Two bicycles parked in front of a beach, under a tree

Instead of an All-Inclusive Resort, Check Out Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

Welcome to the gated town of Puerto Aventuras, a quiet community on the stunning coast of Mexico's Riviera Maya. Located just 15 minutes south of Playa del Carmen and 30 minutes north of Tulum, this self-contained destination offers the comfort and convenience of an all-inclusive resort, without feeling like you're at a resort. 

Two bicycles parked against a palm tree overlooking the beach in Puerto Aventuras Mexico

Where to Stay

There are many options for where to stay in Puerto Aventuras. If you prefer a hotel, you could stay somewhere like the PA Beach Club, the Catalonia, If you're looking for something more boutique, you could try Chez Waffle, a French-themed B&B with a restaurant that features healthy staples like açaí bowls, but also has a wonderful selection of sweet and savory waffles. If you want to stay in an apartment, check out any of the higher-end complexes, including centrally-located and stunning Porto Bello, beach-front Villas del Mar, or lagoon-facing Aventuras Club.

Spend a day at the Beach

Puerto Aventuras has a beautiful beach that spans from one end of town to the other. The easiest access point is either through the PA Beach Club for residents and hotel guests or through the public access pathway to the right of the PA Beach Club. All beachfront properties have direct access, including both homes and condominium complexes. The water is calm and near coral reef if you want to swim laps and snorkel on your own. The PA Beach Club also offers a beach bar with chairs on one end and a swim up pool on the other end. Their bar menu is also quite tasty: I highly recommend the arrachera steak nachos!

If you want a quieter beach experience, you can start walking to the right after passing the beach club, and it will be quieter. Ditch the bulky beach chair, and bring your lightweight comfortable Ola Bola instead!

Woman sitting on a calm tropical beach reclining against her Ola Bola Original Travel Anywhere Bean Bag

Have a Yacht Party

It's not uncommon to see some party animals on a yacht excursion in Puerto Aventuras. Fun groups like bachelor and bachelorette often book 4-hour yacht parties through Yacht ExperiencesRiviera Elite, H2OH Sun Cruises or any number of other options. You're sure to enjoy some sun, fun, and probably copious amounts of tequila while exploring in style. Viva Mexico! Bring your Ola Bola for added comfort when you're sitting on the front of the boat. #boatculture

Man and woman reclining against their Ola Bola Original Travel Anywhere Bean Bags on a yacht in Puerto Aventuras

Engage in a Range of Water Sports

From jet skiing and parasailing to snorkeling and paddle boarding, there's no shortage of excitement here! Whatever water activity you already enjoy doing or would like to learn, Puerto Aventuras has it, and Aventuras Water Sports is where you'll find it. The water around Puerto Aventuras is calm, crystal clear, and just perfect for a dip.

What's the Deal with Dolphin Discovery?

Ever dreamt of swimming with dolphins? Well, Puerto Aventuras has got you covered! Dolphin Discovery, located right in the heart of the town, offers an incredible opportunity to interact with these intelligent creatures. Get ready to make some new flippered friends and experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Just remember to bring your best dolphin jokes along!

Four dolphins in Puerto Aventuras Mexico at the Dolphin Discovery

Go Scuba Diving

Are you an experienced diver? or perhaps a novice looking to get certified? Look no further! Puerto Aventuras has several dive shops where you can get PADI certified or join an excursion of experienced divers, including Aquanauts on the marina (near the dolphins!). So, put on your water wings and get ready to make a splash, you little mermaid!

Book a Fishing Trip

Booking your fishing excursion or yacht party in Puerto Aventuras is as easy as casting a line. This is a great destination for fishing enthusiasts. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned pro, Puerto Aventuras offers a wide range of fishing excursions to suit every skill level. From deep-sea fishing for marlin and sailfish to inshore fishing for snapper and grouper, there's no shortage of options. Book a fishing excursion with Poverty Sucks or Berserker, grab your sunscreen, put on your captain's hat, and let's dive into the exciting world of fishing excursions and yacht parties in Puerto Aventuras! Just be careful not to stumble upon any mermaids.

Indulge in Culinary Delights around the Marina

After a day full of adventure, it's time to satisfy your taste buds. Make your way around the Puerto Aventuras Marina to any number of local restaurants. Try Cafe Ole, a family-owned restaurant that offers a delightful fusion of Mexican and US cuisine, often with live music in the evenings. Pro-tip: you can bring your freshly caught fish here and they will prepare it to your liking on the spot! You can also check out Lara y Luca which has a delightful menu on the healthier side (try the avocado toast!), or Paparazzi if you fancy authentic Italian dining (the spaghetti carbonara comes out in a parmesan cheese wheel, just sayin' sayin' sayin' sayin'). For the best happy hour in town, head to the Nauti Burro for a beer, shot of tequila, martinis or even a fruit smoothie! With many options to choose from, you're sure to find something you'll enjoy.

So there you have it – a glimpse into the quirky charm of Puerto Aventuras. From swimming with dolphins to getting crazy on a yacht, this gated community has it all, and you never even have to leave the gates. So pack your bags, put on your adventure hat, and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime. Puerto Aventuras is waiting to welcome you with open arms and a playful spirit!

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