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To the south of Cancun, the Riviera Maya offers a unique and different experience. With its wide expanse of beaches and proximity to Mayan cultural sites, it is the old world meeting the new. Thousand-year old ruins lie within sight of luxurious mega-resorts offering every amenity imaginable. For Golfers there are a variety of challenging courses to choose from. Many resorts here are all-inclusive, offering all meals, drinks, tips, and entertainment at one price, an attractive option for budget-conscious travelers and families.

  • Relax all day in a hammock beside the Caribbean Sea or walk the powder-white sand beaches that stay cool as they reflect the heat of the tropical sun.
  • Visit the nearby town of Playa del Carmen, with shops featuring local art and handicrafts, where you can take the ferry across to the island of Cozumel.
  • Uncover the ancient culture of the Mayans and visit ruins that reveal their lives and beliefs. Afterwards, cool off with a swim in a cenote, a freshwater pool bringing water from underground limestone caverns to the surface.

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The average temperature is 27° C (80° F) with more than 240 days of sunshine, and rain is rare. In summer the temperature goes higher, but an onshore breeze makes the climate enjoyable throughout the day.

PRO-DIVE MEXICO This PADI Gold Palm Resort is one of the premier PADI dive centers of the Riviera Maya and is located on-site. The dive center offers snorkeling excursions and top quality scuba training from beginner to professional level. From the first underwater experience to professional training, guests may enjoy personalized training in a relaxed atmosphere. Four daily one-hour dive excursions (9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM) depart from the marina adjacent to the hotel. These short excursions are perfect for guests who do not wish to be away from family or friends for long. Scuba and snorkeling excursions to Cozumel and the famous Cenotes are also offered.

Things to do in Riviera Maya!

Isla Mujeras

A 45 minute boat ride from Cancun, this laid-back island is an authentic reminder of Mexico's past. Shop in the village and dine at inexpensive open-air cafes. Then relax on the beautiful beaches, or partake in fabulous snorkeling, diving or fishing. For an incredible experience, you can even swim with the dolphins!

Tulum & Xel-HA

Less than a 2 hour drive southwest of Cancun, discover this walled Mayan city and the only archeological site next to the Caribbean Sea. After touring Tulum, cool off in the natural aquarium of Xel- Ha, a snorkeler's paradise.

Xcaret- Nature's Secret Paradise

This 150-acre ecological park is just three miles south of Playa del Carmen. Snorkel through limestone tunnels and lagoons, and witness the tropical splendor of exotic birds and animals in their natural environment.


The most important archaeological site on the Yucatan Peninsula and the ancient capital of the Mayan Culture. Climb the 91 steps to the top of the main pyramid of the Maya empire. Visit the fascinating temples and the well preserved Main Ball Court with its unique carving and remarkable acoustics.

Adventures at Sea

The 75-mile stretch of gorgeous Caribbean coastline along the Mayan Riviera is a wondrous area for any visitor, but especially for the avid diver. Empty beaches, a labyrinth of underground rivers, underwater caverns (known as cenotes) and the second largest coral reef system in the world are among its principle attractions. And much of the diving - even the cavern diving - is available to novices.

The Great Maya Reef is home to hundreds of species of fish, and an incredible variety of flora and fauna. This natural wonder stretches all the way from the north of Cancun to the coasts of Venezuela, and is placed less than 50 meters from the beach, beneath clear turquoise waters. The 13 marked dive sites of the Great Maya Reef are a short boat ride away from such resort areas as Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal and Tulum.

Cavern Diving offers the unique opportunity of exploring the magnificent underground river systems of this remarkable area. Divers slip into this amazing underwater world through natural wells called 'cenotes,' which are generally located in the middle of tropical forests. Nine of the world's top 10 cave systems can be found in the Riviera Maya, and of the 40 dive shops operating in the area, 38 offer cave diving.