Activities in Playa Del Carmen

Photo credit © Xplor
 

Offering a funky, European vibe in an area surrounded by wholly Mexican towns, Playa del Carmen stands out as sophisticated and trendy.  While many of the same activities that tourists love about the Mexican Caribbean are popular here (snorkeling, diving, fishing, and visiting Mayan ruins), it is its differences that make it a worthy destination.

From the coast, over 20 blocks work their way inland, filled with dining, nightlife, shopping, and boutique resorts.  Fifth Avenue (or Avenida Quinta) in particular is known for its luxury goods and services.  As the town caters to a refined clientele, golf, tennis, and spa days are top activities as well. 

Bike and Scooter Rental

With so much to do in such a small area, bikes and scooters might be all you need to see it all.

If you are intrigued by the idea of riding in the open air, you will find a couple of places that can help you. To read about other bike and scooter rentals, see this page.

Diving

Playa Del Carmen Diving

The tourist hub of Playa del Carmen is well known for its beach and watersports. Its diving is just as popular and can provide visitors with a wonderful view of the region.

You'll find 21 dive operators and at least 13 different dive sites in the area. Use this link to find our article about diving in this area.

Fishing

Playa Del Carmen Fishing

The seas just offshore of Playa del Carmen are rich with marine life, making it a prime destination for those looking to catch some fish. Additionally, the many tourist amenities in the city make finding a charter a breeze.

Fishing is a popular activity here, as indicated by the presence of 5 charter fishing services in this area. For a better look at this specific topic, see this page, about deep sea fishing in this area.

Golf

The Nicklaus Design Golf Course

Enjoy playing golf? You'll be pleased to learn a few are located in the area. The courses in the area are The Nicklaus Design Golf Course, El Camaleon Mayakoba, and Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club. All you have to do is click on the name of the course for a detailed guide to the course, including the number of holes, location, and much more. For more about golf courses throughout Riviera Maya visit this page.

Sailing and Boating

Playa Del Carmen Sailing and Boating

Check out the following chart to see local providers that can enable you to spend some time out on the open water.

Boating Opportunities Near Playa Del Carmen
Name Phone Location
Bleu Magic/Raiatea Catamaran (984) 803-4774 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria
Fat Cat Sailboat (984) 116-3040 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria
Yucatan F1 -- 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria

If you'd like to learn about area marinas and charter operators use this link.

Shopping

Mexico Blue Dream

If you have some shopping aficionados in your group, they might want to know that at least 29 retailers are located in this area. Use this link to see our page regarding shopping in Playa Del Carmen.

Sightseeing

El Faro Lighthouse

You might want to set aside a day for soaking in the sights and sounds of Playa Del Carmen. Interesting sights include a few historic sites and various other attractions of interest to tourists. To navigate to our page about sightseeing attractions and opportunities, go to this page.

The following table shows some details concerning a firm that can direct you to some of the most enjoyable local sights.

Sightseeing Services In And Around Playa Del Carmen
Name Phone Location
Alltournative Tours -- 0.7 mi. Northeast of Downtown Playa del Carmen
Rancho Grande -- 3.4 mi. South West of Central Puerto Morelos
Rancho Punta Venado (Horse & Atv & Snorkeling) -- The Riviera Maya, Southwestern part of Playa Del Carmen
Xplor (888) 922-7381 4.8 mi. South West of Central Playa del Carmen

Snorkeling

Xplor

If you love snorkeling you're in luck -- you'll have the chance while vacationing in Playa Del Carmen. Click this link to view our page dedicated to local snorkeling opportunities.

Spas

Maria Bonita Spa & Beauty Salon

Enjoying a spa could be one of the most enjoyable parts of your vacation. Finding a spa that you'll like shouldn't be hard, given the fact that there are 9 spas that operate in this area. Follow this link to see our page concerning this topic.

Tennis

El Dorado Royale

If you like playing tennis you might want to make your reservations at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 22 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The information that follows can help clarify your options. You can view the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and a few other details. Click on each name to read more details concerning the property.

Accommodations with Tennis In And Around Playa Del Carmen
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Grand Riviera Princess 3.2 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen 6
El Dorado Royale The Riviera Maya 2 check check
Barcelo Maya Caribe Resort 1.5 mi. Northeast of Central Xpu Ha 7 check
Grand Sunset Princess 3.2 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen 6
Iberostar Paraiso Maya The Riviera Maya 6 check
Barcelo Maya Beach 1.4 mi. Northeast of Central Xpu Ha 7 check
ClubHotel Riu Tequila 1.9 mi. South West of Downtown Playa del Carmen 3 check
Royal Hideaway Playacar by Occidental 1.7 mi. South West of Downtown Playa del Carmen 2 check check
Iberostar Tucan Playa del Carmen, Southwestern part of Playa Del Carmen 2 check
Hotel Riu Palace Mexico 1.9 mi. South West of Downtown Playa del Carmen 2 check

For instance, Grand Riviera Princess offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

The chart right below has a few details regarding other activities.

Other Activities In Playa Del Carmen
Name Type Phone Location
Discovery Jungle Park Amusement/Theme Park -- Playa del Carmen, Southwestern part of Playa Del Carmen
Dressel Divers Playa Del Carmen Watersports Operator (+34) 963 561 496 2.8 mi. South West of Central Playa del Carmen
Sky Dive Cancun Sky Diving -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Xcaret Park Amusement/Theme Park -- The Riviera Maya, Southwestern part of Playa Del Carmen
 

Help us improve! We welcome your corrections and suggestions.