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Playa del Carmen

Fun in and near Playa Del Carmen

Hi Everyone :). My boyfriend will be doing a 6 month sales training program in Playa Del Carmen starting in mid-July. So, naturally, I have volunteered to be the one to go visit him instead of him coming back to North Carolina to visit me. 

I would love to know anything fun (and budget friendly) that we should do! We are both young (23/24) and don't have too much money to spend and are pretty easy going.

I also wanted to know if there was anything worth seeing that is accessible for a weekend trip from Playa Del Carmen?

Thanks yall!

5 Answers

top answer by
Salvador from El Paso

Wow your boyfriend is a lucky fellow!!! So much to do in that area and alll is very easily, cheapily, and safely accessible via what is called a convi. Its a small white van that goes up and down the coast to all the sites. Honey you are essentially going to an adult disney land! Take a pair of goggles and snorkeling gear and go to the beach called Akumal. You can float and clearly watch the sea turtles. Buy groceries and carry snacks and drinks.

Mamitas Beach Club is a party beach it is in Playa del Carmen lots of house music beach bars, sarongs and oversized sunglasses.

You can take a longer day trip to Tulum its a basic but beautifully situated Mayan Temple up on cliffs on a white sand beach with turquoise water. Its a national park you must buy a ticket to enter the compound or grounds. You go through the temple grounds and finish off at the beach below the temple down some pirate like staircase. Really beautiful, really hot, take plenty of sun block..strongly consider leaving a t shirt on and big hat. I ALWAYS GET SEVERE BURNS HERE. take snacks and drinks because they are not sold here and not allowed to be brought in so bury in your bag because you will want to stay longer.

Xplor park is zip lining between 14 towers some through waterfalls albiet small and not dangerous. You will ride jeeps through water in caverns, safe kayak no rapids, drive a jeep thru wilderness snacks and refreshments provided throughout and barbeque buffet at end of course all for about 80 bucks feels very safe very well done very beautiful resort like environment almost.

Next park Xel-ha more snorkeling than anything as well as tubing through mangroves, cliff jump, cycling, manateas, dolphins natural not show. On going buffet all day two restaurants and liquor and beer flows all day long.

Last one Xcaret very beautiful more family oriented cultural shows extremely well done world class. Beautiful swims through caverns clear water lovely areas by beach and water to lounge under palapas buy the Plus ticket not regular ticket. You get one buffet en trance. Do stay till the end and watch the final show.

If in Cancun. You can take the ferry to Isla Mujeres beautiful beach there. Close to the Pocna Hostel  very cheap basic accomodations lots of backpackers bands at night bar n dance outdor club on premises jam and toast breakfast. Rent a golf cart to go around island. When you have a ton of money go back and stay at The Royal Resort all inclusive all American all party so nice.

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  1. Akumal (attraction)
  2. Mamitas Beach Club (attraction)
  3. Playa del Carmen (city)
  4. Tulum (city)
  5. Mayan Temple (attraction)
  6. Xplor (attraction)
  7. Xel-ha (attraction)
  8. Xcaret (attraction)
  9. Cancun (attraction)
  10. Isla Mujeres (island)
  11. Pocna Hostel (hotel)
  12. The Royal Resort (hotel)
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answered by
Ross from Fort Collins

Hi I love that part of Mexico but it's very tourist! Head to local cenotes and for a weekend grab a beach hostel in Tulum and visit the Tulum! You won't regret it, well you mite regret having to go back to Florida..... I mean palaya lol lol!!!

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Visit the Cenote in Tulum. They are freshwater pools, often in caves.  You can snorkel and swim in them.  No need for a guide in the ones I've been to. The last one I went to was the Gran Cenote. Also while you're in Tulum, check out the strip along the beach with all the hotels/restaurants.  It might be a little pricey to grab a drink or lunch there, but the beaches and views are amazing.  There are no big resorts or commercialism here - only picture perfect little restaurants and boutique hotels. 

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  2. Tulum (city)
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answered by
Jason from Redwood City

Tulum is a must see/do. Not far from Playa del Carmen and pretty cheap. 

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answered by
Cristóbal from Puerto Morelos

You can visit Tulum and stay on the beach for a day. Van from playa will cost about 35 pesos per person.

You can also hit Akumal which is a beautiful beach and swim with the turtles.

There's also some nice swimming in Yal-ku Laguna but entrance can be a bit pricey.

Don't miss the chance to go to Isla Mujeres and spend a day visiting the Punta Sur and also visit the beaches and stuff.

If you have a ride, you might want to consider visiting Ruta De Los Cenotes and one or two cenotes. There are some with entrance fees but generally 20usd or less.

I strongly recommend you to avoid the parks as Xcaret, Xel-ha and others since they are highly overpriced and generally crowded. 

Feel free to contact me if further assistance needed.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Tulum (city)
  2. Akumal (city)
  3. Yal-ku Laguna (attraction)
  4. Isla Mujeres (island)
  5. Punta Sur (attraction)
  6. Ruta De Los Cenotes (attraction)
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