1. Golf

prac_info Club de Golf Cancún: (987) 267 9653 • Puerto Aventuras Golf Club: (984) 873 5109 • Palace Resort: (01) 800 635 1836;

Golfers on the Riviera have a choice of two championship-level courses at Cancún, one in Playacar and one at Puerto Aventuras. Hotels can book greens for you. North of Mérida there is also a private club, which can be booked through hotels.


Spectacular bird’s-eye view of a golf course in Cancún’s Hotel Zone

2. Sailing, Windsurfing, and Kayaking

prac_info Aqua World: (998) 689 1013;

The best places to rent boats are Isla Mujeres and Cozumel. Hotels may have dinghies available for use by guests. A day’s sailing is a great way to explore lesser-known stretches of the coast. Windsurfing is at its finest around Isla Mujeres and Akumal, and the best spots for kayaking are around Puerto Morelos and Punta Solimán.


Kayaking on the Riva Maya

3. Diving

prac_info Scuba Cancun: (998) 849 7508;

The Mayan Riviera is the site of the second-largest reef in the world. Scuba Cancun offers diving opportunities in Cancún, Riviera Maya, and Cozumel.

4. Fishing

Conditions for deep-sea and inshore fishing in the Yucatán are outstanding, and the lagoons south of the Riviera by Ascencion Bay are a must for fly-fishing fans. The peak deep-sea fishing season runs from March to June.

5. Tennis

prac_info RIU Caribe Hotel: (998) 848 7850 • Hotel Omni: (998) 848 7850

Many resort hotels have tennis courts. In Cancún, Hotel Omni’s courts are open to all, while those at RIU Caribe Hotel are for residents only. The Club de Golf Cancún also has two courts.

6. Cycling

The most attractive towns for cycling are Cancún, Isla Mujeres, Tulum, and Valladolid, which has a lovely cycle path to Cenote Dzitnup. Many Cancún hotels have bikes, and there are rental shops in the other three destinations.

7. Skydiving

prac_info Sky Dive Playa: (984) 873 0192;

Sky Dive Playa will offer visitors a bird’s-eye view of the Riviera as they plummet down harnessed to an instructor, or on their own if they have skydiving experience.

8. Air Tours

prac_info Aerosaab: (998) 865 4225; • Fly Tours Cancun:

Aerosaab at Playa del Carmen and Fly Tours Cancún at Cancún offer aerial sightseeing tours over the Riviera, Chichén Itzá, and other parts of the Yucatán Peninsula.

9. Parasailing

Soar above Cancún with the “Skyrider” at Aqua World. More basic operations are to be found at Cancún beach and at Playa del Carmen.


Parasailing over Cancún

10. Jungle Tours

prac_info Alltournative: 1 877 432 1569, • ATV Explorer: (984) 873 1626;

Playa-based ATV Explorer let you race through the jungle on four-wheel ATVs. Alltournative runs group trips by truck, jeep, and kayak.


1. Puerto Morelos

Much lower key than the islands, but deep water close to shore means superb fishing.


Fishing boats in Puerto Morelos

2. Isla Mujeres

Highly regarded by deep-sea fishing enthusiasts, with able captains who seek out amberjack, marlin, and more.

3. Cozumel

A base for many expert deep-sea captains, who also offer trips to the inshore flats.

4. Cancún

For easy-access, fun fishing, with trips available from watersports centers such as Aqua World.

5. Playa del Carmen

Many Playa dive shops also arrange fishing trips, especially in the sailfishing season (March–June).

6. Puerto Aventuras

The most luxuriously equipped fishing center on the coast. Hosts a big deep-sea tournament each May.

7. Boca Paila and Punta Allen

Fly-fishing and, above all, bonefish followers make their way to the remote fishing lodges along this road.

8. Isla Holbox

A long way from the conveniences of the Riviera, but loved by fishermen who like a really relaxing time.

9. El Cuyo

The one bar, La Conchita, is the place to go to find a boat and a guide. Shark fishing is a specialty of the north coast.

10. Río Lagartos

No well-organized facilities here, but boatmen will show you their fishing grounds as well as the flamingo lagoons.

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