Activities in Playa Del Carmen

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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 sightseeing at your own pace, you will find 3 places that can help you. Click here to check out our page concerning bike and scooter rentals.

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 28 dive operators and at least 13 different dive sites to choose from. To see our detailed guide to diving in this area, visit this page.

Fishing

Playa Deep Sea 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.

Deep Sea Fishing is a popular sport in this area, as indicated by the presence of 7 charter fishing services located in this area. To find out about other deep sea fishing in this area, visit this page.

Golf

The Nicklaus Design Golf Course

If you have some golfing fans vacationing with you, they're in luck -- there are 4 courses in this area. Some of the area courses include The Nicklaus Design Golf Course, El Camaleon Mayakoba, and Playacar Golf Course. For more information concerning the course, including contact information, number of holes, location, and more simply click on the name of the course. Click here to see our guide to golfing throughout Riviera Maya.

Sailing and Boating

Playa Del Carmen Sailing and Boating

The table just below lists some details on local providers that will help you get out on the 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
Blue Mystic Tour -- 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 want to read about marinas and charter operators read this page.

Shopping

Mexico Blue Dream

If you have some folks who enjoy window shopping traveling with you, they're not totally out of luck -- more than 43 retailers operate in this area. Click here to read our extended discussion of shopping in Playa Del Carmen.

Sightseeing

El Faro Lighthouse

You should plan on spending a day experiencing the culture, sights and sounds of Playa Del Carmen. Sights in the area include a few historic sites and various other attractions of interest to visitors Navigate here to find our extended discussion of area sightseeing and attractions.

Information about a firm that will guide you to some of the most interesting local sights can be found here:

Sightseeing Services In And Around Playa Del Carmen
Name Type Phone Location
Alltournative Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 0.7 mi. Northeast of Downtown Playa del Carmen
Camel Safari Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 5.3 mi. South West of Central Puerto Morelos
Playa Deep Sea Fishing Charters and Adventures Travel and Tour Operators (984) 140-5109 Downtown Playa del Carmen
Rancho Grande 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

Snorkeling

Xplor

If you are thinking about snorkeling on your vacation you'll be pleased to know you'll have plenty of chances to do so while vacationing in Playa Del Carmen. Click on this link to check out our page dedicated to local snorkeling opportunities.

Spas

Maria Bonita Spa & Beauty Salon

Going to a spa might be one of the most enjoyable parts of your entire 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. To read a more complete discussion of places to relax in this area visit this page.

Tennis

ClubHotel Riu Tequila

If you like to play tennis you might want 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 list can help with your decision making process. At a glance, you can see the number of courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and some other helpful details. Click on the names to learn more details concerning the property.

Accommodations with Tennis In Playa Del Carmen
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 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
Hotel Riu Playacar 1.8 mi. South West of Downtown Playa del Carmen 2 check
Occidental Allegro Playacar 1.6 mi. South West of Downtown Playa del Carmen 2 check
Sandos Playacar Beach Resort Playa del Carmen, Southwestern part of Playa Del Carmen 4 check

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

Other Activities

Look through the table just below for information concerning other activities. for information concerning one other option. for more options.

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
El Palomar Miniature Golf Course -- 2.0 mi. West-Southwest of Downtown Playa del Carmen
Explora Dive Center 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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