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Alternatives to Tulum - Costa Mujeres, Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya

Updated: Jun 9, 2023

What to Discover when staying at Costa Mujeres, Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum


From the calm, crystalline waters of Costa Mujeres to the vibrant nightlife of Cancun, the rich biodiversity in Playa del Carmen and Tulum - there's always something magical waiting around every corner!


When staying at Costa Mujeres - A Hidden Gem

If you're in search of serenity, look no further than Costa Mujeres. This hidden gem boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico. The turquoise waters are perfect for snorkeling, and you may even spot a playful turtle or stingray on our Isla Mujeres Excursion!


While staying at the resorts like Atelier, Planet Hollywood Cancun, Majestic Elegance Costa Mujeres, Excellence Playa Mujeres, or any other in the Cancun area, we highly recommend to take the Whale Shark Encounter of your bucket list.

To swim with Whale Sharks Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, or anywhere else in the Riviera Maya Kay Tours is here to offer you the best tour in the area! Just check our reviews on Trip Advisor.


We will pick up everywhere from Tulum to Costa Mujeres and will start the day with a light breakfast at the marina. The boats pick us up around 07:30 AM so we have a head-start of the mass-tourism.


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When staying in Cancun - More than Just Nightlife


While in Cancun and Costa Mujeres, don't miss our new visual opportunity "Crystal Cancun", or as others like to call it "CANCUNSTAGRAM", which promises an unforgettable experience of cruising the stunning waters of Cancun in a transparent boat.



During the 1 hour and 15-minute boat ride, you'll be mesmerized by the breathtaking underwater views and enjoy two complimentary drinks per person.

Our bilingual guide and photographer will make sure you have a blast and capture every moment of your adventure. Round-trip transportation from your hotel's lobby is included.



When staying in Playa del Carmen - A Haven for Nature Lovers


Playa del Carmen is more than just beautiful beaches. Its proximity to some of the most exciting natural habitats like Turtle Bay and our Secret Underground Cenote makes it an ideal destination for nature and adventure enthusiasts.



Experience green sea turtles in a protected sanctuary, followed by snorkeling in crystal clear water of a breathtaking underground river system not open to the public. This private excursion is the perfect getaway from the hotel pool for just 3 or 4 hours.



When staying in Tulum

Our "Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Adventure" allows you to experience one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, where you can see a variety of wildlife, including dolphins, manatees, and numerous bird species.

Intrigued about these natural wonders? Check out our private excursion in order to Explore the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve and to learn more about this UNESCO World Heritage site.


Alternative to Sian Ka'an


If you're seeking an adventure that promises the natural beauty of the Riviera Maya without the rather long travel distance of Sian Ka'an, we have the perfect option for you - a charming Mayan community just outside of Tulum.


Nestled within a lush jungle landscape, this area is a haven for eco-adventure enthusiasts. Offering a blend of cultural heritage, natural beauty, and adrenaline-pumping activities, this hidden gem is just a short drive from Playa del Carmen and even shorter from Tulum, making it an easy and accessible day trip.


One of the main attractions are the three open-air cenotes. These natural limestone sinkholes, filled with pristine waters, offer a refreshing dip in an otherworldly setting. Each cenote is unique, providing a distinct experience whether you're swimming, snorkeling or simply soaking in the serene surroundings.



The community is home to a beautiful lagoon where visitors can partake in a tranquil canoe ride, gliding along the mirror-like water while surrounded by the sounds of nature.


If you're seeking an adrenaline rush, it won't disappoint. With four zip-lines crisscrossing the jungle, you can soar above the treetops and experience the Riviera Maya from a bird's-eye view. The zip-lines vary in height and length, catering to both beginners and seasoned thrill-seekers.


After a morning of outdoor activities, you'll undoubtedly work up an appetite. And that's where the Mayan community's cultural experience truly shines. You'll be invited to enjoy a traditional Mayan lunch, prepared by the local community. This authentic meal provides a taste of the rich culinary heritage of the Mayan people, a perfect way to refuel before continuing your adventures.


Learn more about our Mayan Jungle Trek.


Finally, regardless of which option you choose, you can expect the Kay Tours guarantee: private, personalized experiences; knowledgeable, multilingual guides; and a commitment to safety and sustainability.

The magic of the Yucatan Peninsula extends far beyond the archaeological site of Tulum. Whether you are a beach lover, a history buff, or an adventure seeker, we have something that will make your vacation unforgettable. So, come explore the Riviera Maya with us - we can't wait to share its magic with you!



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