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Things to do in Riviera Maya

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Theme Park
“Water activities, natural sanctuary, adventure, entertainment & Mexican culture in one place.”
  • 443 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Breakfast packages at excellent prices. Better go between 8-9 because it gets full sometimes and to avoid the line ! Excellent coffee and croissants, French patisserie, eggs any style and fresh orange juice for like 120 pesos, it also has packages with yoghurt, fruits, home made delicious bread etc. It’s the locals favorite place to drink a coffee and talk about life :-)”
  • 292 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Coco Bongo is doubtless a night club to visit at least once. It is not only a discoteque to go to have fun and dance, is one of the most espectacular shows compared with the best ones in the world like Las Vegas.”
  • 200 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Quinta Alegría offers an unparalleled experience full of magic and charm, which can only be achieved in one of the most emblematic cities of the Mexican Caribbean, being located on the Fifth Avenue of Playa del Carmen, the heart of the city; A perfect balance between style, fashion and the unique beach atmosphere is achieved. ”
  • 141 locals recommend
Beach
“⭐Daily parties are also possible in Playa del Carmen, at the Mamita's beach club for example, one of the clubs open during the day on the beach. It welcomes every year the DJs of the Spring Break and the BPM festival. You can find numerous bars inside, all more crazy than each other. Among them is for example the Tequila Barrel, a bar that offers more than 70 different types of Tequila, and whoever dares to dance on the bar, will be offered a shot, worth a try…”
  • 194 locals recommend
Water Park
“The main attraction at this park is the amazing ziiplines! It has ziplines of various heights and lengths, with amazing views! There are also underground caves to explore and ATV paths to drive. This was great fun!”
  • 163 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“If you want to enjoy the Mayan temples is important go early in the morning or around 4pm then you will avoid crowds. ”
  • 279 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“A Playa institution since 2005! Located in a jungle setting with delicious homemade food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, don't miss this great restaurant.”
  • 239 locals recommend
Water Park
“Adults and children will love this park! Wear your favorite swimsuit for a whole day in the water: -enjoy snorkeling (hundreds of colorful fishes and a great diversity of marine species to see) - Try the ecological attractions and the aquatic zip-lines - Admire the amazing scenery while relaxing in a hammock - Bathe in cenotes, lagoons or caves Our recommendations: - Do not bring heavy backpacks - Wear comfortable clothes, shoes, and sunglasses - Wear a cap or a hat and a swimsuit - Bring a towel - Your sunscreen lotion must be free of chemicals to be used in Xel Ha.”
  • 152 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Mandala is one of the night clubs in which a lot of the tourists have fun and drink something special.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Island
“Cozumel, a mostly undeveloped Mexican island in the Caribbean Sea, is a popular cruise ship port of call famed for its scuba diving. At Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park, there's diving spots around a section of the Mesoamerican Reef and the Museo Subacuático de Arte’s submerged sculptures. Chankanaab is an eco park surrounding a lagoon with underwater caverns, home to dolphins, manatees and sea turtles.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“You can go to and chill watching the sunset from the beach and listen to live DJs. ”
  • 111 locals recommend
Bar
“A busy bar mainly at night with live music in a laid back ambiance. A must of Tulum's nightlife in Tulum town, where both locals and foreigners mingle. Great sugar cane mojitos! They make it with fresh cane which it's pressed right there in front of you in an old fixed up VW beetle. Only Cash”
  • 132 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“This is a great place to go shoopping and walk around 5th avenue, also very close to the 5th avenue”
  • 64 locals recommend
Bus Station
“From the bus station you can buy tickets to go anywhere in the peninsula, such as Tulum, Chichen Itza, Valladolid, The island Holbox, Merida , Cancun and also to the airport. You can check their schedules as well online. ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Amazing food, live music and drinks in the beach!. Great place to enjoy during the day or night too.”
  • 105 locals recommend

Top restaurants

French Restaurant
“Breakfast packages at excellent prices. Better go between 8-9 because it gets full sometimes and to avoid the line ! Excellent coffee and croissants, French patisserie, eggs any style and fresh orange juice for like 120 pesos, it also has packages with yoghurt, fruits, home made delicious bread etc. It’s the locals favorite place to drink a coffee and talk about life :-)”
  • 292 locals recommend
Beach
“⭐Daily parties are also possible in Playa del Carmen, at the Mamita's beach club for example, one of the clubs open during the day on the beach. It welcomes every year the DJs of the Spring Break and the BPM festival. You can find numerous bars inside, all more crazy than each other. Among them is for example the Tequila Barrel, a bar that offers more than 70 different types of Tequila, and whoever dares to dance on the bar, will be offered a shot, worth a try…”
  • 194 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“A Playa institution since 2005! Located in a jungle setting with delicious homemade food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, don't miss this great restaurant.”
  • 239 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“You can go to and chill watching the sunset from the beach and listen to live DJs. ”
  • 111 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing food, live music and drinks in the beach!. Great place to enjoy during the day or night too.”
  • 105 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a very good Cuban restaurant which has a very nice party at the night”
  • 91 locals recommend
Circus
“The theatre is stunning and the show (Joya) is fantastic. I highly recommend seeing it. Go for dinner before the show to get the best seats, the food is ok but the presentation is exceptional.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Taco Place
“You may have already heard of this famous hole in the wall taco joint! It’s off the strip on more of a busy street and while the tacos are truly amazing and the margs are super cheap, beware that the vibes are nothing exciting! It is an authentic little taco stop but totally worth popping in for a quick bite and drink, if not to just be able to say you’ve been, because if you tell someone you went to Playa they will probably ask if you went here!”
  • 88 locals recommend

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