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3 Days in Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen is the perfect Caribbean destination where you can relax and have fun, whether you're traveling with friends or by yourself. From watersports — such as snorkeling, kayaking, and scuba diving — to magnificent white sandy beaches and delicious food; discover the main attractions of this Caribbean paradise and experience it like a local with my three-day guide. You'll find you don't need to spend much to enjoy yourself as you're already in the best place on earth!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

11 Places

5 City Tips

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11 Places

Day 1

Mamita's Beach Club

Bars & Clubs, Beach & Pool Clubs, Spas

5th Avenue (Avenida 5)

Flea & Street Markets, Gift & Speciality Shops

El Fogon

Restaurants

Fusion

Restaurants

Day 2

Cozumel

Destinations

Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel

Beach & Pool Clubs

The Snorkel Tour

Scuba & Snorkeling

Day 3

Ruins of Tulum

Ancient Ruins

Xcaret Park

Theme Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Water Parks

Coco Bongo Playa del Carmen

Bars & Clubs

Thel Lina C's City Tips

  • If you want to eat well, visit 5th Avenue, where you'll find several Mexican, Italian, and Mediterranean restaurants and night clubs.
  • A tip (commonly around 10%) is usually added at the end of your bill, and labeled 'Propina.'
  • Traveling by bus in Playa del Carmen is easy and much cheaper than hiring your own private transportation.
  • Every day several boats leaves Playa del Carmen to go to Cozumel Island, which has one of the best coral reefs in the area.
  • As you'll find at many beaches around the world, people in Playa del Carmen are nice and friendly. You won't have any problems just being yourself!
    Day 1
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    Mamita's Beach Club
    Bars & Clubs, Beach & Pool Clubs, Spas
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    Thel Lina C Says:

    One of the best beaches in Playa del Carmen is Mamita's, where you'll find white fluffy sand and a sparkling blue sea. Mamita's Beach club is a magical place to hang out — with electronic music, a friendly crowd, and a great restaurant with Mexican and International menus; you could easily spend a whole day here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Ask for the mango margarita — it's delicious.
    • Arrive early in the morning to get a good spot in the beach club.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 59 Nightlife in Playa del Carmen
    • Food at the restaurant is delicious, ambience at the beach club should be perfect for someone in the mid 30's! 17/07/2018
    • Playa 2k18 05/07/2018
    • Mamita's Beach Club
    Address:
    Calle 28 Norte Mza. 10 Lote 8
    Zona Federal Maritima y 5ta Av.
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 803 2867
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    5th Avenue (Avenida 5)
    Flea & Street Markets, Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Thel Lina C Says:

    5th Avenue is the icon of Playa del Carmen. Take a stroll and find Mexican and International restaurants, local bars, souvenirs shops, and plenty of artists and friendly people just one block away from the beach.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If you want to save money, eat at the local pizzerias, which are very good and cheap.
    • Almost every restaurant or bar provides free WiFi.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 80 Shopping in Playa del Carmen
    • Make sure you visit if you are in Playa Del Carmen! 17/07/2018
    • 2007th 17/07/2018
    • 5th Avenue (Avenida 5)
    Phone:
    +52 984 179 1879
    Other:
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    El Fogon
    Restaurants (Mexican, Latin, Central American)
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    Thel Lina C Says:

    Discover delicious local flavors at El Fogon Mexican restaurant. Try the 'Tacos al pastor' (spicy pork tacos), which are fantastic, along with many other local tasty combinations.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Almost all the dishes aren't that spicy so don't worry about trying something different — and you can always add extra salsas if you like a bit of heat!
    • Prices are good value.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 1,119 restaurants in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Locals recommended it as the best tacos al pastor! 19/07/2018
    • Worth the walk! 18/07/2018
    • El Fogon
    Address:
    Avenida Constituyentes
    Playa del Carmen 12345
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 803 0885
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Fusion
    Restaurants (Mexican, Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Seafood, Central American, Grill)
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    Thel Lina C Says:

    This is a relaxing place just in front of the beach where you can have a drink or enjoy live music — such as salsa, merengue, or rock music. Plus, you can grab a delicious bite to eat here too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Live music is played after 9pm.
    • Credit cards are accepted.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #143 of 1,119 restaurants in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun place to relax and enjoy the beach 12/07/2018
    • Great Dinner & Atmosphere 23/06/2018
    • Fusion
    Address:
    Calle 6 Norte
    Close to the Beach
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 106 2458
    Price range:
    US$80 - US$250
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Cozumel
    Destinations
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    Thel Lina C Says:

    While staying in Playa del Carmen, you must visit Cozumel Island — it's just 40 minutes away by ferry and is a beautiful experience. Cozumel has one of the biggest coral reefs in the world, and I highly recommend scuba diving or snorkeling here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The ferry runs from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel every hour.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Cozumel
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    Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel
    Beach & Pool Clubs
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    Thel Lina C Says:

    While in Cozumel, head down to Mr Sanchos Beach Club for an incredible beach, great atmosphere, friendly staff, and delicious food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is an all-inclusive package, where you can eat and drink as much as you want.
    • Make a reservation in advance via the website.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 167 things to do in Cozumel
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Third visit and fantastic as always! 22/07/2018
    • Nice place 21/07/2018
    • Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel
    Address:
    Carretera Costera Sur Km. 15
    Cozumel
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 987 871 9174
    Other:
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    The Snorkel Tour
    Scuba & Snorkeling
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    Thel Lina C Says:

    Don't miss the opportunity to see the incredible array of colorful fish found around this coral reef up-close. A snorkel tour here is a real adventure, and this is one of the most well known and highly recommended tours in the area.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Hidden Gems
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Call ahead to check prices and make a booking.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #77 of 268 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic Guide - Do not hesitate - Book this trip now!!! 21/07/2018
    • Fabulous trip led by an even better guide. 17/07/2018
    • The Snorkel Tour
    Address:
    Avenue Corner 14 N Street 1 N
    Col. Centro, Solidaridad
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 1 984 801 0801
    Other:
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    Ruins of Tulum
    Ancient Ruins
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    Thel Lina C Says:

    It's a magical experience to see these Mayan ruins just next to the blue ocean and white sands. Whether you take a tour or go by yourself, you'll love the architecture and beautiful views here.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take comfortable shoes or sandals as there's a bit of walking here.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 94 things to do in Tulum
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cool ruins 22/07/2018
    • Plenty of ruins 21/07/2018
    • Ruins of Tulum
    Address:
    Carretera federal 307 Cancun - Chetumal Km 230
    Tulum 77780
    Mexico
    Price range:
    US$60 - US$60
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
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    Xcaret Park
    Theme Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Water Parks
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    Thel Lina C Says:

    Ideal for nature lovers, this is one of my favorite attractions in Playa del Carmen. You can snorkel, cross an underground river, swim with dolphins, enjoy the Mayan show, and much more!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It's worth booking the all-inclusive package.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 127 things to do in Playa del Carmen
    • Interesting 21/07/2018
    • Disappointing Again 21/07/2018
    • Xcaret Park
    Address:
    Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juarez Km. 282
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 998 883 3143
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Coco Bongo Playa del Carmen
    Bars & Clubs
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    Thel Lina C Says:

    If you love music and a good time, you'll love Coco Bongo in Playa del Carmen! The night club hosts a fantastic three-hour show with a range of different artists and something for everyone. This is the must-go place for having fun, dancing, and making new friends.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • LGBT
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Ask for the open bar and you can enjoy drinks all night long without paying more.
    • Get dressed up for this magical night!
    • Be at the main entrance at least one hour before the show to get the best spaces in the forum.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 59 Nightlife in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Crowded...but SO fun! 22/07/2018
    • Don’t do it. Bad way to end the trip 21/07/2018
    • Coco Bongo Playa del Carmen
    Address:
    Av 10 y calle 12
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 803 5939
    Other:
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