Villa Ixchel
Beachfront Vacation Rental on the Caribbean Sea in Mexico

Puerto Aventuras

Puerto Aventuras is a unique jewel in the Riviera Maya.  It is a thriving international community, with a harbor, a marina, and beaches, and yet it provides privacy and exclusivity.

The biggest V.I.P.s of the Riviera Maya, who can afford to live anywhere, choose to live in Puerto Aventuras with their families, because of its natural beauty, amenities, tranquility, and safety.  It is a gated community that has a safe, relaxing feel about it.  Nearby Playa Del Carmen is a fast-growing city, with shops, restaurants, night life, and major stores.  However, it has become congested and less desirable as a place to live or to base your vacation.  The traffic in town gets gridlocked at times during the day, and parking is often difficult.  People who live in Puerto Aventuras will take the 20 minute drive or taxi ride there to take advantage of the amenities, but they are happy to return home to Puerto.

Throughout the community you will find people of all ages, walking, running, riding bikes, skateboarding, riding golf carts, or in their cars.  There is a lot of cultural diversity, and everyone seems to get along and interact.  You often see young children running around the village in the evening, perhaps speaking a mix of Spanish, English, French, and other languages.  The parents don't worry that they'll get into trouble.  You don't see this sort of thing in most communities in the United States anymore.

Puerto Aventuras is a real community.  Some of the local businesses are owned by people who have come from other countries, so the town has an international feel.  The locals know one another and newcomers are welcome.  It doesn't take long to feel like you are part of the community if you vacation here a couple times.

Puerto Aventuras is unique in part because of its marina and boats.  It is the only major marina in the Riviera Maya.  You will find boats of all description, for recreation, fishing, and small commercial operations.  Fresh fish is brought into town daily, which you can buy at the docks, and is served at the local restaurants.  There are a number of choices if you want to charter a boat for deep sea fishing.  There are also specialty boating tours available such as catamaran and adventure tours, if you just want to get out there on the water and explore.

One of the special attractions of Mexico's Caribbean coast is the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef system.  It is the second largest living coral reef in the world and the largest in the Atlantic Ocean.  It extends more than 400 miles from the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula southward to Belize, Guatemala, and the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras.  The reefs are the principal reason the large fish are so plentiful in the area.

Puerto Aventuras offers a wide variety of ways to enjoy the coral reefs in a spirit of respect, conservation, and great fun!  You can scuba dive from shore, or take a charter boat out to explore offshore.  A number of world-class, professional scuba diving shops and services can help you realize whatever adventure you have in mind.  Even if all you want to do is snorkel in the protected bay, or go out in a sea kayak, you will find shops and services in town who can help.

For those who want to venture above the waves, rather than below, you can parasailwith highly professional operators.  The office is located in the village and the boats depart from the marina.  In Fatima Bay (in front of Villa Ixchel), you find all kinds of water sports, including snorkeling through the coral, boggie boarding, paddle boarding, and kayaking.  Kitesurfing has become very popular, and on many days you will see serveral kitesurfers going back and forth and around the Bay, their kites dancing and criss-crossing.

You can get up close and personal with dolphins at the Dolphin Discovery in the village, the only independent dolphin facility in the Riviera Maya.

There is a golf course, tennis courts, and a skate board park for those in need of more recreation.  However, if what you really need is deep relaxation and to attend to your own health and well being, there are massage and spa services, some affiliated with the major hotels in town.

Puerto Aventuras has a full compliment of shops to handle the domestic needs of residents and vacationers, including three small grocery stores, two pharmacies, a beauty salon, movie rentals, a number of gift shops and galleries, and a money exchange.  You can do just about anything you need to do without leaving town.

A Super Chedraui just opened in Puerto.  This is super-store like a Wal-Mart, located across road from the gated entrance to Puerto, walking distance or a short taxi ride.  This makes major shopping even more convenient.

In addition, there are a number of restaurants, each with its own unique charm, in addition to the fine restaurant and bar at the Omni Hotel.  You will find Mexican, American, Italian, and Japanese cuisine, along with perfectly prepared steaks and seafood.  Many of these restaurants have outdoor seating where you can watch the people and dolphins play.  There is also live music and shows, ranging from fine musicians playing bossa nova and singing in Portuguese, to dancing with fire and drums.

One of the favorite restaurants in the marina village is Mango's, serving fresh seafood (from the docks) and steaks, all charcoal grilled to perfection, with outstanding sauces.

To take an online tour of Puerto Aventuras, click here.