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How to Spend 1 Day in Playa del Carmen

How to Spend 1 Day in Playa del Carmen

Located about an hour south of Cancun, Playa del Carmen is a popular Riviera Maya destination. Enjoy its white sand beaches and access to numerous outdoor and cultural activities on a visit. Here are some ways to enjoy 24 hours in Playa del Carmen.

 

Morning: Get to Know the Area

To visit the ruins of Tulum, an ancient Maya archaeological site about an hour south of Playa del Carmen, opt for an express tour with an early morning start—leaving you time in the afternoon to enjoy the beach or another activity. Or stay in Playa del Carmen and get to know the local cuisine on a food tour. Alternatively, head about 15 minutes south of town to one of three outdoor adventure, jungle, and eco-archaeological parks—Rio Secreto, Xplor, and Xcaret—where all kinds of family-friendly activities are available such as ziplining and swimming in underground rivers.   

 

Afternoon: Discover the Natural Environment

Head out to sea on a half-day catamaran cruise for the chance to go swimming and snorkeling in the clear waters of the Caribbean. Look for tropical fish and sea turtles and admire the scenery as the boat glides along the coastline. Cruises often include lunch and drinks on board. If you’d rather stay on land, head into the jungle on a buggy tour that introduces you to the lush landscape of the Yucatan Peninsula. Drive or ride in an open-air 4-wheel-drive buggy, and stop to swim in a cenote, a natural underground swimming hole.

 

Night: Eat, Drink, and Be Entertained

You have another chance to sample local cuisine and learn more about the town of Playa del Carmen on an evening food tour. Or, perhaps, you’d rather relax and watch the sunset from the water on an evening cruise. Enjoy Vegas-style entertainment with a Riviera Maya twist at a Cirque du Soleil show, which offers dinner and Champagne options, or go dancing with a nightclub pass to some of Playa del Carmen’s top nightlife venues.

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Jungle Buggy Tour from Playa del Carmen Including Cenote Swim

Jungle Buggy Tour from Playa del Carmen Including Cenote Swim

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Journey deep into the Riviera Maya on this guided jungle buggy tour from Playa del Carmen. Steer a 4x4 buggy for about 18 miles and admire the lush forest scenery during this thrilling drive. Make a stop at a ranch for a refreshing swim and snorkel at a cenote. Hotel transport included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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Xcaret Park Admission Ticket with Underground River Activities Included

Xcaret Park Admission Ticket with Underground River Activities Included

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Guarantee your entry to Playa del Carmen’s Xcaret eco-archeological park by booking your entrance ticket in advance. Combining nature with history, culture, and cuisine, Xcaret boasts more than 40 attractions that guarantee a fun-filled family day out. Witness an exhilarating equestrian show, marvel at nature in the Butterfly Pavillion and on Jaguar Island, and delve into Yucatan history at the Mexican Folk Art Museum. Upgrade to an Xcarat Plus ticket for free use of lockers and snorkel equipment, a buffet lunch, unlimited soft drinks, and a beer.
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  • 6 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$109.99
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Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Playa del Carmen

Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Playa del Carmen

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Visit the Maya city of Tulum on a 6-hour tour from Playa del Carmen, and explore temples, pyramids, and history at the edge of the Caribbean Sea. See the site on a two-hour guided tour, then enjoy an hour to explore on your own, snap photos, or visit the Tulum beach. This 6-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off at Playa del Carmen hotels, as well as entrance fees at the Tulum Archeological Site.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.67
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Xplor Park All-Inclusive Admission

Xplor Park All-Inclusive Admission

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Enjoy a day of Riviera Maya adventure at Xplor Park with all-inclusive access to underground river trips, amphibious vehicle trails, and zip lines. Paddle, swim, drive, and soar: all equipment is provided, along with dressing rooms and secure lockers. You’ll have the whole day to explore the park at your own pace, with a break to refuel with a lunch buffet, smoothies, and juice.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Walking Food Tour in Downtown Playa del Carmen

Walking Food Tour in Downtown Playa del Carmen

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Get beyond the tourist restaurants on a 3-hour culinary walking tour of Playa del Carmen, as you discover the city’s locally-owned cafes and street food stalls. Come hungry for tastings and drinks at five locations, and get an insider introduction to the Playa del Carmen food scene.
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  • 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Playa del Carmen Food Tour

Playa del Carmen Food Tour

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Bring your appetite on this foodie tour in Playa del Carmen. By taxi and on foot, an in-the-know guide whisks you to five of the best restaurants and street stalls not frequented by tourists, where you will sample authentic Mexican cuisine, made up of Maya and Spanish influences. At an open-air farmer’s market, learn how fresh ingredients are used in dishes. Discover places and foods that you never would have found on your own!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rio Secreto Plus: Admission Ticket in Playa del Carmen

Rio Secreto Plus: Admission Ticket in Playa del Carmen

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Explore Rio Secreto in Playa del Carmen, including additional access to new features with a Rio Secreto Plus admission ticket. Visit the new 'Dry Route', which includes a visit to the Salón de la Paz for a fantastic sound and light show and a 25-minute guided walk on the interpretive nature trails. Bike through the forest and go rappelling, then continue to Rio Secreto's natural underground rivers and impressive caves filled with unique rock formations. Fuel up with a buffet lunch and refreshing non-alcoholic beverages. Use of all equipment and transport from the welcome center are included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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VIP Nightclub Tour in Playa del Carmen

VIP Nightclub Tour in Playa del Carmen

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Dance the night away at three of Playa del Carmen’s swankiest bars and clubs on a VIP nightclub tour of the town. Enjoy an exclusive experience of Playa del Carmen’s famous nightlife as you sip unlimited drinks in bustling beach bars and cosmopolitan clubs with a lively guide. Slink past velvet ropes as you skip long lines, allowing more time for drinking and dancing to prominent Mexican DJs.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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