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Welcome to Playa del Carmen

With vibrant reefs and laid-back Caribbean cool, Playa del Carmen is a favored diving destination offering plenty of ways to enjoy the coast along the Yucatán Peninsula. See what’s beneath the waves on a dive or snorkeling trip, explore fresh-water cenotes, or visit a family-friendly nature park. The walkable town center is packed with boutiques, cafes, and lively nightclubs, and there are ancient Maya ruins and a thick jungle close enough for an afternoon excursion. With a central location on the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen makes the perfect home base for visiting resort towns, villages, golf courses, and picture-perfect beaches up and down the coast.

Top 10 attractions in Playa del Carmen

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Tulum

Tulum

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Tulum, the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city and a port for Coba, is one of the best preserved coastal Mayan cities in the Yucatan, in tandem with Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. Highlights of this archaeological site include the Temple of the Frescoes, which has spectacular figurines of the 'diving god.'More
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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

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One of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Chichén Itzá is among Mexico's most visited and iconic archaeological sites. Known for its main central pyramid, this impressive Maya site—once the ceremonial center of the Yucatán—also features temples, ball courts, and a cenote (freshwater sinkhole).More
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Xcaret

Xcaret

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With unparalleled access to the Caribbean Sea and all of its bounty, a visit to the Xcaret eco-archaeological park is a must when on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Snorkeling, ziplining, river rafting, exploring underwater rivers, and hiking tropical trails through jungle ruins are all options within this natural adventure park, which gives fast access to many of Cancun’s greatest attractions.More
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Xplor Park

Xplor Park

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Set in the middle of the Yucatan jungle, Xplor Park allows visitors to experience Mexico’s environmental treasures firsthand. Here you can raft down a stalactite-filled underground river, swim in cenotes, ride in an amphibious vehicle, or zipline above the canopy. There’s also a nighttime option to explore after dark.More
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Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres

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Isla Mujeres (the “Island of Women”) is known for its rich marine life and pristine beaches. Here you can snorkel at Manchones Reef, scuba dive in the Cave of Sleeping Sharks, or stretch out on the white sands of North Beach (Playa Norte). On land you’ll find bustling nightlife, with oceanside bars and restaurants serving fresh seafood.More
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Mayan Ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá)

Mayan Ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá)

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In the heart of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula lie the ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá), an ancient Maya city considered to be one of the most important settlements in Mesoamerican history. During its peak between AD 500 and 900, Coba housed 50,000 residents and was the central terminus for the complex Maya system of roadways. The jungle site is still being excavated, but visitors can experience the already discovered remains of thesesacbes, or stone causeways, as well as a number of engraved and sculpted monuments.More
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Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

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Rio Secreto, or the “Secret River,” is a series of caves carved out by the flow of an ancient underground river in Mexico. While the reserve is most famous for its large half-sunken cavern—a popular diving spot—you can also explore eerie passageways, swim in the river, and admire dripping stalactites, stalagmites, and colorful mineral formations.More
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Xel-Ha

Xel-Ha

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Named after a Mayan word meaning “the place where the waters are born,” the Xel-Ha aquatic park encompasses 14 acres (5.7 hectares) of jungle and ocean just south of Playa del Carmen. A must-visit family-friendly attraction, Xel-Ha is home to cenotes, a lazy river, fish-filled lagoons, and other natural attractions.More
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Cirque du Soleil Joya

Cirque du Soleil Joya

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Cirque du Soleil brings its award-winning magical theater to Mexico’s Riviera Maya with Joya, the troupe’s first resident production in Latin America. From dazzling theatrics and incredible acrobatics to otherworldly costumes and death-defying stunts, this fantastical show is truly an unforgettable experience.More
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Cenotes Sac Actun

Cenotes Sac Actun

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Filled with crystal clear water and lined with limestone stalactites, Cenotes Sac Actun is the world’s largest known underwater cave system. The freshwater cave is home to colorful fish, bats, and animal fossils. Sac Actun is simultaneously one of the most impressive and least crowded cenotes on the Yucatan Peninsula.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in Playa del Carmen

How to Spend 3 Days in Playa del Carmen

Top activities in Playa del Carmen

Jungle Buggy Tour from Playa del Carmen Including Cenote Swim
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Xplor Park All-Inclusive Admission

Xplor Park All-Inclusive Admission

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Buggy Tour in Playa del Carmen with Cenote Swim and Mayan Village Visit
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Half-Day Private Yacht Charter in Riviera Maya

Half-Day Private Yacht Charter in Riviera Maya

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3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
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Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
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Best ATV Tour, Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport Included
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Xcaret Park Admission Ticket

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VIP Chichen Itza Private Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Playa del Carmen

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Exciting scooter ride
Christian_G, Jan 2022
Amazing Guided Electric Rides Tour Around Playa Del Carmen
Able to see things we otherwise would have missed in the local neighbourhood.
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Great trip
Catarina_R, Dec 2021
Cobá, Cenote Cho Ha, Tulum and Paraiso Beach, Reduced Group.
This trip is quite long (we went from Playa del Carmen and it took us about 12 hours total), but you also see a lot: two archeological sites with plenty of time to visit, one cenote, and a visit to Playa Paraíso, where we went for a short snorkeling expedition (extra).
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Book this tour now!
Lilian_L, Jan 2022
Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour
Once you're all fueled up again, you can go for a swim in the Cenote, it's a very deep one, hence you need to wear a life jacket here, there is a really awesome waterfall and many people were jumping in to the Cenote if you're into that!
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This is a must go!!
Natalie_C, Jan 2022
Magical Holbox Tour from Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya
Spoke great Spanish and English.
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Great and unique experience
STEFAN_W, Dec 2021
3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
The 3-in-1 offers insights into the variety of activities around Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Cancun and should be understood more as a first introduction than a deep-dive into any specific activity.
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Highlight of our Visit
Kara_R, Nov 2021
3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
I was really surprised and excited to see multiple stingrays and turtles!
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Incredible Day!
Sharolyn_P, Nov 2021
Discover the FABULOUS PINK WATERS at the Caribean (Las Coloradas+Río Lagartos)
Tons to see and do.
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You won't regret it. Highly recommend this tour!!! two thumbs up!
kaesun_s, Nov 2021
From Playa del carmen Experience ATV (Shared) Zipline & Cenote- Includes lunch
Whole tour was very organized, transitions between different activities were very smooth.
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Eating with Carmen Food Tour with Alex - a 5 Star Experience
Gail_N, Oct 2021
Local Walking Food Tour
One of our group had fallen a few days before the trip and was using a walker to help with mobility - Alex, our terrific guide, slowed the pace to accommodate her, but we still saw and tasted everything.
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Great experience - a few recommendations
apa1620, Oct 2021
Best ATV Tour, Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport Included
When you first get there, there is an area where they sell things you might want to have while on the activities (goggles, bandanas, towels, tshirts, water shoes, etc).
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Great time for a great price
Michael, Aug 2021
CHICHEN ITZA REGULAR TOUR, Cenote Saamal, Buffet, Valladolid (No hidden fees)
Our tour guide for the day was very friendly and knowledgeable, speaking English and Spanish.
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Freddy is king
tony_l, Aug 2021
Chichen Itza Early Access, Tequila Tasting & Buffet Lunch (Avoid the crowds)
Freddy was so knowledgeable and his English and Spanish translations were perfect.
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Unforgettable experience, and tour guide
Maria_A, Jul 2021
Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
He speaks both and English and Spanish and the tour is available in both languages when you get there.
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Must try!
Lorenzo_G, Jun 2021
Local Walking Food Tour
An amazing experience we got to visit some really great food places along with some history behind it.
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Great place to visit, don't miss out.
Livio_R, May 2021
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves
Fantastic place to visit - a must for anyone visiting Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum.
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Fun and adventurous!
Christina_N, Mar 2021
ATV Adventure Tour from Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya
We got to see camels and crocodiles in between the ATV ride.
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Interesting and good
Consuelo_R, Dec 2020
Tulum, Coba, Playa Del Carmen and Cenote Day Tour
The trip in Playa del Carmen disappointed I was expecting to see the beach, no to be walking in the street at 6:30 pm The lunch was good
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Magical/Beautiful Experience
Sherry_H, Oct 2020
Río Secreto Playa del Carmen
It is in National Geographic's top 10 places for families to visit.
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Fantastic day out totally organised...
Alyson G, Dec 2017
Chichén Itzá Early Access, Ek Balam & Cenote Small Group Tour
Fantastic day out totally organised from start to finish , we were split into two groups spanish speaking and English speaking which was good our guide was very informative and generally good fun the lunch in the way back to playa del Carmen was really nice and all the people were so nice .
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Frank was a great guide but the tour...
Sridhar G, Jan 2018
Chichén Itzá Early Access, Ek Balam & Cenote Small Group Tour
I wish we had more time to visit the Cenote and see more of the site @ Chichen.
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