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35 Exciting Things to do in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

35 Exciting Things to do in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

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With its amazing scenery, rich culture, and delicious food, Playa del Carmen is one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations. And honestly, it’s easy to see why!

Playa del Carmen is a vibrant coastal town located in the heart of the Riviera Maya. Filled with stunning white-sand beaches, lively nightlife, and an array of activities and attractions – there is no shortage of things to do in Playa del Carmen.

But with so much to see and do, Playa del Carmen can become a little overwhelming. I mean, there must be hundreds of activities one can do in the area! We understand the overwhelm because we’ve visited Playa del Carmen countless times over the last couple of years.

To help plan your trip and give you some ideas to think about, here are our favorite things to do in Playa del Carmen.

Don’t have time to read the full article? Our absolute favorite things to do in Playa del Carmen are:

  1. Visit Chichen Itza – This is one of the 7 Wonders of the World, so you can’t miss it! This tour from Playa del Carmen is your best choice for getting to Chichen Itza easily.
  2. Explore Cenotes – There are so many cool cenotes around! On this guided tour, you’ll get to check out all of the best ones.
  3. Shopping – Fifth Avenue is full of fun stores to check out. Here you can find everything from souvenirs to high-end shops.
  4. Have dinner in a cave – Alux Cave Restaurant is a unique place where you can have a fine dining experience inside a cave – how cool!
  5. Go on a cruise – Get out on the beautiful Caribbean and enjoy snorkeling, drinks, and lunch on this highly-rated catamaran cruise.

The BEST Things to do in Playa del Carmen

1. Visit Chichen Itza

Bailey poses for a photo in front of El Castillo Pyramid at Chichen Itza, Mexico
What a temple!
Bailey stands at the Group of the Thousand Columns which is part of the Temple of the Warriors at Chichen Itza
Bailey stands at the Group of the Thousand Columns

Without a doubt, the most popular of all of the Mayan ruins in Mexico is Chichen Itza. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a bucket list place to visit and a must for those headed to Playa del Carmen!

The archeological site is most well known as the home of El Castillo – the main temple at the site. It’s a true show of the Mayan peoples’ knowledge of the earth and planets. However, Chichen Itza is also home to The Great Ball Court. This is the largest in Mesoamerica and is 168 by 70 meters (551 by 230 feet). The game played here was called Pitz.

Overall, it’s one of the coolest sites I have visited and a must-do activity while in Playa del Carmen!

Visiting is best done either with a rental car or on an organized tour. If you can drive yourself if you’re renting a car in Playa del Carmen, it’s around a 2.5-hour drive each way, so be prepared for a long day. The entrance fee is 614 MXN ($35 USD) for adults, and the site is open from 8 am to 5 pm. You can book your tickets in advance over on their website.

A close up of El Castillo at Chichen Itza, Mexico
It’s such a breathtaking place!

For those without a rental car or who don’t want the hassle of driving so far, consider booking an organized tour. This specific tour is a top choice and includes all your entrance fees (most don’t), breakfast, lunch, an English-speaking guide, and hotel pick-up in Playa del Carmen and outside areas such as at all-inclusive resorts.

The full-day tour departs very early in the morning before dawn; this way, you can make the most of the day while in Chichen Itza. Oh, and explore the ruins before the thousands of visitors arrive! You should book this Chichen Itza tour in advance to avoid missing out.

Make sure you bring comfortable shoes, your camera, sunscreen, and some cash.

For more info about visiting Chichen Itza – read our complete guide!

Related read: Want to check out more ancient ruins? Check out the best things to do in Palenque!

2. Go shopping!

Bailey wears a sombrero while shopping in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
You can make a fun day of it!
A shop selling gifts in Playa del carmen, Mexico
There is so much to look through!

One of my favorite things to do in Mexico is shopping, and Playa del Carmen is a shopper’s dream! Fifth Avenue is lined with shops, boutiques, and markets, where you can find everything from souvenirs to designer clothes. There are also plenty of places to eat, drink, and people-watch.

For some budget shopping, head to the Playa del Carmen Flea Market, where you can find everything from handcrafted jewelry to vintage clothing. It’s the perfect place to pick up cheap gifts and typical local crafts.

If you’d prefer to spoil yourself, head to Quinta Alegría Shopping Mall for some supermarket shopping. You can find a huge range of stores here, including Pandora and American Eagle Outfitters.

The truth is, you can’t really make a turn in Playa del Carmen without there being an opportunity to shop. It’s a shopper’s paradise, and I guarantee you won’t leave empty-handed!

3. Swim in cenotes

Cenote Suytun in Mexico
Cenote Suytun in Mexico
Bailey swims in a Cenote in Mexico (2)
Life jackets are mandatory in almost every cenote!

Cenotes are one of the most popular attractions on the Yucatan Peninsula. You’ll find them dotted all over the Yucatan, from as far south as the border with Guatemala all the way to Merida. Thankfully, there are a ton of cool cenotes to check out near Playa del Carmen – you just have to know where to look.

But first, what exactly is a cenote? Well, a cenote is essentially an underground cave that’s been carved out by water, and most are connected to the ocean through an underground river system. This is why many cenotes have a top layer of fresh water and a bottom layer of saltwater.

Some of the most famous cenotes to visit near Playa del Carmen are:

  • Cenote Chaak Tun – This cenote is located only a short taxi from downtown Playa del Carmen making it a top choice. The cenote can only be visited on guided tours, which cost around $50 USD per person and involve exploring the underground cave system. Tours are available from 9 am to 3 pm.
  • Cenote Azul – Located around 20 minutes from Playa del Carmen, Cenote Azul is one of the most popular cenotes to visit. This large open cenote is the perfect place to spend a few hours enjoying the beautiful weather. It costs 150 pesos ($7.50 USD) per person to enter, and a taxi from Playa del Carmen will set you back around 400 pesos ($20 USD). The cenote is open to visitors from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.
  • Cenote Kantun Chi – This is actually a place with 5 cenotes and is a great place to see multiple cenotes at once. The cenotes are located 30 minutes south of Playa del Carmen, and they offer a range of different tours, from an underground river experience to a snorkeling tour. The basic cenote tour will have you visiting 5 unique cenotes and is $67 USD per person (includes lunch too!). The cenote is open from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Cenote Suytun – Located 2 hours from Playa del Carmen, Cenote Suytun is arguably one of the most popular cenotes in Mexico. The cenote became famous on Instagram and now requires you to line up the get the photo above. Thankfully, the entrance fee is only 150 pesos ($7.70 USD) in person and 130 pesos ($6.70 USD) online. The cenote is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm, and to avoid the crowds, go early!

In order to visit the best cenotes, I highly suggest renting a car for at least one day. If you don’t have a car, then your next best option is a guided tour. Luckily there are plenty of great tours in Playa del Carmen that will take you to cenotes.

This particular cenote tour is an excellent choice because it takes to you four different cenotes over the course of about 6 hours. Pick up is included as is lunch. You can also opt to include a zipline experience, too. This tour costs only $75 USD and should be booked online here.

Or, if you want to visit the cenotes closer to Tulum, consider booking this full day Tulum tour that stops at a cenote, too. It’s one of the most popular Tulum tours in Playa del Carmen because it really includes it all – the Tulum ruins, Akumal Beach where you can swim with turtles, as well as a cenote swim! Lunch is also included as well as transport all for only $139 USD. You can book it online here!

Related Read: Visiting Cenote Suytun is also one of the best things to do in Valladolid.

4. Visit the best beaches in Playa Del Carmen

Relaxing at the beach in Playa del Carmen
Take a wander out of the main area, and it’s easy to find a spot without the crowds!

Some of the best beaches in Mexico are in Playa del Carmen! Spending a day soaking up the sun from the comfort of a beach lounger or on a towel is a must-do when you’re in town.

The top 4 best beaches in Playa del Carmen are:

Mamitas Beach

For a taste of the local scene, head to Mamitas Beach, located in the heart of Playa del Carmen. Here you can find plenty of sun, sand, and people! There are plenty of beach umbrellas and sun loungers to relax on, as well as a number of restaurants and bars nearby if you get hungry or thirsty.

You may not want to head to Mamitas if you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing beach experience – it is usually very crowded and loud!

Playacar Beach

If you’re staying in the Playacar Resort area, then you’ll definitely want to check out Playacar Beach. Playacar runs from the south side of the ferry dock of Playa del Carmen all the way down to Puerto Aventuras.

While Playacar Beach may not be as well known as some of the other beaches on this list, it’s definitely worth a visit. The water is crystal clear, and there are plenty of beach umbrellas, sun loungers, and palapas (thatched roofs) to relax under.

This beach is a bit more secluded and therefore less crowded than Mamitas Beach. Plus, it’s right next to the resorts, so it’s super convenient. The beach is lined with palm trees, making it the perfect place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of Playa del Carmen.

Note: Playacar does not have public restaurants on the beach, so bring your own snacks and water!

Bailey on Parque Fundadores Beach in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Bailey on Parque Fundadores Beach in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Parque Fundadores Beach

Parque Fundadores is a public beach that’s located in the heart of town. This beach is ideal for people-watching, as there are always plenty of locals and tourists alike enjoying the sun and sand. Parque Fundadores is also the widest beach in Playa, so there’s plenty of room to spread out.

This beach is also great for swimming, as the water is usually very calm. There is also a full-sized volleyball court on the sand, which is perfect for a game with friends or with kids! Unlike most other beaches in Playa del Carmen, there are no beach clubs at Parque Fundadores, so you’ll get an authentic beach day experience spread out on the sand.

Calle 10 Beach

Calle 10 is the main street that runs through the heart of Playa del Carmen. Along this street, you’ll find plenty of bars, restaurants, and shops. But what makes Calle 10 so special is its beach access. This street is lined with beach clubs, each with its own pool, bar, and sun loungers.

If you’re looking to spend a day at the beach without having to worry about finding a spot on the sand, then Calle 10 is the perfect place for you. Just pick your beach club and enjoy!

If you’re looking for a more laid-back feel, skip the beach clubs and head to the public beach of Calle 10. Due to the abundance of beach clubs on Calle 10, the actual beach is usually fairly quiet and empty.

5. Xplor Adventure Park

People ride ATVs at Xplor Adventure Park, Mexico
Riding the side by sides is so much fun! Photo credit: MariaKray Depositphotos

After an epic adventure in Playa del Carmen? Look no further than Xplor Adventure Park, a huge theme park of the Xcaret Brand.

A single day here is one to remember, soaring the trees on over 14 different ziplines covering a massive 2.4 miles on two circuits. Additionally, with swimming/rafting through caves with stalactites and driving a four-wheel buggy through flooded caves and jungle scenes, it’s a day of excitement!

Entrance to the park costs around $130 USD, which includes lots of activities such as ziplining, waterfalls, driving ATVs, swimming through cenotes, and lunch. The best way to get to Xplor is to drive yourself, but hotel pickup and transportation are available through organized tours.

The park is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday and is located just off the Tulum/Cancun highway, about 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen.

To ensure you get a ticket, you can book this all-inclusive Xplor package in advance. The package costs $147 USD but includes your entrance fee, lunch, and a ton of extras not included in standard admission. There is also Xplor Fuego which is a fun night experience I have yet to try – I’ll add it to my Playa del Carmen bucket list.

6. Relax at Be Playa Rooftop Pool 

People enjoy the pool at Be Playa Rooftop Pool, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Photo credit: Be Playa
Two chairs and a table sit in the pool at Be Playa Rooftop Pool in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Photo credit: Be Playa

For stunning views of the ocean (and an Instagram-worthy photo op), head to Be Playa Rooftop Pool & Bar. This adults-only rooftop pool (sorry kids) is located on the top of a boutique hotel in the middle of Playa del Carmen.

The pool itself is small, but it’s a great place for a dip to cool off. Plus, the views are what you are really here for, after all.

Plus, the lounge chairs and daybeds are the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun. And of course, don’t forget to enjoy a drink or two from the bar while you’re there!

Guests of the Be Playa Resort can enjoy free access to the rooftop pool during its hours of operation, 10 am to 10 pm. For outside visitors, the pool opening hours are from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and require a minimum consumption of $300 MXN ($17 USD) per person.

For a spot on the sunbeds, you’ll want to plan to spend a minimum consumption of $1200 MXN pesos ($69 USD) per bed. Not bad considering I often spend a lot more than that when I visit!

A visit to Be Playa Rooftop for a day of relaxation is the perfect addition to your trip to Playa del Carmen. It’s also an ideal spot if your hotel doesn’t have a pool and you are craving a nice cool pool day!

7. Go on an ocean cruise

Bailey sits ont he side rail of the Catamaran soaking up the views and sun on a tour from Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Living our best life!
Daniel and Bailey pose for a photo on the end of the catamaran in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
There’s no better place to catamaran!

One of the best ways to see Playa del Carmen is from the water! There are plenty of cruises available that will take you to secluded beaches and beautiful bays to swim in the pristine Caribbean waters.

You can choose a cruise that lasts a few hours or opt for an all-day or even an overnight cruise. There are even cruises that include stops at nearby islands, such as Cozumel and Isla Mujeres (more on this below!).

This luxury sailing and snorkeling cruise is great value for just $139 USD per person and very popular, plus it also includes transport! The cruise was the perfect way to spend a day in Playa del Carmen, and you’ll get to sail on a beautiful French-made catamaran, relax on the deck, and enjoy stunning views of the coast.

If you’re looking for the ultimate island getaway, then this full-day catamaran tour to Isla Mujeres is an absolute steal! With tickets at just $87 USD per person, the vibes just don’t get better than this, plus you get a chance to snorkel, eat a tasty buffet lunch, and access to the open bar. The cruise includes stops for snorkeling and swimming, where you’ll get a chance to spot stingrays, sea turtles, and tropical fish among the coral reefs. You also enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch onboard the boat, as well as plenty of cocktails (it’s an open bar!).

Last, but definitely not least, my personal favorite ocean cruise from Playa del Carmen is this Riviera Maya sailing and snorkeling cruise, where you climb aboard a huge luxury catamaran that’s never over 50% capacity! This means you’ll never feel crowded aboard, as you spend 4 hours exploring some of the most scenic spots in the Riviera Maya, filling up with a tasty lunch, and, of course, enjoying the open bar too!

In fact, I think this tour is SUPER underrated. While it doesn’t include hotel transport, the meetup point is only a 30-minute drive or taxi away in Puerto Aventuras. I think many people opt for the tours with transport and don’t realize what they’re missing out on! Plus, it’s super easy to get to Puerto Aventuras from Playa del Carmen.

Tickets for this tour cost $110 USD, but I’ve often seen deals on Viator with tickets at only $99 USD per person. You can check your dates and book your trip online here.

8. Relax (or party) at Mamita’s Beach Club

A dj plays at Mamita's Beach Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Photo credit: Mamita’s Beach Club
Mamita's Beach Club drinks in hand at the pool
Photo credit: Mamita’s Beach Club

Mamitas Beach Club is one of the best beach clubs in Playa del Carmen and my favorite place to enjoy a daytime party. The club is well equipped with a large pool, lounge chairs, and an electric atmosphere! Mamitas is a great place to relax with a cocktail while the DJ spins some electronic tunes. 

This beach club is also the perfect place to go people-watching, as it’s always full of people having a great time under the sun. If you’re looking for a party atmosphere, Mamitas Beach Club is the perfect spot for you.

Keep in mind that Mamitas Beach Club is one of the most popular beach clubs in Playa del Carmen, so it can get pretty crowded, especially on weekends. If you want to avoid the crowds, plan to visit during the week.

Mamitas Beach Club is open daily from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, and you should check out what events they have on before your visit!

9. Cirque du Soleil® JOYÀ

Two performers on ropes during a show at Cirque du Soleil JOYÀ in Cancun, Mexico
The show is so exciting to watch! The things they do defy gravity!

If you want to do something you won’t forget in Playa del Carmen, Cirque du Soleil JOYÀ is an experience unlike anything else!

Everybody has heard about this entertainment company and its amazing shows. The Yucatán show, JOYÀ, is actually the only Cirque du Soleil dinner theater in production. And what makes this one so special? Well, this production wants to appeal to all five senses by offering all sorts of surprises during the show.  

Dinner, aperitif, and champagne – you name it! This whole dinner entertainment option is such a memorable activity for couples, and Daniel and I loved it.

This show takes place in the Vidanta Theater, between Playa del Carmen and Cancun, which is only 20 minutes from Playa del Carmen. If you don’t have a rental car, be sure to organize transport and book your tickets in advance! There are several options, including VIP, dinner only, drinks only, and both. I didn’t think VIP was worth the price, but dinner and drinks are a must!

Related Read: The only dance show that compares to JOYÀ is the Rythms of the Night Show – one of the best things to do in Puerto Vallarta!

10. Party at Coco Bongo 

The stage at Coco Bongo, Mexico
What a show!
Bailey and her friend take a selfie at Coco Bongo, Mexico
I went on a girls night!

Coco Bongo is one of the most popular nightclubs in Playa del Carmen. But it’s so much more than your average nightclub, this club features live music, dancers, acrobats, and a party atmosphere that will keep you dancing all night long!

Coco Bongo regularly changes their shows so although I have been multiple times, I continue to visit every year. It’s just so much fun and everyone I take loves it!

Coco Bongo is always jam-packed with people, and lines can get pretty long, so be sure to arrive early and book your tickets in advance. If you’d prefer not to wait, this gold member ticket allows you to breeze past long lines (and I mean long lines) and enjoy VIP access and 15 free premium drinks in one of Playa del Carmen’s hottest nightclubs.

It’s actually great value for $171 USD and includes pick up and drop off at your hotel. Coco Bongo is open every day from 9:00 pm until 4:00 am, with basic admission starting at $90 USD per person. Guests must be 18 years or older to enter the club and show valid ID.

Note: There is another Coco Bongo location in Cancun. Be sure that you buy tickets to the location in Playa del Carmen if that’s the one that you want to visit!

11. Day trip to Cozumel 

Bailey stands at the top of Faro de Punta Celarayn Lighthouse on Cozumel, Mexico
Bailey stands at the top of Faro de Punta Celarayn Lighthouse on Cozumel, Mexico
Bailey poses for a photo with the I love Cozumel sign on Cozumel, mexico
I love Cozumel!

Cozumel is a popular tourist destination located just offshore from Playa del Carmen. This island is known for its clear turquoise waters, beautiful beaches, and coral reefs. Because of its close proximity, Cozumel is often considered one of the best day trips from Playa del Carmen.

There are plenty of activities to keep you busy on Cozumel including scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking. You can also explore the island’s many shops and restaurants.

There are several ways to get to Cozumel from Playa del Carmen including ferry, catamaran, or private boat transfer. The ferry is the most popular and affordable option, with tickets starting at $580 MXN for a round-trip ticket.

There are two companies that operate the route, Ultramar and Transcaribe either are fine and both offer a similar service and price. The ferry ride takes about 45 minutes each way and leaves from the terminal in Playa del Carmen.

Alternatively, you can join in on a full-day guided tour to Cozumel. This particular tour includes your roundtrip ferry transfer to Cozumel as well as a buggy tour once you arrive. You’ll visit some of the most popular attractions on Cozumel including Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park, Playa El Cielo, and Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve. The tour also includes snorkeling!

12. Swim with turtles at Akumal Beach

A Turtle swims in Akumal Beach, Mexico
How cute?
A large turtle at Akumal Beach
There are so many turtles

Akumal Beach is seriously one of the BEST places in Mexico to swim with turtles. Did you know that the Akumal turtles lay around 70,000 eggs every year? These gentle creatures are often seen swimming close to the shore, so you don’t even need to go far to see them.

Akumal Beach is located around halfway between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, which is about a 35-minute drive from Playa del Carmen. It’s such a great place to relax, suitable for families, large groups, solo travelers – you name it! The easiest way to get to Akumal is by taking a collectivo (shared van) or renting a car and driving yourself (that’s what we did!)

If you’d prefer a more organized trip from Playa del Carmen to see the turtles with a guide and hotel transportation included, you’ll save some cash by pre-booking this full-day Akumal snorkeling experience for $119 USD. This private tour includes round-trip transportation from your hotel, snorkeling gear, a boxed lunch, as well as a tour around the ancient Tulum ruins.

Once you get to Akumal you’ll want to do some snorkeling – you’ve probably never seen so many turtles in your life! That said, one really important thing to remember is that you must go with a guide if you want to go snorkeling with turtles, which might be a little more expensive but goes a long way to protecting the turtles from harm. Trust me, swimming with turtles at Akumal Beach is a worthwhile experience!

For an hour of snorkeling with a guide, you can expect to pay around 600 MXN ($34 USD). This includes all of your gear (snorkel, mask, lifejacket – which is mandatory), as well as entrance to the beach all day plus free parking. Our tour also included lockers which was really helpful for keeping our things secure while we went snorkeling!

If you’re looking to just explore the beach, then entrance to Akumal Beach costs 100 MXN (less than $6 USD) for the day, which also includes parking. You can learn everything you need to know over in our Akumal Beach guide!

There are also plenty of beach umbrellas and sun loungers available for rent, as well as restaurants and bars serving tasty food and cool drinks. You could easily spend a day here!

13. Party At Zenzi 

Zenzi Beach Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Zenzi Beach Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen has so many great party spots – it honestly has some of the best nightlife in Mexico! And what better place to party than on the beach at Zenzi Beach Club?

This open-air beach club offers live music every evening and various DJs throughout the week, as well as Salsa Night every Sunday! The dance floor is open to everyone, from seasoned salsa dancers to absolute beginners, and swapping partners is definitely encouraged.

Admission to Zenzi Beach Club is free, but there is a charge for beach beds and umbrellas. You can also order food and drinks from the bar and restaurant. Salsa Night starts at 9 pm and goes until 1 am.

There’s no better way to spend a Sunday night in Playa del Carmen!

14. Go scuba diving 

Bailey and Daniel look at a Sting Ray Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Sting Ray!
A school of fish while scuba diving in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Such a cool experience

The clear turquoise waters around Playa del Carmen are perfect for scuba diving! There are many dive sites to choose from, with something to suit all levels of experience.

If you’re a beginner, we recommend taking this discovery dive with an experienced instructor. This way, you can be sure to stay safe while exploring the underwater world. Discovery dives include two dives in two different locations, where you’ll learn the basics of diving and try out your skills in a pool before heading out to the open water. The best part is that no certification is required.

For those who want to get PADI certified, there are plenty of options for that too! You can choose to do a 3-day certification course or an intensive 5-day course. This 3-day PADI certification course includes two days of diving and one day of academics and includes all the necessary equipment and a certification card upon completion. 

After completing the course, you’ll be qualified to dive anywhere in the world up to 60 feet!

If you’re already a certified diver, there are plenty of tour companies that offer day trips to different dive sites around Playa del Carmen. You can also choose to go on your own, but we recommend going with a guide who knows the area well.

This two-tank dive for certified divers takes you to two different dive sites, where you’ll see a variety of fish, turtles, eels, and more. You can also opt for a night dive or a wreck dive if you’re looking for something different! This two-tank dive experience includes all the necessary equipment and is a unique way to explore the underwater world around Playa del Carmen. It’s also a great price at only $99 USD – book it online here!

15. Have dinner at Alux Cave Restaurant  

A set table inside Alux Cave Restaurant , Playa del Carmen, Mexico
This is the most unique place to enjoy a meal in Playa del Camren! Photo credit: Alux Cave Restaurant  

This unique restaurant definitely takes the cake when it comes to finding the perfect place to enjoy a meal with a view! You’ll find Alux Cave Restaurant just outside Playa del Carmen, offering stunning views from the inside of a real cave!

The menu features traditional Mexican dishes with a modern twist, and there is also a wide selection of international wines available. Some of the most popular dishes at Alux Cave Restaurant include the salmon tartare, pork belly tacos, and the Surf n Turf.

If you’re looking for a truly unique dining experience, be sure to add Alux Cave Restaurant to your list. Make sure to make a reservation in advance, as this popular restaurant gets booked up quickly!

Note: There are many amazing restaurants in Playa del Carmen to choose from – be sure to dine at a few!

16. Day trip to Cancun   

Bailey looks out the window of the Cancun Scenic Tower in Cancun, Mexico
Scenic tower Cancun!
Bailey at Playa Langosta in Cancun, Mexico
Playa Langosta!

Playa del Carmen is the perfect base for exploring the surrounding area. One of the places you can easily visit for the day from Playa del Carmen is Cancun! Cancun is just a short drive away, and there are plenty of tours and activities to enjoy in Cancun.

Start your day with a visit to The Museo Maya and San Miguelito Ruins, where you can learn about the history and culture of the Maya people and also check out the ancient ruins. Then, head to the nearby beach for a spot of sunbathing and swimming. There are some really incredible beaches in Cancun that you’ll love!

In the afternoon, take a tour of the Cancun Underwater Museum, where you can see over 500 sculptures that have been submerged in the sea. This unique museum is home to a variety of marine life and is a great place to learn about the ecology of the region.

End your day with a visit to one of Cancun’s amazing restaurants in the Cancun Hotel Zone, where you can try some exceptional food and drinks!

Related Read: If you’re flying into Cancun first, you’ll want to have a plan to get from the Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen! Make sure to check out the best Cancun Airport shuttles that can take you directly here!

17. Walk 5th Avenue (Quinta Avenida) 

Bailey poses for a photo on 5th avenue in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
5th Avenue is the famous walking street!
5th Ave in Playa del carmen, Mexico
5th Ave is a lively place!

One of the best things to do in Playa del Carmen is simply to walk around and explore! Fifth Avenue (Quinta Avenida) is the main pedestrian street in the center of town and it’s lined with shops, restaurants, and bars.

There’s no better way to experience the vibrant atmosphere of Playa del Carmen than by spending a day strolling down Fifth Avenue. It’s the perfect place to people-watch and soak up the atmosphere of this lively city!

Be sure to pop into some of the shops, where you can find anything from handmade souvenirs to designer clothes. You can even find many well-known shops here, like H&M, Zara, and Forever 21.

If you get hungry, there are plenty of restaurants to stop for a bite to eat or a refreshing drink, serving everything from Mexican food to international cuisine. And if you want to keep the party going, there are plenty of bars and clubs to keep you entertained into the early hours of the morning!

18. Day trip to Tulum

Bailey poses for a photo while enjoying the views of the Tulum Ruins and ocean in Tulum, Mexico
The famous viewpoint!
Bailey swims in a cenote near Cancun, Mexico
The water is crystal clear!

The small town of Tulum is one of the most popular places to visit in Mexico. This trendy town offers a wide array of options when visiting. Just plan a one-day trip to the area and have an amazing adventure.

Whenever visiting Tulum, you cannot miss the chance to visit some of the nearby cenotes. Cenotes are a system of underground rivers, caves, and sinkholes that flow through the Yucatan Peninsula. This system is unique since the rivers are connected to the sea. Some of the best cenotes in Tulum are Dos Ojos, Cenote Calavera, and Cenote Zacil-Ha. 

Some other awesome things to do in Tulum include visiting the Tulum Ruins, one of the coolest archaeological sites in the area; drinking craft beer at Cervecería Tulum; and exploring Laguna Kaan Luum. There are also lots of amazing bars and restaurants in Tulum well worth checking out.

If you don’t have a rental car, then a guided tour is you other option. The first is this full-day tour to the Tulum ruins that also visit Akumal Beach and stops at a cenote, too! It’s a full-day adventure that hits most of the best attractions around Playa del Carmen in one shot.

This tour includes transport and a guide who will make your visit to the ruins that much more interesting. The tour also includes lunch and refreshments, which is great value considering the price is only $139 USD. You can book this tour online here to reserve your spot.

Related Read: Tulum is also one of the most popular day trips from Cancun!

19. Parque Los Fundadores  

Parque Los Fundadores in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Parque Los Fundadores in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

This park is the perfect place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of Playa del Carmen. Parque Los Fundadores, or “Founding Fathers Park,” is a large, oceanfront park located in the center of town and is home to a variety of trees and plants. It is located just outside the ADO bus station on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen, so you can easily find it from Quinta Avenida!

There’s plenty of space to enjoy a picnic or take a leisurely stroll, and you can also rent bikes if you want to explore the park in a more active way. The park also has a playground for children, making it the perfect place to spend a day with the family.

The sculptures here are really the stars of the show, though. Portal Maya is a 52.5 foot high arch scuplture of a man and women in bronze. It’s super impressive, and acts as the perfect frame for a photo with the ocean behind it.

You will also find the “Playa del Carmen” sign here. It is usually pretty busy with a line-up of people waiting to have their photo taken, so if you have the patience you can get your picture done too!

20. Visit Isla Mujeres

Bailey on a swing at Kin Há Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres!
A golf buggy drives along a road on Isla Mujeres, Mexico
This is what Isla Mujeres is about!

Just off the coast near Cancun is Isla Mujeres, a must-visit island paradise that you’ve just got to visit if you have time. Also know as “Women Island” in English, there are so many things to do in Isla Mujeres, from exploring its rich Mayan history to visiting one of the best beaches in Mexico, Playa Norte!

One of the best ways to experience the best of what Isla Mujeres has to offer without worrying about arranging transport is to go on an organized tour. Dan and I really enjoyed this full-day catamaran tour to Isla Mujeres, which included a buffet lunch, plenty of snorkeling time, hotel pickup and drop-off, and some of the best vibes aboard a catamaran!

I really enjoyed that this tour also included plenty of free time once we got to Isla Mujeres, so we got to wander around the island and pick up a few gifts for friends back home. Plus, there’s an open bar on board, and it doesn’t get much better than sipping drinks on a luxury catamaran! With the cost being only $87 USD per person, this is some seriously good value, especially as it also includes entrance to their beach club over on Isla Mujeres!

One extra thing to note is that many island tours don’t include a docking fee, which for Isla Mujeres is $20 USD per person. Make sure to bring this with you on the day! You can check availability and book your spot on the tour online here.

21. Swim with Whale Sharks

Swimming with Whale sharks in Mexico
Just beautiful!

When traveling the Yucatán, you always hear about its amazing nightlife, crystal-clear waters, white-sand beaches, and, of course, tasty margaritas. But have you ever heard about swimming with whale sharks?

Did you know that whale sharks aren’t technically sharks, they’re actually the largest fish in the world! So it should come as no surprise that swimming with these HUGE fish is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many, and the best part is that you can do it from Playa del Carmen!

Unfortunately, you won’t find these beautiful creatures swimming in front of Playa del Carmen Beach, so you will need a boat ride to reach them. That means that a tour is the only way to go on this adventure!

This full-day whale shark tour picks you up at your hotel, whether you’re in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, or anywhere on the Rivera Maya. The tour includes an expert biologist guide who speaks both English and Spanish – it’s the perfect way to interact with whale sharks and learn about them!

On top of that, you’ll get a delicious lunch, use of snorkeling equipment, and a life jacket. The best part is that the lunch is served off the coast of Isla Mujeres. This way, you can have two amazing experiences in one day.

Whale shark season in Playa del Carmen runs from the 15th of May until the 17th of September, with the best time being in the middle of that. During this time of the year, whale sharks gather on the northern coasts of the Yucatan. If you are lucky, you could also catch a glimpse of a Manta ray swimming along with the whale sharks. 

Don’t let their size intimidate you, either. Whale sharks are friendly and harmless to humans; they are on a strict plankton-only diet! 

Swimming with whale sharks is very popular, so you should book your experience well in advance to ensure that you don’t miss out. You can check availability and book this particular tour from Playa del Carmen online here!

22. Eat authentic tacos

An authentic taco stand in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
One of my favorite styles of tacos is Birria Tacos that come from these large traditional pots. It’s slow-cooked beef!

A trip to Playa del Carmen isn’t complete without trying some of the delicious local tacos! There are many taco stands and restaurants around town, so you’ll have no trouble finding somewhere to enjoy a tasty meal, although there are a few star spots I’d definitely recommend.

If you’re looking for a super authentic experience, be sure to try one of the street vendors selling tacos de canasta (basket tacos). These tacos are made with fresh, handmade tortillas and are typically filled with chicken, potatoes, and refried beans.

For something a little different, try the tacos al pastor at El Fogon. These tacos are made with marinated pork and pineapple and topped with fresh onion and cilantro. Absolutely delicious!

Birria de la 30 is one of the most popular places to eat tacos in Playa del Carmen, and we can see why! It’s a small restaurant located on 30 Avenida that specializes in birria tacos, a traditional Mexican dish made with slow-cooked beef and served with a delicious broth for dipping. The tacos at Birria are served with a variety of toppings, including onions, cilantro, and salsa, and are sure to hit the spot!

Last, but definitely not least, Cartoccio Playa Street Seafood was a recent discovery we came across on our last trip. In short, it totally blew us away! The tacos here were really cheap but tasted amazing – I actually had to come back for more. Seafood tacos are the standouts here. It’s a little bit off the beaten path, but it’s still in town and more than worth the short walk.

Related Read: Want to try the best food in Mexico? Be sure to check out Oaxaca, Mexico.

23. Or, go on a food tour!

Tacos cooking on a food tour in Playa del Carmen
Crunchy tacos are hard to find but we tried them on our food tour!

If you want to try a little bit of everything, we recommend going on a food tour in Playa del Carmen! This city offers a variety of different tours, each with a different focus.

This walking street food tour is the perfect way to try some of the best tacos in town and other street food favorites like tamales and elotes. You’ll get an insider’s glimpse at the Playa del Carmen food scene and learn about the different dishes and ingredients used in Mexican cuisine. You’ll visit places that most tourists never see, and try some real local food.

The tour comes highly rated, with all 5-star reviews! It’s also a great price at only $67 USD per person considering how much food it includes. Our best advice is to arrive hungry because you’re going to leave stuffed!

You can book your spot on this walking food tour of Playa del Carmen online here.

Note: If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you’re not out of luck! Check out this vegan food tour in Playa del Carmen instead!

Related Read: One of the best things to do in Mexico City is a food tour! In fact, you’ll try some of the best tacos in the country on a Mexico City taco tour!

24. Visit Isla Holbox

The hammocks at Playa Punta Cocos, Isla Holbox
Playa Punta Cocos is a fantastic beach to swim!

One of my favorite things to do whenever I’m here in Playa del Carmen is to visit some of the nearby islands. They’re exactly what you think of when you imagine a paradise island – golden sands, an untouched ecosystem, palm trees, you name it!

Isla Holbox is one of my personal favorites, with the ferry dock located just under a 2-hour drive from Playa del Carmen. Although when you translate the island’s name to English, “Black hole” does sound a little ominous, the name actually comes from the Mayan language, when the first refugees arrived here during the Caste War of Yucatán.

Today, the local people of Isla Holbox are famous for being strong and independent, caring for their island and making sure the ecosystem is not negatively impacted by tourism. With some of the strictest rules in Mexico to protect the local wildlife, it’s super safe for tourists and the animals here are flourishing!

While it is possible to arrange transport to the island by yourself, I’ve found that the best way to explore the island is as part of an organized tour! This full-day Isla Holbox tour includes all transport to and from Playa del Carmen, with a carefully crafted itinerary and an experienced local guide. There are so many exotic birds that call the island home – how many will you see?

Tickets for this tour cost $110 USD per person, which I think pretty good value considering it includes all forms of transport! One thing to note though is that this doesn’t include the national park tax, which costs 540 pesos ($32 USD) per person, so keep this in mind. You can check available dates and book this tour online here.

25. Hire a private boat for the day

A birds eye view of a private yacht in PLaya del Carmen, Mexico
Hiring a private yacht is so much fun if you’re traveling with a large group! Photo credit: Playacht

If you’re looking for a truly unique experience in Playa del Carmen, why not hire a private boat for the day? Playa del Carmen is located on the Caribbean Sea, so there are plenty of options for boat tours and rentals.

A private boat allows you to customize your own experience and visit the places that interest you most. You can choose to anchor in a secluded cove for a swim or snorkel, visit the nearby island of Cozumel, or even go fishing!

Whatever you want to do, a private boat is a perfect way to do it.

If you’re interested in renting a boat, we recommend this private yacht charter from Playa del Carmen. Spend the day snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing on the boat with your friends or family before heading back to the marina. It’s sure to be a day you’ll never forget!

Although it’s on the more expensive side at $1,400 USD, you can take up to 12 guests, and it includes lunch, drinks, and snorkeling equipment. So if you’ve got a big group going, this’ll be an awesome experience!

26. Drink craft beer at Chela de Playa 

Craft beer at Chela del Playa in Playa del Carmen
Craft beer at Chela del Playa in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is home to a growing craft beer scene, and Chela de Playa is one of the best places to try it! This small brewery is located on 5th Avenue and offers over 36 different beers, from IPAs to lagers and everything in between.

My favorite beer had to be their fruity white IPA, but they also serve some amazing cocktails – definitely try the margaritas!

If you’re not sure what to order, ask the staff for a recommendation – they’re always happy to help. In addition to beer, Chela de Playa also has a small food menu with items like tacos and quesadillas.

So, whether you’re looking to try some new craft beer or just want a bite to eat, Chela de Playa is the perfect spot.

27. Visit Akumal Monkey Sanctuary

a howler monkey hangs by his tail from a tree
How cute is this Howler monkey?!

If you’re looking for something a little bit different, why not visit the Akumal Monkey Sanctuary? This sanctuary is home to a troop of howler monkeys, and it’s located just a short drive from Playa del Carmen.

At the sanctuary, you’ll learn about the monkeys and their habitat, as well as get the chance to see them up close. The monkeys are very friendly and love to interact with visitors, so don’t be afraid to say hello!

There are also a variety of animals living at the sanctuary including birds, snakes, ostriches, and even zebras! Many of these exotic animals were donated to the sanctuary by their previous owners after Mexico passed a law banning the use of animals in shows.

The sanctuary is a great place to learn about the animal kingdom and get up close and personal with some of its residents and a great activity for animal lovers of all ages! You can book your visit online here!

28. Enjoy the watersports at the beach 

Parasailing in Playa del Carmen
It’s a little scary at first!

Playa del Carmen is home to some of the best beaches in Mexico, and there’s no better way to enjoy them than by participating in some of the many water sports on offer.

There are plenty of companies that offer rentals and lessons for activities like surfing, wakeboarding, kitesurfing, and more. 

A parasailing trip is a great way to get a bird’s-eye view of Playa del Carmen and the surrounding area! Fly over sandy beaches and take views of the expansive sea as you fly over the sea. You can also take a jet ski out for a spin or go snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters for an adventurous day in the sun.

If you’re looking for a more relaxing experience, you can rent a paddleboard or kayak and explore the coastline at your own pace. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced water sports enthusiast, you’ll find something to enjoy. There are endless possibilities when it comes to enjoying the water in Playa del Carmen!

29. Trip out at the 3D Museum of Wonders 

3D Museum of Wonders Playa del Carmen
Photo credit: 3D Museum of Wonders Playa del Carmen

The 3D Museum of Wonders is a one-of-a-kind museum located on 5th Avenue. This museum features over 50 different optical illusions, each of which has been expertly painted to create a realistic 3D effect.

As you walk around the museum, you’ll be amazed at the detail in each painting and how realistic they appear. You can even take photos with the paintings to create a fun and unique souvenir! Play with interactive exhibits and enjoy optical illusions as you’ve never seen before on a trip to the 3D Museum of Wonders.

The 3D Museum is a great activity for families, groups of friends, and anyone who loves to have fun and take photos. You can book your tickets in advance, and they cost $41 USD per person.

30. Visit Puerto Morelos

Bailey on the pier in Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Isn’t it beautiful here?
Bailey walks around Puerto Morelos, Mexico towards the coastline
Take a walk, you’ll love the place!

Puerto Morelos is a small bohemian fishing town, located 22 miles (35 kilometers) north of Playa del Carmen. The beach is very beautiful with lots of places to eat and drink. This is a very quiet beach with no crowds, clear water, and white sand beaches. 

This town has a very different vibe. The hotels are small but very intimate and comfortable with accessible prices. They offer delicious local food and other water sports services, like kayak rental. 

The food in Puerto Morelos is very good; you can have Yucatan cuisine traditional food like Cochinita and Lechon (steamed pork). Traditional food is very delicious and different from the food you can have in the Playa del Carmen resort area, you must try it. The Lechon sandwich is just AMAZING.  

If you go to the main port there are several places offering tours and water activities, like a day trip fishing on a small boat. We also highly recommend scuba diving in Puerto Morelos as the water is so clear and there’s a ton of marine life around here.

This reef snorkeling tour is a fun activity for the day. Boats sail from the downtown port, and the prices are very reasonable at $45 USD per person. This is a very different reef tour; the local fisherman will take you to a wonderful untouched reef called Mesoamerican Barrier Reef – it’s one of the largest coal reefs in the world and extends for over 966 kilometers (600 miles)!

Capacity for this tour is limited to 10, so you don’t have to worry about it feeling overly crowded. If you love snorkeling, it’s definitely not a tour you want to miss out on! You can secure your spot online here!

If you choose to rent a car to visit Puerto Morelos, you can also visit La Ruta del Cenote, which is just a few minutes from this fishing town. 

31. Xcaret

Xcaret, Mexico
Xcaret is such a fun place to visit!

When visiting a resort in Playa del Carmen, you may wonder if the only thing to do there is to lie by the beach and get sun-kissed while enjoying frozen margaritas.  

Don’t get me wrong, we all love frozen margaritas and piña coladas, but occasionally, we feel like having an adventure!

Well, Xcaret Waterpark is the best option if you want to enjoy a fun day out of the resort while still feeling like you’re at a resort. And don’t worry if a waterpark isn’t your thing, this place is so more than that. Xcaret is an archeological eco-water amusement park if you want to get into specifics.  

This eco-water park is near the Playa del Carmen area and offers you a wide array of activities like snorkeling, swimming at the Caleta, visiting Mayan pyramids, enjoying live performances, an aquarium, and an aquatic park! 

You can even swim with dolphins, manta rays, or sharks for a surcharge. 

Suppose you don’t feel like spending all day long doing water activities? In that case, you can visit the Mayan Pyramids located inside the park or enjoy one of the performances available all day long.  

There are many ways to get to Xcaret from Playa del Carmen. The first is to drive yourself and book your ticket in advance. If you have a rental car in Mexico, this is super easy. If you don’t have a car, you can pretty easily grab a cab, which will cost around $12 USD.

I recommend booking this Xcaret Plus service since it includes access to the lunch buffet and other amenities like lockers, dressing rooms, and snorkeling equipment. You’ll need to eat while you’re there, and you save money booking it all together in advance. 

32. Go deep-sea fishing

Posing with our catch after fishing in the Yucatan
We caught so many fish!

The fishing off the coast of Mexico is really good, and Playa del Carmen provides the perfect opportunity to go deep-sea fishing. 

There are a lot of tours available, including full-day private tours such as this one. These tours will take you out to catch a variety of fish, and on the tour I did, we caught a ton! Although it wasn’t marlin season, we still got lots of fish, and our crew was super fun and knowledgeable.

This partiuclar fishing tour from Playa del Carmen is a private tour that allows up to 5 passengers. The fishing experience lasts for about 4 hours and includes all the gear you would need, snorkeling equipment, as well as drinks (including alcohol!) served by the crew for a relaxing trip. You can book your experience here for $850 USD for the whole boat.

33. Play a round of golf

The course at Iberostar Golf Club in Cancun, Mexico
It’s a stunning place to play golf!

Playa del Carmen is home to some of the best golf courses in Mexico! If you’re a fan of the game, be sure to add a round of golf to your Playa del Carmen itinerary.

One of the most popular courses in the area is Gran Coyote Golf. This course offers stunning views of the Riviera Maya and is perfect for all skill levels. This 18-hole course is masterfully crafted through the coastal jungle landscape of Playa del Carmen.

Gran Coyote Golf is open daily from 6:30 am to 7:00 pm. Green fees start at $254 USD per adult for 18 holes. Guests at Gran Coyote can have access to practice fields, the pro shop, clubhouse facilities, and an on-site restaurant and bar, Coyote Grill. Club rentals are also available for an additional fee.

34. Temazcal Ceremony

A Temazcal in Mexico
You do rituals outside before entering the Temazcal

A Temazcal is basically a pre-hispanic sauna used for hundreds of years by the indigenous people. The term “Temazcal” actually translates to “house of heat.”

One of the big differences between a Temazcal and a sauna is that it’s more of a spiritual journey led by a Sharman. It’s about cleansing the body, and the rituals can last hours. Of course, you won’t spend hours in the sauna, but there are some rituals before and after.

Temazcal tours are becoming very popular all around Latin America (I did one in Guatemala.) From Playa del Carmen, you can do this organized tour that takes you on a spiritual journey to cleanse and rejuvenate your body.

35. Drive a buggy to a Mayan Village

Daniel and Bailey take a selfie while ATVing in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
So much fun!

This tour is a mix of thrilling, adventure, and culture in a natural jungle setting. If you want to get away from all the tourists in the city and on the beaches then this buggy adventure will lead you straight to the non-commercialized parts of Mexico. You can pick between a 2-seater and a 6-seater which is typically used for families.

After you go over your safety briefing you’ll get riding on the different off-road jungle trails over different terrain. I hope you aren’t afraid of mud and dirt because you’re probably going to end up covered in it!

That’s where the next stop comes into play – an underground cenote with bright blue waters! Rise off here for a bit before hopping back in your buggy and driving to a Mayan-style residence. These people aren’t very well off but they are super welcoming and kindhearted people who may even cook a dish for you to try! Seeing how they live is sure to be a humbling experience.

It is definitely worth the cost of $124 USD for an activity that will be almost impossible to forget about!

My only tips would be to wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting dirty and some earplugs for the ride if you don’t like constant loud noise.

You can book your spot on this fun buggy tour online here!

Where to Stay in Playa del Carmen

Bailey relaxes at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico near Playa del Carmen
Me relaxing at just one of the resorts I have stayed at in Playa del Carmen!

Choosing a place to stay in Playa del Carmen can often be overwhelming – trust me, I’ve been there. The selection of hotels is huge and cater to all sort of trips, budgets, and ages. I won’t be able to mention every place I love, but I do have some favorites, depending on what you’re looking for.

Che Playa Hostel and Bar – $

For budget travelers, Che Playa Hostel and Bar is one of the best hostels in Playa del Carmen. The hostel is located in the heart of town and comes with a small rooftop pool and bar, a social atmosphere, clean facilities, and helpful staff.

The rooms are pretty affordable as you might expect! A bed in a dorm here for one night costs less than $25 USD per person, and you can book on Hostelworld or Booking.com.

Soho Playa Hotel – $$

When I’m traveling on a moderate budget and want a nice place, not in a resort, I love Soho Playa Hotel. The hotel has a fantastic location, a pool, free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a really clean and modern design. Plus, if you feel like stretching out and relaxing, you can even make the most of their free yoga classes!

A one-night stay here at the Soho Playa Hotel starts at around $135 USD per person. This is quite a popular hotel though, so make sure to reserve your room online in advance!

El Taj Oceanfront and Beachside Condo Hotel – $$$

For luxury travelers, The El Taj Oceanfront and Beachside Condo Hotel offer a great central location that’s still secluded. As the name suggests, this hotel is right on the ocean, plus it also has a pool, is located in the heart of town, and offers a huge variety of rooms, including one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments!

Rooms here at El Tag start at around $200 USD, which is pretty good considering how fantastic the rooms are. You can check out available dates and book your stay online here.

Renting a Car in Mexico

Bailey and Daniel take a selfie while driving around Mexico
A rental car means freedom to go to the beach whenever you want!

Undoubtedly, one of the best ways to get around Mexico is in a rental car. 

I struggled to get around by bus and taxi for the longest time. But after renting a car in Cancun in 2023, I never looked back. It allowed me to explore the country without worrying about tours or taxis. It was why I fell in love with Mexico and eventually decided to live here periodically. 

I refuse to use local services whenever I rent a car in Mexico. The truth is they sometimes can’t be trusted or come with hidden fees (or costly insurance that doesn’t make sense.) There are even rental car scams! So instead, I use Discover Cars, the company most experienced travelers or ex-pats in Mexico recommend. 

The rates on Discover Cars are cheap, too, with the average rental costing around $25 USD per day. Full coverage insurance can be added for an extra $10 USD a day too. 

Driving in Mexico also only requires a driver’s license using the Roman alphabet. If yours uses another like Japan and China, you simply need an international driving permit. 

Insurance is required, but if you book with Discover Cars and get the full coverage, that’s all you need! Oh, and being over 18 is required, and if you’re over 25, your rental will be much cheaper! 

Thanks for reading!

Daniel and Bailey take a photo on 5th Ave in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Thanks for reading!

Playa del Carmen has always been a favorite travel destination of mine. The friendly people, fantastic activities, delicious food, and pristine beaches just keep me coming back for more. I hope that, like me, you thoroughly enjoy Playa del Carmen and find the above list helpful!

If you do find this guide helpful, be sure to browse around at more of our Mexico blogs, such as:

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