Cultural Activities

Art, Food, Dance, Music and Architecture define Cultural Activities

Local cultural activities are a complex blend of indigenous and immigrant cultures. It is this distinct footprint that sets Riviera Maya and Yucatan cultural activities apart from other regions of Mexico. The Yucatan Peninsula, through its history, economy, Mayan influences and environmental diversity created a cultural independence recognized by both Mexicans and international visitors as a cultural force. It is this melting pot of cultural influences and a local desire to create a distinct cultural identity that makes this area of Mexico an exciting and interesting place to experience.

Go Beyond the Beach And Enrich Your Vacation

This area is known for its beach culture, and it does play a large role in the activities and history of the region. But when you go beyond the beach, there is so much more to discover. This list is just the beginning of the cultural experiences found in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan. 

Do More and Discover More

Carnival

carnaval
Riviera Maya and Yucatan Cities host colorful Carnaval celebrations before Easter.

Casa de Cultura

casa de cultura
Local Cultural Centers offer courses, events and local activities open to both locals and visitors

Community Tours

community tours
Dig deeper into local communities and neighborhoods with these community tours

Cooking Schools

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UNESCO as added Mexican Food to the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list due to its cultural importance.

Day of The Dead

day of teh dead
This three day celebration is a large part of the local culture and Mexican history.

Dia de Guadalupe

dia de guadalupe
The Patron Saint of Tulum is La Senora Guadalupe. People from all over the Yucatan Peninsula conduct pilgrimages to Tulum.

Foodie Vacations

cooking schools
Culture and local flavors go hand in hand. Foodie vacations are a fun way to explore local cities and neighborhoods.

Kings Day

kings day
A religious yet culturally rich holiday January 6 where food, history, and culture come together.

Local Markets

local markets
Visitors and locals love the weekly markets held throughout the Riviera Maya that showcase food, artisans and local products.

Mayan Ruins

mayan ruins
One of the biggest draws to the area is the history and archaeological sites of the Maya.

Mexican Folk Art

mexican folk art
Mexican Folk Art tell the story of indigenous and religious communities through symbolism and bold colors.

Theaters and Symphonies

theaters and symphonies
Playa del Carmen, Cancun and Merida city theaters highlight international, state and local performances

Stay Close By

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    Merida| 1 Bed | 1 Bath
    This small adult only boutique hotel in one of Merida’s most popular neighborhoods puts you in the heart of beautiful colonial architecture and within a short walk to popular attractions, museums, the theater and trendy restaurants that serve contemporary Mexican cuisine.

  • Porto Playa Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

    Porto Playa Condos

    Special promotions and rates! Central Playa del Carmen| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 to 3 Bath
    Featuring 21 modern condominiums, 5-star service, and an impressive 70 foot long pool. Penthouses have private, spacious rooftop terraces with BBQ outdoor kitchens, heated Jacuzzis and panoramic views of the Caribbean.

  • Beach House

    Playacar  – Playa del Carmen | 4 Beds | 6 Bath

    Living up to its name, Beach House sets you right on the white sand beach in the exclusive Playacar area of Playa del Carmen. Get ready to dip into the beachfront pool and swoon over Caribbean Sea views.

  • Casa Clara

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    Clear your mind and open your senses to Casa Clara, a lush, tropical villa in the heart of Playa del Carmen. This six-bedroom, six-bathroom extraordinary villa surrounds you with tropical villa and panoramic ocean views from the terrace – all just minutes away from the shops and restaurants of Fifth Avenue. .

  • Villa Turquesa Playacar

    Villa Turquesa

    Playa del Carmen – Playacar | 4 Beds | 4 Bath
    Bask in the charm, luxury, and creative design with a Mexican twist at Villa Turquesa in PlayaCar, an exclusive neighborhood in Mexico’s trendy Playa del Carmen. This enchanting and elegant, four-bedroom home features ocean views throughout, two pools, and a rooftop terrace, and direct access to PlayaCar beach.

  • Hacienda Chichen Itza, Piste Yucatan

    Hacienda Chichen

    Yucatan – Chichen Itza| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
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  • Mayaland Hacienda Uxmal Plantation and Museum

    Yucatan| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
    Direct access to the world-famous Uxmal ruins; old-world hospitality, modern amenities, are just some of the ‘features’ that have convinced a number of world leaders and European royalty to stay here.

  • Puerta Calakmul Bungalow Hotel at the Calakmul Ruins Campeche

    Puerta Calakmul

    Yucatan | 1 to 3 Bed | 1 Bath
    Fifteen lovely bungalows are integrated perfectly into the natural beauty of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve. Thatched roofs, canopied full-size beds, beautiful woodwork and large exterior terraces with inviting hammocks.

  • Casa Maeva Playacar beach vacation rental

    Casa Maeva

    Playacar – Playa del Carmen| 5 Beds | 4 Bath
    20% off listed rates July 8 – July 28, 2018. Beautiful 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath beach house across the street from a great Playacar beach. Enjoy full AC, equipped kitchen, pool, rooftop heated Jacuzzi, awesome views, WiFi Internet, Sat TV.

  • The Elements Condominiums Playa del Carmen vacation condo rentals

    The Elements Condos

    North Playa del Carmen| 1 to 3 Beds | 2 Bath
    Luxury beachfront condominiums in North Playa del Carmen offer deluxe 2 bedroom units, fully equipped kitchen, living and dining rooms, ocean view terrace. All face the Caribbean view over the beach side pool.

  • Casa Jalach-Naj Vacation Rentals Playacar Playa del Carmen

    Casa Jalach-Naj

    Playacar – Playa del Carmen| 5 Beds | 5 Bath
    From the moment you walk in the beautifully carved front door of this home, you know it’s special. It’s modern and at the same time has great Mayan and Mexican nuances. (Like brick domed ceilings and candelabra chandeliers. It should get top points for blending ambiance with practicality!)

  • La Mision de Fray Diego Boutique Hotel Merida Yucatan

    La Mision de Fray Diego Hotel

    Merida – Yucatan| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
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