About

Playa del Carmen is a coastal resort town in Mexico, along the Yucatán Peninsula's Riviera Maya strip of Caribbean shoreline. In the state of Quintana Roo, it’s known for its palm-lined beaches and coral reefs. Its Quinta Avenida pedestrian thoroughfare runs parallel to the beach, with blocks of shops, restaurants and nightspots ranging from laid-back bars to dance clubs.

Playa del Carmen is one of the top diving destinations in the world, thanks to vibrant sea life and dazzling underwater caverns. On dry land, Playa is a hipper and more modern version of the fishing village it once was. Spend some quality time on the golf course or wave hello to the playful spider monkeys at The Jungle Place sanctuary. Explore the ancient ruins of the Coba Mayan Village, or get in some quality people-watching as you shop and stroll along 5th Avenue.

You're going to love Playa del Carmen… everyone does. It's a beautiful, quiet vacation paradise 45 minutes down the coast from the crowded Cancun scene in Mexico.

Playa del Carmen is known mainly for white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and a laid back bohemian vibe. Not too long ago it was a fishing village but has now become the #1 destination in Mexico.

There are so many fun things to do. The famous 5th avenue is a pedestrian walkway that runs through town and is lined with shops, restaurants, bars and palm trees with twinkly lights.

Right off the coast, you will find the Meso-American Barrier Reef, the second longest coral reef in the world. It is a wonderland for snorkelers and scuba divers alike.

Don't forget the fascinating Mayan archaeological sites. The people and the culture are sure to intrigue you.

Getting There

Flying In

If you are traveling to Playa del Carmen, you will likely land at Cancun International Airport (airport code: CUN). Passengers first clear Immigration then collect luggage for Customs and a possible inspection. Wait for instructions to press the red or green light that will determine whether you have been chosen for a search.

Exit into the terminal and AVOID OFFERS FOR TRANSPORTATION INSIDE THE AIRPORT as it is most likely involves a timeshare presentation. Only speak with employees of the company you hired, an official taxi booth employee or an ADO Bus employee with the logo on his/her shirt.  Best to look like you know where you are going and walk down the middle of the aisle and exit the airport. Do not stop and get information from anyone on either side of the airport while exiting, as there is ALWAYS a catch. (Seemingly free advice, transportation and breakfast can turn into a morning suffering an intensive time-share presentation.)

Several options for ground transportation to Playa del Carmen, which is approximately 35 km south of the Cancun airport and about a 45 minute to one hour ride.  Private transfers require reservations and may require full pre-payment by credit card or Paypal but options are available for ADO Bus, private and shared vans upon arrival.

Included Transfers:

Vacation packages often include pre-arranged ground transportation to your resort. As you exit the baggage claim area, walk outside and look for an employee of the company carrying a sign with the name of your travel company on it (ie Expedia, Apple Vacations, World Ventures, Liberty Travel, etc.). That person will have your name on a list. If you decide to use alternate transportation, it is a good idea to tell this person of your intent as they may hold a bus for you. Most companies use small vans, not large tour buses, so you won't be subjected to many stops along the way.

To Playa del Carmen by ADO Bus:

The most economical way (146 pesos per person) from the airport to Playa del Carmen is to take the air-conditioned ADO Bus.  Luggage can be stored underneath and they run almost every 30 minutes. It’s a very nice and easy ride that takes you right to the Playa bus station located on 5th Ave and Juarez.

By Cruise Ship

This is a tender cruise port, which means that large cruise ships to Playa del Carmen anchor and transport their passengers to the ferry terminal via the ship's tender boats. The ferry pier is conveniently located near the downtown's plaza.

  • Often, after disembarking its passengers, the ship continues to and docks at some of the piers on the west coast of Cozumel Island.
  • Passengers disembarked at Playa del Carmen join again their cruise ship by taking the ferry to Cozumel.
  • Some ships may dock at Puerto Calica (aka Punta Venado). This cruise port is located approx 8 ml (13 km) south of Playa del Carmen. There are tourist buses and taxis outside the terminal. Taxi fares from Calica to Playa are around USD 10.
  • Buses from Playa to Cancun leave every 15 min. Akumal (small beachfront resort) and Tulum (pre-Columbian Mayan walled city and main port to the ancient Mayan city Coba) are also a short distance away.

In 2017 started construction works for expanding the current dock with 100 m (328) in order to allow berthing of large yachts (by 2018) and with additional 220 m (722 ft) to allow large-sized cruise ship berthing (by 2019). The berth expansion project was budgeted around USD 20 million. The port's first (mega yacht) berth extension will allow handling of 20-30 large yachts annually

Port Calica is located approx 5 ml / 8 km south of Playa del Carmen. Currently, there is a small pier with several souvenir stands located nearby. Most passengers arrive here by ferry from Cozumel (approx 12 ml / 20 km away). There are two ferry companies running ferries that cost ~USD 15 pp (roundtrip ticket). Depending on weather, the crossing Cozumel-Calica is 30-45 min.

 

 

Some Activities to Enjoy

CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Chichen Itza VIP Early Access from Playa del Carmen with Guide

Arrive early and beat the crowds on this tour of Chichen Itza with an expert archaeologist guide — a Viator Exclusive available nowhere else! Experience in tranquility attractions like the sacred cenote, the Kukulkan Pyramid, the ball court and other areas of this impressive archeological zone not part of most traditional tours. As you take in the grandeur of the ancient capital of the Mayan Empire, enjoy informative and fascinating commentary from your specialized guide. Round transportation is included, according to the tour option that best suits you!
$55
10 hours
DAY TRIPS & EXCURSIONS

Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling, Cenote, and Caves from Cancun

This is the perfect 3-in-1 combination tour of the Riviera Maya. You'll visit the Tulum ruins, then go snorkeling in the colorful coral reef in the Caribbean Sea and finally you'll get to swim and refresh in a crystal clear water cenote and visit some caves. Your tour also includes a delicious lunch of typical regional food plus transport.
$109
8 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Tulum from Playa del Carmen with Cenote Snorkeling, Ziplining

There’s no shortage of adventure and spectacular sites on this full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. Wander the ancient blufftop city of Tulum, stroll along its pristine beach and ride a Mercedes-Benz Unimog, a monster truck that whisks you to rappelling and ziplining locations inside the Yucatán jungle. Discover the underground caves of Sac Actun and Nohoch Nah Chich, and snorkel around stalagmites. Swim in cenotes, partake in a Maya purification ritual and settle in for a hearty, homemade buffet lunch. Round-trip hotel transport is included.
$139
9 hours
DAY TRIPS & EXCURSIONS

Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch

Get to know one of the New7Wonders of the World during this full-day tour of Chichen Itza and Valladolid. At the ancient Maya site, admire the Kukulkan pyramid and the Temple of Warriors. Learn about their architecture, sculptures, and carvings. Swim in a tranquil ‘cenote' (underground freshwater pool) and and enjoy a traditional buffet lunch. Then, discover the Spanish colonial heritage of Valladolid. Round-trip transport from your Cancun or Riviera Maya hotel is included.
$79
11 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Chichen Itza from Riviera Maya

Unlock the mysteries of the ancient Mayan culture on this fascinating full day sightseeing tour from Riviera Maya. Chichen Itza is a famous archaeological site of the mystical Mayan civilization. Although excavations have been going on for many years, archaeologists can still only speculate about what happened here and why. Immerse yourself in awe-inspiring archaeological places you are ever likely to visit. Lunch, snacks and all entry fees are also included. I definitely worth to take one day of your vacations to explore one of the newest wonders of the world.
$119
12 hours
SHOWS, CONCERTS & SPORTS

Cirque du Soleil® JOYA Show Ticket at Vidanta Riviera Maya

Immerse all of your senses with the Cirque du Soleil® show ‘JOYÁ' — the first Cirque show in the world to offer the option of tablecloth dining — opening in November 2014. Follow the story of an alchemist and his granddaughter embarking on a transformative quest to uncover the secrets of life, with the help of half-human, half-animal creatures. Set inside an intimate theater in the heart of the Riviera Maya jungle, ‘JOYÀ’ draws on Mexico’s history and heritage to bring you a world where physical ability meets the extraordinary. Round-trip transport from Cancun, service fee and will call fee are included.
$77
1.25 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour

Visit Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Hubiku Cenote on this tour in the Mayan Riviera. See amazing archaeological sites and views while learning of the history of these places. Your tour includes a professional guide and transport.
$110
12 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Tulum Ruins Early Access Tour from Playa del Carmen

Explore the bluff-top Mayan city of Tulum without the usual crowds on this early morning tour with an archeologist guide — a Viator Exclusive that can't be booked anywhere else! Experience in relative solitude one of Mexico's most famous Mayan sites, which served as a port to the Caribbean Sea, and visit areas not part of most traditional tours. As you admire Tulum's stunning setting and soak up the ancient majesty, learn about its history and enjoy personalized attention from your professionally certified guide. Round transportation is included on this tour
$59
9 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Cozumel to Tulum Ruins Archaeological Tour Including Lunch

Enjoy a scenic 45-minute ferry ride to Playa del Carmen, then take an air conditioned bus to the walled city of Tulum, in which you will explore restored temples rising above the Caribbean Sea. You will be guided through the secrets, facts, myths and wonderful legends of the ancient Mayan culture, admiring the detailed carved figures and frescoes on the walls of prominent buildings such as “El Castillo” (The Castle), The Temple of the Descending God and The House of the Columns, in which you will be able to shoot amazing photos. After this unforgettable experience, you will return to the bus transportation back to Playa del Carmen, where you will catch the ferry just in time to be back to Cozumel.
$75
6 hours
FOOD, WINE & NIGHTLIFE

Walking Food Tour in Downtown Playa del Carmen

Taste the flavors of Playa del Carmen and eat your way through downtown on this 3-hour food walking tour. Soak up the ambiance while you learn about the town's history and hear tales of everyday life from your foodie guide. The evening itinerary includes stops at five locally owned eateries.
$59
3 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Coba Ruins Early Access Tour from Playa del Carmen

Beat the crush of crowds and explore Coba in peace on this early morning tour with an archaeologist guide — a Viator Exclusive that can't be booked anywhere else! Stroll through the ruins of the ancient Mayan city, one of Mexico’s largest settlements during the Classic period, and gain in-depth knowledge of the site from your professionally certified archaeologist guide. Earn bragging rights by climbing the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula, and then cool down with a swim inside a beautiful underground cavern. Lunch and hotel transport from Playa del Carmen are included.
$56
10 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Coba Ruins, Cho HaCenote, Tulum and Paradise Beach Tour

Enjoy this amazing one day combo tour as you visit Coba Ruins, Cenote Choha, Tulum Ruins and the beautiful Paradise Beach. You'll have an amazing experience as you cover these fantastic places in one day. Your tour includes lunch, a professional guide and transport.
$89
10 hours
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Mayan Jungle 4x4 Buggy 3-Hour Tour from Playa del Carmen

Enjoy a 3-hour adventure tour in the heart of the Riviera Maya. Have a thrilling and unforgettable experience as you drive a CAN AM buggy and explore the Mayan jungle. Along with your professional guide, you will discover the local fauna and flora and the hidden treasures of the subtropical forest.
$85
3 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Cancun Combo Tour: Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor and Chichen Itza

Indulge in some of the greatest attractions on offer in the Yucatan with this Cancun combo! Select two out of four amazing options – Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor or Chichen Itza – depending on your preference. You’ll gain admission to the best aquatic, adventure and archeological parks around, with an expert guide at UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chichen Itza. Round-trip hotel transport by luxury coach plus food and drinks are included. Just take the two selected tours within 15 days of each other (one per day).
$182
12 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Chichen Itza Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

Discover the mystery and allure of Chichen Itza, the ancient capital of the Mayan Empire, on a full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. At this UNESCO World Heritage site, marvel at the architectural wonder of the Kukulcan Pyramid, see the great ball court and learn about Mayan ceremonial customs. Before reaching Chichen Itza, swim at a nearby cenote, a deep natural well of clear water. End your tour with Mayan cuisine at a buffet lunch before heading back to your Playa del Carmen hotel.
$65
12 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Coba, Tulum and Cenote Guided Tour from Playa del Carmen

This 12-hour guided tour takes you to the two most significant archaeological sites on the Riviera Maya such as the seaside city of Tulum, where ancient ruins overlook the Pacific from a majestic cliff, and the inland capita of Coba, where you can climb the Yucatan's tallest pyramid and see the ancient roadway system used by the Maya to connect their cities. Enjoy lunch, swimming in a crystal-blue cave pool, and a final stop at Playa Paraiso, Tulum's white-sand beach, before returning to your hotel.
$90
12 hours
CRUISES, SAILING & WATER TOURS

Riviera Maya Catamaran Adventure

Imagine cruising along the Riviera Maya on a luxury 45 foot (14 meter) catamaran, snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, and lazing in the sun while enjoying free drinks and snacks. Does life get any better?
$110
4 hours
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Playa del Carmen by Buggy with Cenote Swim and Mayan Village

Enjoy and experience with us our 4 hour rentbuggytour, a mixture of culture, authenticity, adventure and fun.Riding on the streets in the backyard of Playa del Carmen, riding in the Mexican jungle towards our first activity the visit of the mayan underworld, a guided tour in this underground cave-system also called a cenote. We provide full equipment for this visit.After the visit a snack will be provided and we will be riding towards the hidden side of Playa del  Carmen, this poor part in which many mayan people are living is just a human experience.Thanksand Cheers for the Britisch
$98
4 hours
SHOWS, CONCERTS & SPORTS

Cirque du Soleil® JOYA Performance from Playa del Carmen

Experience the Cirque du Soleil® show ‘JOYÁ', a dinner and show in the heart of the Riviera Maya jungle. The custom-built theater only holds 600 people, and includes Cirque’s first-ever tablecloth dining. Watch as an alchemist and his granddaughter embark on a quest, aided by part-human, part-animal beings, to uncover the secrets of life. Unlike other Cirque spectacles, you can expect a more intimate experience as you enjoy a three-course gourmet meal before the performance, sip Mercier Champagne, or simply watch the surreal world unfold. Bonus: Round-trip transport from Playa del Carmen (Pick up Playacar Center), service fee and will call fee are included.
$77
1.25 hours
DAY TRIPS & EXCURSIONS

Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Coba from Playa del Carmen

Visit Chichen Itza, Coba and Ik Kil Cenote. Visit great archaeological sites and learn all about the history of these places. Included on your tour is a professional guide and transport.
$110
12 hours
DAY TRIPS & EXCURSIONS

Playa del Carmen to Xenotes Oasis Maya: Cenotes Adventure

Visit the park of Xenotes Oasis Maya and explore four phenomenal cenotes in the Yucatan jungle, each calling for a different adventure: rappelling, ziplining, kayaking and snorkeling. Learn from an expert guide about cenote formation, and admire the various physical attributes of each type of sinkhole. During this fun flurry of activity, hear about the mythical spirit-guardians that protect these cenote sites. Enjoy cookies and chocolate after each cenote adventure, as well as a scrumptious gourmet picnic lunch. Round-trip transport from your hotel in Playa del Carmen is included.
$108
10 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Hubiku Cenote and Ruin Combo Tour

Enjoy two guided tours plus a visit to a cenote in this great combo from Playa del Carmen. You'll visit the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, then swim at Hubiku cenote and finally visit Ek Balam with free time to climb the main pyramid. This small-group tour is limited to 10 people and includes transport, lunch, entrance fees and a professional guide.
$117
12 hours
DAY TRIPS & EXCURSIONS

Playa del Carmen to Xel-Há All-Inclusive Day Trip with Entry

Spend a day splashing around Xel-Há, a natural aquarium located on an inlet along the Riviera Maya. Snorkel and swim in a lagoon, float down a river in an inner tube, or go bicycling and rope climbing. Plus, check out cenotes, caves and a hidden beach. When hunger strikes, enjoy your choice of Mayan cuisine, burgers, seafood, among other included meal options at the park’s various restaurants. Round-trip hotel transport from Playa del Carmen is included.
$120
9 hours
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Horseback Riding, Cenote Swim from Cancun or Playa del Carmen

Combine two Yucatan adventures on this half-day horseback ride through jungle followed by a swim in one of the region's famous natural cenotes. Hotel pickup and drop-off, guide, all necessary equipment, water, snacks, and towels included.
$77
2 hours
CRUISES, SAILING & WATER TOURS

Isla Contoy, Isla Mujeres Tour with Snorkeling

Spend the day exploring the Caribbean Sea by boat during this full-day adventure from Cancun. Aboard a high-speed catamaran, visit Isla Contoy–a tiny island that's also a protected natural reserve–and snorkel with your guide around the island's reef. Then, go ashore for lunch and shopping at Isla Mujeres before returning to Cancun or Playa del Carmen.Your tour includes a buffet lunch, all equipment, a professional guide, round-trip hotel transport, and an open bar.
$109
7.5 hours
CRUISES, SAILING & WATER TOURS

Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour from Playa del Carmen with Lunch

Set sail onto the Caribbean Sea toward Isla Mujeres on this all-inclusive tour where you can snorkel in the turquoise waters and then relax at the beach with a buffet lunch and open bar. Your tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Playa del Carmen.
$99
10 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Playa del Carmen Food Tasting Tour with Small-Group and Guide

Eat like a local on this small-group food tour which offers a thorough introduction to Mexican cuisine and the authentic dishes of the Yucatan in Playa del Carmen. Visit and eat at places that are far from the tourist mainstays. A great experience for adventurous food lovers.
$65
2 hours
WALKING & BIKING TOURS

Playa del Carmen Mayan Jungle Mountain Bike Tour for Beginners

Enjoy the thrill of living an adventure as you go biking in the Mayan jungle. This tour is full of emotions, nature and adrenaline. Recharge your energy and enjoy good vibes in the jungle, plus swim in a refreshing cenote. This is a guided mountain bike tour for beginners covering a distance of 30 kilometers and all equipment is included.
$46
4 hours
CRUISES, SAILING & WATER TOURS

Isla Mujeres from Cancun or Riviera Maya with Snorkeling

This is not the usual everyday tour from Cancun to Isla Mujeres. Enjoy an all-inclusive tour to Isla Mujeres with professional guides and transport from your hotel or resort  ALL INCLUSIVE!. You'll snorkel at SEVERAL great locations using Professional grade National Geographic-certified snorkel gear and enjoy a fabulous Mayan BBQ lunch with open bar. Take lots of photos of the entire relaxing day on the modern DOUBLE DECKER vessel, the beaches, sea-life, and much much more. On the  way back there will be music, dancing, drinks & more FUN! We've run this tour for 7 years and know how to show our clients a GREAT Time! Our Special Twin deck High HP Custom boats have plenty of space vs the overcrowded sailboat catamarans……There IS a difference!Have the opportunity to explore Isla Mujeres on your own for shopping, souvenirs etc (Many clients save on souvenirs on Isla Mujeres over OVER-PRICED souvenirs at Cancun Hotels & resorts that pay for the tour in SAVINGS $$)
$80
8 hours
FOOD, WINE & NIGHTLIFE

Riviera Maya Mexican Cooking Class and Fiesta with Transport

Enjoy a wonderful cooking class and experience in the Riviera Maya /Cancun. Learn how to cook authentic Mexican food and then take part in a gourmet meal in a completely Mexican environment. You will be treated like a VIP family member in a very private cooking school, and learn the best Mexican dishes in a hands-on cooking class, then be invited to a party where you will enjoy the delicacies you cooked. This is a small group tour in the Mayan jungle offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
$150
5 hours
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Riviera Maya Full-Day Extreme Adventure Tour with Lunch

Snorkeling, zip-lining, rappelling, and underground river exploration are all included in this adventure-packed 6-hour tour.  Hotel pickup and drop-off, guide, air-conditioned transportation, all necessary equipment, and a buffet lunch of Mexican favorites included.
$116
6 hours
FOOD, WINE & NIGHTLIFE

VIP Nightclub Tour in Playa del Carmen

Visit three of the hottest bars and nightclubs in Playa del Carmen on this tour! You’ll be guided through the ultimate night-time scene in Playa del Carmen, from fun beachside bars to trendy dance nightclubs. Enjoy easy entry past the velvet rope, unlimited drinks and dancing all night on this exciting beachside city tour!
$89
6 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Playa del Carmen

Visit Tulum, the only archaeological city on the coast of Quintana Roo where, as well as discovering one of the most iconic ruins in Mayan culture, you can enjoy one of the best views of the Mexican Caribbean. Discover the Mayan culture, dive into the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea (weather permitting) and return home to tell everyone how you experienced Tulum.
$57
6 hours
TOURS & SIGHTSEEING

Cancun City and Shopping Tour from Riviera Maya

If you´re vacationing in the Riviera Maya, don´t leave without visiting Cancun. Knowledgeable guides will highlight Cancun´s fascinating downtown district and hotel zone. The tour also includes shopping at the very best places Cancun has to offer. Find it all as you peruse Mercado 28, famous for its local handcrafted souvenirs, along with plazas and shopping malls suited to fit every budget. Don’t forget to have your picture taken at Playa Delfines and the Tequila Museum!
$39
7 hours
DAY TRIPS & EXCURSIONS

Playa del Carmen to Coba Ruins, Tulum and Cenote Tankach-Ha

Enjoy a full-day seeing three amazing and famous places in the Yucatan Peninsula: Tulum and Coba Ruins plus the Cenote Tankach-Ha. Tulum is the only archaeological site with access to the beach while Coba has the tallest pyramid in the Mayan region and you will be able to climb it You will also have the opportunity to swim at a wonderful cenote, enjoy a buffet lunch and visit the beach of Tulum.
$89
1 day
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Tulum and Xel-Ha from Riviera Maya

Venture to the mysterious ruins of Tulum on a full day trip from Riviera Maya and enjoy the view as you explore this abandoned walled city towering above the deep turquoise Caribbean sea. Afterwards, visit Xel-Ha, a beautiful natural aquarium, home to a large variety of colorful tropical fish. Here, you can learn to snorkel or simply sit in one of the beach chairs and soak up the sun. Transportation, entrance fees and all snacks are included.
$140
12 hours
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Swimming in an area known for Turtles and Cenotes Tour

Turtles and Cenotes is a half-day tour where you will go swimmings in an area known for 3 different species of sea turtles in their natural environment and you will also get a chance to see a great variety of tropical fish and eagle stingrays. All of this at the world's second-largest coral reef barrier.
$89
5 hours
DAY TRIPS & EXCURSIONS

Xcaret from Riviera Maya

Come and explore this sacred paradise in the heart of the Riviera Maya. See how much you can pack into one day when you visit the botanical garden, aviary, aquarium, stables, butterfly farm and Mayan ruins at this spectacular eco park. You can also swim in the lagoon, snorkel and ride the underground rivers.
$130
14 hours
CRUISES, SAILING & WATER TOURS

Riviera Maya Sailing, Snorkeling Tour with Lunch, Open Bar

This is Riviera Maya's ultimate day-sailing adventure. Aboard a luxurious sailing catamaran, you'll explore some of the most beautiful offshore locations along the stunning Riviera Maya coastline. You'll sail to the most spectacular reef in the area and stop for some fun in the water enjoying various activities. Relax on deck in the warm, tropical sun and enjoy an open bar and delicious lunch as you sail across the blue Caribbean waters under the power of the wind.
$109
4 hours
FOOD, WINE & NIGHTLIFE

Playa del Carmen Mexican Street Food Crawl 3-Hour Tour

Take a 3-hour tour of the food and shopping scenes in beautiful Playa del Carmen. An expert local guide whisks you away from the touristy parts of this beach town for a visit on foot and by car to the spots where locals eat, hang out and shop. Get adventurous and try some local delicacies, such as tacos stuffed with crunchy grasshoppers (if available and in season), or stick with the tried-and-true carnitas and tamales. Partake in a tequila tasting. And then, at the conclusion of the tour, check out the city’s shopping venues for local fashions and souvenirs.
$60
3 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Tulum Ruins and Playa del Carmen Sunset Tour

This 8-hour tour combines the best of Riviera Maya. Depart at 2pm from your hotel and travel to the legendary Mayan ruins of Tulum. Tour this ancient site with a certified Mayan guide, then stroll along the beachfront location before leaving for the town of Playa del Carmen. Arrive to 5th Avenue (Avenida 5) just as the afternoon fades to evening so you can enjoy the sunset and leave behind the heat of the day. Tour the Tequila Museum, sampling locally made spirits, then return to your hotel about 9:45pm. Includes transportation, professional guides, entrance fees, and water. Available upgrade to visit also the Playa Aquarium or 3D Museum of Wonders.
$69
8 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Chichen Itza, Cenote Ik Kil, and Coba Ruins Day Trip

Enjoy a tour of two main archaeological sites: Chichen Itza and Coba. You will have a guided tour at each site and also have time ot explore on your own. You'll also have a chance to swim at cenote Ik Kil and enjoy a buffet lunch. Entrance fees to both archaeological areas are included as well as breakfast on board, a professional guide and transport.
$115
11 hours
DAY TRIPS & EXCURSIONS

Cancun to Tulum, Cenote and 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen

Everything you're looking for is here. Visit the Mayan city of Tulum, swim in a crystalline ”cenote” open water sinkhole and enjoy a pleasant walk, full of colors and surprises on the famous 5th  Avenue in Playa del Carmen. All in one day in first class air conditioned transportation. Don't miss the opportunity and live the adventure!
$54
10 hours
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Rio Secreto Plus Admission Ticket in Playa del Carmen

Rio Secreto has evolved, both as a brand and as a natural reserve, with the new addition of ‘Rio Secreto Plus' – the most spectacular tour in the Mexican Caribbean. This 5-hour guided tour includes the traditional Rio Secreto experience with a walk through its caves, a swim in the natural underground rivers, and the opportunity to see the breathtaking formations. But, not only that, you'll now have the unique chance to visit the new ‘Dry Route' which offers even more. On this route, you will visit the Salón de la Paz, where a spectacular light and sound show is projected on the natural formations. This experience is sure to transport you back in time to the very creation and evolution of the universe.
$99
5 hours
TRANSFERS & GROUND TRANSPORT

One-Way Small-Group Airport Transfer in Cancun

This is a one-way airport transfer to or from: Cancun International Airport, Downtown Cancun, Cancun Hotel Zone, Puerto Morelos, Playa Del Carmen, and Riviera Maya. The friendly staff aboard the shared arrival or departure airport shuttle will get your destination easily and safely. The maximum group size for this airport transfer is 15 passengers.
$9
1.5 hours
CRUISES, SAILING & WATER TOURS

Catamaran Day Cruise to Isla Mujeres with Lunch, Drinks

Make the best of your holiday in Mexico and cruise on a 44 feet long catamaran through the waters of the Caribbean sea accompanied by cool rum, tequila and soft drinks! Enjoy a visit to Isla Mujeres and explore the fascinating underwater life during snorkeling in Isla Mujeres Marine Park, followed by delicious buffet lunch in the beach club restaurant on the beach.
$99
1 day
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

ATV Tour of the Mayan Caribbean

Drive your own ATV through 17 miles through the jungle and its exotic vegetation. Also, get the opportunity to visit one of the wonders of Mother Nature, an amazing underground river, once there you will have around 20 minutes exploration and refreshing time in its crystalline water. Remember that Mexico is the only place in the world where you can get into caves to swim, admire the rock formations and learn a bit about the history of these enchanting places.
$80
4 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Tulum and Tankah Cenotes Eco-Adventure Tour from Cozumel

Take a ferry from the island of Cozumel to discover the impressive archeological ruins of Tulum, an ancient Mayan city located on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, and then get your adrenaline pumping on an eco-adventure tour of Tankah Park. You’ll explore the lush jungle, soar on a zipline above a beautiful cenote, and swim and kayak through the freshwater Cenote of Tankah. Regional buffet lunch with handmade tortillas is included in your full-day tour.
$146
10 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Coba Ruins, Mayan Village, Cenote Swim from Playa Del Carmen

Discover the old and the new of Maya culture, with a dash of adventure, on this full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. Stroll through Coba, an ancient Maya city, and climb Nohoch Mul, the second-highest pyramid on the Yucatán Peninsula. Deep in the rain forest, rappel into a cenote for a swim, zipline through the jungle and enjoy a laid-back canoe ride on a lagoon. At a small Maya village, meet a shaman and learn about native plant life. Hotel transport and a traditional buffet lunch are included.
$139
10 hours
DAY TRIPS & EXCURSIONS

Tulum Xtreme from Riviera Maya

Indulge in the perfect blend of culture and adventure as you tour through the most amazing archeological site overlooking the Caribbean, Tulum. Fly above the jungle canopy on a spectacular zip line ride, and test your tenacity as you rappel down into the Mayan jungle. Finally, enjoy snorkeling through an underground river and delight yourself by sampling authentic Mexican cuisine!
$116
6 hours
DAY TRIPS & EXCURSIONS

Tulum Mayan Ruins and Playa del Carmen Tour from Cancun

Shopping, the beach, and History should always go together, right? This is the perfect combo tour to experience all of this while in Cancun. You will go to the archaeological site of Tulum and then visit Playa del Carmen and the famous Quinta Avenida where you can shop, eat, explore and enjoy the beach. Your tour includes transport and a professional guide.
$71
10 hours
PRIVATE & CUSTOM TOURS

Playa del Carmen Private Catamaran Snorkel Tour with Open Bar

Enjoy an exclusive private 4 hour catamaran tour to Paamul bay where you will anchor up so you can snorkel in crystal clear water around the beautiful Paamul reef with lots of wildlife while the crew prepares a freshly made guacamole and delicious fish and shrimp ceviche.Enjoy the delicious freshly made food with a cold beer or the signature margarita on the sundeck of a luxury catamaran while the crew will make sure your private catamaran tour with us will be the best day of your vacation.
$1100
4 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Tulum Ruin and Mayan History Half-Day Tour from Riviera Maya

Visit the Tulum ruins and learn about the Mayan culture seeing one of the best views of the Mexican Caribbean. Your tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
$59
6 hours
WATER SPORTS

Akumal Sea Turtle Snorkel Experience from Playa del Carmen

Enjoy an exhilarating snorkeling adventure from Playa del Carmen! Head to snorkel with sea turtles! In this natural sanctuary, as you watch turtles feed on sea grass, a professional guide will share informative knowledge about the marine ecosystem. Then, jump into a cenote of clear deep water and discover beautiful limestone rock formations. A fun and educational experience, this unique snorkeling tour is perfect for families!
$115
7 hours
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Riviera Maya ATV and Waverunner or Speedboat Combo Tour

Let the amazing landscapes fascinate you as you cruise the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean on your own speed boat or a waverunner, and ride an ATV through the exotic vegetation of Riviera Maya.
$59
3 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Tulum, Coba Ruins, Maya Village and Cenote Swim: T

Experience an amazing eco-archaeological adventure as you unveil the Maya culture by exploring the ancient cities of the Maya civilization and visiting genuine communities where inhabitants will share their traditions and lifestyle. You'll explore the Tulum and Coba Ruins and learn from the locals at a traditional village as you interact with Maya families.Top off your tour with a swim in a beautiful cenote and a delicious traditional meal. This is a full experience of Maya culture in the Riviera Maya.
$139
8 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Coba and Tulum Ruins Tour Plus Cenote Visit

Visit two of the most important Maya archaeological sites on this full-day tour: Coba and Tulum. Admire the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea while exploring the temples and pyramids of Tulum with a certified guide, then head to Coba to climb to the top of  Nohoch Muul — the tallest pyramid on the Yucatán Peninsula. In the afternoon, take a swim in a ‘cenote' (underground gave), sit down for a traditional Mexican lunch, and explore the city of Playa del Carmen. Round-trip transport is included.
$100
12 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Chichen Itza Light & Sound show plus exclusive day visit and Dinner

Experience Chichen Itza, current World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, in a fantastic new way. During the next 9-hours you will travel through Mayan history, accompanied by a certified in archaeologist and bilingual guide, who will provide you with information about this magnificent culture, before witnessing the spectacular light and sound show in the evening. Come and explore Chiche Itza in a different way, with a buffet lunch included.
$98
9 hours
DAY TRIPS & EXCURSIONS

Riviera Maya to Tulum Ruins, ATV Extreme and Cenotes Tour

Enjoy a trip in the Mayan jungle riding an ATV and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of an underground river.  You'll also get to visit Tulum and enjoy the most amazing archaeological sites overlooking the Caribbean. Your tour includes a professional guide, all necessary equipment, transport and lunch.
$119
7 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Tulum Afternoon Tour from Cancun and Riviera Maya with Pickup

Because no one should have to rise early on vacation, we have the perfect time to visit the archeological ruins of Tulum and enjoy it to the fullest. During the afternoon, in a dynamic tour, when the influx of visitors to the site is very low. Walk through the only ocean front Mayan city, take spectacular photos and back to your hotel for dinner. Our tour includes transportation, guide, entrance fees and water during the journey. Tulum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mexico for good reason: a Mayan walled city situated on magnificent cliffs facing the Caribbean. This 4-hour tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off in an air-conditioned vehicle from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, or Riviera Maya. Your guide reveals the history and archeology of this pre-Columbian wonder, then you're free to wander, swim, or shop before heading back to your hotel. Entrance fees, soft drinks, and water are included, and kids under 5 are welcome along for free.
$65
4 hours
CRUISES, SAILING & WATER TOURS

Sail Trip to Isla Mujeres from Playa del Carmen

Discover a beautiful island where you will be able to take walks along the beach and snorkel in the clear waters.
$80
12 hours
DAY TRIPS & EXCURSIONS

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Tour Including Muyil Ruins, Lunch

Enjoy a day trip to Sian Ka'an Eco Park, ‘the place where heaven begins' and be in touch with nature as you also learn about the Mayan culture. Your tour includes snacks, transport and a professional guide.
$140
5 hours
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Cozumel Scenic Drive and Snorkeling Trip with Chankanaab Park

This is the perfect combination for those who want to admire the amazing underwater world of Cozumel Island and its tropical colorful fishes. You'll enjoy a wonderful scenic drive around the Island, Take a Buggy and see the North Side of the Island and visit Chankanaab Eco Park, where you will be able to Snorkel, Visit the Mayan Replicas, The Crocodile Zone and enjoy a delicious Lunch.
$85
5 hours
LUXURY & SPECIAL OCCASIONS

Playa del Carmen 5-Hour Private Luxury Yacht Snorkeling Tour

Treat yourself to a day of luxury during this 5-hour, private yacht tour. We will receive you at Puerto Aventuras Marina, then set off to snorkel at two sheltered reef locations: In-Ha and La Bocana. Hop in the water and paddle through the turquoise Caribbean sea with turtles and colorful fish; then indulge in freshly prepared guacamole and ceviche, grilled cheeseburgers, and drinks from the open bar when you return on board.
$1600
5 hours
DAY TRIPS & EXCURSIONS

Tulum Ruins Private Half-Day Morning Tour Including Admission

This half-day tour takes you to the Tulum ruins early in the morning where you will be enjoying  the great sights of this beautiful and amazing Mayan site.
$129
4 hours
CRUISES, SAILING & WATER TOURS

Riviera Maya Luxury Sunset Sailing Cruise with Open Bar

Experience the sunset like never before on this fabulous Sunset Sailing excursion. You’ll sail along the stunning coastline of the Riviera Maya aboard a luxurious catamaran, while Mother Nature prepares for her nightly performance. Relax with friends and loved ones, cocktail in hand and breeze in your hair, as our Captain and crew ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.
$89
2 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Tulum Ruins, Cenote Swim, Playa del Carmen Small-Group Tour

Enjoy three of the jewels of Mexico on this full-day tour; exploring the Ruins of Tulum, swimming in a cenote, and make a visit to Playa del Carmen
$42
12 hours
WATER SPORTS

Playa del Carmen or Puerto Morelos Parasail with Transport

The best view of Caribbean Sea's crystal clear waters, flying at 80 meters high (240 ft) as you parasail in Cancun. Pick up and drop off from any hotel in Playa del Carmen, Playacar or Puerto Morelos. Soar the sky and amaze yourself with Cancun's matchless water colors, breathtaking panoramic views of Isla Mujeres and Nichupté Lagoon at it's best. This is a 100% safe activity and no previous experience is required. Take off and landing from the boat, you don't get wet, unless you want to.
$85
3 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Playa del Carmen Cenote Tour: Snorkeling, Rappelling, Zipline

A unique Maya adventure awaits you deep inside the Yucatán jungle on this 6-hour tour from Playa del Carmen. Meet the residents of a Maya ranch, including a shaman, before you explore Sac Actun and Nohoch Nah Chich, two cenotes part of the world's longest underground river system. Snorkel around stalagmites, traverse the jungle aboard a 4x4 truck, and rappel and zipline into cenotes. A traditional buffet lunch and round-trip hotel transport are included with this small-group tour limited to 10 people.
$119
6 hours
CULTURAL & THEME TOURS

Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza Day and Night Tour and Lunch

By day, explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Chichen Itza on a tour with a certified archaeologist and at night, enjoy the Light and Sound Show — part spectacle, part narrative drama — newly renovated with 3D mapping projection. From your seat, watch as the pyramid of Kukulcán (El Castillo) and nearby structures light up with tantalizing images of Mayan priests and warriors. This all-inclusive tour comes with a delicious buffet lunch and round-trip transport from Playa del Carmen hotels.
$98
12 hours
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Cozumel Buggy, Snorkel Tour with Ferry from Playa del Carmen

Explore the best of Cozumel on this small-group adventure tour. Take the ferry from Playa del Carmen and see the underwater world by going snorkeling. You'll also tour around the island in a dune buggy and see the Punta Sur Eco Park and a tequila museum. This 5-hour tour includes ferry tickets from Playa del Carmen and lunch.
$119
5 hours
DAY TRIPS & EXCURSIONS

Tulum Ruins, Grand Cenote, Snorkel Tour from Playa del Carmen

Have a wonderful time on this combo tour that combines the archaeological ruins of Tulum, a wonderful cenote and the chance to snorkel in two reefs. Your tour includes transport and a professional guide.
$8

Travel Documents For US Travel To Mexico

When traveling to Mexico by land, US citizens used to only need either a passport, passport card, or an enhanced driving license.However, recent law changes mean that Americans need a passport if they with wish to travel beyond the frontier zone and into Mexico proper.

The best and most convenient way to get to Playa Del Carmen is by air.

However, when traveling to Mexico by air then you must have a passport. So no turning up to the airport with some dodgy excuses about your dog eating your passport.

Most nationalities don’t require a visa to visit Mexico on vacation for less than 180 days. When you enter the country, you’ll have to get a tourism permit, or FMM. This is a standard tourist form that costs around $25 (it’s usually included in your air fare).

However, if you want to stay longer than 180 days, then you’re going to need a visa.

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