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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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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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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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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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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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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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CoCo Bongo Playa del Carmen

CoCo Bongo Playa del Carmen

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From circus performers swinging from the ceiling and dancers crowding the floor, to celebrity impersonators and Broadway-style musicals, Coco Bongo is a nightclub unlike any other. At the Playa del Carmen location, you’ll find extravagant stages, multiple bars, VIP table service, and a dance floor known to rock through the wee hours.More
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Fifth Avenue (Quinta Avenida)

Fifth Avenue (Quinta Avenida)

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The pedestrian-only Fifth Avenue (Quinta Avenida) runs parallel to the ocean in downtown Playa del Carmen. This bustling tourist strip provides easy beach access and is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs. Lining Fifth Avenue are shops aplenty, including those selling artisan crafts, fine jewelry, and cigars.More
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Frida Kahlo Museum (Museo Frida Kahlo)

Frida Kahlo Museum (Museo Frida Kahlo)

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Explore the life—and contextualize the legacy—of Mexican surrealist artist and feminist icon Frida Kahlo at Playa del Carmen’s Frida Kahlo Museum (Museo Frida Kahlo). At one of the city’s first cultural spaces, learn about Kahlo’s work, illness, and tumultuous relationship with Diego Rivera by way of interactive and sensory exhibits.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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How to Spend 3 Days in Playa del Carmen

How to Spend 3 Days in Playa del Carmen

Top activities in Playa del Carmen

Sail Trip to Isla Mujeres

Sail Trip to Isla Mujeres

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3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
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Jungle Buggy Tour from Playa del Carmen Including Cenote Swim
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Chichen Itzá, cenote and Valladolid Small groups day Trip
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VIP Chichen Itza Private Tour

VIP Chichen Itza Private Tour

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Xplor Park All-Inclusive Admission

Xplor Park All-Inclusive Admission

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Recent reviews from experiences in Playa del Carmen

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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.
Churro, 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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Unforgettable experience, and tour guide
Maria, 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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Highly recommend! Worth it!
Ameliq, Jul 2021
Tulum and Cenotes Tour
Ruth, our tour guide, gave us some good educational info (in Spanish and in English) about the Mayans on the bus ride there, and passed around some artifacts for us to look at.
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Best Experience of our Trip!
Serita_B, Jun 2021
Playa del Carmen Mexican Cooking class and Local Markets Tour
Alma first took us to see a small produce market and tortilla stand.
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Exciting Day Trip
Margaret, Jun 2021
Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
At Chichen Itza, we were split into smaller groups and the guide was very knowledge and kept us to our schedule of 2 hours, which was enough to see all the ruins, take pictures, and learn about the history.
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Good value for the money
Verona_F, Apr 2021
Discover the FABULOUS PINK WATERS at the Caribean (Las Coloradas+Río Lagartos)
It was a full day of fun packed activities that lasted almost 14 hours.
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Great day in Tulum!
Juliet_H, Apr 2021
Discover Tulum, Vist Coba And Swim In A Real Mayan Cenote Round Trip And Buffet
It was also fun to see the local areas from the bus.
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Great experience
Gerry, Feb 2021
4 PLACES 1 DAY Tour to Coba and Tulum Ruins, Cenote and Playa del Carmen.
It was nice to visit the Mayan house and learn about their culture.
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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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We loved this tour. They were on...
Jamie A, Dec 2016
Chichen Itza Day Trip from Riviera Maya
We only had a short time in Playa del Carmen and this tour was great to get to see some ruins, experience a cenote and see a Spanish influenced town.
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One of the best things to do while...
fabricio s, Oct 2015
Jungle Buggy Tour from Playa del Carmen Including Cenote Swim
One of the best things to do while in Playa del Carmen ..
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Excellent Private Tour - Tulum Ruins & Cenote Swim in Caves and Open Fresh Water
Jessie_G, Jan 2021
VIP Tulum Private Tour
He spoke impeccable English and was brought along a presentation of visual materials which made the description of the archaeological ruins at Tulum that much more interesting and complete.
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A Real Teaching Tour of Tulum
DonaldC_M, Jan 2021
VIP Tulum Private Tour
His ability to communicate in English was excellent and his unique presentation of visual material he had, made the description of the archaeological ruins at Tulum that much more interesting and complete.
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Great Day!
Michael_H, Dec 2020
Tulum Ruins Cenote and Swimming with Turtles from Playa del Carmen
I would definitely recommend this tour to visitors in the Tulum/Playa Del Carmen area!!
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Great tour!
BBeam, Mar 2020
Private Tour: 2 Mayan cities in one day, Tulum and Coba
He was knowledgeable, had a great sense of humor and spoke English very well.
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Long day but worth it!
Kathryn_H, Feb 2020
4x1! Tulum, Coba, Cenote & Playa del Carmen for 1 price from Cancun and Riviera
Tulum and Coba were great sites to visit and learn about the ancient Mayan culture.
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One of the most memorable moment during our vacation trip.
charlottevanacker89, Feb 2020
Tulum Cenote And Swim With Turtles From Playa Del Carmen
The beach itself is wonderful and what you get to see underneath even more beautiful.
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Beautiful ruins and once in a lifetime cenote experience!
sunnyhale20, Jan 2020
3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
They were both stunning and wonderful natural beauties to visit!
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