Travel Tips: The La Semilla local guide to Riviera Maya

This is our guide to enjoy and experience Riviera Maya to it’s full potential.  Each place shown here was specifically chosen for you to have a unique experience as a local…

Top Picks

  1. Island of Cozumel 
    • Snorkel Adventure  Have a wonderful experience snorkeling around the island on different reefs enjoying the beautiful weather.
  2. Soliman Bay
    • The Restaurant @ Hotel Jashita  This is a small eco-friendly hotel located in front of a beautiful bay with delicious Mediterranean food.
  3. Xcacal
    • Beach and Cenote  This is a unique beach which is totally deserted.  It is a very relaxing place with a cenote within a 5 minute walking distance from the beach.
  4. Akumal (Sea Turtles)
    • La Buena Vida  A nice and laid back ocean front restaurant that serves Mexican food in a mellow environment.  A great to place spend a day relaxing.
  5. Xpuha (beaches)
    • KSM Beach Club  Enjoy your day in this great, calm beach club where you can learn how to kite surf.
    • La Playa Beach Club  A relaxing place with great service and delicious Mediterranean food.
    • Al Cielo Have lunch in this laid-back restaurant with a very relaxing view (reservation needed).

Parks and Tours

  1. Xcaret
    • This park has a bit of everything from rivers, caves, and museums to a unique night show that highlights the best of Mexican culture.
  2.  Xel-ha
    • This park is great if you like to snorkel as most of it’s activities are dedicated to water sports and adventures.
  3. Xplor
    • This park is perfect if you are looking for a little adrenaline rush.  Here, you’ll find park activities that are more extreme such as cliff diving and ATVs.
  4. All Tour Native
    • You can enjoy a different kind of tour with All Tour Native– it is a company we highly recommend.  Each tour has a bit of a cultural side– from architectural ruins to snorkeling and zip-lining each experience includes a Mayan ceremony and a bit of education.
  5. Hertz
    • Feeling adventurous?  Renting a car is a great way to experience Playa del Carmen and beyond as a local.  We can help you decide what to do and map out your perfect day without the hassle of a group tour.


  1. Jardin Eden
    • Enjoy yourself in this outdoor cenote.  It is a great place if you wish to feel relaxed and calm.
  2. Cenote Azul
    • This best cenote for families.  Here you can enjoy many rock pools with shallow water where kids can play safely.
  3. Cristalino
    • Very refreshing and usually pretty quiet.


  1. Papaya Playa
    • A laid back hotel that offers great food, great service and a unique view.
  2. La Zebra
    • Have a calm lunch in front of the beach.  This is a family friendly restaurant but offers late night salsa lessons every Sunday.
  3. Casa Jaguar
    • This wonderful restaurant is located in the middle of the jungle and offers a culinary adventure.
  4. Gitano Tulum
    • A Mexican restaurant that is great if you wish to have a wonderful night full of great music.
  5. Hartwood
    • An exclusive and small restaurant with all-natural cuisine.
  6. Coqui Coqui
    • A unique property that makes it’s own perfume and scents.  Enjoy the beautiful beachfront with a romantic massage.


  1. Puerto Morelos
    • This is a very small fishing town filled with local artisans, restaurants and more.
  2. Puerto Aventuras
    • A very small town with a nice stretch of beach.
  3. Valladolid
    • A typical Mexican town, rich in culture with authentic local restaurants and a beautiful plaza to stroll around.
  4. Merida
    • This town is filled with authentic Mexican architecture from the houses to the main shopping streets.


  1. Tulum Ruins
    • This archeological ruin is located in front of the beach, a unique and breathtaking view.
  2. Coba Ruins
    • Rent a bike and wander around getting to know these ruins that are located inside the jungle.
  3. Muyil Ruins
    • This archeological site is very small but surrounded by lots of small towns and cenotes.
  4. Chichen Itza
    • One of the seven wonders of the world– we highly recommend getting to know this capital city of the Mayan World.


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