10 Best Things in Playa del Carmen
The Top 10 Things to do in Playa del Carmen
Once you have made it to Playa or Tulum area, make the very best of your stay and make sure not to miss these hand picked must-do attractions. It can sometimes be confusing by so much stuff there is to do, and this is the main reason why we have put together this list. Not only will it ensure you have the best time during your visit, but you will see the very best of the best and leave more than satisfied. If you are staying at an all-inclusive resort, make sure to not make the huge mistake of only staying there. While the resorts are amazing, there is a world of adventure and beauty waiting for you within a very short day trip.
10) Take a Helicopter Ride
The caribbean is a very special place to be, and there is no better way to appreciate it's beauty than from the air, to get a close look at it's beaches, vegetation and get a different kind of appreciation for what nature has to offer. This is the only helicopter ride of it's kind in Riviera Maya. You will be able to take video, pictures and get a better appreciation of Playa del Carmen and Cozumel Island. The Yucatan Peninsula is quite flat, so unless you get up to higher grounds, you will normally see nothing but trees or anything that blocks your immediate view in the distance. This helicopter ride gives you a complete 360 view of everything that surrounds you.
9) Visit Akumal Beach and watch Turtles Hatch
8) Go Fishing and have a Boat Party
Rent a small yacht for the day and explore the coast line and the hidden gems where you can go swimming in shallow waters. And spend the rest of the day tanning on the boat or have your-self a little party on-board. If you are into fishing, then say no more, this is one of the best spot to do it. The boat crews know the best spots to take you to to ensure you will have the best chance at catching a big fish. You can expect to see everything from snappers to huge swordfish! Make sure you book your boat with a reputable company ensuring that you will get the best pricing, and a crew that will be helpful and friendly.
7) Visit the best Eco-Parks in the World
• Xplor: Half eco-park, half adventure park, Xplor offers zip-lining, rafting, spelunking, swimming in a network of underwater rivers, and more— and it’s just a short drive from the center of Playa del Carmen. Families can go between 9am and 5pm to get the most of the park’s many activities. Friends and couples can go to Xplor Fuego between 5:30pm and 10:30pm for a more intimate, intense experience.
• Xcaret: Xcaret is the educational alternative to Xplor’s adrenaline-pumping activities. After a 15-minute drive down Carretera 307, visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the Riviera Maya either in the water or on land. Choose from a snorkel tour, rafting along Paradise River, floating down Xcaret’s underground rivers, or swimming with dolphins, sharks, and stingrays. Looking to stay dry? Wander through the park’s aquarium, aviary, butterfly pavilion, jaguar pavilion, or manatee lagoon, to name just a few options.
• Xel-ha: Just a ferry ride away, on the nearby island of Cozumel, Xel-ha offers it all: swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, and SCUBA diving in the lively reefs offshore; zip-lining and cliff jumping; and plenty of opportunities for relaxing in the spa, on the beach, or in the park’s cenotes. Xel-ha is the perfect nature lover’s follow-up to the culture and folklore-rich experience of Xcaret.
6) Clubbing, Bar hopping and enjoy the Nightlife
Playa is known for two things mostly; beaches and parties. Yes, this place parties as hard as Ibiza in Spain and some say that it is Saturday Night every day. No matter what day of the week it is, there is always people out and about and looking to have a good time. From world-class nightclubs with electronic music, to live Classic Rock and Salsa. You can also expect to find the typical Mariachis playing on the street and people singing along. The best place to party during the day, afternoon and early evening is in Mamitas Beach, bars along Calle 28 about 1 block away from the beach. Later in the night, head over "la doce" which stands for 12th Street where it is one nightclub and bar after another. If you are traveling solo, or with a small group and really want to socialize, make friends and even pick up a date, we highly recommend booking a bar hopping package. Not only will it keep you safe and have you introduced to a lot of people, but it will get you into every place easily and you will end up spending less on drinks.
5) Take a day trop to Coba, the only pyramids that you can touch and climb
You can also check out Coba which is also near Playa Del Carmen where visitors are allowed to climb pyramids and interact with the environment more than you are permitted in Tulum. It is a more personal experience with the Mayan Culture and the only place where you are allowed to touch and climb the main Pyramid. Which is the tallest one in all of the Yucatan Peninsula. Book your Coba trip with a company that includes your round trip transport with AC, water bottles, pyramids guided tour, cenote visit, mayan community visit and a buffet lunch.
4) Spend the dat at Tulum Beach & Tulum Mayan Ruins
There are ancient ruins that are located south of Playa Del Carmen in a town called Tulum. It is a common thing to do among travelers due to its historical environment. It is a small town that is very important to the Mayans. It has great sculpture and architect from Mayans and has a pristine out-of-this-world beach below where you can swim. When booking your Tulum trip make sure you do it with a reputable company, which will should include transportation round grip, water bottles, guided tour and time to swim at the beach. On a second trip, Make sure to then go to the Zona Hotelera in Tulum and pick a place such as Papaya Playa or Ziggy Beach to relax at the beach and eat. You can also go to "Gitanos" which is a restaurant that is incredibly unique and opens in the evening and goes into the early night with good music and great eats. If you want to party in Tulum, go downtown bars as the night falls.
3) Experience the ancient Mayan City of Chichen Itza
These are the most important pyramids in the Yucatan Peninsula and Riviera Maya. Something you can't miss to see during your visit to the area and appreciate the incredible ancient city of Chichen Itza. There is also a Cenote at the pyramids that you can't miss and you can also see during the same trip. Although you cannot longer climb the main pyramid like you can in Coba, it is nothing short of impressive. You can feel an energy that is magical and learn about this culture that mysteriously disappeared. Some travelers around the world make it all the way to Yucatan and Riviera Maya only to visit these sacred grounds. In order to have the best possible trip and experience, we recommend booking your Chichen Itza trip with a reputable company which will include round trip transportation, water bottles, a guided tour, cenote visit, and a lunch buffet.
2) Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
Best snorkeling in the world, second to only New Zealand, specially off of Cozumel Island which is a short ferry across from Playa del Carmen. You can also scuba dive in cenotes, which are underground caves with fresh water, and enjoy the experience. The Yucatan is full of cenotes and sinkholes with crystal clear water and the cenote tours are like no other. If you have a scuba license you can dive in these caves with a guide. If not, no worries. You can still do some snorkeling. There are certain cenotes that allow people to go snorkeling like cenote Dos Ojos and the Grand Cenote. We recommend booking your snorkeling with a National Geographic Approved Vendor to ensure your best experience.
1) Go to Mamitas Beach, the most happening spot in Playa
If you've made it to Playa del Carmen, then without a doubt you have been attracted by the pristine white sand beaches, and the unbelievable caribbean turquoise warm ocean water. The very best beach in Playa where you will find all the action, is Mamitas Beach. Located on Calle 28. While going down to Mamitas Beach and planning to spend the day there, make sure you know that all the restaurants at the beach are highly priced. For that same reason, it is always better to have breakfast, lunch or dinner when going to and coming back from the beach. That way you will get better eats, and save. The best place on top of our list is without a doubt Hangover Bar, which offers inexpensive drinks and food. And it's only 1 block away before getting to the beach on Calle 28. Once you are on Mamitas Beach, it is best to keep it to paying for a tanning bed, beach towels, a couple of drinks and maybe a snack or two.