Things to Do in Playa del Carmen

Seasonal Events and Activities

There's no shortage of unique things to do in Playa del Carmen throughout the year. In addition, there are several activities and special events that can only be enjoyed during certain seasons. The Mahekal Beach Resort calendar of events and music festival listings are both great resources for planning your visit to Playa del Carmen, anytime in the year. 

For more fun things to do during the spring, summer, and winter in Playa del Carmen, browse our favorites below and start planning your stay in paradise!

Festival of the Virgin of Carmen

This religious celebration occurs in mid-July and is observed in towns and cities around Mexico. Each community honors the Virgin of Carmen in its own way, but many events are marked by costumed dancers, authentic cuisine, and markets full of local crafts, which can be excellent souvenirs.

Sea Turtle Nesting Season

The key to enjoying the summer nesting season in Riviera Maya is respecting the homes of these endangered animals. Local sea turtle conservancy programs have made strides in protecting this precious population, keeping guests a safe distance from the hatchlings and their mothers. The best way to appreciate these beautiful babies is under the careful supervision of an expert guide.

Mexican Independence Day

The Cry of Dolores (or “Grito de Dolores” in Spanish) began the Mexican War of Independence and marks the Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16. Watch vibrant fireworks displays, listen to traditional live music, and join crowds of enthusiastic revelers that fill the streets well into the evening and early morning hours.

Whale Shark Migration

Whale sharks make their annual migration each summer to the warm waters near the Yucatan Peninsula. Our on-site dive center Vida Aquatica offers several activities to witness the world’s largest fish as they travel down the coastline.