5 Things To Do In Playa del Carmen

5 Things To Do In Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is a coastal resort town located in Mexico along the Caribbean Sea. It is a popular tourist place in Mexico.

Playa del Carmen is located between Cancun and Tulum around 60km away from both places.

How to reach Playa del Carmen?

From the Cancun airport, you have different options to Playa del Carmen 

You can take the bus, rent a car, take a taxi, or private transportation booked prior to arrival. The best, fastest, safest and most comfortable option is to take private transportation to Playa del Carmen.

Don’t waste your precious holiday time waiting for buses and getting ripped off by cabs. Check out Cancun Airport Transportation, which offers a variety of vehicle options for solo travelers, couples and groups.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen:

1. Chichen Itza

Things To Do In Playa del Carmen -Chichen Itza Mexico

Chichen Itza located at the northern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula of modern Mexico was a Maya city.

The name Chichen Itza probably derives from a large sinkhole known as the Sacred Cenote or ‘mouth of the well of the Itza’.

It was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza are a spectacular sight to behold. It is located deep in the jungle, and a bit of a challenge to reach. 

2. Cenotes

The best place to swim in Playa del Carmen is a Cenote. Wondering what is Cenote?

Well, Cenote is a natural pit or sinkhole that is created when the roof of an underground cavern collapses and exposes groundwater underneath.

There are thousands of them in the Yucatan peninsula and visiting one should be at the top of any list of things to do in Playa del Carmen.

Let’s see some of the famous Cenotes near Playa del Carmen

1) Cenote Chaak Tun

Things To Do In Playa del Carmen-Cenote Chaak Tun

Cenote Chaak Tun is a wonderful cenote with a large lake in a cave where you can snorkel, viewing cave formations above and below the water. Observe examples of large stalactites hanging from the ceiling and watch for the occasional bat.

2) Río Secreto


Rio Secreto was considered by the native Maya to be the holiest place on Earth. A mystical world that defies time and space, and a world where Gods dwelled and sacred rituals were performed. This place is filled with impressive rock formations, stalactites, and stalagmites. They’re quite impressive when you learn that these mineral formations grow at a rate of less than 1 inch every 100 years.

3) Cenote Azul

Things To Do In Playa del Carmen-Cenote Azul

Cenotes can be closed (so they are caves filled more or less with freshwater) or open, like the Cenote  Azul. The water in this cenote is rainwater filtered through a network of limestone rocks. The water is therefore almost translucent. It is located near Puerto Aventuras and is easily accessible from Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

4) Cenote Ponderosa

Things To Do In Playa del Carmen-Cenote Ponderosa

This beautiful Cenote is located about 3km south of Puerto Aventuras. With fresh, crystal-clear water, the vast open cenote is also home to all manner of wildlife, including brightly colored motmots, turtles, and freshwater eels. Thrill-seekers will also enjoy making a daring jump from the edge of the cenote into the water.

5) Cenote Ik-Kil 

Things To Do In Playa del Carmen-Cenote Ik Kil

It is located right next to Chichen Itza and this makes it the most populated. Small waterfalls running into the cool blue water create the perfect setting. Vines running over the edges and down into the water only add to the ambiance. For Cliff Jumping there are a number of platforms built into the side of the cenote that people line up to jump off the cliff.

3.  Diving

Things To Do In Playa del Carmen -Diving
Things To Do In Playa del Carmen -Diving

Playa del Carmen is full of dive shops and centers. You can witness the warm water temperatures and wildlife of the Caribbean Sea with the infrastructure of a large-scale resort.

The island of Cozumel also acts as a natural barrier, which helps keep currents manageable and visibility high.

For people who are already PADI-certified Playa del Carmen’s appeal comes from the once-in-a-lifetime dive sites close to the resort.

One is the Tajma-hál Cenote, which has a maze of underwater tunnels and caves.

Explore the joy of Scuba Diving, getting up close with the wonders and the secrets of this marine universe.

4. Taste The Traditional Mayan Food

If you’re visiting Mexico, look out for these traditional dishes to get a real taste of the country’s cuisine.

Their diet consisted mainly of corn, beans, peppers, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, and herbs. Chocolate, native to Mexico, was considered a drink fit for royalty.

The Indians occasionally
hunted, adding wild turkey, rabbit, deer, and quail to their vegetarian diet.

When the Spanish explorers landed in Mexico, they introduced livestock, including cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, and chickens. On later journeys to this “New World,” the Spanish brought plants from Asia, such as sugarcane and wheat.

Spain ruled over Mexico for over 300 years. By the time Mexico gained its independence, Spain had left its mark on its people and culture, including their cuisine.

Top foods to try:

1) Chilaquiles

Things To Do In Playa del Carmen -Chilaquiles

2) Pozole

Things To Do In Playa del Carmen -Pozole

3) Tacos al pastor

Things To Do In Playa del Carmen -Tacos al pastor

4) Elote  

Things To Do In Playa del Carmen -Elote

5. Xplor Park

Things To Do In Playa del Carmen -Xplor Park

Xplor Park has action-packed activities in a safe natural setting; to have fun and adventure one must visit Xplor Park.

It is more than three kilometers in length, shooting down a tower almost 50 meters.

You can also steer an amphibious vehicle through five kilometers of the prima jungle on two trails, scrambling across rivers like a pro.

Xplor Park has its own Cenote, and you can navigate two subterranean rivers on a raft, paddling with your hands along well-lit tunnels.

And to complete the adventure, take a swim beneath the stalactites and head off on a guided spelunking hike through the Cenote.

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