Riviera Maya is home to some of the best attractions the Yucatan has to offer, making it easy for you to enjoy the natural splendour and historic wonder. This region offers an extensive array of fascinating ruins to explore, many of which also feature picturesque viewpoints of the surrounding nature and waterfront.

    When you visit this region, you and your partner can find as much adventure or relaxation as you want. No matter what your tastes are, you won't have to look far to find something to your liking. Check out the best things to do for couples in Riviera Maya.

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    Paradise Beach

    Visit a picturesque beach

    Paradise Beach is a popular beach in Cozumel where you'll find soft sands, turquoise waters, and quite a few shopping and dining opportunities. As one of the most popular beaches in the riviera, you can expect some serious crowds here, so visit during the morning on weekdays if you want to avoid others.

    Along the soft sands here, you'll see quite a few fun shops and delicious restaurants to enjoy. You can find local handicrafts as well as all the equipment you need for watersports, including kayaks. The beach is located on the northwest side of the island.

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    Location: Quintana Roo, Mexico

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    Chichen Itza

    Venture to a pre-Columbian city

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    Chichen Itza is a pre-Columbian city built by the Mayans, and you can explore its still-standing and well-preserved ruins. Different aspects of the complex date back to different time periods, with the oldest dating back to the 7th century and the newest hailing from the 13th century.

    Visiting this site makes you feel as if you've stepped back in time, which is a surreal experience you're sure to enjoy with your partner. It's designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well, so you can count on plenty of information available detailing exactly what you're looking at. It's located a few miles west of Playa del Carmen further inland.

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    Location: Yucatan, Mexico

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 4.30 pm

    Phone: +52 985 851 0137

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    Temazcal

    Participate in an ancient steam bath ritual

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    Temazcal is a unique spa encounter in which you and your partner can immerse yourselves in a steam bath for an invigorating experience both physically and spiritually. The word Temazcal comes from the Nahuatl language for "house of the vapour," essentially meaning that this experience is like that of a sweat lodge.

    When you and your partner visit a Temazcal lodge, you can enjoy not only heat and steam but also medicinal herbs that can help with your breathing, making you feel revitalised afterwards. You can find this activity around the north side of the riviera in several locations along the coast.

    Location: Carr. Cancún, Merida, C. Jacaranda 18, El Ramonal, 77540 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

    Phone: +52 998 147 5723

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    Tequila Factory

    Dive into tequila production

    The Tequila Factory is far more than a place to grab a drink, as you can also engage in a thorough tour of the entire process here. They'll walk you through their process and let you see the fields of original Azul Weber Agave used to craft authentic artisanal tequila.

    Your visit will also include tequila tastings in which you can try more than 5 different kinds and get thorough explanations of each. You can experience it all for yourself in the Playa del Carmen area.

    Location: 5 Av. Nte. 5, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77720 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

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    Eco Spa

    Relax at a spa in the jungle

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    The Eco Spa is a must-visit destination for couples looking to enjoy relaxation on a whole new level while immersing themselves in nature. At this spa, you'll find a variety of areas available, including designated pools and springs as well as natural features throughout the surrounding jungle.

    The staff here use numerous traditional remedies and treatments to take your relaxation experience to the next level, making it an intimate experience for you and your partner. It's all available in the jungle around Tulum.

    Location: Calle, Mercurio Ote., 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +52 984 166 8052

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    Valladolid

    Find fun in the city

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    Valladolid is a thrilling and historic city in the region where you'll find a thriving gastronomy scene as well as numerous historic sites. Fine dining is easy to enjoy when you visit, thanks to its unique dishes like Lomitos de Valladolid, which is a delicious bit of pork served with tomato sauce.

    Among the historic sites here, you'll find convents and churches that date back centuries. Of course, you can also visit several cenotes to see natural sites that have been popular with travellers for hundreds of years. See it all for yourself a few miles west of Playa del Carmen.

    Location: Quintana Roo, Mexico

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    Bistro Bleu Riviera Maya

    Taste refined cuisine

    Bistro Bleu Riviera Maya lets you get a taste of France during your Mexican holiday with high-end French dishes served in a refined fine-dining atmosphere. You and your partner can enjoy French fare, including options for both traditional classics and innovative entrees, crafted by renowned executive chefs.

    The atmosphere of this restaurant is positively Parisian with sleek and sophisticated surroundings. The service is also top tier, and the staff members work hard to ensure that the food makes your taste buds sing. You'll find it all a few miles north of Playa del Carmen.

    Location: Carretera Federal, Cancun - Chetumal Km. 48, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 5.30 am to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +52 984 206 4000

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    Hacienda Antigua

    Set out on a tequila tour

    Hacienda Antigua lets you take a tour of tequila production that starts with the spiky plant and finishes with the final product that you can enjoy a tasting of. You and your partner will be taken on a tour of the entire facility, which typically lasts about 20 to 25 minutes in total.

    At the end of the tour, you can enjoy a tequila tasting and see how the types of agave used can change the flavour of the final product. Keep in mind that this is fine liquor rather than the knock-it-back-shot-style tequila you're probably used to. You can experience it all near the centre of Cozumel island.

    Location: Unnamed Road, 63724 Úrsulo Galvan, Nay., Mexico

    Phone: +1 805 801 8304

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    Botánico

    Immerse yourself in nature

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    Jardín Botánico Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marín is a stunning botanical garden that you and your partner can walk through to see vibrant greenery and impressive plant life. Encompassing more than 160 acres of space, these gardens are packed full of towering trees and tropical plants.

    When you visit the gardens, you'll find that a fair portion of the acreage is dedicated solely to local plants, so you can see some of the best the Yucatan has to offer. Walking trails throughout the gardens make it easy to see everything. You'll find it all on the south side of Joaquin Zetina Gasca north of Playa del Carmen.

    Location: Carretera Federal Chetumal, Carr. Cancún - Tulum Kilometro 320, Pescadores, 77580 Puerto Morelos, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 8 am to 4 pm (closed Friday–Sunday)

    Phone: +52 998 206 9233

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