Playa del Carmen
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Our most recommended Playa del Carmen Beach Trips

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xcaret Plus with Buffet & Transport

1. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xcaret Plus with Buffet & Transport

Visit a natural park that cradles the best of the traditions and cultures of Mexico. With this special tour package, enjoy a food buffet and take a round trip tour to Xcaret Park, the most popular attraction in Cancun and the Maya Riviera region. There's fun for the whole family at a paradise that combines the natural beauty and cultural wealth of the region. Experience more than 40 different exciting activities, from the Underground River Journey to exploring the coral reef aquarium. Try visiting an authentic Mayan Village or remnants of the Spanish colonial past at the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel. Or meander down to the water to row past Spider Monkey Island, or simply kick back, put your feet up, and relax on the beach.

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From Cancún: Coba, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

2. From Cancún: Coba, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

Discover the Mayan Riviera first-hand on a guided tour of the region. Swim in the clear waters of a cenote, and marvel at an old Mayan city, among other local natural and cultural wonders. Begin your tour with a visit to Tulum, an old Mayan city built on the seashore. Marvel at its vestiges, including El Castillo, El Templo de Los Frescos, and its beautiful white sand beach. Next, discover Cobá, a hidden Mayan town, now in ruins, boasting the tallest pyramid in the entire Yucatán Peninsula. Climb up to the top to admire the sprawling jungle surrounding you and marvel at its sounds. Stop for a buffet lunch along your tour and taste local delicacies. Afterwards, head to the Cenote La Gloria, an other-wordly natural underground sinkhole filled with crystalline water where you can swim. End your Mexican tour with a visit of Playa del Carmen, a vibrant city in the Caribbean - a perfect spot for some shopping.

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Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

3. Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Wander the picturesque streets, take a swim in the clear water, and visit the Yalahau Cenote (lagoon) in this full-day excursion to the Island of Holbox.   The day begins with pick up from select hotels in the Riviera Maya, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen, where guests will travel in an air-conditioned van to this secluded island on the north coast. Board a small boat that will take you to the island and spend the day exploring the small streets and pristine beaches.    

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Cancun/Riviera Maya: Isla Mujeres All-Inclusive Snorkel Trip

4. Cancun/Riviera Maya: Isla Mujeres All-Inclusive Snorkel Trip

Spend the day on an all-inclusive snorkeling tour to Isla Mujeres. See colorful marine life, stunning beaches, and vibrant downtown as you explore the island. Start your tour with a prompt air-conditioned van transfer to bring you safely from your hotel to the private marina inside Cancun's Punta Sam Ferry Terminal. Listen to a briefing about the day as you enjoy a quick morning snack of coffee, juices, water, fruit, and sweet rolls. Hop onto a boat and make your first snorkeling stop for 45 minutes en route to Isla Mujeres at the Punta Sam Reef. Then the boat will navigate around the island from South to North. Explore the hidden canals of Isla Mujeres, finding places that you cannot access on other tours. After this, head over to the Beach Club for a delicious buffet lunch served along with your favorite drink. Next, cross over to Playa Norte beach, considered one of the world's nicest beaches, and enjoy its crystal clear waters as you try some more snorkeling. Make your last stop in Isla Mujeres downtown for 1 hour of free time to walk around. The colorful town is considered a "Pueblo Magico" because of its natural beauty, cultural richness, traditions, folklore, historical relevance, cuisine, art crafts, and great hospitality. Head back and enjoy music, drinks, and dancing on the boat ride back to the Marina in Cancun. Return to the private facility at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal, and take a comfortable return transfer back to your hotel.

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Playa del Carmen: Tulum Ruins, Caves and Swim with Turtles

5. Playa del Carmen: Tulum Ruins, Caves and Swim with Turtles

Get ready to discover the most important Mayan city facing the majestic Caribbean Sea, protected by a large cliff, from where you have a spectacular view. Discover the secrets kept this ancient Mayan city archaeological tour led by a guide. Then enter the vast Mayan jungle that holds one of the most spectacular places in the Yucatan Peninsula: Hilarios Cenote, where you will enjoy crystal clear waters and you can connect with nature. After, your expert guides who will show you the ancient formations of stalactites and stalagmites that decorate this beautiful place. To complete your tour, visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, where you see sea turtles as well as a stunning coral reef that gives life to hundreds of fish of different colors.

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From Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour

6. From Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour

Head out to sea and visit two of the most beautiful islands off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Enjoy a 1-hour snorkel and see the vibrant underwater world of the reef. Stop at Isla Contoy, a nature reserve known for its variety of tropical bird species. Wander the colorful streets of Isla Mujeres and see its world-famous beaches. After being picked up from your hotel, transfer to the jetty in Cancún, where you will board a comfortable speedboat to travel about 40 minutes to Isla Contoy. Your first stop is a guided 1-hour reef snorkel tour where you will enjoy spotting brightly colored corals and the plentiful tropical fish. Next, visit the protected nature reserve of Contoy Island which boasts an incredible population of bird species, and clear shallow water perfect for snorkeling, swimming, or just relaxing Caribbean-style. After a delicious lunch on the beach, you will have some free time on the island before we leave for Isla Mujeres. Once at Isla Mujeres, enjoy one hour of free time on this charming Caribbean island to wander the colorful streets and see the postcard beaches. Then, take the boat back to the pier in Cancún and upon arrival on the mainland, you will be dropped back at your hotel.

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Contoy and Mujeres Islands Tour with Transfer Options

7. Contoy and Mujeres Islands Tour with Transfer Options

Swim and snorkel in the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea on a full-day tour to the islands of Contoy and Mujeres off the coast of Playa del Carmen. Benefit from early morning pick-up from your hotel before traveling by speedboat to the tiny island of Isla Contoy. Upon arrival, marvel at the coral formations and colorful fish during a 30-minute snorkeling activity. Then, embark on an ecological tour of the island and admire the natural beauty of the nature reserve up close. Next, choose from several optional activities, including a 30-minute hike or a visit to the local museum. Get stunning views from an amazing viewpoint or look for some of the 140 different bird species that live on the island.   Enjoy lunch on a beautiful sandy beach, and then make your way to North Beach on Isla Mujeres for a swim in the crystal clear waters of the sea.  

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From Cancun: Bacalar Lake of Seven Colors Tour

8. From Cancun: Bacalar Lake of Seven Colors Tour

A Cancun tour to Bacalar is a grand adventure, a day full of exploration and fun in the southern end of Quintana Roo. You'll enjoy round trip transportation to Bacalar from Cancun with a packed snack on board the modern, air conditioned transport, passing famous destinations like Playa del Carmen and Tulum as you make your way south. Once you arrive in Bacalar, you'll board a small boat for a guided tour of the lagoon. You'll visit three different cenotes and swim in the crystalline waters and discover why Bacalar is called "The Lake of Seven Colors". After a tasty grilled lunch to refuel, you'll explore the San Felipe Fort of Bacalar and its pirate musuem, argh! You'll return to Cancun full of stories to share and incredible photos to make all your friends and family envious.

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From Playa del Carmen & Tulum: Whale Shark Tour

9. From Playa del Carmen & Tulum: Whale Shark Tour

Get picked up from any hotel in Tulum, Akumal or Playa del Carmen. Get the ultimate adrenaline thrill in the Mexican Caribbean on a 6-hour whale shark snorkel tour. Swim and snorkel with the gentle giants in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Following pick-up, you'll be transferred to the marina to board a boat. Enjoy complimentary food and beverages on the way to the snorkel site, where you will put on your snorkeling gear and get a safety briefing on what to expect in the sea. Jump into the ocean to snorkel with the world’s biggest fish as you come face-to-face with the whale sharks. Some adult specimens can measure up to 13 meters in length, though accounts of individuals of up to 18 meters have been recorded. Swim with the whale sharks for about 2 hours for a truly unique experience. Then, go to Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres to enjoy a delicious lunch. Board your boat for the return transfer to the marina, where a vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your hotel. Note, that the whale shark encounter is a safe activity, and available from May to September.

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Riviera Maya: Catamaran at Maroma Beach & Reef Snorkel

10. Riviera Maya: Catamaran at Maroma Beach & Reef Snorkel

Start this adventure by being picked up in either Cancun or Riviera Maya. Then, head to the Maroma Beach Club to board your catamaran and start navigating the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Sail toward the Great Mayan Reef of Riviera Maya for a snorkeling experience to admire its beauty. After snorkeling, enjoy another stop in front of the beach to take a dip and cool off in the sea from the catamaran. Back on the coast, the Cocotales Restaurant will be waiting for you with a selection of dishes to whet your appetite. You can choose from three different menu options: • Special Menu option: Refried beans, chips, and salsa + natural water or soda • Plus Menu option: Starter or soup, Caribbean main dish (steak), and dessert + national open bar • Deluxe Menu option: Starter or soup, luxury main dish (surf and turf) + international open bar During and after lunch, relax and admire the landscape at Maroma. After you enjoy this beautiful beach, you will be taken back to Cancun or Riviera Maya.

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What people are saying about Playa del Carmen

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 303 reviews

Isla Contoy is definitely worth a visit, but it is advisable to come with long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt, on the one hand for sun protection, on the other hand there are extremely many mosquitos on parts of the island. The guide was very knowledgeable and spoke English very well.

Perfect trip - we loved the catamaran ride and snorkel with all the fishes. Food was top class (we had a premium package - worth it). Would surely recommend and do it again when Im back to Mexico.

The whole days was fantastic i was especially impressed by the organisation and professionalism of it all the guides were brilliant. Definitely well worth a visit if you're in Mexico

That tour is a must! Staff are absolutely fantastic. Pepe, who was our guide, was very nice, friendly and commited to provide a good experience. I recommend.

The people on the boat were lovely and it's a party boat with open bar... What more could you ask for. The snorkeling activity is a must.