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A Visitor's Guide to Mexico's Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and Beyond


This section is devoted to the thousands of things there are to do when visiting the Yucatan.

Tulum Beach Matt Pontius 2016: Beach Clubs of Tulum

Updated annually by Mari Pintkowski

ek_balam4_5-16.jpg Exploring Yucatan with Alltournative: Mayan Ruins and Cenote Rappelling

A tour to Ek Balam and Cenote Maya

kids_golf_3-16.jpg FREE Kids Activities in Playa del Carmen

BuyPlaya has listed a few of their favorites.

Lionfish Lionfish Hunting in Akumal, Ongoing Stats and Information

A dedicated group of divers has made it their mission to control the number of lionfish in the area.

expats_8-15.jpg Mexico: Sunlight & Shadows: Short Stories & Essays by Mexico Writers

One of the best books available about life for both expat residents and natives in villages and cities across Mexico.

paa_mul_camp2.jpg Top 5 Places to Camp on the Riviera Maya

by Lisa Love Juliot

Lydia Linton Pontius sunset Barbados Trip That Stirred Memories

Windward Islands and Riviera Maya similarities


Not always known for the quality of its restaurants, the Yucatan, from Cancun south to Xcalak and inland to Izamal, has improved dramatically over the years. If you have a favorite restaurant you'd like to review, please drop us a line. Below are just a few examples. And here are all of our Restaurant reviews, just remember that some may be outdated.

Cinco Rooftop Bar Buy Playa 5 Rooftop Pools in Playa del Carmen

by Andrea Ruiz Perron at BuyPlaya Real Estate

Barb Eller's Cucina Cucina Classica on Cozumel

A Taste of Italy by Barbara Eller

taverna-bar.jpg La Taverna Pizzeria and Risotteria

An attractive place to have a delicious meal in Akumal

Restaurant Macario Gomez Mole Symphony

Lisa Lazarovici, chef and traveler, describes her experience dining in small, out-of-the-way places in the Riviera Maya

Ziggy's Beach Club Tulum Ziggy's Restaurant Review

Ziggy's Restaurant and Beach Club is located on Tulum Beach.


We are always encouraging our readers to help local causes through support, donations and volunteerism. We also like to use this section to share good news about those who have helped. If you have news about local causes, please share them with us.


It's hard to believe, but this stunning boy is still waiting for the perfect family to find him and give him his furever home. Kokoro was born about August 2014 and arrived at the shelter November 11, 2014. He is neutered and current on all vaccinations.

Kokoro was rescued from the street by a local woman and brought to us after being fostered. He is outgoing and energetic, the perfect dog for an active family. He is a handsome boy with his flashy black-and-white coat. He has a huge heart; in fact, his name means heart in Japanese.

Like many of our dogs, he takes a minute or two to get to know you, then you have a friend for life!

If you would like more information about Kokoro, or any of the dogs of Playa Animal Rescue, please email Pat at pat@playaanimalrescue.org

Mari Pintkowski MG library Erika Whittman Had a Dream

After-school Program and Children's Library Opens in Macario Gomez

Mari Pintkowski Finding Ways to Show You Care as a Member of a Community

Before you dive in and are disapppointed, read on.

Laura lionfish team Lionfish Invasion

by Ron Paulick

save_children_6-15.jpg News from Save the Children, Tulum

by Aline Libassi

Pedro Poot Pedro Poot in Need of Help

March 2016


The lodging possibilities in the Yucatan are nearly infinite. Combine the sheer number of hotels, villas, condos and resorts with the variety of locales, and the job of a reviewer is a lifetime gig. Below are just a few examples. And here are all of our lodging reviews, just remember that some may be outdated.

the_beach4_8-13.jpg Honeymoon Riviera - The Beach, Tulum

Why we chose the Riviera Maya for our honeymoon

Matt and Lisa at Lolha Honeymoon Riviera, Part 2

Akumal and all it has to offer, by Lisa Ann Pontius

map_xcalak-new_3-15.jpg 2015 Choosing Where to Visit – Part Two

Costa Maya

Mari Pintkowski front of school A Shining Star on the Street in Macario Gomez

by Mari Pintkowski

riviera maya map Choosing Where to Visit

Riviera Maya: Puerto Morelos—Tulum

wall Choosing Where to Visit — Part Three

Yucatán and Campeche States

akuaml_bay_5-16.jpg Why to Buy in Akumal

This tiny beach community in the southern Riviera Maya sits on some of the clearest water and whitest sands in the Caribbean.

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Playacar homes for sale

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The Salty Snowbirds

Hotel Akumal Caribe

This year Hotel Akumal Caribe has an outstanding line-up of entertainment at Lol-Ha. Musical entertainment includes The Salty Snowbirds, Julio Sarracent and his Romantic Sax, and Steve Muscarella singing jazz, R&B and soft-rock classics. For more information and a Holiday Schedule please click here.

Akumal Villas website

Akumal Villas

Akumal Villas wishes to thank everyone—owners, guests and staff—for a wonderful 2015, and to wish you all the best of Holiday Seasons and a most fulfilling New Year.

Tulum Beach at La Zebra

Tulum Beach at La Zebra

Explore the Yucatan:
Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and Beyond

Taking its name from the ancient Maya meaning "white road," Sac-Be.com hopes to set you off on your own unique path to experiencing the Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and the jungle world of the ancient Maya. You'll find articles on everything from beaches of the Yucatan to environmental concerns, from a host of contributors - professional writers and amateurs alike. We'll tell you about the major destinations of the Mayan Riviera, with articles for the first-time visitor. You'll also find stories about some of the interesting people who call the area home.

Rescue of Matancero video
Akumal 50 years ago: Rescue of Matanceros
Selva Maya Ziplining
Selva Maya Ziplining
azul riviera video
Azul Riviera in Akumal
Taj-Kumal video
Taj-Kumal in Akumal
Reserva El Triunfo, Chiapas
Reserva El Triunfo, Chiapas

Book an All-Inclusive Riviera Maya vacation for your family to enjoy and get some much needed time for relaxing.

Hotel Akumal Caribe

Casa Carolina Xcalak

Cabanas Tulum

Villas Flamingo