There are a variety of different on-site and off-site excursions and activities in which guests can choose to participate, which are not included as part of the 'all-inclusive' package. Representatives of the various attractions will be stationed in the Barceló lobby to answer any questions or to assist with making reservations. We have included a small selection of popular activities below for reference.
Barceló Maya provides a full-service spa that offers a variety of packages for those seeking to be pampered, including Swedish and Mayan style massage, Couples massage, Tropical massage and more. See the available services and prices.
The resort provides a full-service, PADI certified dive center operated by Dressel Divers. All levels of PADI courses are offered, from recreational diver all the way to instructor training, and both 'deep-sea' and shallow dives are available. Barceló Maya also offers a free, daily scuba diving class throughout the various swimming pools where interested parties can try scuba diving in the safety and security of a controlled setting.
A variety of motorized sports are offered including: Jet-skis, Wave-runners, Para-sailing and ATV's. Activities vary in cost. More information located here.
Playa del Carmen
The near-by town of Playa del Carmen offers authentic Mexican style shopping, food and scenery where visitors can experience the look and feel of a small Mexico town.
There are several ecological parks located a short distance from the Barceló property. Eco-parks offer a range of services including cenoté tours, jungle tours, scuba diving tours and dolphin swims. Each of the eco-parks in the area is known for the various activities. Please visit their respective websites for more information.
The Riviera Maya is known for the ancient Mayan ruins that are located all throughout the area, and several world renowned ruin sites are located within reach of the Barceló Maya. The closest Mayan ruin site is Tulum, which is located about 20 minutes south and is easily accessible via guided tour, taxi, bus or colectivo. Other ruin sites include, Coba, which is about an hour south of the resort, and, Chichen Itza, which is several hours drive and would be considered a 'day-trip'.
Cenoté (say-NOH-tay): Is a sinkhole formed by underground water eroding away limestone. Cenotés were the primary source of water in the Yucatan peninsula and many were considered sacred by the Mayans. The top layer is fresh water, but deeper down there is salt water. The depth of fresh water varies depending on how far from shore the cenoté lies. The transition for the Chikin Ha cenoté is about 11 meters. Prior to the last ice age, the entire Yucatan Peninsula was underwater. When the water levels dropped, the land was made up mostly of fossilized coral and limestone. Over the years falling rain easily eroded the limestone leaving huge underground caverns and caves filled with fresh water pools. These caverns and caves are called Cenotés and are often admired by sightseers and recreationalists alike for their beauty, allure and thrill. Here is a link to more information on cenotés.