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

  • 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.

  • Corto Maltes Condominiums Vacation Condos

    Corto Maltes Condominiums

    Playa del Carmen – Central| 2 Beds | 2 Bath
    Deluxe 2 bedroom condos right on Playa del Carmen main beach and Calle 10 in Central Playa del Carmen. Enjoy full air conditioning, luxurious interiors, Flat TV/satellite, DVD, ocean view balcony/terrace. Sleeps 4

  • Luxurious Boutique Hotel concept: Senses Quinta Avenida By Artisan

    Senses Quinta Avenida by Artisan Hotel

    Playa del Carmen – City Center| 1 Bed | 1 Bath
    Right on 5th Ave between 26th and 28th streets, Artisan is close to incredible beaches, shops, nightlife, as well as many of Playa’s top restaurants.

  • Natz Ti Ha Condos

    North Playa del Carmen| 2 to 5 Beds | 2 or 3 Bath
    Deluxe 2 and 3 bedroom condos with large swimming pool, air conditioning, quality furnishings, full kitchens, patio or balcony terrace for each. Great location, tranquil, near restaurants & shopping.

  • Hacienda San Jose Condominiums

    Playa del Carmen – Central| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
    Half a block from the beach, this gated condo complex is close to all the action Playa del Carmen offers. You’re a block from famous 5th Avenue, a pedestrian boulevard lined with hundreds of shops and restaurants of all kinds! Close but not too close.

  • Petit Lafitte Beachfront Hotel Playa del Carmen

    Petit Lafitte Bungalows and Boutique Hotel

    Xcalacoco| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
    Private cabin-style bungalows and hotel rooms, is nestled right on the white sandy beach of Riviera Maya, just a few kilometers north of Playa del Carmen.  The 17 bungalows, nestled along the coconut grove and tropical gardens, are air conditioned and feature a king size bed (or two double beds), a private terrace, a safe, minibar, coffeemaker and free Wi-Fi.

  • el taj oceanfront condo hotel playa del carmen

    El Taj Ocean Front Condos

    Special promotions for our guests! Playa del Carmen – Central| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 to 3 Bath
    The essence of the sophisticated luxury and peaceful simplicity of Riviera Maya and hip Playa del Carmen is captured perfectly in the El Taj Ocean Front Hotel’s spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom terraced condominiums.

  • Mayaland Hotel – Chichen Itza

    Yucatan – Chichen Itza| 2 Beds | 1 Bath
    Hotel Mayaland sits on 100 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens in the heart of the Chichen Itza ruins archaeological park, with its own entrance to the Maya temples. Take your choice of deluxe bungalows or hotel rooms right next to the ruins!

  • Vacation Rental House Playacar Playa del Carmen Villa Alborada

    Villa Alborada

    Playacar – Playa del Carmen| 6 Beds | 3 Bath
    Villa Alborada is a three bedroom, three bathroom oceanfront villa with a private pool in Playacar. What we love about Playacar is it’s proximity to 5th Avenue for restaurants and shopping, but the seclusion away from the hustle and bustle of downtown.

  • Paseo del Sol Condominiums Playacar in Playa del Carmen

    Paseo del Sol Condominiums

    Playacar – Playa del Carmen| 2 to 3 Beds | 2 to 3 Bath
    A luxury condo complex in the upscale gated community of Playacar! This fantastic, first-class vacation destination is just across the street from the beach, in an exclusive golfing community.

  • La Mision de Fray Diego Boutique Hotel Merida Yucatan

    La Mision de Fray Diego Hotel

    Merida – Yucatan| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
    Merida is a walking city and staying close to the Gran Plaza, museums, the theater and art galleries makes your visit to the city easy and delightful. This small hotel with various room types is peaceful, a little oasis in the city.

  • Ko'ox Arte 57 Boutique Hotel Merida Yucatan

    Arte 57 Boutique Hotel

    Merida| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
    This small hotel is located in the heart of the city just a few blocks from the Gran Plaza. What you’ll love about this little gem is its proximity to local areas where residents love to hang out, eat and drink.

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