Playa del Carmen to many may not mean more than just a gateway to the island paradise of Cozumel. But, give the town a chance and you will discover that it is a desirable vacation destination in itself.
It is home to some of the most exciting water adventures such as diving the Great Maya Reef, swimming in fresh water sinkholes and plunging in awe-inspiring cenotes or blue holes. The town also offers easy access to the rest of the Riviera Maya to experience exhilarating outdoor escapades in the midst of enthralling nature.
You can start your tour of Playa del Carmen on a relaxing stroll along Quinta Avenida – the town’s popular pedestrian walkway. You will find a plethora of hotels and restaurants in the area and it is also the main shopping district where you can experience countless shops selling all kinds of merchandise. On one side you will find lovely boutiques selling luxury clothes and just around the corner a quirky stall selling a plethora of Mexican handicrafts. The strip runs parallel to the beach so you can simply take a turn to the shoreline anytime you feel like it and spend the rest of the day enjoying the perfect combination of sun, sand and sea.
If a cruise ship docks in town and you want to escape the swarm of passengers debarking for the day, all it takes is a few minutes drive to the nearby town of Akumel. The beaches around the Half Moon Bay are stunning with only a fraction of beach goers to share it with. If you are looking for a scenic snorkeling site, then off you go to Yal Ku Lagoon. You can get there,if you don’t mind a long walk, along the shore but if you do not have the patience and the stamina, there are plenty of taxis waiting at the highway.
A little further away lies Aktun Chen where you can explore underground dry caves and marvel at the spectacular formations of stalactites and stalagmites that take thousands of years to form. There is also a cenote on site so bring along a swim wear for a cool dip while you are here.
There are plenty more cenotes to explore and enjoy along the Maya Riviera. The large sink holes of Chac Mool can be found about 14 miles from Playa del Carmen and you also get to enjoy picturesque jungle views while dipping in the fresh water sinkhole. There is also the coral cenote of Pondesra that is breathtakingly beautiful. If you are a fan of the off the beaten track then head to Cristalino and bask in the stunning surrounding without another tourist to bother you. Those who are more adventurous can go diving and explore underwater caves and caverns. Just make sure you have the skill and the necessary equipment to do so.
Of course, your Maya Riviera vacation will not be complete without visiting the area’s biggest attractions. The eco theme park of Xcaret is the most popular where you can learn about the Mayan culture, dip in a stunning natural lagoon, swim with the dolphins, go scuba diving, and so much more. Xel-ha is another popular destination especially for those who love to swim, snorkel and meet interesting sea creatures.
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