChiCity:  Oooh I just saw you went to Excellence – that’s where we stayed. The seafood restaurant (Lobster House I think it was called) is to die for!!

Some of the nightly entertainment is actually quite good.

They also do themed buffets.. those are fun.

Sigh, I want to go back…

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MackInChiCity:  Hmm, Akumal wouldn’t be free then as you’d have to pay for transport. (we rented a car) But it was one of my favorite days.

If you do ziplining, there are a couple different places. We did Selvatica, but would go somewhere else next time. It just wasnt exciting enough, but fun for not very adventurous people.

Tulum ruins are beautiful. A night or two out in Playa is fun.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Xel-ha is awesome! Tons of fun – it’s an all-inclusive day trip. The food is not that great but the snorkling is awesome. Basically it is a lagoon where salt-water meets fresh water and so a lot of fish live there. There are other things to do there too, like cliff jumping, rope swinging, snorkling in canyons etc.

Coba – Coba is the last Mayan ruin pyamid that you can climb and so I recommend doing this while you still can. I wish we had time to go to the other ruins too but it just didn’t work out. Coba is in the middle of the jungle which is so cool (and hot). As part of the excursion we also went to a mayan village which was really cool.

If you like to part I suggest going to Coco Bongo’s in Playa one night. It’s all you can drink with your ticket price and it is basically a club meets a really fun show. Pure craziness and tons of fun.

I also suggest taking a day just to walk around playa do some shopping and eat some real mexican food. mmmmmmmmm……

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Definitely go see some Mayan ruins.  Tulum has great views, but I think the ruins at Chichen-Itza are the most impressive.  The Mayan Riviera is also known for cenotes, which are essentially sink-holes filled with water and are very interesting for swimming and snorkeling.  The coolest ones are in caverns with stalagtites and stalagmites.   

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

I absolutely loved seeing the mayan ruins at Ek Balam.. it’s the newest find and the oldest, it’s also the onyl one left that you can actually climb!! The excursion we went also came with swimming in a cenote and a traditional mayan lunch which was really awesome! We went with transat excusrions – would highly recommend.

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