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

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

Casa de Cultura

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

Community Tours

Dig deeper into local communities and neighborhoods with these community tours

Cooking Schools

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

Day of The Dead

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

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

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

Kings Day

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

Local Markets

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

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 tell the story of indigenous and religious communities through symbolism and bold colors.

Theaters and Symphonies

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

Stay Close By

  • 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.

  • Mayaland Lodge at Uxmal

    Yucatan| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
    Surrounded by forest, this sister hotel to the Hacienda Uxmal is a short walk to the Uxmal Archeological site and the perfect accommodations for those road tripping through the Yucatan. Different room types are available with breakfast and parking included.

  • Casa Maeva Playacar beach vacation rental

    Casa Maeva

    20% Off March Dates – Playacar – Playa del Carmen| 5 Beds | 4 Bath
    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.

  • El Taj Condo Hotel Playa del Carmen condohotels

    El Taj Condo Hotel

    Playa del Carmen – Central| 1 to 4 Beds | 1 to 3 Bath
    Deluxe condo/hotel just across the street from Playa del Carmen main beach. Enjoy a luxurious interior, 1-3 bedrooms, AC, WiFi, full kitchen, facility pool, gardens, penthouse units have jacuzzi & partial ocean view. Sleeps 2-6.

  • Casa Iich-Naj Vacation Rental House Playa del Carmen Playacar

    Casa Iich-Naj

    Playacar – Playa del Carmen| 5 Beds | 4 Bath
    Relax and refresh your senses at this extraordinary vacation home in Playacar! Located near downtown Playa del Carmen, this beautiful home is spacious and fully-equipped. When you stay here, you’re less than a 10-minute walk to famous 5th Avenue, the bustling pedestrian thoroughfare in the heart of Playa. But you’re in a serene and secure area, which means you can enjoy the best of both worlds!

  • 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.

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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 one, two, and three-bedroom units, each with an ocean view, are available for rental.

  • Be Playa Boutique Hotel

    Central Playa del Carmen| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath

    BePlaya Boutique Hotel offers guests innovative contemporary designed accommodations in the heart of Playa del Carmen. Hotel guests are encouraged to just BE when staying at BePlaya, which is the mantra of this cosmopolitan hotel located just off 5th Ave.

  • Bric Hotel & Spa

    Bric Hotel & Spa

    Playa del Carmen – Center| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
    A charming retreat right in the heart of Playa del Carmen. This boutique hotel has 15 suites. The location is absolutely ideal! You’re in a prime spot, just off famous 5th Avenue, in the vibrant  little city of Playa del Carmen.

  • 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.

  • Casa Model is a beautiful villa for rent in Riviera Maya , Playa Del Carmen. View info, photos, rates here.

    Casa Model

    Playa del Carmen – Central| 8 Beds | 4 Bath
    A luxurious private retreat in the vibrant heart of Playa del Carmen. Explore to your heart’s content—within an easy stroll to the best dining, nightlife, shopping in the city. Located half a block away from sugary soft beaches and the famous Quinta Avenida, you are near all the best Playa del Carmen has to offer!

  • 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.

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