The Best Luxury Sunset Sailing in Riviera Maya Mexico in 2023
Are you looking for luxury and romance on your next vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico? Look no further than a sunset sailing excursion with Riviera Maya Catamarans!
As a travel blogger that lives in Playa del Carmen, I recently got to experience a private sunset catamaran sail and dinner under the stars.
My experience onboard the luxury catamaran, “Da Vinci”, was nothing short of dreamy. The 34-foot catamaran comes with a private chef, crew, and fully stocked premium bar for an effortless luxury sailing experience.
In this post, I’ll give you all the details on what to expect, who it’s best for, and how to book your own luxury sunset sailing in Riviera Maya.
Read on to learn about the ultimate luxury sunset sailing and dinner experience in Riviera Maya, Mexico!
Disclosure: This experience was sponsored by Riviera Maya Catamarans. As always, all opinions are my own.
About Luxury Sunset Sailing in Riviera Maya
First off, let’s talk about the overall experience and what to expect when booking with Riviera Maya Catamarans.
Departing from the marina in Puerto Aventuras, this luxury sunset sailing charter comes with a multi-course dinner and luxury touches like a private chef, hostess, crew, and fully stocked premium bar.
With a start time around 8:00pm, it’s a 3-hour private charter giving you complete privacy and the luxury of designing your own itinerary with the captain and crew.
During the sailing excursion, you’ll be greeted with welcome drinks and light snacks before setting sail on the Caribbean Sea and taking in the beautiful views from the boat’s front deck.
While sailing, you’ll be treated to golden hour hues and beautiful colors while watching the sunset over the stunning coastline of the Riviera Maya–offering an incredible photo opportunity!
After the sail, you’ll return to a tranquil cove near Puerto Aventuras where you’ll be served dinner under the stars–accompanied by wine pairings or your drink of choice!
Twinkling string lights and luxury table settings add to the romantic ambiance of the evening while getting to enjoy a delicious meal. You’ll finish the night with gourmet desserts before returning to the marina.
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Who this Riviera Maya luxury sailing experience is best suited for
Next, let’s talk about who this Riviera Maya private sunset sailing experience is best suited for.
The sunset catamaran excursion is perfect for couples or small groups looking to have a luxury and romantic evening out on the water while visiting Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Tulum, or the Riviera Maya.
Whether you’re celebrating your honeymoon, birthday, anniversary, or another special occasion, the luxury catamaran and private chef will make it a truly unforgettable evening. It’s also an amazing option for a proposal! 💍
That being said, families and small groups of close friends can also enjoy this excursion and it doesn’t necessarily have to be romantic.
The catamaran can hold up to 10 guests comfortably, so it’s the perfect way to spend quality time with friends or family, while also experiencing luxury sailing–one of the best things to do in Riviera Maya.
What is the luxury catamaran like?
I personally went on the beautiful Da Vinci catamaran but the boats can vary depending on the experience you choose. And if you prefer a yacht over a catamaran, this is also an option!
The “Da Vinci” is a 34-foot luxury catamaran with multiple lounge areas, rear table seating, fully equipped kitchen, and a Bluetooth speaker system to play your own music.
Guests can lounge on the catamaran’s front net or climb up top to relax on more comfortable deck cushions. On the inside of the boat, you’ll find a kitchen, bathroom, and cabin below deck.
While the size is on the smaller side, it was extremely comfortable and provides the perfect intimate experience for smaller groups or couples.
And if you want to go for a swim, snorkel gear and paddleboards can be provided upon request.
What is included in the Riviera Maya sunset catamaran charter?
The luxury sunset sailing experience provides everything you need for the perfect evening on the water. Here’s what’s included:
- Private sailing experience on the Caribbean Sea
- Captain, hostess, and crew
- Private chef
- Premium open bar
- Multi-course dinner
Private Sailing Experience
The best part about this luxury sailing adventure is that it’s a private charter, so you have the entire boat to yourselves and can customize your own itinerary with the captain’s assistance.
From swimming stops to watching the Caribbean sunset in a secluded cove, the luxury catamaran offers endless possibilities for your evening out on the water.
You can’t beat the views from the open deck of the luxury catamaran while watching the setting sun over the Riviera Maya coastline.
The catamaran also has comfortable cushioned seating, a trampoline for sunbathing, and paddle boarding for an added activity during the sail.
During your private charter, you’ll have a captain, hostess, and private chef all at your service for the duration of the excursion.
After being met with a friendly greeting, the crew was extremely attentive and accommodating, making sure our every need was met throughout the sail.
The luxurious catamaran includes a private chef to make your dinner sailing experience delicious and effortless.
The private chef prepares an incredible dinner all from the boat’s tiny kitchen, using fresh and local ingredients.
Premium Open Bar
The open bar includes premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks such as beer, wine, spirits, cocktails, sodas, water, and juices.
Whether you want a frozen cocktail or a glass of wine, the open bar on the luxury catamaran has got you covered with unlimited drinks.
I highly recommend trying one of the signature welcome cocktails – these non-alcoholic tropical drinks are refreshing and delicious!
While planning your experience, you can choose from a variety of options for appetizers, a first course, a main course, and desserts.
The main course includes surf and turf options like filet mignon, salmon, rack of lamb, pasta, and seafood dishes.
Vegetarian options are also available and menu items can be customized to accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions.
Our experience was a bit more casual so we opted for gourmet nachos, elote (Mexican street corn), mini shrimp cocktail, fresh ceviche, aguachiles, chicken burritos, and cheesecake for dessert – all incredibly delicious!
Plus, the courses are complete with wine pairings or the beverages of your choice, creating the perfect romantic moment with your significant other.
How much does the luxury sailing experience cost?
The price for the private sunset dinner sailing experience ranges from $650-$1600 USD depending on the experience you choose, the boat, and the number of people.
Riviera Maya Catamarans currently offers two dinner sailing experiences:
- Romantic Yacht Rental (Yacht)
- Romantic Dinner Sail (Catamaran)
Since dinner and drinks are included, it will cost more for more people onboard or for larger luxury catamarans.
Is a Riviera Maya private charter worth it?
Of course, private boat charters come at a much higher price point when compared to a group boat tour. But from my experience private tours in Playa del Carmen have always been 100% worth it!
Since they are fully customizable, you get a one-of-a-kind experience where you can design your itinerary and choose all of your favorite drinks, food, and music.
You won’t have to deal with obnoxious crowds or rushing to fit everything into a set schedule, as it’s all at your own pace. And if you want to visit a particular area out at sea, the captain will take you there!
Plus, you’ll get all the luxury touches like a private chef and fully stocked premium bar. The attentive staff will accommodate all of your requests and keep the delicious drinks coming!
With private cruises, you can pretty much guarantee your group will have an amazing time out on the water and be treated to an unforgettable luxury dinner experience on the Caribbean Sea.
And, the entire team at Riviera Maya Catamarans really goes above and beyond to make it a memorable experience.
Why Book with Riviera Maya Catamarans
I highly recommend booking a luxury sailing experience with Riviera Maya Catamarans.
They are one of my favorite providers in the area and my experience with them has been exceptional!
Here’s why you should book with them:
The Best Boats
With over 15 years of experience, Riviera Maya Catamarans is the top provider of luxury yacht and catamaran rentals in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
As a third party broker, they carefully select only the best boats in the area for their luxury charters.
They work directly with the boat owners to ensure that all of their luxury yachts and catamarans are well maintained and fully equipped with top notch amenities, attentive crew members, and upscale food and beverage offerings.
As a luxury service provider, Riviera Maya Catamarans is meticulous with the upkeep of the boats and performs routine quality checks to ensure that every aspect of your charter experience is top-notch.
This means the boats are the best of the best and will always be clean and well-maintained, with all amenities in working order. No scratch, tear, or ding goes unnoticed!
The Best People
Aside from their incredible boats, what I love most about Riviera Maya Catamarans is the people that work there.
The entire team is extremely friendly and personable and you can tell they really care about their clients and love what they do!
As soon as you get in touch, their team is extremely responsive and accommodating to all of your needs, offering unmatched personal service.
If you have a special request, they will go above and beyond to make it happen! It’s kind of like having a friend on the ground to help with all the planning and logistics.
The Total Package
Riviera Maya Catamarans also does their best to offer a total package for the experience by offering round-trip transportation and a variety of other private tours and sightseeing excursions, services, and amenities.
They basically do all of the hard work for you, making it a breeze to plan a luxury sailing experience during your Mexico vacation.
And after your sailing experience, you’ll even be treated to thoughtful touches like a take-away container of locally-made honey–making the experience even more special and memorable.
Transportation to the Marina
Keep in mind that there is not a marina in Playa del Carmen. Most private boat trips in Riviera Maya depart from the marinas in nearby Puerto Aventuras, Puerto Morelos, Cancun, or Isla Mujeres.
If you’re staying at a Riviera Maya hotel or resort, you’ll need to arrange ground transportation to get to the marina.
Riviera Maya Catamarans offers round-trip transportation service with hotel pick-up for an extra charge so be sure to arrange this when booking your sailing excursion.
How to book a luxury sunset sailing experience in Riviera Maya
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What to bring on your Riviera Maya sunset cruise
Here’s what I would recommend bringing on your private Riviera Maya catamaran cruise:
- Biodegradable sunscreen: While this a late afternoon/evening sail, you’ll still want to bring sunscreen to wear before the sun goes down. It’s best to wear biodegradable sunscreen anytime you are going to be swimming in the ocean to protect the coral reefs.
- Sunglasses: Don’t forget to bring sunglasses to wear onboard and during the sail before sundown.
- GoPro or Waterproof Camera: Don’t miss out on capturing your luxury sailing experience with a waterproof camera or GoPro.
- Bug Spray: The mosquitos can be pesky after the sun goes down so be sure to bring insect repellent to avoid bug bites.
- Change of clothes: If you plan to get in the water, be sure to bring a change of dry clothes to change into before dinner.
- Shawl or sweater: Depending on the time of year, it can get chilly when the sun goes down so be sure to bring a shawl or light sweater to stay warm.
- Money for tips: Don’t forget to bring extra cash to tip the captain and crew after the sail. They work hard to provide an unforgettable day!
What to wear on your luxury sunset sailing cruise in the Riviera Maya
Here’s what I would recommend wearing on Riviera Maya sunset cruises:
- Swimsuit: Wear a swimsuit for the chance to take a dip in the open ocean during your sail. You can also catch some sun before the sun goes down.
- Coverup: Bring a cover up or shorts to wear over your swimsuit to be comfortable while onboard the catamaran.
- Dress or Beachwear: The dinner experience is slightly more upscale so you if you don’t plan to get in the water, you might want to wear a nice dress or stylish beach wear for the romantic evening.
Tips for making the most of your Riviera Maya luxury sunset sailing trip
Follow these tips to make the most of your sunset catamaran in Riviera Maya:
- Book in advance: Luxury yachts and catamarans are limited in supply and can book up quickly, especially during high season. Book your luxury sailing experience as early as possible to ensure availability and get the best deals. Send a booking inquiry to Riviera Maya Catamarans by clicking here!
- Communicate all requests: Riviera Maya Catamarans wants to make sure you have the most enjoyable experience possible so don’t be afraid to communicate any special requests or needs in advance. Whether it’s dietary restrictions or music preferences, they will do their best to accommodate.
- Bring cash for tipping: As mentioned above, be sure to bring extra cash to tip the crew at the end of your trip. This is customary and greatly appreciated by the hardworking team.
- Add on the transportation: Riviera Maya Catamarans offers round-trip transportation to make the experience seamless and hassle-free. Consider adding this onto your luxury sailing experience for added convenience. Depending on the location of your Riviera Maya hotel, you may not be close to the Puerto Aventuras marina.
- Bring a light sweater or shawl: The temperature can drop once the sun goes down, so bring a sweater or shawl to stay warm.
- Don’t bother with nice shoes: You are required to remove your shoes before boarding the boat so don’t bother with nice shoes. You’ll be barefoot onboard!
Wrap Up: Luxury Sunset Sailing in Riviera Maya
Sailing on a luxury sunset catamaran through the crystal-clear Caribbean waters of Riviera Maya is an experience not to be missed!
I hope these tips and information help with planning your luxury sailing trip during your Riviera Maya Mexico vacation.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening with your significant other or a fun outing with friends or family, a luxury sunset cruise in Riviera Maya will be an unforgettable experience.
Don’t forget to book in advance and communicate any special requests–you will be in great hands with Riviera Maya Catamarans!
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