Playa Del Carmen: My 5 Favourite Things To Do


1. Hang out at the beach! This is a great spot for any type of water sport you’d like to try. Swimming, sailing, jet skiing, parasailing, sky diving or kite surfing! 

Waves on the beach in Playa Del Carmen in Mexico 
A girl in a bathing suit running in the sand on the beach in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

2. Walk down La Quinta Avenida. This is the Fifth Avenue of the Mayan riviera! It’s filled with lots of fabulous restaurants including some of my favourites: La Famiglia (for Italian food), Yummy  (for Israeli food), Yala (for amazing Falafel!) and Chez Celine (for a French breakfast). 

A girl on La Quinta Avenida outside a bar at night in Playa Del Carmen in Mexico 

3. Take a day trip to Tulum (More on Tulum to come in a new post!): You can take a bus or a cab there and explore this hippie paradise. It’s filled with amazing juice bars, cute boutiques and lots of yoga studios! Have a beachside lunch at Ziggy's Beach. Then head to Playa Paraíso for a truly gorgeous, serene beach! We ate dinner at La Zebra and enjoyed it a lot. Finish your night off at jungle bar (I know, so cool right !? ) Gitano. 

Bananas and papaya at a healthy smoothie stand in Playa del Carmen, Mexico 
A bike stand outside the lush jungle setting of the Mi Amor hotel in Tulum, Mexico 

4. Tour a Cenote. I went to Chaak Tun, which was amazing! It’s about a 10 minute cab ride from the city center and it’s magical! I don’t want to ruin the surprise for you but get ready have very clear skin after swimming in these Mayan underground caves. I’ve also heard that Rio Secreto is beautiful (although more expensive), as is Cenote Azul

A girl in a bikini swimming in the ocean in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico 

5. Take a day trip to Cozumel. You just have to take a quick 20 minute ferry ride from the city center to the island. Once there, rent a scooter for the day and (safely) drive around the island! Take a dip in the crystal clear waters to cool off! Then go for a delicious beachside lunch at any of the local fish restaurants. Some of them even have hammocks where you could relax after a filling meal.

A stylish girl in sports clothes walking on La Quinta Avenida (or Fifth Avenue) in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico