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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. With trips lasting 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!
 
Riviera Maya is home to the majestic Mesoamerican Reef, where you’ll encounter Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Hogfish, and Barracuda. Mix up a short trip with some snorkeling, or fill the cooler on a full day. 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. Although it’s possible to battle these beasts on a half day trip, a full day adventure allows for more action. 
 
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 a Marlin in less than four hours. These locations are dotted with plenty of charter captains, too!
 

 

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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January

Kick off the year with some rod-bending action against huge bottom fish at the Playa del Carmen Deep Jigging Tournament. Who said reef fish are just good for eating?!

February

The Isla Mujeres Island Time Fishing Tournament offers excellent bluewater action targeting Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and King Mackerel in February.

March

People have gathered at Chichen Itza temple for centuries to watch the spring equinox. If you don't fancy the journey, Cancun's Food and Wine Festival has great local specialities for you to enjoy.

April

The Riviera Maya Film Festival offers screenings of the world's best productions, with cinemas set up in Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos. The first Marlin will be showing up there, too.

May

The Ascension Bay Permit Tournament offers inshore action for a good cause while Cozumel's Rodeo de Lanchas Mexicanas (Rodeo of Mexican Boats) provides serious big game battles.

June

The billfishing season is at its best in June, with Blue and White Marlin and monster Sailfish offshore. Inshore, you've got all your favorite fly fishing species - Permit, Tarpon, Snook, and Bonefish!

July

July is peak tourist season... for fish! Us humans tend to go in the winter, though, so you can score some serious deals and serious catches if you head there this time of year.

August

If you can take the heat, the shallows are swarming with top game fish in August. FIsh your way to an Inshore Super Grand Slam then go for a swim to cool off and celebrate!

September

Mexican Independence Day is celebrated in style each September. Every town is alive with singing and dancing, as people remember the efforts of great Mexican revolutionaries. Viva Mexico!

October

Want to witness one of the ocean's most incredible events? Tulum's turtle festival is a must-visit activity for nature lovers. See baby turtles make their way into the ocean, and even help them on their way!

November

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival draws major names from across the world to Playa Del Carmen. November also marks Mexico's Dia de los Muertos (day of the dead), a unique and unmissable event.

December

Across the Yucatan Peninsula, people get ready for Christmas with processions, prayer, and solemn reflection. Meanwhile, you can be out fishing for huge Snook, Tuna, and King Mackerel!

Riviera Maya Fishing Calendar

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3/4 day trip
Clint J. fished with The Rusty Hook on October 9, 2021
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Come ready to be instructed and get ready for a workout and a fun day.
Half Day with Captain Hector
FishingBooker Member fished with Fishing Cancún Charters on October 6, 2021
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If you are heading out with someone who is prone to sea sickness, make sure they take some Gravol or something similar to reduce sea sickness.
Great trip!
Aaron C. fished with La Chulada Tours on September 21, 2021
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Yes, it was a great time and good fishing.
First time ocean fishing
Jeronimo R. fished with SportfishingCancun - Mamacita on September 18, 2021
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Wouldn’t suggest if you are known to get motion sickness. I was fine but it’s a hour ride back so it’s not the best if you don’t feel well
Half day trip
Michael J. fished with Manny Tours on August 16, 2021
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Easy to book. Easy to find. Great experience.
Great trip
Zach B. fished with Aquadventures - 30' Grand Slam on August 3, 2021
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Mahi-Mahi was good, but we didn’t catch much else.
Gardi Crew Review
Yuma L. fished with Gardi Crew on July 30, 2021
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Sit back and enjoy. Also don't be discouraged if you don't catch anything, there will be better days. After all, it's called fishing not catching.
July fishing trip
KEVIN F. fished with Abrimar Fishing Tour Cozumel on July 27, 2021
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I Went reef fishing but should have went deep sea price differenceis nominal.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Riviera Maya

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Riviera Maya costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $368, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $673. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Riviera Maya is 32 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, Knotty Hooker Charters – Reel Hooker, La Chulada Tours, and Cancun Light Tackle & Fly Fishing Tours are some of the most popular fishing charters in Riviera Maya. Full list of top fishing charters in Riviera Maya.

Knotty Hooker Charters – Reel Hooker, La Chulada Tours, and Cancun Light Tackle & Fly Fishing Tours all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Riviera Maya.

The best way to experience fishing in Riviera Maya is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Riviera Maya.

The most popular fish species you can target are Barracuda (Great), Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), and Sailfish. Top fishing techniques include trolling, bottom fishing, and deep sea fishing. Offshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Want to witness one of the ocean's most incredible events? Tulum's turtle festival is a must-visit activity for nature lovers. See baby turtles make their way into the ocean, and even help them on their way! Check availability for local fishing charters in Riviera Maya.