Riviera Maya Resorts – 5 Romantic Things To Do

Sebastien Chaneac

We absolutely love Mexico as a gay holiday destination. Places like Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City have a huge gay scene and you can't go wrong with Mexican food. It's a paradise for diving fans and also has some of the best beaches.

We personally favour the beaches on the Caribbean side along the Riviera Maya, a 93 miles stretch of Caribbean coastline in Mexico's Northeastern Yucatán Peninsula. The Riviera Maya is also the perfect base to visit ancient Mayan sites and to do some world class diving. This is our 5 favourite romantic things to do in the Riviera Maya, which we recommend to all gay couples.

Stay in a luxurious Riviera Maya resort

The Riviera Maya has some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in Mexico. You can find some of the best bargains here for both Riviera Maya Resorts and hotels.

There are also a handful of adult only gay friendly hotels such as the Royal Hideaway Playacar and the Adonis Tulum Riviera Maya Gay Resort & Spa. Most are located right on the beach and near one of the main transport hubs in the region. Hotels in the region are a mix of all inclusive resorts, romantic villas and boutique hotels.

Massage on Playa del Carmen beach

Playa del Carmen is one of our favourite beach destinations. It was originally a small fishing town, which grew popular because of its long stretch of white powder sandy beach. The beach actually runs the entire length of the city and it's very easy to find you're own little private spot. Even better, you can get some super affordable massages here for around $30 USD for 1 hour session.

We also love the long pedestrian walkway in Playa del Carmen called La Quinta Avenida or Fifth Avenue. It is lined with hundreds of boutique shops, bars and restaurants. As far as romantic things to do in the Riviera Maya go, a day trip to Playa del Carmen was one of our favourites.

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A relaxing massage on the beach in Playa del Carmen

Diving in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef

After scuba diving in the Komodo National Park in Indonesia, we had some pretty high expectations. Luckily for us, the Riviera Maya  is home to the second largest reef system in the world, offering some of the best dive sites.

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef extends over 600 miles from Isla Contoy at the Northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula all the way to the Bay Islands in Honduras. It contains more than 66 species of stony corals and over 500 species of fish, as well as sea turtles, manatees, dolphins and whale sharks.

Some of the best dive spots include the Manchones Reef, Cancun's Underwater Museum, and the C58 Shipwreck.

Discovering the Tulum ruins

Tulum was one of the last cities the Maya inhabited, which served as a major gateway for connecting the Yucatan Peninsula and the Gulf of Mexico with the Mayan peoples of Honduras and modern day Central America. It was initially built as a fortress and unlike most other Mayan sites, it is located right on the coast.

If you're visiting the Riviera Maya, we think you should definitely schedule a day trip to the Tulum National Park. It's not only an excellent way to get a deeper understanding of this ancient civilisation, but the views across the Caribbean from the Castillo clifftop are just stunning.

Romantic sunset dinner cruise

We love our romantic cruises, in particular our liveaboard yacht in Indonesia and our luxury gay cruise in the Galapagos Islands.

The Riviera Maya is the perfect spot to charter a sunset cruise and enjoy the tropical surroundings over a romantic dinner for a special occasion. You cannot beat this as the ultimate way to impress your other half.

We recommend asking your Riviera Maya resort for recommendations for the best sunset dinner cruises near to where you'll be based.

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A romantic sunset cruise in the Riviera Maya

For more romantic inspiration, read about Playa del Carmen restaurants.

Happy travels are safe travels

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Sebastien Chaneac

Sebastien is the co-founder, editor and author of nomadicboys.com. He is a tech geek, a total travel nerd and a food enthusiast. He spends the majority of his time planning Nomadic Boys' travels meticulously right down to the minute details. Sebastien has travelled to over 80 countries with his partner in crime and the love of his life, Stefan. He regularly shares his expertise of what it’s like travelling as a gay couple both on Nomadic Boys and on prominent publications ranging from Pink News, Matador, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian and many more. Originally from France, Sebastien moved to London in the early 2000s where he pursued a career as a computer programmer for Thompson Reuters and Bloomberg. He subsequently left it all to explore his passion for travelling around the world with Stefan to hand, and thus Nomadic Boys was born. Find out more about Nomadic Boys.

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