Mayan Riviera Sightseeing and Activities
Casa Rosa adjoins some of the region's most spectacular sights. Just 10 minutes to the south are the historic Tulum Ruins. These are among the most accessible and impressive Mayan ruins, and are the only major beachfront Mayan settlement. They are a most worthwhile half day trip. After the ruins, stop by the Tulum beaches for an incredible several mile long, hundred foot wide picture perfect beach afternoon.
Thirty minutes from Casa Rosa are the Mayan Ruins of Coba. This mysterious, lakefront city is a delightful find, and you can rent bicycles to ride around for extra fun! For the slightly more adventurous, a three hour journey takes you to the crown-jewel of the Mayan culture, Chichen Itza. A long day trip, or a wonderful overnight trip, you will forever remember your time at this UNESCO World Heritage marvel.
Closer to home, in fact directly across the highway, is the Hidden Worlds Cenote. Site of the IMAX film of the same name, you will have a surprisingly chilly, amazing experience swimming in fresh water, stalagmite-laden caves. There are many other cenotes in the area, so bring your snorkel and fins and a good travel guide, and you'll be exploring this region for years.
For those who love the open waters, fishing, snorkeling and diving experiences abound. In our bay, you can hire the Tankah Inn Dive Shop to take you past the reef break to further explore the local waters. In both Akumal and Tulum, you can rent fishing boats, take scuba lessons, and explore shipwrecks with expert divers.
If you love golf, you will be delighted by the wide range of options available. There are 13 existing courses between Cancun and Tulum, and a dozen layouts bearing the names of famous designers are either under construction or are planned. Nearby there is a 9-hole course is located north of Akumal at the Puerto Aventuras Golf & Tennis. Further north is the more established Playacar Golf Club, sporting a Robert Von Hagge designed 18 hole, 72 par championship golf course with a distance of 7144 yards. Junior fees, twilight fees and club rental available. A bit further to the north is the PGA-embraced Mayakoba course, El Camaleon, which offers an unparalleled golfing experience, and is on the caliber with the best courses in the world.
We are proud to support three excellent local organizations and encourage you to drop by and visit them during your time in the area and also consider an online donation to these worthy causes supporting them as well. The first is the Hekab Be Library, an inspiring youth educational and literacy program in Akumal. Vist their website here. They are doing vital work for the youth in the area and if you were to make just one donation, your donation will have the greatest impact with the Hekab Be Library.
The second group we support is the Centro Ecological Akumal. They have been working for years to protect the region's turtles and the local ecology. They are located on the beach in Akumal and you can visit their educational center to learn about their sustainability and ecosystem management issues that are helping to save the reefs and turtles throughout the region. Visit their website here.
The Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental, AC (CEMDA) is a non-governmental, apolitical and non-profit organization that for 25 years has worked for the defense of the environment and natural resources. They are one of the main organizations of the environmental civil society in Mexico whose fundamental axis of work is the strengthening, consolidation, harmonization, application and effective compliance of the current legal-environmental system. Visit their website here.