Scroll to Explore

The Perfect Playa del Carmen Activities for Any Type of Traveler

Our little neck of the Riviera Maya means a lot of things to a lot of people. Many escape-seekers flock here to enjoy the seemingly endless stretches of powdery, white-sand beaches. Some prefer soaking up the local culture. Still others adopt a more adventurous approach and elect to spend their time surfing, scuba diving, or exploring archaeological sites.

The fact of the matter is, there’s always a good reason to visit, no matter where your interests lie. Playa del Carmen has a little something for everyone (which is especially true in the age of social distancing, where our sunny, wide-open spaces allow for safer activities). 

Here are just some of the amazing things all different kinds of travelers can look forward to discovering. 

A Cat Sitting On Top Of A Dirt Field


Playa del Carmen has long been a favorite destination for family vacationers. There are countless incredible kid-friendly attractions in the area, all of which have plenty of appeal for adult travelers, as well. Nature lovers can check out Xcaret Eco Park, with its acres of jungle trails, native animal habitats, underground river, and even a butterfly sanctuary. In addition, Xel Há water park, Xplor adventure zone and Xenses discovery area have also enthralled countless visitors. Other attractions in the surrounding area also offer amazing experiences like up-close animal encounters, interactive exhibits and even a 3D museum.

A Close Up Of A Tree


With our picturesque beaches, cozy restaurants, and captivating location, Playa del Carmen is an ideal romantic getaway spot for couples. It’s impossible not to fall in love with the stunning surroundings here. While visiting Mahekal, why not unwind with a couples’ massage at Revive Spa? Or relax into an indulgent dinner at any of our exceptional restaurants, enjoy a romantic dinner on the beach, or come morning, experience a Mayan breakfast? Then grab a nightcap and a game of ping-pong at our Agave Bar. There’s simply no better spot on Earth for just sitting on the beach while the sun sets and sipping a tropical cocktail. The choice is yours.

A Person Swimming In The Water

The Adventuresome

Feeling daring? The Riviera Maya is an absolutely essential stop for adrenaline hounds. For starters, Playa del Carmen and nearby Cozumel are some of the most aspired-to SCUBA and snorkeling hot spots in the world. The region is also dotted with breathtaking cenotes — springwater-filled open-air cave formations just waiting to be explored. ATV tours are a great way to check out the local terrain. If flying is more your speed, Playa del Carmen offers skydiving, parasailing, and bungee jumping to thrillseekers. You can even participate in the latest high-flying hydrosports adventures with aqua-jetpacks and flyboards.

A Group Of People Swimming In A Pool Of Water

Boaters and Fishermen

Playa del Carmen is nestled beside the sapphire waters of the Caribbean. As such, aquatic escapades are among the biggest draws to the region. Why not rent a catamaran for the day and take in the sunset over the water? Maybe a pirate-themed dinner cruise is more your speed? Or if you have dreams of hauling in a huge catch, you’ll be happy to know that the area is home to many exceptional fishing charters. If you’re looking to explore the world-renowned underwater adventures for which Playa del Carmen is so famous, our Dive Center can help with instruction, and equipment rentals. So make sure to pack your sea legs if you plan to hit the water.

A Rocky Island In The Middle Of A Body Of Water With Tulum In The Background

Cultural Explorers

Playa del Carmen is home to some of the oldest cities, towns, and cultures on the planet. If you’re looking to get in touch with your inner archaeologist, the area in and around Playa del Carmen is brimming with fascinating remnants of ancestral civilizations. Additionally, the city itself hosts many cultural festivals, art exhibits, and musical performances. Be sure to check out Colectivo Caminarte, where local artisans display their wares for purchase and perusal. Parque Fundadores is a popular gathering spot featuring fantastic local art and events.

A Person Sitting On A Beach Near A Body Of Water


And then...there are those who simply come to the Riviera Maya to enjoy the tropical vibe under the swaying palms. When visiting us, don’t miss indulging in a treatment at Revive Spa, enjoying a drink in the Bali Beds within our Sandbox beach lounge area, or simply unwinding in the personal hammock on your private balcony. We’re of the opinion that there’s no more beautiful, tranquil spot anywhere to simply kick back, and let the sound of the lapping waves soothe away your stress. We’d love to share this calming escape with you! Take a look at our outstanding special offers and book your getaway today. You’ll be glad you did.

Plan the Perfect Stay

Now that you know how you want to spend your time in Playa del Carmen, all that's left to do is plan your trip! Browse our exclusive offers and make sure you get the best rates.

Let's stay connected

Be the first to hear about new Playa del Carmen hotel deals that are perfect for you.

Subscription Details