Ruins in Mexico

We understand if you want to just soak up the warm Caribbean rays and enjoy the local beaches as well as beautiful "Villa Arrecife" itself, however if you want to truly experience the Riviera Maya and see all it has to offer, you will not be disappointed!

There are a wide variety of activities to suit all tastes! Amongst the Riviera Maya family attractions you will find snorkelling, dolphins, sea lions, exotic birds, monkeys of many species, and rich flora. Xel-Ha, Xcaret, Aktun Chen, Aktun Chi, Xplor, Dolphinarius, Tres Rios Ecopark, and Crococun Crocodile Park and Regional Zoo are just a few of the larger attractions that can be found in the Riviera, but there are an abundance of smaller cenotes, botanical gardens, and an aviary located in Playacar, that are equally as fantastic! For the more adventurous there is even skydiving! Golfers can spend time at Playacar, horseback riding at "Rancho Bonita Loma", and deep sea fishing can also be found in this aquatic paradise!

If you are looking to take an organized tour, we would suggest "Alltournative" tour group.

We have included some photos of places that our family has personally travelled to, but if you travel somewhere new and have a great experience, please email us a picture and a brief review.


Swimming with Turtles in Akumal

In the Mayan language, Akumal means "Land of Tortoises" and is still one of the preferred places for them to lay their eggs. Lovers of diving and snorkelling will be in paradise in Akumal, with almost 200 underground caves nearby with depths of up to 150 metres. Akumal is a quaint village that is the perfect place to hide away; lush tropical jungles and cenotes, an incredible lagoon to snorkel, dive tours, birds playing in the trees, fantastic restaurants, local handicrafts... this is true paradise on Earth!


Mayan Archeological Sites

Ruins of Coba

Riviera Maya has plenty to offer in the way of archaeological sites which were built by the once-mighty empire of the Mayans.

Tulum is a mere 20 minute drive south of the villa and features an incredible beach as well! Just a few minutes south of the town, there is also a smaller site called Muyil that's worth a visit!

Inland lie the ancient cities of Chichen-Itza, Coba, and Ek Balam which are all accessible by vehicle.

If you are looking to join a tour group, our personal favourite is "Alltournative" as they have a wide variety of tours all of which are eco-friendly!

Information for these attractions and others is available in a booklet which we compiled for guest use!


Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen

Originally a small fishing town, tourism to Playa del Carmen began with the passenger ferry service to Cozumel, an island across the Cozumel Channel and world famous scuba diving destination. While its salt water scuba diving cannot compete with Cozumel, for the adventurous, Playa del Carmen's fresh water cenote diving more than makes up for it. Playa del Carmen (Xaman Ha' or Pláaya in Modern Maya) is a balneario resort city just south of Cancún on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, in the northeast of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The city is the seat of the Solidaridad municipality. Today Playa del Carmen, or just "Playa" as it is colloquially referred to, is the center of the Riviera Maya concept, which runs from south of Cancún to Tulum and the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.