Cancun, Riviera Maya (MX)
Located in the Mexican Province of Quintana Roo, the Riviera Maya is a stretch of Caribbean coastline in the northeastern Yucatán Peninsula. The Riviera Maya isn’t only known for its numerous all-inclusive resorts, long beaches and nightlife in Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum.
The Riviera Maya is also one of the world’s top sport fishing destinations. Thousands of people head to Mexico to go fishing in Riviera Maya: offshore it’s one of the best places for Billfish, tuna, wahoo & Mahi Mahi. Bonefish, Jack Crevalle, Tarpon, Permit, and Snook are the top species when inshore fishing.
The deep-water channel off the Yucatan Coast squeezes the Gulf Stream as it passes by on its journey northward. This "funnel" effect causes an upwelling and an abundance of bait fish and of course their predators.
The best offshore sport fishing in Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen fishing tends to take place from 15-35 miles from shore where the guides target Marlin, sailfish, tuna, wahoo & dorado. This means that longer trips are highly recommended for people whose sights are set on a Billfish. Most Riviera Maya deep sea fishing charters troll with live bait such as Bonito and Blue Runners, although dead Ballyhoos, cut bait, and artificial lures with skirts and teasers are also popular.
In Riviera Maya bottom fishing is good all year round. Captains prefer bottom fishing during winter time when off shore fishing and flats fishing is rather slow. Natural bait such as squid, shrimp or cut fish is ideal to catch Amberjack, Snapper, Grouper and all kinds of smaller reef fish.
Anglers who want to try surf fishing should load up with shrimp and squid for the best reaction from the local Snappers and Permit. Bocapaila and Ascension Bay flats, Isla Mujeres and Isla Blanca or the Nichupté Lagoon are hotspots to target all kinds of inshore predators with artificials like Poppers, spinners, stick bait and jigs.
The flats are also ideal fly fishing in Riviera Maya. Fly fishing fans can target tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Permit and Bonefish in these crystal-clear waters.
January: Yellowtail (Amberjack), Grouper, King Mackerel, Snook, Tarpon, Tuna, Wahoo, Snapper
Playa del Carmen fishing in February: Tuna, King Mackerel, Wahoo, Yellowtail, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Snook, Jack Crevalle
March: Tuna, King Mackerel, Wahoo, Yellowtail, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Snook, Jack Crevalle
April: Marlin, Permit, Snook, Tarpon, Wahoo, Dorado (Mahi Mahi), Great Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Jack Crevalle
May: Blue & White Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Dorado, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, Jack Crevalle
June: Marlin, Sailfish, Permit, Snook, Tarpon, Trout, Wahoo, Dorado, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, Jack Crevalle.
July: White & Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, Dorado, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, Jack Crevalle.
August: Sailfish, Tuna, Mackerel, Wahoo, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, Jack Crevalle.
September: Deep sea fishing Playa del Carmen in September will produce fish including Sailfish, Tuna, Yellowtail, Wahoo, Barracuda and King Mackerel. Inshore there's Grouper, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, Jack Crevalle.
October: Tuna, King Mackerel, Wahoo, Yellowtail, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Tarpon, Jack Crevalle
November: Snook, Grouper, Snapper, Barracuda, Yellowtail, Wahoo, King Mackerel, Tuna (deep sea fishing)
December: Fishing Playa del Carmen in December will produce species such as Snook, Grouper, Snapper, Barracuda, Yellowtail, Wahoo, King Mackerel, Tuna
Apart from fishing in Riviera Maya you can also go cycling, kite surfing, mountain biking, snorkelling & diving, sailing, hiking and much much more. Visit the water & amusement Parks. Book a day trip to Tulum or Playa del Carmen.
Visit the complex of Mayan ruins Chichen Itza, by far the most well-known attraction in Yucatan and maybe in the whole country!
Enjoy the local food in the hundreds of bars & restaurants of the area.
If you are fishing from the shore, you will not need a fishing license. However, Mexico has strict fishing regulations for fishing from boats. Essentially, every person aboard a boat that has fishing equipment on board is required to have a license.
You can purchase a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly fishing license through CONAPESCA’s.
You can find more information on their website, Conapesca
If you plan on using a fishing charter, most charter boats include fishing licenses in the cost of the charter, but to be sure it is best to ask when booking your trip.