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Outdoor and Water Activities in Playa del Carmen

By Viator, November 2015

5 42 Reviews | Add your review

Whether it’s dipping below the ocean’s surface, riding the epic waves or exploring incredible ocean reefs, Playa del Carmen proves a wet water wonderland for travelers who love sun, sand and sea.

It takes some serious skill to hang ten, but stand-up paddle board lessons prove the perfect way for travelers to practice their balance, work out their core and experience the thrill of coasting over the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Expert guides help newbies transition from the sand to the surf and insure an awesome outdoor experience. And although standup paddle boards may be all the rage, kiteboarding in Playa del Carmen can crank adventure up to a whole new level. Dubbed an extreme sport, this combination of windsurfing, surfing and waterskiing is ideal for beginners.

When it comes to water activities, there are few experiences more magical than swimming with dolphins, and there are few places better to do it than the waters beyond Playa del Carmen. Join fellow travelers as they head into the Caribbean Sea where playful dolphins greet eager tourists. Dive below the surface to see these incredible mammals up close and enjoy belly rides on dolphins and friendly kisses from one of Mother Nature’s friendliest creatures.

You can even have an adventure as you journey to your water destination on an ATV ride through the Mexican jungle to a freshwater cenote. Experience the best of both land and sea, and navigate the winding roads thick with ancient tree roots and forest foliage aboard an all-terrain vehicle before slipping into the cooling waters of a natural freshwater pool.

There’s also the Sian Ka’an Wilderness, one of the largest eco reserves in Mexico. Located near the Mayan Ruins of Tulum, Sian Ka’an Wilderness offers travelers the opportunity to hike through thick jungles, explore old Mayan temples and boat across freshwater lagoons or float on quiet streams. Whether it’s snorkeling Cenote Azul, trekking wooded trails or wandering the Yucutan Peninsula, Sian Ka’an has something for every adventurer.

If you’d rather not venture deep into the jungle, dive into the open waters of the crystal clear Caribbean Sea and experience some of the best diving Mexico has to offer. Explore underwater reefs and swim into impressive underwater caverns where current-less waters result in ideal viewing conditions. 

Tours & Tickets

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Riviera Maya Catamaran Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $109.99

Xenotes Oasis Maya: Cenotes Adventure from Playa del Carmen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours

From USD $118.99

Río Secreto Nature Reserve from Playa del Carmen

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours

From USD $78.99

One-Way or Round-Trip Ferry between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 45 minutes

From USD $23.99

Riviera Maya Lunch and Snorkel Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Location: Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $104.99

Playa del Carmen Combo Tour: ATV and Zipline with Cenote Swim

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $134.99

Zipline Canopy Tour from Playa del Carmen

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $98.99

Playa del Carmen Combo Tour: Off-Road Buggy, Aerial Bridges and Zipline Adventure

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $154.99
From USD $198.99

Buggy Adventure in Cozumel with Ferry Ride from Playa del Carmen

Location: Cozumel, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours

From USD $115.00

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