On A Visit to Riviera Maya? Try Out Fishing & Other Fun-Filled Activities
Posted: Oct 18, 2017
The Riviera Maya is famous worldwide for its spectacular white sand coastline that stretches from North to South for around 80 miles. This natural and cultural paradise that boasts cenotes, extensive cave system, subtropical jungle, Mayan ruins and the incomparably beautiful Caribbean Sea is what makes it a popular tourist destination amongst savvy travelers.
If you love fishing, look no further, because fishing in Riviera Maya is a much-admired activity which will give you memories to cherish for a lifetime. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can even book a Riviera Maya fishing charter on which you can also try snorkeling and scuba diving escapades too along with other adrenaline rushing activities.
Because the waters surrounding Riviera Maya and Cancun are so fertile, it isn’t hard to figure out why Riviera Maya fishing is famous amongst anglers from across the world. When it comes to the type of fish you can expect to catch, the water here is home to Billfish, Dorado, Sharks and Wahoo, just to name a few. Other popular types of fish like Barracudas, Tuna, Snapper, and Grouper can be caught year round. Fisherman make Cancun their home away from home because they can catch White and Blue Marlin, Dorado, and Sailfish.
There are several types of fishing in the Riviera Maya, from fly fishing to deep sea fishing with something for all fishermen of varying experience.
FLY FISHING – Fly fishing can be done using an artificial bait called a fly which is made out of animal feathers or hair. This type of fishing is done in shallow, clear waters, reaching starting at a foot deep. This kind of fishing can be done in the sea, lakes, lagoons or rivers. Bone, Permit, and Tarpon can be spotted in the remote saltwater flats and shallow brackish bays of the Mayan Riviera. It is advisable to seek help from the crew on board the yachts and get a seasoned guide who can take you to the best spots.
DEEP SEA SPORT FISHING – There is nothing more fun-filled and thrilling than reeling in the trophy of all fish, the sailfish, especially while you're sailing on the crystal clear waters. The Riviera Maya is a fisherman’s paradise with world-class sports fishing year round. For deep sea fishing, there are two types of fishing techniques, they are trolling and bottom fishing.
BOTTOM FISHING – If you're more of a bottom fishing person, look forward to groupers and a variety of snappers such as Mutton Gray, Yellow Tail, and Cubera. If you’re a beginner angler or are vacationing with one, you might end up getting bored with bottom fishing very fast. Often the sea becomes a bit rowdy thus making the bottom fishing pretty uncomfortable for the whole day. Be sure to ask your captain for advice if you’re opting for this type of fishing.
OTHER ACTIVITIES ASIDE OF FISHING
EXPLORE MAYAN TEMPLES – The most popular sites are Chichén Itzá and Tulum. Chichén Itzá is home to some of the largest buildings that date back to the Mayan era. Tulum is arguably the most beautiful Mayan temple due to its location on a cliff that overlooks the sparkling Caribbean.
PLUNGE INTO A CENOTE – These are very accessible via natural sinkholes. The water filled caves offer a refreshing and rejuvenating experience to swim in cold and crystal clear waters. The caves differ in size, shape, and depth, with some deep enough for repelling and rafting. It is amazing.
VISIT ISLA HOLBOX – Mexico's best-kept secret, Holbox is easily accessible by Riviera Maya fishing charters. Its famous for its large congregation of whale sharks, pink flamingos, and tropical fish. And for adrenaline junkies, Holbox is the safest beach to learn kiteboarding.
Most of the fish species enlisted above can be spotted throughout the year, for example, tuna, wahoo, and the reef fish. Whatever time of the year you are here, there is some exciting and unexplainable about the experience of fishing in Riviera Maya. And, the activities that you can try your hand at during your leisure time are also available all throughout the year.
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