Are you making a port of call in Calica, Playa del Carmen or Cozumel? If so, the lively and bustling city of Playa in the Riviera Maya can offer you great experiences, even if you’re only stationed for a short period of time.
Once a simple fishing village, Playa is now a booming metropolis made of resorts, condos, and tourist attractions. There is much to see and do here, from visiting nearby ancient Mayan ruins to shopping on the famous 5th Avenue. With a beautiful coastal location for a number of daytime activities and an energetic nightlife that often features world famous music festivals, you’re sure to find something to do no matter your taste.
However, visiting the Tulum ruins, a pre-Columbian Mayan site, should be at the top of your list. It was one of the last Mayan cities to exist, and it now offers endless excitement to tourists from around the world. You can wonder at the ruins and learn about its history with a visit by foot or by snorkeling and experiencing the ruins by sea.
Swimming with turtles is another must-do activity, as the diving in Playa del Carmen is bar none. You’ll snorkel in no more than 8 feet of water alongside these magnificent creatures, watching them up close, admiring their grace and beauty as they make their way through the crystal-clear blue waters.
An experience ever-popular along the white, sandy beaches, is kitesurfing. Anyone familiar with this beautiful town will tell you that the coast is always full of kite surfers and paddle boarders, young and old, pros and newbies. Make the most of your time here by getting some exercise and picking up a new and impressive hobby to brag about back home – all underneath the spectacular Playa del Carmen weather.