AAA Editor Notes
Rancho Punta Venado is at Mex. 307 Km marker 278 (on the e. side of the highway), s. of Xcaret and about a 10-minute drive s. of Playa del Carmen. This large, rustic working ranch is also a tourist-oriented eco-park with more than 2 miles of uninterrupted coastline. The main activity is a guided horseback riding excursion through tropical scrub jungle and along a stretch of unspoiled beach. If you have riding experience be sure to mention it; you'll go with a different guide on a spirited horse and have more of an adventure.

Other activities include Waverunner and jet-ski rides, ATV rides through a jungle habitat, a walk through a cavern system followed by an ATV ride to a cenote for swimming, and snorkeling at a nearby protected reef. And if you just feel like kicking back on a chaise lounge shaded by a palapa, there's also a beach club on the premises.

Personal cameras are not permitted. Fees are discounted if tickets are booked online. Age and weight restrictions apply for some activities.

Guided tours are available. Food is available.

One-hour horseback ride $60 (U.S.); 2-hour ride $90. ATV jungle ride and reef snorkeling adventure $70. Beach Break (includes a truck ride through jungle, a 45-minute reef snorkeling excursion, buffet, open bar and free time at the beach) $45. All-day activity package (includes shared Waverunner and ATV rides, a visit to a cenote, horseback riding and reef snorkeling) $160. Other activity combinations are available; fees vary. Bottled water, snorkel gear and safety equipment are included. Transportation to the ranch from Playa del Carmen is extra. If you're not participating in an organized activity, there is a cover charge for beach club use, and you'll be expected to order food and/or drinks. There are small fees for locker and towel rentals. Advance reservations are required for all trips. Cash only.
Ranch open daily 9-5. Horseback trips and ATV/snorkeling adventure excursions depart daily at 9, 11 and 2. All-day activity package begins at 9 a.m. Allow 4 hours minimum.
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