Playa del Carmen is located on the stunning Riviera Maya coastline in Mexico. “Playa” is a vibrant and popular destination known for its beautiful beaches, lively atmosphere, and rich cultural heritage. Whether you’re a sun-seeking beach lover, an adventure enthusiast, or a history buff, this beach town offers a plethora of activities to keep you entertained. Here are nine must-do things in Playa del Carmen:
1. Explore the local Beaches:
One of the main draws of Playa del Carmen is its pristine beaches. Spend a day soaking up the sun, swimming in the turquoise waters, or simply strolling along the sandy shores. The main beach, Playa Mamitas, is popular and bustling, while quieter options like Playacar Beach offer a more serene atmosphere. Local people prefer to spend their beach days at Playa Colosio and Playa Punta Esmeralda on the northern end of town. The famous Portal Maya sculpture is located on Fundadores Park, where the Fifth Avenue shopping district begins, right next to the Ferry Terminal that connects Playa del Carmen with Cozumel Island.
2. Discover the Underwater World:
Playa del Carmen is a gateway to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second-largest coral reef system in the world. This is perfect for scuba diving lovers. If you are not a scuba diver, you can snorkel in the crystal-clear waters to explore vibrant rock formations and tropical fish at Yal-Ku Lagoon, and even swim next to sea turtles in the wild at Turtle Bay. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit nearby Cenotes, natural sinkholes with mesmerizing freshwater pools for a unique snorkeling experience.
3. Take a Day Trip to Ek Balam:
Just a two hour ride away from Playa del Carmen lies the archaeological site of Ek Balam. Known for its excellent carvings and frescoes, Ek Balam offers one of the last climbing adventures. Explore the ruins with a private tour or simply climb the picturesque temples on your own.
4. Visit the Mayan Ruins of Tulum:
A short 45 minute drive south of Playa del Carmen is the ancient Mayan city of Tulum. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, this archaeological site boasts well-preserved temples, impressive stone structures, and breathtaking coastal views. Take a private guided tour to learn about the rich history and significance of this ancient Mayan site.
5. Discover Chichen Itza Ruins:
Immerse yourself in the Mayan culture at one of the New Seven Wonders of The World, an archaeological UNESCO site located just 2 hours away from Playa del Carmen. Explore the colonial town of Valladolid on the way back, and take a dip in a refreshing Cenote. Interact with the locals, taste traditional food, and enjoy this spectacular site highlighting the ancient Maya culture. If you wish to see all of these highlights in one day have a look at My Chichen Itza Deluxe tour package.
6. Shop and Dine on Quinta Avenida:
Stroll along La Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue), Playa del Carmen’s vibrant pedestrian street filled with shops, boutiques, restaurants, and bars. Indulge in some retail therapy, sample local cuisine, sip on refreshing cocktails, and soak up the lively atmosphere when the sun goes down.
7. Take an Adventure to Tankah Park:
Thrill-seekers shouldn’t miss Tankah Pueblo, an adventure jungle park offering a range of adrenaline-pumping activities. Zip line through the jungle, canoe surrounded by tropical birds and wildlife, cliff jump into crystalline waters, swim in a blue water Cenote, and enjoy a delicious Mayan Lunch surrounded by nature at a local Mayan Village.
8. Discover the Coba Ruins:
Embark on a day trip to the Coba Ruins, another fascinating Mayan archaeological site situated in the dense Yucatan jungle. Get up close to the Nohoch Mul pyramid, rent a bicycle to explore the extensive ruins, and learn about the ancient Mayan civilization.
9. Experience Nightlife at Calle 12:
Playa del Carmen is renowned for its vibrant nightlife, and Coco Bongo is the ultimate entertainment venue. Prepare for an unforgettable night of music, dance, acrobatics, and impressive performances that combine live acts, multimedia effects, and a lively atmosphere. Calle 12 and 5th avenue is the perfect place if you are looking for party.
Let’s Wrap This Up!
Playa del Carmen offers a diverse range of activities to suit every traveler’s interests. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or cultural immersion, this Mexican paradise has it all. Embrace the beauty, culture, and excitement of Playa del Carmen and create unforgettable memories with The Custom Tour.
I would say that Snorkeling with Turtles and The Underground Cenotes is my all time favorite snorkel tour! Tulum and The Mayan Village experience is also one of the best adventures ever! We have gone on two private tours with The Custom Tour and the experience has been amazing both times. They do a great job and their tour guides are so friendly and knowledgeable! I am so excited for my next tour with them!