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Hipmunk City Love: What you should know about Playa del Carmen

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When we choose a location like Playa del Carmen for our holiday adventures, it’s hard to think of anything other than relaxing on a beach and listening to the sound of waves breaking as they meet the shore. However, there is so much more to this Mexican fishing village turned beach resort town. Make plans to keep active, spend an evening out, or while away a rainy day with these suggestions to get the most out of Playa del Carmen.

Snorkeling and Diving

Some are content to wade in the ocean, while others need to fully immerse themselves in the water. Visit Quinta (Fifth) Avenue to book snorkeling and diving trips. If you have your own gear, rent a car or hire a taxi to Akumal for some of the best underwater views in the area. As a bonus, enjoy your encounters with wild turtles.

Spelunking

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to swim in an underground river? Head to the Rio Secreto eco park to enter the caves under the Yucatán and swim in the crystal clear rivers. This is great for rainy-day adventures.

Explore the Jungle

Swing through the tree canopies like monkeys, climb into cenotes to swim, and maneuver an ATV to see the best views from the jungle floor. Spend a day away from the beach and explore the other landscapes Mexico has to offer. There are two departures a day from Playa del Carmen to Discovery Jungle.

Zen + Relaxation

Playa del Carmen contains several yoga studios where you can enjoy a morning class before you spend the day on the beach or exploring the area. Yoga classes (or any gym class) are the perfect way to start the day or use as an escape during a rainy afternoon. Check out studios Yoga Loft Playa or Yoga By the Way to find a studio that works for you.

If you want to be pampered, visit the Eurostars Hacienda Vista Real Hotel and choose from one of their massages, therapies, or hydrotherapy sessions. It’s an especially nice alternative to the beach.

Culture

It’s best to hire a car or use a tour service to visit the Cobá Mayan Village, which is located in Cobá, less than 70 miles from Playa del Carmen. Climb the highest Mayan pyramid for unforgettable views or stroll through the paths in the surrounding jungle, keeping an eye out for a glimpse of local wildlife.

Shop + Food

Tour Quinta Avenue to find all types of shopping destinations, from international brand name stores to locally owned mom-and-pop shops. The street is over 3 kilometers long (1.8 miles), with the main hub of tourist shops located closest to the beach. As you walk farther away, you’ll run into smaller family shops as well as the Little Italy neighborhood. There are many bars and restaurants to choose from that offer foods from around the world. As soon as the sun goes down, the strip turns into the place to be for a night out.

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