There are literally thousands of things to do during the day in the Riviera Maya, with new options popping up daily. Here are a few outings and excursions ranging from extreme adventure to quiet strolls through sanctuaries. All of these stories and articles are easy to do in a day from the Riviera Maya. 

We encourage you to explore more by taking a real excursion, but we suggest you pack your bag and take your time.  Visit the Costa Maya, Laguna Bacalar, as well as the states of Yucatan and Campeche.

Tulum Beach Matt Pontius 2016: Beach Clubs of Tulum

Updated annually by Mari Pintkowski

Mari Pintkowsk B&B Chefs – Finally Going to School

La Selva Mariposa owners attend The Little Mexican Cooking School in Puerto Morelos.

v20_chinchorro_thumb.jpg Banco Chinchorro

Just thirty kilometers from the sandy shores of southern Quintana Roo lay an aquatic oasis ripe with adventurous appeal.

whale shark Big Fish August 2009

Story and Dive Tip by Dive with Natalie and Ivan

evol_5_moe_t.jpg Biking Westward From Tulum

Amazing Adventures Await Any Ready To Peddle Their Way West Of Tulum

Mari Pintkowsk Chacchoben

Little-known Maya ruin near Bacalar in the Costa Maya, by Mari Pinkowski

wall Choosing Where to Visit — Part Three

Yucatán and Campeche States

Colonial Valladolid Offers an Authentic Cultural Treat

By: Mari Pintkowski, August 2008

evol_6_cueva_t.jpg Deep Sea Fishing with Cueva del Pescador

Caste your line for a Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, and more…

v21_alma_thumb.jpg Discover Puerto Morelos

Tucked away in the Mayan Rivera is the small fishing village of Puerto Morelos.

Bacalar Mari Pintkowski Discovering Laguna Bacalar by Boat

Laguna Bacalar is known for its 7 colors.

mari march 08 Discovering New Cenotes, Westward from Tulum

BY: Mari Pintkowski

ev_2_discov_secret_t.jpg Discovering Secrets of the Mayan Riviera: Part 1

Regular Short Description: An adventure beyond the golden coastline might just lead you to your ultimate destination.

evol_6_alma_t.jpg Enjoy the Yucatan’s Beautiful Tropical Flora and Exotic Fauna

Take a stroll through the Botanical Gardens located near Puerto Morelos.

ev_5_santa_cruz_t.jpg Explore Santa Cruz Ranch

Selva Maya Tours Takes You On Horseback, Through Decorated Cave Passages, And Into Crystal Clear Cenote Waters

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

A tour to Ek Balam and Cenote Maya

v21_hid_world_thumb.jpg Family Day at Hidden Worlds

My family’s adventure at Hidden Worlds Cenote Park.

Mari Pintkowski Family Entertainment, au natural - April 2009

San Agustin, By Mari Pintkowski

ev_2_beach_xcacel_t.jpg Find the Hidden Beach

Play along the white sandy stretches and rolling waves of Xcacel, the coast’s remaining undeveloped beach.

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

BuyPlaya has listed a few of their favorites.

Tulum Heading South to Tulum – Part 2, 2014

Tulum Beach, the jungle, Cobá and Valladolid

ev_4_skycycle_t.jpg Hidden Worlds: Skycycle Tours

a leisurely peddle over the lush green jungle on your way to and from the cenote Tak Bi Luum for a snorkeling tour.

Just Another Day
March 2010

by Howie Xamach

mari La Casa de las Mariposas Butterfly Garden on Road from Tulúm to Cobá

by Mari Pintkowski, February 2010

v24_scuba_thumb.jpg Learning How to Scuba Dive

In that short half-day of class, a lifetime worth of dreams can come true.

Maya Kaan Maya Ka'an

Facilitating conservation of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve


BY: Mari Pintkowski, January 2010

Musings on the Boca Paila

By Howie Xamach, January 2010

whaleshark2.jpg My Whale Shark Adventure

Ken Andrews is thrilled on his trip with Cancun Whale Shark Tours.

Whale Daddy Sailfish NEW! Cancun Sailfish Tours (2015)

Whale Shark Daddy has a new adventure for thrill seekers

v28_sian-kaan-thumb.jpg Private Beaches in the Bioshpere of Sian Ka’an

Sian Ka’an - “where the sky is born” in Mayan - is a national reserve in the heart of Quintana Roo’s golden coastline.

Review: La Selva Mariposa

rio_secreto.jpg Rio Secreto

Located just south of Xcaret , are 14 kms. of spectacular underground caverns filled with stalagtites, stalagmites and cenotes.

moe muyil 2008 Ruins of Muyil

by: Mari Pintkowski aka Moe Mulrooney

v21_sailing_thumb.jpg Sailing Into The Sunset

Deep blue and expansive, the mother ocean is the allure for most of us visiting and living in this tropical paradise.

v26_seven_reasons_pm_thumb.jpg Seven Great Reasons to Visit Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos is a great place to spend a few hours. This little fishing village is filled with surprises.

Paddleboarding in the Mangroves Stand Up Paddleboarding

Popularity continues to spread in Tulum

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Now in Tulum

rhett-.jpg The Big Fish of Boca Paila!

By Rhett Schober

evol_7_whaleshark_t.jpg The Whale Sharks have returned!

Every summer, see these docile giants off the island of Holbox

ev_3_moe2_t.jpg The Wilder West Of Tulum

The continuation of travel memoirs off the beaten trail by Mari Pintkowski

Sargassum seaweed by Mari Pintkowski Things to Do on a Sargasso Day

by Mari Pintkowski

Treasure Hunting Along the Cobá Road

By Mari Pintkowski

Alux Lydia Two Nights in Playa del Carmen

First two days of our 2014 tour

Under the Sea Museum/Gallery
(April 2011)

By Myrna Sparks

Walking in the Footsteps
of Michel Peissel

By Mari Pintkowski

Walking in the Footsteps
of Michel Peissel: Part Two

By: Mari Pintkowski

whale shark Whale Shark Daddy photo Whale Shark Season Opens May 15

The Whale Shark Daddy