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 are thinking about feeling the wind in your hair, there are a couple of rental agencies that can help you. For a more thorough discussion of bike and scooter rentals, use this link.
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 operators and at least 13 interesting dive sites to choose from. To visit our complete guide to diving in this area, check out this page.
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 popular in this area, as indicated by the presence of 7 charter fishing services in this area. For a more thorough discussion of this topic, see this guide, which discusses deep sea fishing in this area.
Golfing is popular in this area, as indicated by the presence of 4 different golf courses. The area courses include El Camaleon Mayakoba, Playacar Golf Course, and Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club. You can click on the course name for a detailed guide to the course, including the number of holes, location, and much more. Use this link to view our page regarding golf throughout Riviera Maya.
More details concerning area firms that will enable you to spend some time out on the open water can be found in the following chart:
|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|
|Yucatan F1||--||0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria|
If you'd like to learn about nearby marinas and charter operators follow this link.
If there are some folks who enjoy shopping vacationing with you, they can "discover" some of the 43 retail stores in the area. For information on opportunities for shopping in Playa Del Carmen, navigate to this page.
Another great option is spending a day exploring the culture, sights and sounds of Playa Del Carmen. Sights of interest to visitors include a few historic sites and various other attractions of interest to vacationers. Click this link to see our extended discussion of area sightseeing and attractions.
Details concerning a firm that can provide a guided tour of some of the most enjoyable sites can be seen in the chart 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 spending some time snorkeling sounds like fun you'll be pleased to know you'll have the chance during your vacation in Playa Del Carmen. To read about other snorkeling opportunities, navigate to this page.
Indulging in a trip to the spa might be one of the most memorable parts of your entire vacation. Finding a spa that you'll like shouldn't be hard, since there are 9 spas located in this area. For more information on the options, click this link.
If you enjoy playing tennis your best bet is to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 13 properties in the area that offer tennis.
The following table summarizes some key facts. You can view the number of courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and a few other details. Click on the names to read about other aspects of 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|
|Gala Beach Resort Playacar||Playa del Carmen, Southwestern part of Playa Del Carmen||4|
|Royal Hideaway Playacar by Occidental||1.7 mi. South West of Downtown 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|
|Occidental Allegro Playacar||1.6 mi. South West of Downtown Playa del Carmen||2|
For example, Grand Riviera Princess offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.
Details concerning a few other activities can be seen in the following chart.
|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|
|Miniature Golf Course||--||2.0 mi. West-Southwest of Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Watersports Operator||--||Downtown 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|
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