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Things to do in Playa del Carmen

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Beaches in Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen
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Disfrutando decrecorrer poco en el Hotel Sandos Caracol Eco Resort encontramos mucho descanso y actividades p toda la familia. Su playa von Muchas piedras pero t obligan a nadar a bancos de arena emocionantes
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The Fifth Avenue
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I think the best time to visit the area is once the sun has set. There are many premium brand stores, of clothing, crafts and jewellery among others. You must visit 5th Avenue during your trip to Playa del Carmen. I'm sure some will buy something in its shops or enjoy a delicious meal in one of its many local, regional and international restaurants.
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La Ruta de los Cenotes Sagrados
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These are the natural wonders of the Mayan world. On the Yucatan peninsula, there are some of these amazing natural formations. They are called cenotes. Sometimes they are in caves and at other times exposed on the surface,natural "pools" whose water comes from the rain or underground channels. A cenote is an underground river, or a flooded cavity, the resulting from the accumulation of groundwater, and of this water filtering through the limestone that covers it. The Yucatan Peninsula is one of the largest limestone platforms in the world, together with those of Cuba and Florida. It has been estimated that in the Yucatan Peninsula there are at least 3000 cenotes, of which only 1000 are known and explored. There are no rivers and lakes in the northern Yucatan Peninsula, this is because the waters have seeped into the ground. Lying submerged and relaxing in a cenote is undoubtedly one of the best experiences of your trip.
Nightclubs in Playa del Carmen
Coco Bongo Cancun
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El servicio es bueno y las bebidas variadas
Beaches in Playa del Carmen
Playa Mamitas
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Mamitas beach in Playa del Carmen is visited daily by people from all over the world. It´s my favorite place where sun, sand, ocean and paradise meet. It´s the most beautiful place and created simply by nature.
Rivers in Playa del Carmen
Underground Rivers of Xcaret
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In Xcaret there are two different routes to see the underground rivers and both are worth seeing because they're already included in the price of your ticket. One of the routes is closed all the way and is not recommended for people afraid of the dark because it's completely dark. The other path has more outdoor areas and colorful fish to see, but not as many as are in Xel Ha (another park that's recommended if you are looking to snorkel). These rivers are part of the network of channels under the Yucatan Peninsula and it's nice to explore around down there, even though sometimes it's closed and you can see how much man-made work has been done on it.
Zoos in Playa del Carmen
Xcaret Coral Reef Aquarium
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In Xcaret, the aquarium is worth a special mention because it is like entering a new world. The theme of the entire aquarium is based on coral reef in the Mexican Caribbean. There are tropical fish, hard and soft coral, anemones, sponges, starfish, seahorses and many more species. When finishing the tour you can go see the giant sea turtles, as the park has an environmental education program and breed turtles which are later freed into the ocean.
Beaches in Playa del Carmen
Playa Maroma
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Playa Maroma, located in the Mayan Riviera, is a wonderful beach where there is a service that will take you diving on the reef at the point, just a few meters from the coastline. You can spend a perfect beach day and see tropical fish and turtles with only a snorkel, fins and goggles.
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Xplor Park
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Zip, amphibious ride, swim in the river raft ride and finally a nice dinner and relax in the light of the torches. Emotion and Fire Xplor much activity in summer then continue in the park twice a week.
Ponds in Playa del Carmen
Cenote Cristalino
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Although it was a rainy day, it is still a very relaxing place! Tulum in the Mayan Riviera is a place to disconnect from the routine and relax . Lots of fish, turtles and parrots out there too. The water is cold, and I get chilly easily, so I opted to go up a rock about 4 or 5m high and I felt nothing more than pure adrenaline! A good book and good music on the iPod and enjoy the day!
Beaches in Playa del Carmen
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Nature Reserves in Playa del Carmen
Rio Secreto
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Live the adventure with underground rivers and natural beauty, that are not to be missed. Nature is at your fingertips and adrenaline is flowing out. The places have no comparison, you just have to decide to come for the fun that awaits you in Mexico.
Sports-Related in Playa del Carmen
Diving in Playa del Carmen
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Diving in Playa del Carmen offers lots of different kinds of dives, so there's something for everyong. From calm waters, to reef dives, to just little streams, to down just to keep watching the majestic turtles or sharks prowling in the reefs. Cozumel also have famous diving area for its coral walls and the cave of the sleeping sharks. We can not forget the cenotes, freshwater caves those that give us entry into the mystical Mayan underworld. And if we move a little north have spectacular wreck dives in Puerto Morelos where you can see schools of eagle blankets.
Harbors in Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal
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The Maritime Terminal in Playa del Carmen, is located in the city center, just off of 10th Avenue in the central area in the port. It's an important place because this is the terminal where you can catch the ferry to the island of Cozumel, which is only 18 kilometers away and is a must-see place given its proximity. This port's advantage is that you don't have to hire a tour to go to Cozumel because the ferry leaves daily as well as hourly and it's only a 45 minute boat ride to get there. The trip costs around 110 pesos. According to some, you can get to Cozumel by boats that do other paths, too, but I didn't really pay attention to that. One person told me that the most taken cruise is the one that goes to Cozumel and more than 1 million passengers go there per year.
Beaches in Playa del Carmen
Kantenah Beach
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After being to the Riviera Maya three times and knowing most of the beaches, I think I can safely say the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Resort and Barcelo Maya Beach are the best, with fine white sand, about 800 feet long, washed by turquoise waters. The only bad downside is that they sometimes have to cordon off the beach due to different things, last year because there were turtles had laid eggs on the shore and last time due to a barrier reef.
Of Cultural Interest in Playa del Carmen
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Natural Beach past Playacar
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There are special places, all however crowded, in the Playa del Carmen, called the Private Estate in Playacar. Yes, it is clear that 95% of people traveling to the Riviera Maya, makes one of these magnificent hotels, where you are treated like a Mayan king, their home for a while. Anyway, it is not incompatible with the Riviera Maya to explore beyond the stunning beach located in front of your hotel, lying in a hammock with a cocktail. I speak of going a little bit, just a little, beyond the stunning beach that begins on one side of Camren beach and runs along the coastline of Playacar. And it is just beyond this stunning sandy beach where the opening to the authentic and wild Riviera Maya, an area unknown to many, can be found. It is an area where the hotels and tourists disappear, where vegetation appears, where the waves hit the rocks and small sandy clamshells can be found. From the hotel where we stayed, the Riu Playacar, it is not much more than half an hour's walk along the beach to this part of Mexiko which is not so artificial and crowded and where you can find relaxation, tranquility and natural beauty. Upon arrival you will notice immediately that it seems as if the beach disappears suddenly encountering a fairly sharp rock that blocks the way to sea. A small path, between the vegetation, leads to that rock platform, from where this different view can be enjoyed. With a little care and between sand and rocks (not very appropriate to go barefoot), a series of little coves, crescent shaped, can be found one after another. Pristine sand, beaten and shaped by the force of the waves, seem endless. Walking around these creeks you can still come across some people - it is inevitable. Even perhaps some fish and the odd curios. It remains a good experience to have this so close to the official beach of Playacar and its luxurious mansions. I really enjoyed my visit and it was well worth it. In many of the creeks the force of the waves and the water rising enough, curiously generate a kind of low wall in the sand. The real attraction is to sit on the sand that gets wet and dries instantly and to watch the colors of the sea and ​​the Riviera Maya to Cozumel Island in the background - this is priceless. Walk around the rocks carefully looking at the shellfish species is also not a bad idea, albeit with appropriate footwear and with a little care, because there are some waves that can be treacherous. In short, without great effort and not too far from the Riviera Maya, something so great can be found that it should be advertised on the Internet and in travel catalogs. Let us know and concentrate on enjoying another Riviera Maya less artificial and crowded, a Riviera Maya much more wild and natural.

The best things to do in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is one of the most popular sites in the Riviera Maya and a destination associated with ecotourism and adventure tourism. Xcaret is one of the most famous places to visit in Playa del Carmen. It is an eco-archaeological park located 6 miles south of the city. Here you will find typical tropical flora and fauna and various expressions of Mayan culture.

Xel-Ha, another of the parks that rank among the best things to see in Playa del Carmen, also contains nature and wildlife. For even more natural Playa del Carmen activities, take the 45-minute ferry ride to Cozumel, an island of great beauty.

And speaking of beaches, among the many seaside Playa del Carmen attractions, Playa Mamitas is the one you simply must visit. It has the best parties and a great atmosphere for hanging out during the night.

In the city center, Fifth Avenue is perhaps the most famous of the attractions in Playa del Carmen. This is the road most visited by tourists and foreigners. At 4 kilometers long, it is packed with stuff to do in Playa del Carmen like craft and souvenir shops, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.

There are so many things to do in Playa del Carmen, each with its own particular charm. Read the tips and opinions of minube users who have spent time in the Riviera Maya, and when you arrive you won't be wondering what to do in Playa del Carmen!