Playa del Carmen and the Mayan Riviera have an exceptional array of attractions and activities from the Mayan ruins at Tulum to the Playa del Carmen nightlife; you will love your Mexico vacation. Here is a listing of some of the favorite ones:

Beaches and sport activities

This region has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Most of the beaches have been manicured and have fine white sand. The water is a turquoise blue of the Caribbean Sea.

Scuba diving and snorkeling

Off the coast is the world's fifth-longest barrier reef. The reef, home to hundreds of species of life, is perfect for snorkeling. Scuba dive and snorkel in the magnificent Caribbean waters. Scuba lessons for novices and tours for the experts are available. Most resorts provide tours and/or lessons. The majority of the ecological parks have areas for snorkeling.


Only 45 mins from Playa del Carmen by ferry, this diver's haven is well worth the trip across the ocean. Considered among the best snorkeling and diving spots in the world, Cozumel offers coral reefs, underwater caves, and shipwrecks sites to explore. There are over 30 kilometers of coral reefs, including the world's second-largest reef known as the Gama Reef.

Golf Courses

Playacar Golf Club – This is an 18 hole, par 72 championship golf course designed by Robert Von Hagge. This course is carved through the lush Mayan jungle, where it awaits any golfer to come and tame it. Driving range and putting green. Playacar, Playa del Carmen, Q. Roo. Tel.: +52-LRB-984-RRB-873-0624

Puerto Aventuras – Marina, Tennis / Golf Club. A nine-hole course designed by Thomas Leeman. Maximum length 3,236 yards. It also offers a putting green. Clubs / carts are available. – Located on the Cancun to Chetumal highway at km. 90 Puerto Aventuras, Playa del Carmen, Q.ROO. Tel.: 52-(987) 3-5109. Puerto Aventuras also has swimming with dolphins, relax and watch the show while having lunch. Puerto Aventuras also includes a marina and restaurants.

Mayan Jungle

Have a trip and trek through the wild jungles of the Mexican Riviera, ATV Explorer Jungle Tours is the Playa del Carmen jungle excursion. Caetla reported that you could ride an ATV through jungle trails, swim in a clear 60-foot deep cenote, explore caves, climb ancient Mayan ruins on this two-hour tour. Next to Playa del Carmen and Playacar, Mexico, just an hour south of Cancun.

Mayan Ruins


The tiniest Mayan ruin site Tulum only needs a? day. These ruins overlook the ocean and are right on a beach. This is a perfect spot for a picnic, a swim, and sunbathing. Take lots of pictures.


Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and prepare for an hour and a half drive into the jungle before reaching these ruins. Well worth the drive because there are beautiful temples and pyramids to see.

Chichen Itza

This is the most famous and grandiose pyramid of all of them. Bring plenty of film and marvel at the beautifully kept grounds and the new recovery work. A must-see Mayan ruin for culture enthusiasts. Restaurants, museums, and tourist shops abound.



A theme park for the whole family. A must-see if you visit the Mayan Riviera. Prepare to spend your day at Xcaret as there are a million and one things to do and see. Excellent light and sound show, swim with sea biking, snorkeling, the underground river runs, the dolphins, butterfly park, a Mayan village, and much more.


Xel Ha is an eco-park using a large lagoon for snorkeling. It's an excellent location for first-time snorkelers. Inner tubes and life vests are free, and you can rent snorkel equipment or bring your own. The remarkable cave system, cenotes, lagoon, and snorkeling with thousands of tropical fish.

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

The Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, one of Mexico's largest parks, covers more than 1 million acres of the coastal jungle or about 20 percent of the state of Quintana Roo's land. This virgin wilderness is home and sanctuary to innumerable species of flora and fauna, of which, the jaguar located here is counted as one of the many species. It offers eco-trekking through mangroves, lagoons, and rivers. Get a close-up look at the wildlife in reserve in their natural habitat.

Aktun Chen

Witness spectacular geological formations and swim in crystal clear water in the caves. Spider monkeys and a serpentarium (snakes) can be viewed.

Xaman-Ha Aviary

Located in Playacar, this exotic bird sanctuary is a wonderful natural habitat for some 60 species of birds that populate the jungles of the Yucatan peninsula. Scarlet macaws, flamingos, herons and may beautiful feathered creatures can be found here.

Jardin Botanico del Dr. Alfredo Barrera

Botanical gardens are sprawling with exotic species of tropical forests in the Mayan rainforest. The gardens sit on 60 hectares of jungle and mangrove. A groomed loop trail offers easy walking to collections of crops, all beautifully displayed in their natural surroundings. A lookout tower is a bit of a challenge to climb but rewards the brave with a view from the mangrove into the sea, and out over the jungle.


Playa del Carmen Shopping

The pedestrian street 5th Avenida in the center of Playa del Carmen is lined with boutiques filled with goods from all around Mexico and the world. With handicrafts like fine silver jewelry to hammocks, there are shops that cater to every budget.

The stores that cater to tourists typically carry things such as wood and stone, hammocks, leather goods, paintings, and sculptures. There are also high-end galleries featuring artworks from San Cristobal and Oaxaca for the Mexican art collector.

If you'd like to venture off the main strip, there are funky little treasures to be found in the small plaza between the 6th and 8th ave.

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