There are so many incredible things to do in Playa del Carmen that it can be hard to sort through the options.
Well, I’m here to help. After three months living here, I’ve had plenty of time to try out many of the awesome activities in Playa del Carmen: and I’ve come up with this list of the 21 absolute best things to do in Playa del Carmen in order to help you make the most of your trip to this beautiful town on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera.
From the secret beach spots, to where to find unique local dishes, to the best day trips, I’ve got you covered with an exciting array of things to see in Playa del Carmen. This is one of the best places to visit in Mexico for sure.
Oh, and you’re definitely going to want to try #17 – some people love it and some hate it, but you’ve got to check it out yourself to find out! (also, don’t miss the traveller’s resources at the end of this article). But first…
Getting From Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen
You have different options to get from the Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen — either take the bus, rent a car, take a taxi, book a shuttle or hop in private transportation booked prior to arrival.
The fastest, safest, and most comfortable options are to take private transportation to Playa del Carmen, or a shared shuttle (for just $25). 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 travellers, couples and groups.
Another option for this trip is eTransfers who offer everything from basic rides to luxury vans to get you from point A to point B.
Here are my top picks for fun things to do in Playa Del Carmen!
1. Take a Dip in a Cenote (one of the most refreshing things to do in Playa del Carmen)
Believe it or not, the best places to swim in Playa del Carmen aren’t in the ocean. Ask any local where to take a dip and you’re certain to get the same answer: visit a cenote.
What’s a cenote?
Well, I’m glad you asked. Cenotes are essentially underground swimming holes formed where limestone bedrock gives way to underground rivers and springs.
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.
There are many cenotes to choose from, but my personal favourite is Cenote Azul. You can visit on your own by taking the…
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