The family-friendly gated community of Puerto Aventuras is located along Mexico’s only Caribbean coast, just south of Playa del Carmen and the Cancun International Airport in the Riviera Maya. The exclusive Puerto Aventuras development is home to some of the region’s best real estate, including villas, condos, hotels and a picturesque marina. The town is always clean, safe and well-maintained, and it is also home to a beautiful, 9-hole, par 36 Thomas Leman-designed golf course.
“Many foreigners live in Puerto Aventuras full or part time, so the community has an international feel,” wrote USA Today. “Puerto Aventuras is considered the center for sport fishing in the Riviera Maya, so activities, hotels and restaurants abound.”
How Far is Puerto Aventuras from Playa del Carmen?
Situated about one hour south of the Cancun International Airport and less than 30 minutes from downtown Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras also happens to be just 30 minutes north of Tulum. Built on ancient Mayan territory, Puerto Aventuras today is relatively quiet, safe and patrolled around the clock.
Home to the area’s only maritime museum, visitors come to enjoy the small-town vibe of this exclusive community. Added Bonus: It’s only about 2 hours from Puerto Aventuras to Chichen Itza, which is one of the world’s most amazing ancient Mayan sites.
Puerto Aventuras Excursions
It’s virtually impossible to get bored in Puerto Aventuras, which offers a dizzying array of excursions for all ages, skill and adventure levels. Be sure to keep an eye out for local wildlife while you practice your swing at the golf course, or head over to the marina and swim with the dolphins and manatees at Dolphin Discovery.
You can also opt to go sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling or sport fishing at the marina, or simply head to the beaches and relax. The main beach is found along the 1.5-mile-long Fatima Bay, offering amazing snorkeling, while Chan Yu Yum lies just to the south of Fatima and Chac Hal Al lies just to the north of the main bay.
Best Restaurants in Puerto Aventuras
You’ll quickly discover that Puerto Aventuras is home to a wide array of international dining establishments and not one chain restaurant (trust us, you won’t miss them)! We like the Hippo Lounge on the marina if you’re looking for a casual, open-air dining experience, or Pelican Point for great cocktails and a quiet, cozy atmosphere that always features the day’s fresh catch.
“Xenote boasts the only palapa beach bar in Puerto Aventuras,” shared USA Today. “Watch the big game at Trebol, or have a cerveza and chips and salsa at The Pub.”
A few other excellent options: Gringo Dave’s is tops for international food and karaoke, while Café Café offers free Internet access and Pizzeria Puerto Aventuras delivers if you feel like staying in. As you can see, there’s no shortage of amazing places to eat in Puerto Aventuras.
Puerto Aventuras Hotels and Condos
The charming beach town of Puerto Aventuras is largely made up of residential condos and villas, so the development’s restaurants, shops and hotels are held to strict zoning requirements designed to protect the area’s natural beauty. There are a few five-star hotels, like Dreams Puerto Aventuras and Aventura Spa Palace, while smaller boutique hotels like Casa del Agua and Casa Mariposa offer a more intimate experience.
Visitors can also rent a spacious condo or villa that comes with its very own private pool, rooftop deck and all the services and amenities of a major resort, with room for the entire family to come join the fun. No matter where you decide to stay in Puerto Aventuras, rest assured that you’ll enjoy the time spent here and leave hoping to return soon.
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