Are you looking to take your annual vacation to the next level? Are you tired of the same all inclusive resorts and beachside pools? Well, look no further! One destination that will leave you speechless during your stay, yet rambling to all of your family and friends for weeks on end, is that of Mexico’s Puerto Aventuras.
Where is Puerto Aventuras, you ask? This private gated community located in the Mexican Riviera Maya between the cities of Playa del Carmen and Tulum has evolved into one of the most elegant Caribbean getaways of the entire region. With villas, condos, hotels, two marinas, and a world-renowned golf course, this modern destination is home to both residents and tourists alike. With a small town feel, yet close proximity to some of the Riviera Maya’s most popular attractions and activities, Puerto Aventuras is a one-of-kind opportunity for those who wish to experience Mexican leisure at its finest.
Whether you wish to work on your tan while laying on white-sand beaches, or to take a dive below the water’s surface to get a glimpse of the area’s abundant marine life, Puerto Aventuras promises to impress individuals of all ages and types.
Still not convinced? Well, let me tell you, that’s just the beginning. Below you will find five fun facts that will surely convince you to start planning your next vacation to this truly remarkable site.
1. Visitors are vacationing on ancient Mayan lands
Most visitors when they arrive to the Riviera Maya head straight to the beach. After all, who isn’t looking to escape the hectic hustle and bustle of everyday life by flying off to a pristine, tropical paradise? What they do not realize, however, is that they are vacationing on ancient Mayan lands. Puerto Aventuras, along with the many cities and resorts that line the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, lie on what used to be Mayan territory. Just look around – with smaller to mid-sized archeological sites such as Tulum and Coba to the south, and larger, more famous sites such as Chichen Itza and Ek Balam to the west and north, it appears that the ancient Maya were also drawn to the mesmerizing beauty of the Caribbean waters.
With each archeological site within driving distance, ranging from 30 minutes to two hours, visitors at Puerto Aventuras have the ability to go back in time and witness the ancient Mayan civilizations as they once were – fierce, intelligent, and mystical. In addition to ancient structures, natural wonders such as the region’s cenotes (sinkholes), that the Maya believed to be gateways to the underworld, can also be found nearby.
These water-filled sinkholes once acted as human and material sacrificial sites for the ancient Maya. Now filled with turquoise waters and abundant marine life, a dive down into these cool pools will not only be refreshing, but truly breathtaking. One such cenote is the Gran Cenote at nearby Tulum. Wherever you go, and whatever you do, remember this – the ancient Maya once stood where you stand.
2. The region is home to the world’s second largest coral reef
When visiting a tropical paradise such as Mexico’s Riviera Maya, it’s safe to assume that visitors expect to see at least some marine life during their stay. While witnessing exotic fish, sharks, manta rays, and urchins may be expected, what few individuals realize about Puerto Aventuras and surrounding resorts is that the very water in which they reside is home to the world’s second largest coral reef!
Known as the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, or Great Mayan Reef, this stunning underwater environment extends over 600 miles (965 kilometers) from Isla Contoy at the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay Islands of Honduras. Home to over 500 fish species and 100 plus types of coral, the reef offers Puerto Aventuras visitors some of the best snorkeling and diving in all of the Riviera Maya.
In addition to marine life, the reef system includes various nearby protected areas and parks, including the Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park, Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, and Cayos Cochinos Marine Park. When interested in visiting any of these amazing sites, be sure to research Riviera Maya private tours that offer all-inclusive packages. One thing is for certain – if you came looking to get a glimpse of life below the surface, Puerto Aventuras and its surrounding waters are sure to leave you speechless.
3. Dolphins inhabit the nearby Caribbean waters
With such abundant marine life throughout the region, one might expect to witness some of the Caribbean’s larger inhabitants, such as certain species of sharks, sea lions, and sea turtle when visiting Puerto Aventuras. What most do not expect to see, however, are dolphins. Think again! At nearby Dolphin sanctuaries, you can swim and even interact with dolphins while learning all about their habitat and behaviors. In addition, sites often provide shelter for native sea lions and manatees.
While certain species of dolphins are native to Caribbean waters, such as the Bottlenose Dolphin, your best chance at seeing them (and interacting with them) is at one of the region’s dolphin sanctuaries. Popular nearby parks feature several dolphin encounter packages designed for kids and adults of all ages. Just imagine receiving your very own dolphin kiss, handshake, or even song during one of these unforgettable encounters! One of the greatest gifts that the oceans and seas extend to visitors are chances to connect with amazing, intelligent marine mammals. Don’t miss out on this unique and memorable experience.
4. The area offers some of the world’s best deep-sea fishing
There’s a distinct excitement that one experiences when, after waiting patiently on the boat, you feel a slight tug on the end of your fishing line. Thoughts of what could be on the other end start to race through your mind – is it a Sailfish or seaweed? How about a Mahi Mahi? This type of thrill is often associated with one sport – deep-sea fishing.
A sport that Mexico prides itself on calling one of their biggest attractions for fishermen and women from around the globe, deep-sea fishing has become one of Puerto Aventuras’s greatest attractions. With numerous opportunities to hit the waters with experienced guides, reliable boats, and quality equipment, you are guaranteed to have a one-of-a-kind experience. Species found in abundance in the nearby waters of Puerto Aventuras include Sailfish, White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Wahoo, Tuna, Barracuda, and Mahi Mahi to name a few.
While the sport is respected and very popular, many guides only allow you take home certain species of fish, while the majority must be returned to the waters from which they came. This is part of a greater effort to preserve the region’s diverse marine life and beauty. If you don’t have time to deep-sea fish, check out the Puerto Aventuras catamaran tours – they’re another great way to experience life at sea via boat!
5. It’s close to everything!
For those who are unfamiliar with the Riviera Maya, it’s easy to misunderstand how far apart one town is from another. The good news – they aren’t far apart at all! In fact, locations such as Puerto Aventuras provide its visitors with the ideal location. One hour away from Cancun, 30 minutes away from Tulum, and 20 minutes away from Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras couldn’t be in a more ideal location. This allows its visitors the ability to travel with ease to nearby attractions such as the famous beaches of Cancun, world-renowned diving sites off the island of Cozumel near Playa del Carmen, and the famous Mayan ruins of Tulum. In addition, there are numerous cenotes, wildlife parks, marine reserves, and picturesque towns just a car ride away. Talk about options! While Puerto Aventuras may have enough to offer you during your stay, be sure to venture out and explore nearby destinations – you won’t be disappointed!
There you have it – the five fun facts to know while visiting Puerto Aventuras! If you weren’t convinced before, there is no question that’s changed upon learning more about this truly remarkable Mexican destination. Home to some of the most spectacular Riviera Maya diving sites, marine life, beaches, and ancient ruins, visitors are sure to reminisce on their time spent at this exceptional Mexican treasure.