Local Area Guide: Things to do Activities & Attractions

With a window on the Caribbean, crystal clear turquoise water and pristine beaches, Playa del Carmen has an overwhelming amount of activities to do, things to see and places to eat. 

From party goers, to nature lovers, to history enthusiast and to food lovers, there are hundreds of activities for you to chose from to suit your liking. One thing is for sure, no one can ever get bored in Playa del Carmen. Visit legendary Mayan cities, do some world-class diving, explore underground river systems, eat like a god, relax by the beach and party like you’re 20.

Sample the warm hospitality which Mexicans are known for and fall in love with the culture and the people. We hope this guide will help you have a vacation of a lifetime!

Bars & Rooftops

Spend a late evening with incredible views, enjoy the breeze and have a few cocktails at any of the amazing rooftops in Playa or have a few appetizers and beers at a local bar.

Beaches and Beach Clubs

The Riviera Maya has some of the best beaches in the world. Spend a relaxing day at a beach club in a more family and relaxed setting or enjoy a fun atmosphere at any of the beach clubs in Playa. Have drinks and lunch with breathtaking views, and enjoy some fun water activitiesDay Trips: There is plenty to see and explore outside of Playa del Carmen. An excursion in a foreign country is always fun and the Riviera Maya will never disappoint!

Day Trips

There is plenty to see and explore outside of Playa del Carmen. An excursion in a foreign country is always fun and the Riviera Maya will never disappoint!

Evening Activities Outside Playa

If clubs and bars arenít for you or if you want to do something a little different from the party scene, then enjoy a fantastic show at Cirque du Soleil or Rauxa or have a fun and festive evening at Xoximilco.

Natural Parks

These parks will have you filled with adrenaline, enrich your knowledge about flora and fauna in the Riviera Maya, expand your cultural knowledge about Mexican traditions and folklore and even take you through time!


Playa del Carmen has amazing nightlife that will cater to every liking, from clubs to bars to great rooftop terraces and much more. But if the party scene is not for you, there are plenty of other things to do as well. Clubbing in Mexico starts pretty late and finishes late. Most locals wonít get to the club until about 12 am and will leave at the break of dawn and head either to an after party or for some tacos. Walk along 12th street and follow the music into the place that appeals the most to you. Most clubs in Playa are located on 10th and 12th street around 5th Avenue.


Half of the fun of traveling is trying out new food. Playa has hundreds of restaurants so picking one can be a bit overwhelming. We have created a list to help you chose from some of the best restaurants in Playa ranging from Italian, Asian, Mexican to French cuisine and much more! You can also have a look at our blog for more options and a guide on Mexican dishes not to miss out on! We will be updating this list on a regular basis as we discover new places to eat! Buen provecho!

Restaurants with Air Conditioning

Playa can get very hot during the summer months, or any time of the year if youíre not used to the weather and sometimes AC is much appreciated. Not many restaurant have air conditioning so if you need to escape the heat while you eat, weíve made a list with all the best restaurants that have air conditioning.

Things to do in Playa

Sometimes, itís nice to switch things up during your holiday and see a different side of Playa. Here a few of the things you can do that don`t involve sand.

What to do on a Rainy Day

We usually get 340 days of sunshine, but if you happen to be here during the rainy season, donít worry weíve got you covered! (pun intended). Here is a list of things you can do if the weather doesnít allow you to get some Vitamin D.