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Outdoor and Water Activities in Playa del Carmen

By Viator, July 2014

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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. 

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Riviera Maya Catamaran Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

Imagine cruising along the Riviera Maya on a luxury 45 foot (14 meter) catamaran, snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, and lazing in the sun while enjoying ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.99

Río Secreto Nature Reserve from Playa del Carmen

Discover the splendor of Río Secreto Nature Reserve: Journey to the heart of a cenote, and in the silence of the underground cave, marvel at the ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.99

Riviera Maya Sunset Cruise

Enjoy night views of the Quintana Roo coastline on this Riviera Maya sunset cruise. With a glass of wine or bubbly in hand, feel the warm sea breeze as you ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99

Riviera Maya Lunch and Snorkel Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Coast over the breathtaking turquoise waters of the Riviera Maya and snorkel in the Caribbean Sea! Your expert captain takes you to Punta Venado, one of the ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.99

Puerto Aventuras Dolphin Royal Swim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Spend an unforgettable hour swimming with the gentle intelligent dolphins of Mexico. Plunge into tranquil waters as you become better acquainted with these ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $148.99

Puerto Aventuras Dolphin Encounter

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover the secrets of nature's most intelligent marine creature, the dolphin! Ideal for children of all ages, the Puerto Aventuras Dolphin Encounter enables ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $88.99

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

Make the most of your Caribbean vacation and take the ferry between Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel. Enjoy a smooth 45-minute ride aboard an ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.99

Xenotes Oasis Maya: Cenotes Adventure from Playa del Carmen

Visit the park of Xenotes Oasis Maya and explore four phenomenal cenotes in the Yucatan jungle, each calling for a different adventure: rappelling, ziplining, ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.99

Cancun Snorkel Safari from Puerto Aventuras

A snorkeling safari is the ultimate way to discover Playa del Carmen’s pristine southern shores and unspoiled beaches! Discover the spectacular waters of ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $118.99

Puerto Aventuras Dolphin Swim

Have you ever kissed a dolphin? Here is your chance to get close to one of the sea's most incredible creatures. Be amazed at how intelligent these animals are. ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $118.99

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