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Outdoor Adventures in Playa del Carmen

By Viator, November 2017

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Playa del Carmen is a veritable outdoor playground. Whether you want to dive below the sea’s surface, soar above the lush jungle, swim in underground caves, or exploring teeming coral reefs, this Mexican resort town is where to do it. Here’s how.

Water Sports
There are countless ways to spend time in and on the clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean. Must-do water activities include snorkeling and scuba diving, and both half- and full-day tours take visitors to multiple spots to see sea turtles and whale sharks in their natural habitats. Kitesurfing and sailing are popular among travelers, and stand-up paddleboarding is a great way to practice balance, get a core workout, and experience the thrill of gliding over the Caribbean’s crystal-clear water. 

Cenotes
The jungle around Playa del Carmen is filled with cenotes, underground, fresh-water–filled sinkholes that are accessible through caves. The natural wonders are great places to relax, enjoy a secluded swim, and escape from the oppressive jungle heat. Explore the area’s cenotes on a private or group tour, or even via ATV after exploring some Maya ruins. 

Dune Buggy and ATV Rides
To really get off the beaten path, navigate the area’s winding roads thick with ancient tree roots and forest foliage aboard an all-terrain vehicle. Drive a dune buggy or an ATV over the sandy hills and through grassland, jungle, and mangrove forests, then cool off at the beach or in a cenote after the ride.

Ziplining
Hard-core adventure seekers can spend a day soaring hundreds of feet above the Riviera Maya’s lush jungle canopy on a zipline. Enjoy panoramic vistas as you zip from platform to platform—a truly unforgettable perspective and experience.

Tours & Tickets

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Riviera Maya Catamaran Adventure, Playa del Carmen, null
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Riviera Maya Catamaran Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 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 $110.00
Xenotes Oasis Maya: Cenotes Adventure from Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Catamaran Cruises
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Xenotes Oasis Maya: Cenotes Adventure from Playa del Carmen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

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: Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.99
Río Secreto Nature Reserve from Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Day Trips
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Río Secreto Nature Reserve from Playa del Carmen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

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: Flexible

From USD $78.99
Dune Buggy Adventure in Cozumel with Ferry Ride from Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Water Parks
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Dune Buggy Adventure in Cozumel with Ferry Ride from Playa del Carmen

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore the best of Cozumel on this small-group adventure tour. Take the ferry from Playa del Carmen and see the underwater world by going snorkeling. You'll ...  Read more

Location: Cozumel, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.00
Discover Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Discover Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.00
Native's Park ATV Adventure in Playa del Carmen Including Cenote Swim, Playa del Carmen, Scuba ... 
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Native's Park ATV Adventure in Playa del Carmen Including Cenote Swim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Let the dust fly as you bump along the jungle trails of Native Park aboard an ATV. On this guided day trip inside a private nature reserve, discover Maya ruins ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: Flexible

From USD $104.99
Riviera Maya Lunch and Snorkel Cruise, Playa del Carmen, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Riviera Maya Lunch and Snorkel Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 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.)

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