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What is there to do in Playa del Carmen?

The possibilities of finding great things to do in Playa del Carmen are limitless, given the city’s surroundings. In a very short distance, you’ll find yourself surrounded by turquoise beaches and verdant jungles, not to mention an amazing network of underground rivers deep below the ground. There are also several world-renowned eco-parks and outdoor adventure attractions that give you a well-deserved break from civilization. Or if you want to party into the night, the Playa del Carmen nightlife has you completely covered, too.

One of the all-time favorite places to visit in Playa del Carmen is, without a doubt, Xcaret. An internationally renowned eco-park that’s a vital part of a Riviera Maya vacation, Xcaret is a world of nature with its mix of jungle, beach, subterranean rivers, and animal exhibits throughout the amusement complex. Its sister park, Xplor, is also one of the top things to do in Playa del Carmen, as it offers a world of adrenaline-packed action on zip lines, ATVs, and even activities in an underground river.

After all, Playa del Carmen is at the heart of a network of freshwater rivers flowing deep below the earth from one end of the Yucatan Peninsula to the other. This network gives way to the cenotes, freshwater sinkholes that sometimes open up to the open air, or sometimes stay below ground. Either way, the Mayan natives referred to them as a gateway to their deities, and Chaak Tun is a prime example of the ancients’ underworld.

Exploring or lounging around on the beach are the favorite things to do in Playa del Carmen as well. Sit back as the waves and the ocean breeze relax you, taking away all your worries. But if you want to go farther, hop on a catamaran and sail away toward the Caribbean to get a great view of the open sea. To see yet another of the more impressive beaches of the Riviera Maya area, take a half-day tour of Tulum from Playa del Carmen and visit its incredible ruins overlooking breathtakingly turquoise waters.

If you still seek activities after your day of exploration in Playa del Carmen, one of the things to do at night is to visit the famous Fifth Avenue entertainment district. There are innumerable bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, none greater than Coco Bongo Playa del Carmen. Kick back a few drinks from the open bar, dance the night away, and even watch an incredible stage spectacle. Cheers to a great visit to Playa del Carmen!

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This is a magnificent eco-park known throughout the world for providing a perfect balance between nature and culture. There are plenty of things to do in this Playa del Carmen park. Find an underground river, several animal exhibits, lovely beaches and inlets, plus performances highlighting Mexico’s rich array of cultures throughout its varied regions.

Xcaret Theme Park with different experiences for families

Chaak Tun

A well kept secret below the Mayan jungle, the Chaak Tun freshwater cenote provides refreshing things to do in Playa del Carmen’s underworld. Try snorkeling to see incredible rock formations below and above the freshwaters of this magnificent underground river, which was one of the gateways to the Mayan gods, according to the ancients.


Tulum half day tour

Get inspired at the ancient walled city of Tulum, whose Mayan temples face the turquoise Caribbean Sea and white sand beaches from atop a cliff. Follow your guide on this quick but complete exploration of one of the most unique Mayan cities, giving you more time to do more things in Playa del Carmen by lunchtime.

Tulum Archaeological Site


One of the most thrilling things to do in Playa del Carmen, Xplor adventure park takes you on a high-flying zip line circuit, including one of the tallest in the Riviera Maya. You’ll also take an exciting ride on an amphibious vehicle, go on an underground river raft and explore caves full of rock formations.


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