A day in Playa del Carmen! What to do in Playa del Carmen?

Many people come to this paradise and spend the whole day sitting in an all-inclusive resort, next to a pool, ordering margaritas! and believe me, there is nothing wrong with that! but If you are already here, you mind as well get out of that little bubble and go and explore the real playa!

Here is a list of activities that I myself did on a day, determined to have fun in Playa and make the most of it!

Get an early start! 7:00-8:00 a.m 

– Some Yoga to get some relaxation by the sea! Does your idea of the perfect vacation include morning yoga facing the sea, followed by a quick dip in the ocean and a tropical fruit breakfast with coffee or tea? go with the best! www.morethanyoga.com and start your day in the best way!




If you don’t enjoy Yoga going for a walk to the beach at this hour is not only great excercise but a chance to relax and enjoy the beach at a very calm time!






Have a great breakfast! 8:15-9:30 a.m

Playa is well known for offering great restaurants! so here are our top three breakfast spots!

1. Chez Celine

Follow the smell of freshly baked bread and find our authentic French bakery on  5th avenue! They offer typical French products like Baguette bread, croissants, pastries, sandwiches, quiches and salads


2. La cueva del Chango

La Cueva del Chango is a unique restaurant-bar, not only in concept but also for the natural setting amongst abundant vegetation and trees. The culinary concept is natural Mexican food, they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the juices are made with fresh fruit.


3. Cafe Andrade

This great local coffee shop located near everything offers a great typical breakfast! check out their website and enjoy!


From 9:30 to 5:30 p.m

Puerto Aventuras is about 20 minutes south of Playa. This development has a marina, where you can swim with dolphins or rent a fishing boat. The marina is surrounded by shops and restaurants. Puerto Aventuras also has a 9-hole golf course. There’s a free museum, CEDAM (Club de Exploraciones y Deportes Acuáticos de México), which displays items found on shipwrecks along the coast. These waters have sunk many ships over the centuries .

The beautiful quiet beach in Xpu-Ha, about 30 minutes south of Playa del Carmen.Xpu-Ha, a little further down the highway, is a great beach with a couple of restaurants, rooms and cabañas for rent and a dive shop. It’s perfect if you want to elude the crowds, but still want some service. Xpu-Ha has seven separate entrances, each with a make-shift sign (X-1, X-2 etc).

Akumal means “place of turtles” in Mayan. During the summer huge turtles make their way up the beach to lay their eggs. It is important to respect the ecology of their nesting grounds. Resorts and small family hotels share the beaches of Akumal. The little community has a store, some nice beach front restaurants and a couple of dive shops. Private villas and condos are plentiful and usually for rent. Yal Ku lagoon in Akumal offers great snorkeling (entrance fee is charged).

Tulum is the name of the famous ruin on the coast, as well as the actual village – el pueblo. The archaeological site is located a couple of kilometers north of the town of Tulum. Read more about Tulum ruin in our Mundo Maya department. As opposed to Playa, Tulum pueblo isn’t on the beach. It is a nice place to have lunch and pick up some snacks for the road, but it isn’t actually hugely exciting. A couple kilometers east of town is the amazing beach, with some hotels, cabañas and beach restaurants. This area is called the Hotel Zone. From here you can access the biosphere Sian Kaan.

From 6:00 p.m to 7:30 p.m



Drinks and snacks to relax in Playa



Go back to your hotel and Get ready for a great night! 7:30-8:30 pm.

Have a late dinner at one of out top 3 selections! 8:50-10:00p.m

  • Plank
  • La Roca
  • El Pueblito



You are now ready for a night out! and the most fun you will ever have~!

Here are the top clubs in Playa del Carmen!

1. Coco Bongo! This is a must go!

Experience the show that everyone raves about.

This is more than just your average nightclub – it is a Las Vegas style show in a disco-like environment.

The ultimate in audio visual that incorporates giant screens, the latest music as well as the favorites from the 60’s, 70’s and more.

Confetti, bubbles and balloons also add to the incredible ambiance.

2. Mandala

A new era in Mexico’s nightlife was born with Mandala and Palazzo. The striking entrance makes this club different from every place in town. The most cosmopolitan crowd goes to Mandala. If you value exclusivity, you’ll love it here.

3. Abolengo

This new place combines great music and a great enviroment in Playa! suitable for those looking to have a good without being is a super crowded place!

For bar lovers!

  • Zenzi

For people that don’t want to party like animals!

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