The Riviera Maya has come a long way from being an undeveloped coast with few amenities other than gorgeous beaches and crystal clear waters with dolphins, sea turtles, and colorful reef fish. Fortunately, the coast still offers the same suite of natural attractions and a quiet, relaxed attitude in many areas but especially so around Tulum.

That said, the Riviera Maya near Tulum also offers a wide variety of activities for just about every taste. The following are just three of several popular activities to enjoy in this beautiful part of Mexico:

Tours to Mayan ruins: Extensive, fantastic ruin sites such as Chichen Itza and Coba are easily visited on day trips from Tulum hotels. Take a tour to these and other Mayan sites to climb a pyramid, admire Mayan stone carvings, and learn about this fascinating culture.

Swimming and diving in cenotes: Several cenotes beckon with clear deep waters and fantastic underwater sights. They can be experienced with a swim, by snorkeling, or on a guided dive.

Relaxing on the beach: As simple as it sounds, this might be the most popular activity in Tulum. You will understand why as soon as you see the stunning white sand beaches and gorgeous waters!