Often referred to as the “Nautical Paradise of the Mayan Riviera”, the quiet and chic town of Puerto Aventuras, Mexico is making waves in the Mexican tourism industry. While it remains mostly a world renowned, exclusive community, on the east side of Highway 307 visitors can enjoy trendy hotels, local bars, and the all-inclusive resort lifestyle.
What once started out as a small, coastal village with little more than an elementary school, local shops, and a church, the community of Puerto Aventuras has grown into a charming port town where fancy yachts and large recreational fishing boats glimmer and bob along the Carribean’s surface. Here, guests will find a variety of experiences: beautiful days laying out on the white sandy beaches, exploring the community’s two large marinas, enjoying a round of golf at the local golf course, partaking in local aquatic activities, or enjoying the town’s unique cuisine at a number of local restaurants and pubs. In sum, there are plenty of things to do in Puerto Aventuras. Sound like your type of get-a-way? Count me in!
While this all sounds great and dandy, what truly makes the town of Puerto Aventuras so special is its close proximity to some of the region’s most spectacular eco-friendly activities. What is ecotourism, you ask? Often defined as tourism directed toward exotic, often threatened, natural environments, intended to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife, it can also be said to include tourism directed towards the conservation of local culture and customs.
Located just 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen and around 50 minutes from Cancun International Airport, Puerto Aventuras’ location couldn’t be more ideal. By staying in Puerto Aventuras, you put yourself in a prime position to enjoy some of the region’s top eco-friendly attractions (both on and off the beaten track). But let’s be honest – the “off the beaten track” attractions are where the excitement lies.
With ecotourism growing substantially in popularity all throughout Mexico, it is no surprise that the Riviera Maya is one of the leading regions in providing visitors with a plethora of eco-friendly activities and excursions. Regional tours include (but are not limited to) visits to underground, freshwater cenotes (sinkholes), snorkeling and diving tours alongside the region’s coral reefs and vibrant marine life, visits to ancient Mayan ruins and present day indigenous communities, as well as a number of Mexico’s most miraculous biosphere reserves and nature parks. While Puerto Aventuras offers guests an unparalleled opportunity to relax – its surrounding landscape offers nature buffs and thrill seekers the pristine chance to explore local culture and wildlife.
A few of the most successful eco-friendly activities near Puerto Aventuras can be found at the nearby Sian Ka’an – home to abundant flora, fauna, wildlife tours, underwater excursions, and more. Try out our Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve Adventure to experience these destinations at their finest.
While it’s hard to imagine anything superior to the region’s exhilarating nature activities, excursions to nearby archeological sites that were once inhabited by ancient civilizations, such as the Maya and Toltecs, are equally impressive. Some of the most famous tours include visits to the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza, as well as the Coba ruins tour – which takes visitors to an ancient site nestled deep in the tropical rainforest.
Some tours to Coba not only offer visitors the opportunity to explore the sites’ ancient structures, but also to learn about and interact with present-day indigenous communities that have inhabited and relied on the surrounding natural environment for hundreds – if not thousands – of years. Talk about an immersion experience! Come experience our Tulum, Coba, and Maya Village Adventure to enjoy the best that all of the cultural activities have to offer.
Some of you may picture a completely different type of “immersion” experience – one where you immerse yourself in the warm, crystal clear waters of the Carribean. Well, you’re in luck. With world famous snorkeling and diving sites all through the region, water enthusiasts are sure to be impressed. Home to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the Carribean shores of the Riviera Maya are home to some of the world’s most lively waters. Stretching nearly 620 miles (1,000 kilometers), the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef provides shelter to the Carribean’s vibrant and diverse marine life, making local destinations such as Puerto Aventuras, Cozumel, and Isla Mujeres (a small island near Cancun) world renowned dive sites. Enjoy these lively waters as you take the plunge below the water’s surface and catch a glimpse of the remarkable underwater ecosystem at play. This experience is sure to grow your appreciation for nature’s truly fascinating beauty. Our Cozumel 2 Tank Scuba Diving Tour is sure to leave you breathless (well, not really – you’ll still have your tanks!)
You can’t forget to enjoy the region’s incredible bird watching tours. With a plethora of tours available – by boat or on foot – you won’t want to miss out of this truly unique experience. Afterall, Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is widely recognized as an important birding region and boasts an incredibly diverse resident bird population and an equally diverse migratory bird population due to its strategic location.
To date, more than 500 species have been viewed in the Yucatan Peninsula, representing nearly 50% of all the bird species registered in the country. On our Sian Ka’an Bird Watching Tour you will have the opportunity to enjoy a guided excursion led by our expert and local Mayan guides, as well as explore the diverse ecosystems of the Sian Ka´an Biosphere Reserve. As a great mix of nature and culture, this tour is one that you are sure to remember for years to come.
So, as you plan your next trip to the lovely Mexican Riviera Maya, consider a top-notch location like that of Puerto Aventuras. As you relax on the white sand beaches, you can make a list of all the nearby eco-friendly excursions that you wish to experience. The list should be plentiful, as the majority of these activities are right next door, hidden deep within the lush Caribbean landscape. Whether it’s to explore the region’s vibrant flora and fauna and ancient ruins, or to immerse yourself in the local culture and warm, Caribbean waters (with some of the best snorkeling in Cozumel), your trip to Puerto Aventuras is sure to be a great success. Open your mind to this new destination, a new experience, and to the region’s un-matched eco-friendly excursions. You won’t be disappointed.