What to do in Playa del Carmen? Having lived there for 3 years, I could roll out a list of things like a red carpet, however, if you are only there for a week, or two, and do not know your way around, you will want to pick from a select few things to do, when you are enjoying the white sand, blue water, and trendy town, of Playa del Carmen.
Located under an hours drive from Cancun and the Cancun International Airport, Playa del Carmen was just waiting to be discovered. When you stroll along 5th Avenue or visit the beach in town, you would think it has been there forever, but in reality, at the turn of the new millennium, Playa del Carmen still remained a somewhat undiscovered little fishing village. Today? Not the case.
Playa del Carmen is one of the most sought after tourist destinations, not only on the Caribbean, but in the world, and when visiting Playa del Carmen you will want to fill your days, as it inevitably will be a place that grabs a hold of your heart.
So heading down to Playa del Carmen? What to do when you're there? Lets dive into my Top 5 Things To Do in Playa del Carmen!
THINGS TO DO IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN | NUMBER 5
DAY PASS or FIFTH AVENUE
Minus The Gran Porto Real and The Royal, which are two resorts that face each other, right in the center of Playa del Carmen, you chances are, will be either in a boutique hotel in the center of Playa del Carmen, or you will be staying at a resort north or south of the town itself, on the coast. If you are staying in Playa del Carmen, the hotel will probably not be all-inclusive so treat yourself to a day pass at an all-inclusive resort. If you are at an all-inclusive resort, spend at least an afternoon, if not a full down, in the center of Playa del Carmen, enjoy the restaurants, bars and beach, located up and down 5th avenue.
THINGS TO DO IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN | NUMBER 4
X-PLOR ADVENTURE PARK
It won't take you long to see advertisements for Xel-Ha, Xcaret, and X-Plor, the main adventure parks located on the Rivier Maya. Xel-Ha and Xcaret are gorgeous natural parks located on the ocean with shows, activities and restaurants, however X-Plor is fun for the whole family. No matter if you are a child, teenager, or a parent, you will find something fun at X-Plor. An all inclusive park, you can zip-line, drive buggies, paddle through underground lakes and even do all of the above, through fire, at night, during X-Plor Fuego!
THINGS TO DO IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN | NUMBER 3
BEACH OUTSIDE PLAYA DEL CARMEN
The beach is Playa is nice. The beach at your resort will be fine. The beaches outside those area's however, are incredible. Xpu-Ha (no, not Xel-Ha) Xcacel, Maroma,and even down all the way into Tulum, are worth making the trek away from the swim up bar to enjoy. They are often uncrowded during the week and if there is a cost to enter, it is usually by donation. Xcacel, actually has a little fresh water cenote where you can wash off the salt water after a dip in the baby blue ocean.
THINGS TO DO IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN | NUMBER 2
Many people ask me, if they should stay on Cozumel over Playa del Carmen, and my personal opinion is, no. There is more going on in Playa del Carmen, where you might feel a little stranded on Cozumel, however, I 100% advise going over for the day. On my days off, I would often hop on the Ultra-Mar Ferry, right next to Senor Frogs one street back from 5th avenue in the center of Playa del Carmen, get set up with a scooter right in the port town on Cozumel, and zip around the island. The center of the island is cut in half by the highway that goes dead straight to the back side of the island where the rock, windy, but gorgeous beaches offer you some secluded paradise. A couple stops at the bar that is "open 25 hours a day" and Bob Marley's Reggae Bar, are an absolute must!
THINGS TO DO IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN | NUMBER 1
Top thing to do in Playa del Carmen, or anywhere you are staying on the Riviera Maya, is to check out the cenotes. What are cenotes? Well the whole Yucatan peninsula is a thin layer of rock with fresh water pockets underneath and as the porous gives way, it exposes these breathtaking, crystal clear, fresh water pools that the Mayan believed had special powers. One thing they certainly do, whether supernatural or not, is offer an amazing place to enjoy nature and have a terrific swim. Most are privately owned by families so there is an entry cost but rarely more than 5 - 7 dollars per person.
MY Top 5 Things To Do in Playa Del Carmen | Hope you liked it!
Without getting too complicated, these are MY Top 5 Things to do in Playa del Carmen. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and give the video a like and share, if you enjoyed it!