Things to do in the Riviera Maya and Mexican Riviera

Image of a traveller looking at an ancient Mayan temple

From spectacular beaches to a rich culture, the Mayan Riviera in Mexico on the country’s Caribbean Coast and the Mexican Riviera on its Pacific Coast have a lot in common. These similarities can make for a difficult, although fun, decision for travellers considering a visit. Whichever area they decide to spend time in, the one choice that should always come easily is ensuring they have travel insurance before they start their journey.
Playa del Carmen – The area’s largest town draws visitors with shopping, nightlife, fine dining, and the beach.
Image of tourist shops and restaurants in the entertainment district of Playa del Carmen
Cozumel – Riviera Maya excursions include scuba diving and snorkelling, a tropical botanical garden and natural aquarium visits, which are all accessible by ferry.
Aerial view at beach in Cozumel island in Mexico
Tulum – Boasts ruins of a once busy Mayan ceremonial center and trading port sit atop a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
Image of Mayan Ruins of Tulum in Quintana Roo in Mexico
Ecological parks and reserves – Offer swimming in underground rivers, Mayan ruins, walking tours of local caves and the jungle and more.
Image of ecological parks and reserves in Mexico
Los Cabos, Baja California Sur – Snorkelling, diving, whale watching in Cabo San Lucas is just a 20-minute drive from walking tours of the historical and art centre in neighbouring San Jose del Cabo.
Image of the aerial view of the arch in Cabo San Lucas
Mazatlan, Sinaloa – An experience in itself, golf carts or “pulmonias” can help visitors enjoy beaches, nightlife, water sports and wildlife watching.
Image of the city of Mazatlan in Sinaloa
Ixtapa, Guerrero – Here active adventures include cycling, kayaking, snorkelling and bird-watching and sport fishing.
Image of the replica of a graveyard in Xcaret demonstrating multiple colors and styles
Huatulco, Oaxaca – A popular cruise stop that offers tours of local plantations and the Copalita archaeological sites hiking and bird watching in the Huatulco National Park, and the Manzunte sea turtle sanctuary.
Image of the Huatulco Archeological Site in Mexico

Great Riviera Maya weather, and great Mexican Riviera weather for that matter, is a main reason travellers visit Mexico’s coastal regions. However, Mother Nature sometimes has a different forecast planned. If flights are delayed as a result, or the location where travellers are staying becomes uninhabitable, travel insurance may help travellers recover non-refundable trip costs for hotels, flights and excursions.

Mexican Riviera cruises are a popular way to discover tourist spots along Mexico’s Pacific coast. If an insured traveller becomes ill aboard ship and needs to seek medical treatment at their next port of call, emergency travel assistance teams are available 24/7 to help co-ordinate their care, handle direct payment for doctor and hospital bills, co-ordinate an emergency air ambulance where medically necessary, and more. Even for visitors staying at a Riviera Maya hotel or a Mexican Riviera resort, travel insurance is a sound choice in case of the unexpected. Learn more or get a travel insurance quote online.

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