The Riviera Maya and the Mexican Caribbean are amazing diving spots!
The area from Cancun to Tulum is commonly known as the Riviera Maya. Here you will find hundreds of miles/kilometers of white sanded beaches and turquoise waters. The Riviera Maya is a perfect place to vacation. There are thousands of activities to choose from to satisfy even the most adventurous appetites. Here you can find theme parks, ATVs, scuba diving, snorkeling, cave tours, parasailing, kite surfing, ancient Mayan ruins, and much more.
Playa del Carmen
Located just 45 minutes from the Cancun airport, Playa Del Carmen is world famous for its beaches, diving, nightlife, and shopping. Whether you like sunbathing on the popular Mamita’s Beach or parasailing on the crystal clear Caribbean waters, this city has a ton of activities for travelers. For families, Playa is also very close to the XPLOR and XCaret theme parks. At night, the show moves one block from the ocean to the pedestrian “La Quinta” (Fifth Avenue) where you can walk, shop, and eat at some of Playa’s finest establishments. If you are after a party, walk over to 12th street where there are dozens of night clubs and bars including the famous CocoBongo.
Playa offers tons of different diving opportunities. There are reefs and wrecks in the area and we can even dive the famous walls in Cozumel. The cenotes are only a few minutes away for fantastic cave/cavern dives.
The city offers a very large range of accommodation. If you are looking to be pampered in a luxury hotel, try Mayakoba or the Viceroy. There are plenty of midrange hotels like Mosquito Blue or La Quinta. For the budget traveler, hostels like Rio and Hostel Che provide a great atmosphere and lots of new friends.
There are thousands of restaurants in Playa del Carmen to satisfy every appetite. One 5th avenue you can try gourmet meals at La Casa del Agua or Come Come. If you are after an Argentine steak or, we suggest you try El Diez. There are also plenty of street vendors for tacos, pizzas, and all kinds of Mexican goodies.
Akumal Beach is a very sleepy tourist town located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing getaway, this is the place for you. Akumal Bay is famous for the number of turtles that come onto the beach to lay eggs. Within the protected bay, you can snorkel with the turtles very close to the shoreline. Akumal used to be the center of the cave/cavern diving community as many of the first cenotes that were explored are in this area.
There are very nice hotels in the area such as Akumal Beach Resort. There are also plenty of apartments or condos for rent right on the water. Please contact us for help arranging accommodation.
La Buena Vida or La Cueva del Pescador are 2 great seafood restaurants in Akumal. If you are interested in eating like a local, try crossing the bridge into Akumal town. Here you will quickly find El Ultimo Maya restaurant where you can pick up a typical Mexican lunch for about US$3.
This sleepy fishing village is quickly becoming a top attraction in Mexico. It is about 80 miles/130 km south of Cancun. The beaches here are baby powder white and there are very few people on them. On the north end of the town, you will find some amazing Mayan ruins right on the beach. The area is now a national park and it attracts backpackers from all over the world because of the laid back atmosphere and beautiful environments. This area is also known as Cave Country. The area is filled with holes in the ground that lead to underground rivers. Some of the most spectacular cave/cavern diving in the world is within a few minutes if the town center.
Tulum’s main avenue provides plenty of choices for food. There are a ton of Mexican restaurants that serve great tacos and tequila. During your dive days with us, there is a good chance you will end up at Tulum’s famous Camello Jr. seafood joint where they serve the best ceviches in the country. There is a very large Italian population all over the Riviera Maya so you getting your hands on a delicious pizza or plate of pasta is very easy.
There are plenty of places to stay while in Tulum. If you are looking for an affordable place on the beach, Papaya Playa Project is probably a good option. If you are looking for something a bit nicer with ocean front rooms, check out Mestizo or Ana y Jose. For travelers on a budget, there are plenty of hostels in Tulum town, such as Hostel Sheck.