The best things to do in Playa Del Carmen

When you think of vacation, what comes to mind? For many, it’s the beach. Playa Del Carmen is one of the most popular destinations in Mexico and for good reason! This beach town has something for everyone, from luxury resorts to budget hotels and everything in between. With so many activities to choose from, your only problem will be deciding what to do first. Here are some of the best things to do while visiting Playa Del Carmen.

If you are visiting the Riviera Maya, you should add the iconic Playa Del Carmen to your itinerary

Playa del Carmen is a must-see for anyone visiting the Riviera Maya. There is so much to do and see, you’re sure to find something to do!

Check out the stunning beaches

The beach is the perfect place to relax and take in the local scenery. Playa del Carmen is home to many different beaches, each with its own unique features. There are many beautiful beaches along this coast and Playa Del Carmen has some of the best. Whether you’re looking for something more private or public, there’s plenty to choose from. Be sure not to miss Playa Norte and 5th Avenue in town – both amazing spots with lots of water sports available if you want them!

  • Cancun’s beach is known for its white sand, clear water and fun activities like parasailing and jet-skiing.
  • Isla Mujeres’ beaches have powdery soft sand and gentle waves that make them ideal for swimming or snorkelling. There are also plenty of restaurants along the shore where you can enjoy a meal while watching the sunset over the water before heading back to your hotel room for some well-deserved rest (and maybe another margarita).

Take a cooking class

While you’re here, take a cooking class. Cooking classes can be found all over Playa del Carmen, and they’re a great way to learn new skills and try local food.

See it from the sky in an airplane or helicopter

If you’re in the mood to see a bit more of the surrounding area, it’s possible to take an airplane or helicopter tour. The sights from above are amazing! You can see all the main sights in Playa del Carmen and even get up close and personal with some of them. You may even want to consider taking this ride at night, so that you can enjoy all of the lights too.

This is a great way to discover new parts of Playa del Carmen without having to worry about getting lost or finding parking.


Snorkelling is a great way to explore the underwater world of the Caribbean waters, and being able to see fish, corals, and other sea creatures up close is always a thrill. There are many places to go snorkelling in Playa del Carmen, you are spoilt for choice!

Visit tulum

  • Tulum Ruins

The Tulum ruins are a must-see for any traveller to Mexico. This ancient Mayan city was built on the coast and offers incredible views of the ocean, especially at sunset. It also has some great beaches nearby that you can relax on after exploring the ruins.

Go cenote diving

Cenote diving is one of the most popular activities in Playa del Carmen. Cenotes are freshwater sinkholes formed by the collapse of limestone bedrock, which leave a void beneath the surface that fills with rainwater and other natural water sources. They can be found all over Mexico and are home to many unique flora and fauna, as well as some spectacular cave diving opportunities if you’re into that.

What makes cenotes so special is that they contain freshwater—a rarity in this part of the world—and because they’re underground, there’s no saltwater intrusion or pollution issues associated with oceanside dive sites. The freshwater itself isn’t just refreshing—it also makes it possible for divers to see many creatures like fish.

Rent a luxury yacht for the day

You can rent a luxury yacht for the day or the week.

There are many options when it comes to a cancun yacht rental, but one of the best ways is with our friendly team at Riviera Charters. We will help you find exactly what you’re looking for, whether you’re travelling with your family or planning an elegant corporate event. Our luxury yacht tours allow you to explore the beautiful pristine waters of this area and enjoy water activities while you’re at it. You can customise your trip and visit as many or as few places as you like. You can choose to go on a group yacht charter or for something more private, hire a yacht all to yourself. All food and drink are included, all you need to do is bring the good vibes.

There are endless things to do in Playa Del Carmen

There are endless things to do in Playa Del Carmen, no matter what you’re into. Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend away with your significant other, or something more active and adventurous with your friends, there is something for everyone.

For those looking for some of the best beaches Mexico has to offer, Playa Del Carmen is where it’s at! The city has an idyllic setting on the coast of the Caribbean Sea that makes it a perfect place to relax or enjoy water sports like swimming, snorkelling and kayaking. There are also plenty of places nearby where you can go scuba diving as well as explore shipwrecks from centuries past (some sunk by pirates). A great way to get up close and personal with nature is by hiking through one of many trails throughout Playa Del Carmen or heading off into nearby jungle areas for some wildlife spotting. If you’re interested in ancient Mayan history then don’t miss out on visiting Tulum National Park which features some spectacular ruins and museums devoted exclusively towards understanding these people who inhabited this land thousands upon thousands of years ago!

Ready to visit Playa del Carmen?

We hope this post has encouraged you to visit Playa del Carmen and helped you to plan your trip while in the Riviera Maya. If you are interested in airplane tours, helicopter tours or yacht tours while in the Riviera Maya, contact the friendly team at Riviera Maya.

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