Playa del Carmen is definitely the heart of the Riviera Maya, it is located between Cancun and Tulum the perfect spot for a place like this. It is 45 minutes away from Cancun Airport. And besides, it is also located in front of one of the best Caribbean islands, Cozumel Mexico. Playa del Carmen has absolutely everything for the perfect trip, it is surrounded by nature at every place you go. It has beautiful beaches with turquoise colors that you have never seen before, and amazing cenotes with depth and cold waters where you can see fish and caves and enjoy the best snorkeling in those amazing clear waters. Playa del Carmen is also very well known for its fabulous nightlife, this city shines by itself at night, you will definitely have fun any time as soon as the sun goes down at Playa in one of the many nightclubs that possess. Discover in this Playa del Carmen Travel Guide the best thing to do in this paradisiacal city.

Cancun Airport to The Reef Coco Beach Resort Playa del Carmen

How to get to Playa del Carmen from Cancun Airport

This beautiful cosmopolitan city in the Mexican Caribbean is just 45 minutes from the Cancun Airport and 55 minutes from Cancun Downtown.

To get from the Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen you can make a reservation of a Private Cancun Airport Transportation.

This transportation is perfect when you want everything to be easy and smooth and also less expensive than the regular taxis at Cancun Airport. Private airport transportation is really easy to book online and you can pay through different methods like credit or debit cards, PayPal, or cash. There is also a Bus Station in Cancun Downtown and some public vans that take you to Playa Del Carmen.

What to do in Playa del Carmen

Visit one of their beaches

Mamita's Beach This is one of the most famous beaches in the city, it is very central and has several beach clubs to have a great time. It is a cosmopolitan beach and one of the symbols of Playa del Carmen, a place full of music, sun, and a good atmosphere.

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Loaction

Punta Esmeralda
This public beach located on the shore of the Colosio colony is highly visited by the locals of Playa del Carmen. Its union with an open cold water cenote makes it special, in which a dip will help you deal with the heat.

Location

Visiting a Cenote is a must

There is nothing better than spending a day swimming in a wonderful cenote in the Riviera Maya. I assure you that it will be the most relaxing day of your vacation, imagine yourself floating in fresh and crystal clear waters. Besides de prices are very affordable!

Cenote Cristalino

This Cenote is located 20 km from Playa del Carmen, a 20-minutes drive. Upon arrival at the Cenote Cristalino, you will marvel at its vast vegetation around it, the water is transparent and you will be able to visualize giant rocks and tree roots.

The entrance to the Cenote Cristalino has a cost of $ 150 MXN for adults, $ 100 MXN for children under 11 years old and divers and models pay $ 200 MXN. They are open from Monday through Sunday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. The payment for access already includes the rent of the life jacket. Don't forget your snorkel equipment, anyway, they are able to rent you one if you do not bring yours.

cenote cristalino playa del carmen travel guideThe use of sunscreen is prohibited, it is important not to put it on as these contain chemical ingredients that alter the flora and fauna of underground rivers. Also, you are able to bring your own food, there aren't restaurants in the Cenote.

Do not forget your cash and a mosquito repellent

Location

Cenote Jardin del Eden

This cenote is surrounded by green vegetation and trees of the region that gives the impression of being in a Garden, around there are some palapas to rest or enjoy nature and relax. Besides, It is one of the largest open-air Cenotes in the Riviera Maya. It's like a huge pool in the middle of the jungle, where you can enjoy a fantastic time either swimming, snorkeling, diving, or just refreshing yourself in its waters. It is located only 20 minutes away from Playa del Carmen. Pets, alcoholic drinks, smoking, and sunscreen are not allowed, please follow all the instructions in the place. Do not forget your snorkel equipment or you will have to rent them, bring some cash and mosquito repellent.

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Cost $ 100 MXN Adult $ 50 MXN Child

Open from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm from Monday to Sunday

Location

Snorkel in Playa del Carmen

Do not forget to do snorkel in your Playa del Carmen trip, thanks to its privilege location you will have different options to make snorkel. As soon as you get to the city travel agencies will offer you snorkel packages so you won´t have to worry about that. Cozumel is a good option to do it, as well as Akumal; turtle sanctuary. These Places are the best to do snorkel.

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Parks 

Xcaret

Xcaret is water, theme, amusement, eco-archaeological park, and more, in one place. Due to its privileged location in the Mayan jungle among underground rivers, cenotes, and facing the Caribbean Sea, Xcaret has impressive scenarios where you can do different activities and enjoy to the fullest those scenarios. Besides that, Xcaret is a park that celebrates Mexico’s present and rich past, a country known for its traditions, culture, and folklore.

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Rio Secreto

Río Secreto is one of the best parks in the Riviera Maya, an excellent place to visit as a family with children, a group of friends, a couple, or alone.Río Secreto, an underground nature reserve in Playa del Carmen with crystal clear waters and impressive stone formations. You should definitely visit this place on your next trip to Playa del Carmen.

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Emotions Native Park

Experience the emotion of driving an ATV vehicle through jungle trails. Enjoy pleasant walks immersed in a protected natural area to explore caves, fly above vegetation with zip lines, discover archaeological vestiges, learn about the lifestyle of the first inhabitants, and swim in a beautiful cenote with crystal clear water.

Take a long walk in the Fifth avenue

Fifth Avenue is the most famous street in Playa del Carmen. It is full of color and life, here you can find cafes, boutiques, restaurants and much more. It is especially pleasant in the afternoons when it is not so hot and the brightness of the lights and the live music from different establishments welcome you

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Parque Fundadores

This park is very famous in the city for the spectacle of the "Voladores de Papantla". This ancient Mexican ritual involves men dressed in colorful clothing hanging upside down from a 30-meter (98-foot) pole. They turn and descend slowly to the ground as one stands on top of the stick, playing flute and a drum.

3D Museum

America's first 3D illusion art museum, kids (and adults) of all ages can have fun here. Take photos and become part of the art as you merge with the incredible two-dimensional images that surround you.

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Visit Cozumel Island

You cannot leave Playa del Carmen without visiting Cozumel, and it is only 20 minutes away. You cannot leave Playa del Carmen without visiting Cozumel, and it is only 20 minutes away.

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Where to stay in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen offers a wide variety of accommodation for all types of travelers, from backpackers to luxury. We will show you some great options for your next trip to the Riviera Maya

Banyan Tree Mayakoba Resort

Surrender to the pristine shores, robust life forms that abound in this area of freshwater lagoons, mangroves, natural dunes, intricate coral reefs, and the famous Riviera Maya coast.

Let your spirit dance to the sound of the Caribbean breeze. Mayakoba is an Arcadia of native birds or fish with carefully preserved ecosystems. Banyan Tree Mayakoba is the epitome of a luxury vacation, a place that brings Asian hospitality to the idyllic Riviera Maya. In its own zone within the space of the integrated complex of Mayakoba, you can immerse yourself in unspoiled nature without sacrificing the charm and warmth of a family resort.

The Banyan Tree Spa has all the services, including massages and body treatments. The Banyan Tree complex also provides a fitness center and boat trips through the mangroves (departing from the lobby).

Cancun Airport to Banyan Tree Mayakoba Resort

Xcaret Hotel

Hotel Xcaret Mexico is a cosmopolitan resort that has redefined the concept of all-inclusive with its innovative All-Fun Inclusive®, being the only hotel in the Riviera Maya to offer access to all the parks and tours by Grupo Xcaret. Its sustainable architecture integrates the hotel’s facilities into nature while paying tribute to the traditions of Mexico, thus preserving not only natural resources but also the country’s cultural legacy. Hotel Xcaret Mexico is more than a hotel, it is the most complete leisure experience in the Riviera Maya.

El Dorado Maroma.

El Dorado Maroma is an adults-only hotel on the Riviera Maya and is the ideal location for a romantic oceanfront getaway. This elegant space has for you all the luxury amenities of its exclusive Gourmet Inclusive® concept.

With a sophisticated and contemporary design, the Dorado Maroma includes 128 rooms, six restaurants of different specialties, four bars, and all the comforts that this earthly paradise has for you.

Its exclusive Gourmet Inclusive® concept offers premium beverages, à la carte gastronomic delights, concierge services, beach butler, culinary activities, and evening entertainment.

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Kaban Hostel

Kaban Hostel provides storage for belongings and a designated area for smoking also offering an outdoor swimming pool, a free car park, and currency exchange.

Staying at Kaban Hostel in Playa del Carmen, guests will be 15 minutes' walk away from Epicurean Chef Services. Cavernas Chaaktun is located next to the property.

The venue offers 10 rooms. Most of them feature climate control, a private safe, a balcony, a dining area, and an iron and ironing board. The accommodation provides shared bathrooms with showers and bathtubs.

Guests can make use of karaoke and a terrace at the bar onsite. Playa Del Carmen airport is 10 minutes' drive from the accommodation. The venue offers bikes for rent.

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