Playa del Carmen is located on the Riviera Maya in Mexico. It is a town famous for great nightlife and stunning beaches. So, if you are coming on vacation in Playa Del Carmen, read our guide to the top ten things to do in and around Playa and make the most of this spectacular part of the world.

1.Explore Chichen Itza

Visit the historic Chichén ItzáThe Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza are a magnificent sight to behold and were labeled as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Chichen Itza is one of the most important archaeological sites in Mexico. To reach the destination you can rent a car and drive it for yourself, or you can check out tour packages in Playa Del Carmen to Chichen Itza.

Tip:  It would be better to visit the temples early before the crowds and the heat set in.

2.Kite Surfing and Paddle Boarding

Playa Del Carmen’s white, sandy beaches are perfect for kitesurfing.

This beautiful town coast is always full of kite surfers and paddleboarders; it maybe pros and newbies. Some packages offer surfing and paddleboarding classes, or you can rent the equipment needed for this sport. But make sure to only hire qualified instructors before signing up for any extreme sports.

3.Visit Tulum

Tulum is a comfortable, tiny beach town that attracts many tourists because of its gorgeous shores and great Trip to Tulumnightlife. Renting a bike is advisable since the Tulum National Park separates the beach and center.


Mexican peninsula owns an overwhelming abundance of cenotes. Cenotes have freshwater that makes the water super clear and pure. If you prefer snorkeling, then you should visit Cenote Cristalino or Cenote Angelita which has a depth of 200 feet.

5.Party the Night Away at Coco Bongo

Coco Bongo is the pillar of Playa del Carmen’s throbbing nightlife scene. Partying at Coco Bongo is one of the most popular things to do in Cancun as well. It is circled by bright Caribbean Dream style buildings, international restaurants and the happy-go-lucky vibe offered by this paradise. 


Playa del Carmen holds to some of the best diving spots in the Western Hemisphere. If scuba diving is not your thing, snorkeling is the way to explore underwater life. The crystal clear waters of the Playa del Carmen make snorkeling an exhilarating and memorable experience for the whole family. Rent a boat in Playa Del Carmen now and enjoy snorkeling.

7.Try a Marquesita

When visiting Playa, you should not forget to try marquesita. It is a local dessert that is crunchy hand-held crepe with a variety of toppings. Marquesitas are like crunchy crepes, a typical street snack. The best places to get them are on Calle 2 and Avenida Juarez around their intersections with Avenida 20.

8.Swim With Sea Turtles

Akumal is known as one of the best places to go swimming with sea turtles. Check out tour packages to reach Akumal you take a colectivo south from Playa del Carmen and rent your swimming equipment.

9.Adventure at Xplor Park

A great adventure awaits you at Xplor Park. Enjoy action-packed activities in a safe, natural setting. At Xplor you’ll cross through the sky on zip-lines, steer an amphibious vehicle in the Mayan jungle, raft boarding, and swim in an underground river. 

10.Shops of La Quinta

If you want to shop for souvenirs, then you should head to La Quinta (5th Street). It is a lively pedestrian street lined with hundreds of shops and vendors offering everything from designer handbags, jewels, and unique artwork.

Is Playa del Carmen Safe to Visit?

catamaran playa del carmenEven though Mexico is known for violent and gang-related crime, Playa del Carmen is still a safe destination to visit. The city security measure is heightened since Playa del Carmen is a tourist spot. To keep safe, make sure to follow the necessary travel policies and your trip to Playa del Carmen will be hassle-free. especially if you are planning to book a Playa Del Carmen boat rental.