There is nothing particularly Mexican about Puerto Aventuras. During the 1990s, as more tourists were identifying the Riviera Maya as an excellent vacation spot, a marina was built 10 mi/16 km south of Playa del Carmen with berths for up to 250 boats, and facilities for sportfishing and watersports.
The resulting sprawling planned resort and condominium complex also houses shopping, restaurants, a golf course and tennis courts. Many of the town's shops and restaurants are built around a series of waterways where "dolphin experience" opportunities are offered. It's also home to the Riviera Maya's only maritime museum.
Visitors enjoy biking, roller skating or simply walking among the main plaza's monochromatic buildings and tropical vegetation. A kiosk offers occasional art exhibitions, and local musical groups sometimes perform there, as well.
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