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Things To Do in Riviera Maya

We are always exploring to help you find Things to Do in Riviera Maya and the surrounding area.  This is a collection of posts to help you plan your activities.  Most of them we have done ourselves.  We still haven't visited many of the cenotes, but it's on our to do list.  We love to eat, so we have included restuarants we have found.  One website we find useful for information is Yucantantoday.  and one tour organization we have found to be well run is http://alltournative.com .  We could be biased, but  we feel that the Vidanta Mayan Resort, from the inexpensive  Mayan Palace to the spectacular Grand Luxxe and Spa Tower  is your best base camp for Things to Do in Riviera Maya.  If you want to see pictures of all of these we have an entire photo gallery of things to do in Riviera Maya in our Personal RandomTravel Blog

History of Merida Center

The History of Merida, Mexico

The spirit of a city rich with Mayan culture...  You could add a two or three day trip onto your Riviera Maya Vacation and learn the History of Merida first hand     The history of Merida offers a deeper...

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Vidanta Riviera Maya One Week Itinerary

The Vidanta Riviera Maya is an ever expanding vacation experience.  Imagine a week with a huge variety of vacation options. This post will suggest a few of the best ones.  Be sure to read through this post and check with...

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Jungala Water Park

Jungala Water Park -Vidanta Riviera Maya

Welcome to Jungala The newest addition to the Vidanta Riviera Maya Resort.  Watch the video then scroll down for a full introduction to the Jungala experience.   A fun day for the whole family in Jungala Jungala at Vidanta Riviera Maya...

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Cancun - A day trip from Grand Luxxe Riviera Maya

Visiting the Grand Luxxe Riviera Maya is all about incredible turquoise blue seas and warm, sunny beaches, maybe accompanied by an occasional refreshing beverage and meals for the discerning foodie, along with fantastic activities including the fabulous Cirque du Soleil....

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Vidanta App- Happiness At Your Fingertips

Happiness at your fingertips is the tagline for the new Vidanta mobile app for Apple and Android.  Ok, so  our friends at Vidanta resorts tend to exaggerate a bit.  However,  the Vidanta app definitely can help make your vacation smoother...

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Best Destinations to Dive in Mexico

Mexico attracts divers from across the globe annually. Thanks to its incredible geographical location there are a wealth of different dive spots on the Pacific coast as well as the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. It’s size, also means that...

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Chichen Itza - New Seven Wonders of the World

The Chichen Itza Day Trip You really should not visit the Riviera Maya for vacation and NOT go to Chichen Itza, one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. The other ones, if you must know are The Great Wall...

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Ten Things To Do on Vidanta Riviera Maya Resort

10 Things to on Resort at Vidanta Riviera Maya This post is just the tip of the iceberg. There are more like 100 things to do.  Check out the video or if you  are more of a reader, scroll down...

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Cirque du Soleil Mexico

Is there really a Cirque du Soleil  Mexico?  Absolutely !!  In addition to the visiting the  Mayan ruins (one of the new 7 wonders of the world) ,  crystal clear snorkeling , and cave and cenote exploring, you will now be...

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La Famiglia in Playa del Carmen

Believe it or not , I first heard about La Famiglia in Playa del Carmen in a church in Michigan.   No really!    Our pastor was using the owner as an example of someone who loved his food and wanted to...

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A One Week Vidanta Resort Itinerary - Part Two

This is a continuation of a One Week Vidanta Itinerary - Part One  Day Four You might want to spend the second half of the week with an  every morning,  Oh Dark Early, yoga class at the spa .   Or….... you...

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Sambula Cenote

Yucatán Cenotes

Off the Grid Fun in a Yucatán Cenote One of my very favorite memories from traveling to the Riviera Maya is when we had a little surprise adventure with the help of some locals. They showed us the secret gems...

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Snorkelling with Whale Sharks in Mexico

It is the summer season again when the whale sharks come to the Cancun area. Twenty First Century humans have few opportunities to get really close to nature. So snorkeling with whale sharks in the open waters of the Caribbean...

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Coba - An Alternative Mayan Ruin

One of the “must-do” lists of a guest visiting the Yucation Peninsula in Mexico is a visit to the ancient Mayan ruins showing how history played out. What comes to people’s mind first is the Chichen Itza, one of the...

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Circque du Soleil Prices

As we reported recently, the world famous. Cirque du Soleil is going be coming to Riviera Maya in November. It will be right across the road from the Mayan Resort near Playa del Carmen. We recentl were able to get...

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Cirque du Soleil in Riviera Maya !

Grupo Vidanta - the developer of the Mayan resorts has organized a major coup !!  In addition to the visiting the  Mayan ruins (one of the new 7 wonders of the world) ,  crystal clear snorkeling , and cave and...

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Akumal Turtles and Snorkeling

If you’re on a holiday on the Riviera Maya, consider adding Akumal Turtles to your to do list of beaches and shopping. Head out to the Akumal Bay to witness loggerhead and green turtles in their undisturbed habitat. In fact,...

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Sian Kaan Eco Tour

The Cesiak Organization Take a look at all our photos from Sian Kaan. The Sian Kaan (pronounced See –ahn Cahn) nature reserve is not well advertised and certainly not touristy. We decided to do a tour while we still had...

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Snorkeling in Mexico: Riviera Maya

An Underwater Getaway, Snorkeling in Mexico... Beyond simply amazing food, great drinks, and lounging by the pool, Mexico has a not so hidden gem to find. Tucked away just off the coast of pristine beaches, amazing underwater adventures wait for everyone to...

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Riviera Maya 2012 - What Is A Couples Massage?

If you have had a couple days in Mexico to unwind your uptight American or Canadian self, you might be able to relax enough to enjoy a massage and the preparation I am about to describe. We signed up for...

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Street scene in Playa

Where Do I Go in Playa del Carme

Getting to Playa del Carmen You really shouldn’t visit the Riviera Maya without at least one visit to Playa del Carmen. From the Mayan Resort, you have several options. There are shuttles running most of the day for $5 per...

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Day Trip From Riviera Maya–Mayan Ruins at Chichen Itza–part 2-Videos and More

by Denise Ackerly Part 1 of visiting Chichen Itza can be found here including an in-depth article at EzineArticles.com   El Castillo at Chichen Itza   As much as I agree that pictures are worth a thousand words, videos can make you...

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Day Trip From Riviera Maya--Mayan Ruins at Chichen Itza

The pyramid at Chichen Itza is what most people visualize when they think of Mayan Ruins.  It is a truly awe-inspiring place and CAN be done with children as a day trip. El Castillo at Chichen Itza It's going to...

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Tulum Mayan Ruin

Choosing Which Mayan Ruin to Visit - Tulum, Chitzen Itza, Coba or Uxmal

One of the "must do" activities on the Riviera Maya is to visit Mayan ruins. After all, they are one of the "New" Seven Wonders of the World. But which one? That is the question. We will assume you are...

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Xcaret Eco Theme Park

Xcaret Eco Theme Park Day (or Two) Trip Xcaret eco theme park (pronounced ísh-kah-rette) is about 30 minutes south of the Grand Mayan Riviera Maya resort, just a little bit past Playa Del Carmen.  We did this park in 2005 when my...

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Day Trips from Riviera Maya– Puerto Morelos

Take a look at our Puerto Morelos photos. The Grand Mayan Riviera Maya is a great place to stay for a day trip to Puerto Morelos Do you know that the Meso-American reef, which hugs the coast of the Caribbean side of the...

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Shopping in Playa del Carmen

I usually find myself shopping in Playa del Carmen during our regular stays at the Mayan Palace north of Playa del Carmen. I thought it would be helpful to write a few helpful hints for shoppers and their hapless spouses....

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Snorkel from the Beach in Akumal

You will have guessed by now we love to snorkel.   I will get to other activities in a few posts, I promise. we almost always rent a car in Mexico. It was a fairly short drive from the Grand Mayan...

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Snorkel Tour at the Mayan Resort - Riviera Maya

We decided to take the  Riviera Maya Mayan Resort snorkel trip, simply because it was so convenient. We walked down to the beach and hopped into a snorkel boat.  We could even charge the snorkel trip to our room. A...

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Cave Snorkeling near Cancun - Riviera Maya

Vacationing with a teenage daughter is… well… challenging at best. However, staying  in the Mayan Palace near Playa del Carmen made it easy to find fun things to do.   Like cave snorkeling.   It was interesting to see the way...

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