Boating and Sailing Near Playa Del Carmen

You won't be able to resist sailing the waters of Playa del Carmen

Photo credit: © Alberto Azparren

Playa del Carmen is known for a great many things including its great scuba diving sites and the fact that it serves as the ferry gateway to the island of Cozumel.  But, this coastal town is also one of the top destinations in the are for sailing, and most tourists find some excuse to get out on the water. 

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

Sailing excursions are extremely popular among Playa del Carmen's visitors, mainly because they tend to offer a full service experience.  Depending on the type of tour you choose, you'll typically enjoy drinks and snacks (sometimes even a full lunch), and in addition to a coastal tour, stops for snorkeling and other water sports, and some even end the day with a barbecue on the beach.

If you want to spend some time on the water, without the complications and cost of sailing on your own you should take a day sailing excursion. Take a look at the listing that follows for names and phone numbers for area excursion providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Bleu Magic/Raiatea Catamaran (984) 803-4774 The vicinity of La Gloria
Fat Cat Sailboat (984) 116-3040 The vicinity of La Gloria
Yucatan F1 -- The vicinity of La Gloria

Boat Rentals and Charters

If you're an independent sailor, you can certainly take maters into your hands in Playa del Carmen by chartering a yacht locally and spending a few hours to a few days exploring local waters on your own.  Make sure to bring along your credentials so that the charter companies can ensure it is safe for you to sail along. 

If you're contemplating a boat charter, you can call one of these area companies:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
CataMaya (984) 803-4008 The vicinity of La Gloria Mexico


Although Playa del Carmen is not an official port of entry itself, it is located very near two: Puerto Morelos and Cozumel.  If you're planning to sail to your vacation here, you'll first stop in one of these two locations to gain entry.  To do so, you'll have to clear immigrations, customs, and the Port Captain's Office by presenting several copies of the paperwork that proves the yachts ownership, a crew list, passports and tourist cards for each person aboard, and you'll need to sign an Import Form which proves that you are aware of local laws regarding sailing.  Once this occurs, you're free to sail to your final destination.  

One of the most popular spots for yachters in Playa del Carmen is Puerto Aventuras.  Services include electricity, cable television, garbage pickup, a fuel dock, and more.  Mooring costs range from $10 to $30(USD) daily, depending on the size of your boat.

Are you going to sail to Playa Del Carmen using your own vessel, or a vessel you charter elsewhere? This chart lists potential docking spots.

Name Location
El Cid Marina Puerto Morelos
Jamie's Marina Downtown Playa del Carmen

Help us improve! We welcome your corrections and suggestions.