What to do in Riveria Maya?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Isla de Mujeres, Chichen Itza, cenotes, snorkeling, Tulum…  All amazing on the Yucatan!!  I’m not a resort person and am not familiar that one, so I’m not sure how far it is away from all of this.  

In general, I’m not sure you can do an excursion that doesn’t last all day, unless it’s snorkeling right nearby or something? 

Also, I wouldn’t think twice about safety as long as you act reasonably (don’t wander around drunk at night, etc).  Mexico is quite safe for tourists, except for some of the border towns.  Since you’ll be in a super touristy area, take precautions against pickpocketing – but that should be common sense.

Post # 3
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Xelha, Xplor and Xcaret are all supposed to be great but they’re further south. I’ve never actually been because we had to cancel our planned excursions when my husband got super sick in Mexico a couple years ago… take Dukoral or something just in case! 

Post # 4
889 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

XCARET! for sure!!!!

Post # 5
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are going to Xelha, Xplor and Xcaret on our Honeymoon! They offer special packages with transportation!


Post # 6
185 posts
Blushing bee

I also loved XCaret! I’ve been to Riviera Maya before but we missed the cenotes — and I am DYING to do that on our honeymoon! Maybe look into that.

Sidenote–my best friend stayed at Excellence Playa Mujeres for her honeymoon and COULD NOT stop talking about it. You guys are going to have a fabulous time!

Post # 7
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

MrsN14:  We’ve been to Xcaret and Xel-Ha and had fun both places. You should dfeinitely consdier doing those. Also a jet boat ride through the jungle in Cancun. We went to Chichen Itza (we call it Chicken Pizza) in late May and it was horribly hot. EXTREMELY hot. It was cool but holy shit it was hot.

Isla Mujeres is a nice trip but only for a short day unless you land at a beach club. We stay there on the island and rent golf carts. You might be able to do that with some pre-planning.

Post # 9
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Xcaret was AMAZING!! i would truly reccomend it… also your resort should be able to provide you with great excursion packages (as can cheap carribbean, we booked our honeymoon package through them and they had representatives at the resort which we provided us with great excursions for great prices)

we for sure knew we wanted to do ATVS and wave runners, and the representative hooked us up with a deal that included Horse back riding, wave runners, snorkling, and atvs, with transportation and lunch included… it was amazing!!!! We also bought our xcaret packet through them with transportation included… pretty much if you book at the resort your transportation is inlcuded, making the excursion safe and stress free… Tell your FI not to worry, the maya riviera is very safe 🙂

Post # 10
374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

DH and I stayed at Excellece Playa Mujeres for our Honeymoon!  We had a great time, but it did rain 3 out of the 6 days we were there (like hurricane force winds and stuff – there was a tornado too!).   We had a snorkling excursion scheduled, but unfortunately it was canceled because of the rain and we couldn’t reschedule because we were leaving the day the next one was happening. 

However, we were determined to make it out to Isla Mujeres.  So, on the day before we left, we took a cab to the ferry and rode out to Isla Mujeres by ourselves.  When we got there, there were all sorts of tour guide people trying to get us to buy their mini-excursion packages.  We ended up paying some guy to take us snorkling, and then they took us to this shack on the water and we had fresh grilled fish, which was amazing.  It was SO much fun.  We had more fun doing that than hanging out at the resort.  But, DH and I aren’t the type that like to sit around and veg.  We like to do and see things.  After day 4 of getting hammered, we were kind of over it. 

The resort itself is beautiful and the service is AMAZING.  They literally treat you like royalty.  The food IMO is just meh, but I’m a food snob.  I heard from other guests that the pizza they offer by the pool is really good, but we didn’t get a chance to try it because of all the rain. 

Oh! And you have to spend the extra money and get a couples massage.  BEST MASSAGE EVER. 

Overall, we had a fantastic time.  Hope you do too!

Post # 11
705 posts
Busy bee

I stayed right next to xcaret go it’s great. I went Into town it was alright. I wouldn’t leave my resort at night personally but I didn’t have any issues during the day. 

Edit … Also if you can go to Cozumel. I’ve stayed there a few times and it’s easy to take a boat over for the day. So beautiful Lots of stuff to see and do Very safe I think. 

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Post # 12
917 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We went to the Mayan Riviera last summer for our honeymoon and loved it! The one excursion we did off the resort was to Coba. At the time, it was the only pyramid you could still climb – they may not let you climb it anymore. The excursion also included 2 ziplines, swimming in a cenote, and lunch in a traditional Mayan village. It was so much fun, but we were super exhausted when we got back.

Post # 13
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

You don’t need to worry about safety leaving the resort unless you are walking around by yourself in some outskirt of Cancun. Any touristy area will be completely safe.

If you scuba dive, DIVING the Cenotes is one of the coolest dives you will ever do. Besides that we liked going down to I think it’s called “5th avenue” in playa del carmen. It’s all cobblestone with cool bars and lots of shops. Also did Tulum and whale shark snorkeling but I don’t think june is the right time of year for that.

You’ll love it! Wear lot’s of sunscreen. 

Post # 14
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We did Xelha with a big group and it was a ton of fun – lots of different water activities including snorkelling, cliff jumping, ziplining into water, etc. It’s all inclusive for the day, so all you can eat and drink, and the food was really good!  We also paid extra to swim with the dolphins and it was amazing.  


Some people we were with rented a car and drove to the closer ruins (Tulum?) – not Chichen Itza, as they are about 8 hours away from Cancun.  They felt totally safe driving around themselves (they took their kids), and said the roads were easy to drive on and well marked.  The cost to rent a car was only $80 for the day, so for five people it was significantly cheaper than going on the tour.

The Riviera Maya is a very safe area, just as PP’s posted, careful of pickpocketers when out in the city 🙂

Post # 15
729 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Definitely Chichen Itza – it’s a wonder of the world! You’d be crazy to miss it! I’m also a diver so I’d be all up in those cenotes, it’s the only place in the world with that kind of system. Otherwise stuff like dolphin swimming and ziplining you can do anywhere else in the world, you should do the stuff unique to that area.

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