Dolphin captivity is turning into a hot topic here in the Riviera Maya. Recent documentaries like The Cove and Blackfish have shed much-needed light on a global scale about how cetaceans like dolphins and orcas (killer whales) are placed in captivity and the treatment they receive.

Here in the Riviera Maya, Cancun, Cozumel and Isla Mujeres, dolphin swims are one of the most popular tours available for travelers visiting this region of Mexico, in addition to swims with other marine animals like sea lions and manatees. A variety of local companies have numerous dolphin swim locations throughout the area, whether it's at a resort, at a park or on its own. While these companies offer well-tended facilities and adequate medical treatment to provide Riviera Maya dolphins with a healthy lifestyle, a dolphin's life in captivity can never compare with life in their natural habitat. As much as they might try, dolphin tour facilities cannot offer the freedom, space, social environment, diet and exercise that these fascinating creatures need to live a happy and fulfilling life.

dolphins in captivity Riviera Maya 

Riviera Maya citizens will come together this Saturday, September 13 in Playa del Carmen to protest dolphin captivity in Mexico. If you'd like to join in for this worthy environmental cause, meet at the Portal Maya statue in Playa del Carmen (on the beach by Parque Fundadores, near the Cozumel ferry) at 3pm.

Dolphin protest Playa del Carmen 

The Riviera Maya is one of the world's top travel locations, and it's up to us to set the example for destinations all over the globe by spreading the word about the dangers and injustices of dolphin captivity.

The Riviera Maya city of Playa del Carmen has already made a huge difference in animal rights by eliminating permit renewals for wildlife exploitation on 5th Avenue. It's time for the community to come together once again and fight for the rights of our dolphin friends.

For more information on Saturday's protest, visit their event page on Facebook.