Top attractions in Playa del Carmen
Located on the Caribbean Sea is the balneario city of Playa del Carmen. Just south of Cancun, and a ferry ride from Cozumel, this resort town has become known for turquoise waters, miles of white-sand beaches and no crowds. With Mayan ruins to explore, jungles to hike through, snorkeling in crystal clear water and zipping over jungle canopies, it is no wonder that this resort town has become such a prime destination in Mexico.
Adventurers will love exploring the pre-Columbian ancient ruins of Chichen Itza. Listed as one of the 7 Modern Wonders of the World, this archeological site contains stone buildings, platforms, temples, courts, and pyramids. Among other things, visitors can see a sacred cenote and the Pyramid of Kukulcan. More Mayan history can be seen at the Tulum Ruins, a walled fortress, which overlooks the Caribbean.
Water enthusiasts will love a day at Xel-Ha Eco Waterpark. See rays and Angel fish up close by snorkeling in clear blue waters, experience the thrill of cliff diving or swim with the dolphins. More activities include scuba diving, kayaking and experiencing the underwater breathing bubble.
More attractions can be found any of the beautiful beaches of the Riviera Maya, soaring high above trees at the Selvatica Extreme Zipline Adventure and experiencing the vibrant nightlife that Playa del Carmen is famous for.
What people are saying about Playa del Carmen
I had one spare day and wasn't really familiar with things to do. I wanted something challenging and not too touristy. This tour turned out to be one of the most unusual and breathtaking experiences I've ever had. I strongly recommend it if you love to spend time in untouched nature. You get to see a lot of wildlife, well hidden creatures and you learn so much about the caves. My guides Karina and Rodolfo are so passionate and knowledgable about the whole area which was impressive. Be prepared to spend hours doing moderate exercise and that you have no tendency of being claustrophobic as you go quite deep inside the caves. It would be great in future if you could provide the taken pictures for less money or at least offer more affordable packages so that people can take their memories of the amazing day home. Important to say that pictures can only partly capture what you get to see for real and experience in the caves.
Amazing adventure! I’ve been traveling to Q Roo and the Yucatán for 20 years and this was my first trip to Sian Ka’an. Mexico Ka’an was professional and always put our safety first. Our guide, Ursula, was so passionate and educated on the history, flora and fauna of the area, and out boat captain, Oscar, knew the wildlife habitat like his own home. We saw crocodiles, manatees, rays, dolphins, turtles, so many bird species and even a nurse shark - all in their own habitats. If you really want to get off the grid into nature for a day, I highly recommend this tour with this tour company. So worth it!
It was so nice having a guide that was super knowledgeable about Mayan culture and history. Javier and the entire team were all nice and helpful. We loved going through the Rivera Maya and getting to float around in the river, I could do that all day. And the cenote was beautiful. It was just the right amount of time and we ended at lunch. I would do this all over again because it was super convenient and we were with people who know the area.
We had a nice day on the catamaran. Pickup and drop-off were timely and not too crowded. The sea was really rough so we didn't get to go to the reef but they found a quiet protected cove for us to do some snorkeling in and the food was great. They kept the drinks flowing and we really enjoyed the day.
If you want to experience a sample of different sites for a great price... this tour is for you! Tulum reopened 2 days before my tour- so I scheduled my tour right on time. However we were not able to climb to pyramid in Tulum.