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.
With so much to do in such a small area, bikes and scooters might be all you need to see it all.
If you like the idea of exploring a new environment with the wind in your face, there are 3 places that can help you. To find out more about bike and scooter rentals, read this page.
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 27 dive services and at least 13 interesting dive sites in the area. For a detailed look at diving in this area click here.
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.
If there are some avid anglers vacationing with you, they'll be pleased to know they can go fishing with one of the 7 charter operators in this area. You can find out more about fishing in this area can do so by clicking on this link.
Avid golfers frequent the area, as suggested by the existence of 4 different golf courses. Some of the area courses include El Camaleon Mayakoba, Playacar Golf Course, and Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club. To get additional information concerning the course, including the number of holes, location, and much more just click on the course name. If you're interested, get more details about golf courses throughout Riviera Maya can do so by visiting our Golf page.
More details about firms that can help you enjoy some time on the water can be found in the table below.
|Bleu Magic/Raiatea Catamaran||(984) 803-4774||0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria|
|--||0.8 mi. South of Central La Gloria|
|Fat Cat Sailboat||(984) 116-3040||0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria|
|Mad About Boats Tour Office||--||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 marinas and charter operators go to this page.
If you have some people who love to shop vacationing with you, they're not totally out of luck -- there are more than 43 retail stores to browse in this area. To see our complete page about shopping in Playa Del Carmen, go to this page.
You might want to set aside a day for exploring the sights and culture of Playa Del Carmen. The area features a few historic sites and various other attractions of interest to visitors To reach our page about attractions, visit this page.
Information concerning a firm that will guide you to some of the most interesting local sights can be found below.
|Alltournative Tours||Excursions and Sightseeing Service||--||0.7 mi. Northeast of Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||--||5.3 mi. South West of Central Puerto Morelos|
|Travel and Tour Operators||(984) 140-5109||Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||--||3.4 mi. South West of Central Puerto Morelos|
|Rancho Punta Venado (Horse & Atv & Snorkeling)||Excursions and Sightseeing Service||--||The Riviera Maya, Southwestern part of Playa Del Carmen|
|Xplor||Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(888) 922-7381||4.8 mi. South West of Central Playa del Carmen|
If you enjoy sightseeing underwater you're in luck -- you can easily find places to do so during your vacation in Playa Del Carmen. Those interested can obtain more information about opportunities to go snorkeling here.
Enjoying a spa could be the highlight of your entire vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, considering that there are 8 different spas in this area. For more information on the options, see this page.
If you like playing tennis you might want to make your reservations at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 15 properties in the area that offer tennis.
The following table can help clarify your options. You can view the number of courts on-site, whether lights are available for evening play, and some other details. Click on the names to learn more details concerning the property.
|Property||Location||Tennis Courts||Lit Courts||Tennis Pro|
|Grand Riviera Princess||3.2 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen||6|
|Grand Sunset Princess||3.2 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen||6|
|Sandos Playacar Beach Resort & Spa||Playa del Carmen, Southwestern part of Playa Del Carmen||2|
|ClubHotel Riu Tequila||1.9 mi. South West of Downtown Playa del Carmen||3|
|Royal Hideaway Playacar by Occidental||1.7 mi. South West of Downtown Playa del Carmen||2|
|Gala Beach Resort Playacar||Playa del Carmen, Southwestern part of Playa Del Carmen||4|
|Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun||The Riviera Maya, Northeastern part of Playa Del Carmen||2|
|Iberostar Tucan||Playa del Carmen, Southwestern part of Playa Del Carmen||2|
|Hotel Riu Palace Mexico||1.9 mi. South West of Downtown Playa del Carmen||2|
|Hotel Riu Playacar||1.8 mi. South West of Downtown Playa del Carmen||2|
For example, Grand Riviera Princess offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.
The table directly below enables you to get a few details concerning other activities.
|Cyan-Ha Dive Center||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(984) 803-2517||0.6 mi. Northeast of Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Discovery Jungle Park||Amusement/Theme Park||--||Playa del Carmen, Southwestern part of Playa Del Carmen|
|Dive Life||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(551) 357-2569||Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Dive Mike||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(984) 803-1228||Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Miniature Golf Course||--||2.0 mi. West-Southwest of Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Watersports Operator||--||Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Mexico Blue Dream||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(984) 803-0660||Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Phantom Dive Center||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(984) 879-3988||Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Snorkeling Tour Operator||(984) 873-1210||Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Playa Scuba||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(984) 803-2403||Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Reef Marina Diving||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(984) 873-4120||1.6 mi. South West of Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Scuba Libre||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(984) 803-2671||Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Scuba Playa||Snorkeling Tour Operator||--||Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Sealife Divers||Snorkeling Tour Operator||--||0.5 mi. Northeast of Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Sky Dive Cancun||Sky Diving||--||Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Studio Blue Carmen||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(987) 872-4414||Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Tank-Ha||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(984) 873-0302||Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Xcaret Park||Amusement/Theme Park||--||The Riviera Maya, Southwestern part of Playa Del Carmen|
|Yucatek Dive Center||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(984) 803-2836||Downtown Playa del Carmen|
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