Discover Playa del Carmen through Its Diverse Attractions and Activities

There are many reasons that Playa del Carmen, once a fishing village, is one of Mexico's most popular vacation destinations. First of all, there's the white sand beaches and turquoise Caribbean Sea. Then there's charming pedestrian walkway 5th Avenue, where visitors can dine, drink, shop and people watch. In addtion, Playa del Carmen offers endless activities and attractions. Many people just don't realize how much there is to do in the area.

Did you know that the Yucatan Peninsula sits on underground rivers and caves? Some of them can be accessed by opening on the earth's surface, aka cenotes. Snorkeling and scuba diving in this mysterious underground world is an unforgettable experience.

If you're an ancient history buff, a visit to a Mayan archaeological site is a must.

Spend a day at Xcaret for a Mexican cultural and natural experience, or Xplor to spend the day zip lining, off-roading in the jungle and exploring (Get it?) underground rivers. At Xel-Ha you can snorkel in the "world's largest natural aquarium" and then spend the afternoon sipping on a beer in a hammock.

If you're more the indoor type, book a tour with Playacrawl. They will take you to three of Playa del Carmen's best nightclubs, where you'll get VIP treatment.

Discover Playa del Carmen's natural and manmade wonders through these attractions and activities.

10 has done it again. This bar-hopping tour takes you to three of Playa del Carmen's hottest nightspots. The experience is all-inclusive and provides 5 hours of open bar including bottle service in at least 2 of the 3 clubs. You...  Read More



Rio Secreto is a natural park located just 3 miles south of Playa del Carmen. During a 3 1/2 hour tour, you'll hike, swim and ride in a boat through flooded underground caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites that formed over thousands of...  Read More

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Another popular Mayan ruin site, Tulum is located a bit closer to Cancun than Chichen Itza, roughly 2 hours south. This is a smaller site and can be seen in about an hour but it's worth the trip simply for the breathtaking views. The Mayans knew...  Read More



This eco-park part of the Experiencias Xcaret family (Xcaret, Xplor, Xenotes, Xoximilco). Xel-Ha boasts the "largest, most beautiful natural aquarium in the world". You can swim in grottos & cenotes (natural sinkholes)and see local sea life,...  Read More



The name of these Mayan ruins means "water stirred by wind," probably because the site is located between several lakes. At one point Cobá was a city covering 27 square miles with a population estimated at 55,000. Fewer tourists visit these...  Read More



Xplor is a natural eco adventure park located in the Riviera Maya, just south of Playa del Carmen, and is part of the Xcaret family. Activites include 14 zip lines, amphibious vehicles, and underground rivers that feature amazing stalactites and...  Read More



Aventuras Mayas was created to show tourists the beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula through tours and excursions. They are fully dedicated to the development of sustainable tourism in the area. They offer tours to Tulum, the ancient Mayan...  Read More



Cenote Xperience offers scuba diving tours. You can do what everyone else does, and dive in the ocean, or you can take advantage of owner Nicolas' specialty; cave diving. The Yucatan Peninsula sits on a labyrinth of passageways, tunnels and...  Read More

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This eco-tour company has been offering excursions since 1999. Their specialty is Mayan adventures that combine outdoorsy activities such as kayaking and biking, with cultural tours of the local ruins or exploring the jungle or caves around...  Read More



Pronounced "Sh-car-ret", this eco-archaeological park is filled with Mexican and Mayan flavor, color, music, nature and culture. Inside the park there is a butterfly pavilion, an aviary, an aquarium, as well as places where you can view...  Read More


Meet Kristin Busse

After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001.

Kristin grew-up in Michigan and studied Communications at Michigan State University....  More About Kristin