Top things to do in Riviera Maya

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Tulum

Tulum Ruins

The ruins of Tulum preside over a rugged coastline, a strip of brilliant beach and green-and-turquoise waters that'll leave you floored. It’s true the extents and structures are of a modest scale and the late-post-C…
Top Choice Gallery in Tulum

IK Lab

In this mind-bending contemporary art gallery at Azulik resort, guests enter barefoot to interact with floors of polished cement and bejuco (vine-like wood) as living organisms. Opened by the great-grandson of art c…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Cobá

Cobá Ruins

Cobá's ruins include the tallest pyramid in Quintana Roo (the second tallest in all of Yucatán) and the thick jungle setting makes you feel like you’re in an Indiana Jones flick. Many of the ruins are yet to be exca…
Top Choice Fusion in Tulum

Hartwood

Assuming you can get in (accepts walk-ins and online reservations made one month in advance), this sweet 'n' simple nouveau cuisine restaurant down on the beach road will definitely impress. Ingredients are fresh an…
Top Choice Tacos in Tulum

Taquería Honorio

It began as a street stall and became such a hit that it's now a taco place with a proper roof overhead. Most folks go here for the cochinita (pulled pork in annatto marinade), served on handmade tortillas or tortas…
Top Choice Basque in Playa del Carmen

Passion

With a French-Basque-inspired menu created by 8-Michelin-starred chef Martin Berastegui, this is unquestionably one of Playa's finest restaurants. Diners can order from the a la carte menu or opt for the exquisite s…
Top Choice Live Music in Playa del Carmen

Fusion

This beachside bar and grill stages live music, along with a fun belly-dancing and fire-dancing show. The fire-dancing comes later in the evening (around 11pm). From 6pm and on, it's just a cool spot to have a beer …
Top Choice International in Puerto Morelos

John Gray’s Kitchen

One block west and two blocks north of the plaza, this ‘kitchen’ turns out some truly fabulous food. The chef's specialty, though not listed on the regularly changing menu, is the duck in chipotle, tequila and honey…
Top Choice Bar in Tulum

Batey

Mojitos sweetened with fresh-pressed cane sugar are the main attraction at this popular Cuban bar, with fun music acts in the rear garden. Most nights the crowd spills into the street, while inside cane is pressed o…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Puerto Morelos

Artisans Market

The hammocks sold here differ from what you'll find elsewhere because they're created right here in Puerto Morelos by a local family that's been making them for decades. (Ask for Mauricio!) You can also buy dream ca…