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Riviera Maya Travel Guide

Fishing in Riviera Maya

Mexico’s Riviera Maya is a land of ancient ruins, beautiful beaches, and fish-filled waters. Travel the length of this coastline and you’ll discover anything from bustling tourist hotspots to remote islands.

Something that doesn’t change, however, is the excellent fishing action on offer. Just hop aboard one of the many Riviera Maya fishing charters to begin your adventure!

If it’s inshore fishing you’re after, make your way to Isla Mujeres and Isla Blanca, where you’ll find Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit, and Snook. Then there’s Ascension Bay, which is brimming with these species as well as Jack Crevalle and Barracuda.

Riviera Maya is home to the majestic Mesoamerican Reef, where you’ll encounter Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Hogfish, and Barracuda.

Then there’s the incredible deep sea action on offer – Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Tuna inhabit waters only a few miles from shore. A full-day adventure is the best option.

For inshore fishing, head to Cancun to explore Islas Mujeres and Blanca. Tulum is your “go-to” place for Ascension Bay.

The island of Cozumel will see you dropping lines around the reef just a mile from shore, and Playa del Carmen could see you hooking up a Marlin in less than four hours. These locations are dotted with plenty of charter captains, too!

Usually, such fishing trips last anywhere from 4–8 hours, a shorter adventure is the perfect introduction for newbies and families. Seasoned fishing enthusiasts should opt for a full day to test their skills!

Rules & Regulations: You’ll need a valid Mexico fishing license to explore Riviera Maya’s many fisheries. Cast off alongside a local captain, and this will generally be covered for you.

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