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

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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

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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

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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

  • Riviera Maya Vacation Rentals, Villa Estrella del Mar, Playacar, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

    Villa Estrella del Mar

    Playacar, Playa del Carmen | 5 Beds | 7 Bath
    With plenty of space for gatherings of family or friends, this five-bedroom Playacar vacation home features a private pool and plenty of indoor and outdoor hangout spaces… right by the beach!

  • 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.

  • Mahekal Beach Resort

    Playa del Carmen North| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
    Stay in a beach bungalow or hotel room, just 5 minutes from Playa del Carmen's 5th Ave. Enjoy 2 on-site restaurants, 2 bars, a dive shop, a games room, and massage services. The rooms feature a private bathroom, AC, a safe and a spacious terrace with hammocks. Breakfast and dinner are included.

  • Hacienda Xcanatun Boutique Hotel

    Merida| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
    History and luxury are combined at this historic hacienda turned 5 Star luxury hotel, featuring lush tropical gardens, 2 swimming pools, deluxe room/suites, Spa. Convenient to the “convent route”, “Ruta Puuc”, Celestun, Progreso.

  • 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.

  • Alta Vista

    Playa del Carmen – Playacar | 5 Beds | 7 Bath
    With awe-inspiring ocean views, eight bedrooms, big open common areas, and a rooftop infinity pool, this Playacar vacation villa is ideal for large families and groups seeking a luxury beach escape.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    Xaman Ha Oceanfront Condos

    Playacar – Playa del Carmen| 1-3 Beds | 1-3 Bath
    Xaman Ha Condominiums are a perfect option for travelers and families with children who want to make seaside memories in the Riviera Maya in the ease of familiar surroundings and the safety of a gated community. Deluxe accommodations in 1, 2, and 3-bedroom units, each with an ocean view, are available for rental.

  • 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.

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