10 Things You Must Do in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Located an hour south of the Cancun airport, Playa del Carmen is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Mexico. It is ideal for family and romantic staycations, with resorts lined up along the Caribbean coast of the city. Playa del Carmen is filled with places to visit and activities to do. Here are the 10 things you must do when you are in Playa del Carmen, Mexico!

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1. Cenote Snorkeling

A Cenote is a natural underground cave filled with freshwater perfect for scuba diving, swimming and snorkelling. Its waters have clear visibility and you don’t have to worry about any waves. If you are getting tired of going to the beaches, cenotes in Playa del Carmen are the perfect place to enjoy your day!

Cenote El Jardin del Eden

Cenote Azul

2. Visit Ancient Mayan Ruins

Playa del Carmen is located at the centre of the Mayan Empire of Mexico. The Mayan culture is a big part of the Playa del Carmen area, so why not visit the Mayan ruins to experience the history and the culture of the city? There are three ruins that are easily accessible from Playa del Carmen : Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum. The highlight is Chichen Itza: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the 7 wonders of the world. Don’t miss this one out!.

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza




3. Swimming with Sea Turtles

In Playa del Carmen, you will have the unique opportunity to swim and snorkel with sea turtles. Akumal Bay, with its beautiful blue waters, is home to sea turtles, stingrays, angel fish and many more marine creatures! Grab this amazing opportunity to swim alongside them. Try to arrive early for better visibility in the ocean!

Sea turtle

Sea turtle

4. Ocean Parasailing

Parasailing is a very popular activity in Playa del Carmen where you can enjoy the sparkling blue water view up in the sky. You can fly by yourself or joined tandem and feel the ocean breeze and stunning view! 



5. Enjoy a day at Playa del Carmen’s Beaches

You can’t miss out the chance to spend a day or two in Playa del Carmen’s beautiful beaches with white sands and clear blue waters. Perfect for a relaxing day!

Mamitas beach

Playacar Beach

Parque Fundadores

6. Rent a Jet Ski

Playa del Carmen is the perfect place to enjoy water sports with its stunning beaches. Jet Skiing is one of the most popular water sports in Playa del Carmen. Rent a Jet Ski on your beach day for an extra fun activity! Mamitas beach is the best place to rent a jet ski and enjoy the ocean. 

Jet Ski

7. Unique Dining Experience at Alux

In Playa del Carmen, you can experience an upscale dining experience at Alux, a restaurant built inside an underground cave. Aluxes are supernatural spirits who protect Mexico’s sacred places. Enjoy a Mayan-inspired menu at an atmospheric and colourful restaurant inside a 10,000 year old cave and have a quick cave tour after your meal. 



Mayan-inspired seafood 

8. Visit Cozumel

Take a day trip to Cozumel, Mexico’s largest Caribbean island. Cozumel offers a ton of things to do during your day trip, with Punta Sur Ecological Park, snorkelling along the second largest coral reef in the world, and a historic Mayan archaeological site. The island of Cozumel is located 12 miles off from Playa del Carmen, and can be conveniently reached via ferry. 

Punta Sur Ecological Park

Sunset at Cozumel

9. Walk around 5th Avenue

Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mexico. 5th Avenue is filled with bars, restaurants, local shops, street entertainment and cafes. Enjoy the street performances, live music, flea-market stalls, great local food and nightlife!

5th Avenue

Dance Performance

Hacienda Tequila Store

10. Experience Playa del Carmen Nightlife

Playa del Carmen nightlife is one of the best destinations for going out in Mexico. Finish your day with tropical cocktails at amazing open bars and if you still have energy, visit some of the great nightclubs in Playa del Carmen!

Zenzi : Beach bar

Coco Bongo

Coco Bongo

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