Outdoor Adventures in Playa del Carmen

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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.
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Xenotes Oasis Maya: Cenotes Adventure from Playa del Carmen

Plunge into four shimmering cenotes nestled in the Yucatan jungle on a full-day cenote adventure from Playa del Carmen. Snorkel in, zip line over, kayak around and rappel down to these incredible natural formations on an action-packed adventure amid the spectacular scenery of the Mexican rainforest. Gain insight into the physical attributes and ancient formation of these stunning sinkholes with an experienced and knowledgeable guide. Feast upon cookies, chocolate and a delicious picnic lunch during day, which also includes round-trip transportation from your Playa del Carmen hotel.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Riviera Maya Catamaran Adventure

Cruise along the idyllic Riviera Maya on a luxurious catamaran on this tranquil 4-hour tour from Playa del Carmen. Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the ocean to discover magnificent myriads of tropical fish and soak up the soothing sunshine as you sip complimentary drinks and nibble snacks from an open onboard bar. Venture to secluded coves where you can swim and splash in the refreshing waters of the sea before enjoying a light lunch onboard your stylish vessel.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Río Secreto Nature Reserve from Playa del Carmen

Embark on the ultimate eco-tourism experience: a visit to Río Secreto Nature Reserve, an incredible semi-sunken cave system located just a few miles from Playa del Carmen. Don a wetsuit, helmet and headlamp to explore this underground river's vast wonders, marveling at its impressive rock formations and splashing through the waters of its limestone tunnels as your guide identifies unique vegetation and tiny creatures along the way. Back on solid ground, savor a traditional Maya lunch and relax in the jungle before returning to your hotel.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Native's Park ATV Adventure in Playa del Carmen Including Cenote Swim

Take off on an ATV adventure through Playa del Carmen's Native Park. Traverse jungle pathways on your own 4WD vehicle, winding through dense rainforest en route to Doña Mary’s House where you'll learn about the traditions and lifestyles of some of the area's first inhabitants. Then continue off-road along a pre-Hispanic trade route, passing Maya ruins and encountering a shaman en route to explore a cave. Cool off in a cenote's refreshing waters before returning to your Playa or Riviera Maya lodging.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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