From the Riviera Maya there are many tourist attractions that are within reach. I leave you a list of proposals for one-day routes from Riviera Maya that you can do by rental car.

If you dare to rent a vehicle to know the area, I suggest some route proposals by car from Riviera Maya that you can find attractive. These are places you can visit in a day from your hotel, all well indicated. Some driving suggestions They will also be useful for you in this area.


Chichén Itzá - cenotes - colonial city of Valladolid.

Chichén Itzá It is the jewel in the crown of the Yucatan Peninsula, it is the top excursion for travelers visiting this area. Chichén is about 2 hours driving from Riviera Maya. On the way you have the colonial city of Valladolid, very beautiful and authentic. Between one visit and the other you can visit some of the recommended cenotes zone from Valladolid: Do you have the Ikkil, those of Dzitnup, even the super cenote Zací in the very center of Valladolid. You can have lunch in Valladolid.

How do I make this excursion? All the information to go to Chichen Itza by car

Routes by car from Riviera Maya. ZA Chichen Itza.

 Tulum archaeological site - Cobá archaeological site - cenotes

Many take advantage of the proximity of these two archaeological zones of very different landscapes, to make a day trip. Between the two visits to ZA Tulum y ZA Coba you have time to visit one of the Cobá area cenotes, for me the most beautiful are the Multun Ha and  Mul'ichi Ts'on'ot in the town of San Juan de Dios. You can also enjoy the cenotes on the Tulum-Cobá road such as Gran Cenote, one of the most visited and beautiful. You can have lunch in the town of Cobá, there are several restaurants.

How do I make this excursion? All the information to go to Tulum, Coba and cenotes

Tulum, Riviera MAya. Mexican Caribbean.

 Cobá - cenotes - Punta Laguna: spider monkey reserve.

If you are from places of nature, you can visit Cobá, that you can travel by bike, then visit one of the cenotes of the Cobá area, for me the most beautiful are the Multun Ha and  Mul'ichi Ts'on'ot in the town of San Juan de Dios. And in the afternoon you can go to Punta Laguna, where local guides offer tours of this spider monkey sanctuary. It is a good time to be in Punta Laguna around 15pm to see the monkeys. You can have lunch in the town of Cobá or in Punta Laguna, where there is also a restaurant.

How do I make this excursion? All the information to go to Coba and Punta Laguna by car.

Lagoons of Pen´nsula de Yucatán.

 Tulum archaeological zone - turtles in Akumal - Yal-kú lagoon

If you fancy a day of natural aquatic landscapes without doing many kilometers, you can visit visit tulum, swim on the beach Akumal with the turtles in their habitat and keep swimming in the afternoon in the caleta de Yal-kú, which is also in the town of Akumal. Enter the beach of the turtles and the Yal-ku creek there is a restaurant called The good life, with great views of the sea (sometimes it is too full). There are several restaurants in Akumal for lunch.

How do I make this excursion? All the information to go to Tulum, swim with turtles and Yalkú creek.

Akumal, swim with turtles

 The Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

La Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve It is one of the most spectacular natural places near the Riviera Maya. Ideal to travel by car for free, do you dare? If you wait until Punta Allen you will see on excursion dolphins in their natural habitat, and not the controversial dolphin swim excursions that invade the Riviera Maya. Here a wild, natural and special adventure awaits you.

How do I make this excursion? All the information to travel freely Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

Mexican Caribbean beach.

Visit beaches and cenotes for free

It's easy to get there in private car to several beaches and cenotes of Riviera Maya and vicinity.

If you are very beach, you can visit several in the area. From Akumal, where you bathe with turtles, to other beautiful ones like Paamul, XpuHa, Overall, Suleiman, Tankah o Xcacel. All these are from the best beaches of Riviera Maya.

In time of turtle spawning (from May to September) you can see them spawn at night in Tulum, Akumal and Xcalcelito. Here is a practical guide for see turtles in Riviera Maya.

On the beaches of Xcalcelito and Tankah there are cenotes. In the Playa del Carmen road In Tulum there are several cenotes to visit, which you can combine with the beaches: cenote Dos Ojos, Cristalino, Eden, Azul, Calavera, Gran Cenote, Chikin Ha, Crystal, Hidden.

It is not necessary to rent an 4 × 4 to move around the Peninsula. My option is book the car via internet because it is usually cheaper. If you come at Christmas, Easter and summer I recommend doing it in advance.

Book from Rentalcars, they give you the price comparison between companies and you can see the opinions of other customers.

There are a thousand combinations to enjoy this paradise, I hope you serve the ideas to enjoy the place.
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