World-class sportfishing, snorkeling and swimming with dolphins are some of the best things to do in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico. Whether visiting with the family or on your honeymoon, this picturesque resort town on the Mayan Riviera boasts myriad opportunities for both adventure and relaxation. Perfect your tan on pristine, white-sand beaches or take a stroll along the marina, where quaint boutiques and cafes offer both sophisticated shopping and cuisine. Puerto Aventuras promises the exciting, diverse attractions of a larger tourist city, but with the quiet charm of a smaller town.
Planning a getaway with small children in tow? The bays around Puerto Aventuras are known for their relatively calm, shallow waters – perfect for little ones who are still leaning to swim! In fact, Puerto Aventuras beaches are among the Riviera Maya’s most family-friendly, with gentle surf and soft sands that are ideal for building sandcastles. Looking for more adventure? The crystalline waters are great for snorkeling, swimming and boogie boarding. Xpu-ha Beach gets rave reviews for its postcard-perfect setting, tranquil waters and smattering of eateries that serve up the best nachos in Mexico!
The epic deep sea fishing of Puerto Aventuras is often featured in top magazines like the Saltwater Sportsman. While the prime billfishing months are April and May, blackfin, bonito, dorado, kingfish, snapper and wahoo can virtually be caught year-round. Head to the Puerto Aventuras marina to book a half or full day charter, helmed by veteran captains who know the area’s best spots for trolling and casting a line. Most reef fishing catches like snapper and grouper can be kept for a fresh seafood dinner, but boat operators practice conservation, so all billfish are released after a quick trophy photo.
Explore the vibrant marine life and underwater seascapes of the world’s second largest coral reef. For those who are interested in scuba diving, Dive Aventuras has a highly trained and experienced team including PADI dive masters, multilingual guides and state-of-the art diving boats. Want to advance your skills? Local operators offer specialty courses focusing on Nitrox, Deep water and Cavern diving. Lucky divers may even spot whale sharks, which frequent the waters between June and September. Or, book a snorkeling tour from Puerto Aventuras for chances to float above a maze of coral reefs and swim alongside colorful parrot fish, angel fish and sea turtles. Tours include roundtrip transportation from your hotel, bilingual guides, equipment and life jackets, and a tasty lunch.
If you only do one thing in Puerto Aventuras plan an entire day at The Dolphin Discovery facilities, where you can swim and play with dolphins, learn about their behaviors and even interact with sea lions and manatees. This popular eco park features several dolphin encounter packages designed for kids and adults of all ages. Enjoy getting your very own dolphin kiss, a handshake and even a special song during an unforgettable encounter with these amazing, intelligent marine mammals.
A vacation to Puerto Aventuras is not complete without setting sail on the glorious Caribbean Sea. Experience the breathtaking vistas on a luxury yacht or catamaran tour, with opportunities to snorkel, swim, fish or just lounge and socialize over some delicious rum punch. Sailing charters can be family-friendly or strictly adult fun with open bars and gourmet eats prepared by friendly crew.
Ready to hit the links? Puerto Aventuras boasts a challenging 9-hole Par 36 golf course designed by PGA player Thomas Lehman. Surrounded by lush vegetation, towering palm trees and flowering bougainvillea, the course is open from 7:30 am until sunset. The Puerto Aventuras Golf and Racquet Club has a well-stocked pro shop that offers club rentals, gear and drinks.
For those who are interested in arts, culture and history, a visit to Puerto Aventuras does not disappoint. The following attractions and sites make for an interesting day trip:
From authentic Italian pizza and fresh sushi to jerk Jamaican chicken, varied dining options abound in Puerto Aventuras. Taco Paco serves up mouthwatering fish tacos, while Café Ole at the marina is famous for their Kansas City ribs and casual American fare. The thin crust pizzas and homemade pasta at Massimo’s never disappoint while Xenote at the Omni Beach Resort consistently ranks among the area’s best restaurants for ambience, views and freshly caught seafood.
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