An hour south of Cancún along Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya has always been adventure-friendly—the perfect base camp from which to kayak in sea coves, explore Mayan ruins, and swim in cenotes. And now, thanks to the opening of Woodward Riviera Maya, a 29,000-square-foot indoor lifestyle and action sports center, this past fall, the hotel is in a league of its own. Here are ten reasons why it’s the perfect vacation destination for adrenaline-seeking kids of all ages.
1. It Has All the Sports Covered
The state-of-the-art facility was purpose-built to help practitioners of parkour, BMX jumping, skateboarding, skiing, and snowboarding master everything from the basics to X Games-worthy aerial acrobatics.
2. They Have the Best Instructors
Under the guidance of longtime Woodward instructor Shelby Snyder, local coaches with years of experience help anyone progress beyond the basics to jaw-dropping tricks.
3. All Skill Levels Are Welcome
Show up for an introductory group session in your sport of choice to learn the ins and outs of the facility and get familiar with the ramps, jumps, and trampolines. Then come back for a drop-in session later that day or hire a pro instructor for a one-on-one tutorial that will break down each component of a trick and set you on a course to nail that move.
4. You Can Learn to Fly
Woodward’s gigantic facility features special ski and snowboard ramps and kicker jumps, as well as skate and bike ramps that dump jumpers into deep foam pits. It’s the same safety-first setup used by the pros to dial in their complex aerial tricks. Want to try a backflip on a bike or skis? This is the place to do it.
5. The Gear Is Already Here
Guests can rent boards, BMX bikes, scooters, helmets, and pads so there’s no need to schlep all your gear through the airport. Snowsports fans can try out Woodward’s patented ParkBoards™, designed and manufactured by Burton Snowboards, and ParkSkis™, both of which roll on wheels.
6. GoPros for Everybody!
A partnership with action-camera pioneer GoPro means Woodward visitors can shoot footage of friends and family working their tricks all day, then retreat to a fully-outfitted editing classroom and learn the finer points to video editing from an instructor. No camera? No worries, you can rent one.
7. It’s a Watersports Paradise
Step outside the facility and you’re back at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, where you can swim in one of the hotel’s multiple pools, dive into the protected swimming lagoon right off the beach, or head out into the Caribbean for a snorkel or kayak expedition.
8. It’s Base Camp for Riviera Maya Adventures
A short drive from the hotel takes you to cenotes, the natural, freshwater sinkholes scattered throughout the Yucatán jungle that are great for snorkeling and renowned for their crystal clear water and access to underground rivers. Or head out to explore the Mayan cities of Chichén Itza, famed for its almost 70-foot high pyramid rising out of the jungle, and Tulum, an ancient fortress that overlooks the Caribbean.
9. There’s Great Live Music and Nightlife
Big-name acts from the Eagles to The Avett Brothers to Widespread Panic regularly play the beachfront stage at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Nightclubs catering to adults, teenagers, and preteens can help burn off any excess energy leftover after Woodward.
10. It’s Easy to Get To
The hotel is an easy 60-minute drive from the international airport in Cancún, which is a three- to four-hour flight from most major U.S. airports. Airport transfers to the hotel can be booked through Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya directly.
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya accommodations start at $400 per-night, based on double occupancy. To book a vacation experience at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, visit www.hrhrivieramaya.com, call 888-680-7625, or contact your preferred travel professional. For more information about Woodward please visit www.woodwardrivieramaya.com.