The Dave Matthews fan’s guide to Riviera Maya

There are plenty of things to do in Riviera Maya. But one of the most fun things to do is see a Dave Matthews concert, which takes place in February.

There are plenty of things to do in Riviera Maya. But one of the most fun things to do is see a Dave Matthews concert. Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds return to the all-inclusive Barceló Maya Grand Resort (comprised of Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial, Barceló Maya Tropical, and the all-suite, AAA Four-Diamond Barceló Maya Palace) in Riviera Maya, Mexico for the third installment of their annual Caribbean getaway. Taking place February 15-17, 2019, this four- or five-night, all-inclusive concert vacation is a music lover’s dream come true. Lucky attendees will get three nights of music on the beach in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. At a Dave Matthews Band concert, the inimitable tunes are the main draw. But while you’re here you’ll have plenty of chances to explore the best of Riviera Maya. Here are a few ideas of things to do in Riviera Maya while you’re not rocking out on the beach.

Mayan Immersion

History comes to life in the Mayan Riviera. You can’t visit the area without paying tribute to its namesake: the Mayans.

  • Chichén Itzá, isn’t just a UNESCO World Heritage Site – it was recently named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, alongside such attractions as Machu Picchu, the Taj Majal and the Roman Colosseum. In other words, it’s one of the best things to do in Riviera Maya. Chichén Itzá was once the Mayan people’s cultural and economic capital, and as you explore you’ll feel deeply connected to this advanced civilization, via towering pyramids, ornate temples and expansive ballcourts.
  • Tulum is perhaps one of the most iconic historic spots in all of the Mayan Riviera. The city emerged during the decline of the Mayan civilization during the late Postclassic period (circa 1200-1520 AD), and its privileged position, perched on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, made it a vital part of trading and sea routes.


“One more drink and I’ll move on,” Dave sings on his classic song “Grace Is Gone.” But it’s hard to move on when you’re tasting authentic Mexican tequila in Riviera Maya. Tequila is Mexico’s adult libation of choice, and there’s no better place to experience it than here. You can enjoy tequila in all its forms at Barceló Maya’s poolside Coco Bar and elsewhere throughout the resort. Here are a few more options:

  • In Playa del Carmen, pay a visit to the Tequila Academy, where you’ll get a crash course in tequila history, culture and varieties (you’ll never mistake reposado from añejo again).
  • In Cancun, a visit to the Tequila Herradura Sensorial Museum will showcase the modern and traditional artisanal methods of making this powerful and delicious elixir.
Good to know: Moderation is always recommended but drinking 100 percent pure blue agave tequila is a hangover-free experience. Learn more about Riviera Maya tequila.

Off-the-Beaten Path Adventures

There will be plenty of time for beaches and all inclusive comfort during your Dave Matthews getaway. But one of the best things to do in Riveria Maya is to take a little time to get off the beaten path at these fascinating attractions.

  • The Jungle Place is a sanctuary for the endangered Spider Monkey. It currently provides a safe home for more than 80 of these remarkable, highly intelligent creatures. On a tour of the grounds, you’ll get to see Spider Monkeys at play and have an up-close-and-personal experience with some of nature’s most amazing animals.
  • A literally hidden gem, Rio Secreto (the Secret River) is an underground system of caves that boasts stunning, mocha-colored stalagmites and stalactites and luminous, crystal clear turquoise waters. You can swim in the natural pools and explore the caves, discovering a world beneath Quintana Roo.
  • Located about 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen in Akumal, the Yal-Ku Lagoon is a snorkeler’s dream come true – no matter what your level of experience may be. As you float through the calm, clear and shallow waters, you’ll come across dozens of species of tropical fish, coral and sea turtles. It’s an absolutely pristine ecosystem
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