When traveling, we often let our fitness routines slide. Especially in Playa del Carmen, where international restaurants, bars, and an exciting nightlife are tempting. But it doesn’t have to be like that! It’s actually very easy to exercise and stay fit on your vacation in Playa del Carmen. There are many activities to indulge in, and they are great ways to meet new people too.
Should I rent a car or use taxi? How about public transportation and what’s the best way to get from the airport to my hotel? Here are some answers.
How to get from the airport to my hotel
It takes about 1 hour to get from the Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen. If the hotel you’re staying at doesn’t provide a transfer service, these are your options:
- The public ADO bus brings you to the bus station on the 5th Avenue, from where you can take a taxi. The bus leaves about every 30 minutes and a ticket costs 168 Pesos.
- A colectivo, a minivan, drops you off at your hotel. You pay between 400 and 600 Pesos, depending how many people are traveling. Since they drop everybody off at their hotel it might take you a while to arrive in Playa del Carmen.
- A private transfer from 1000 Pesos up.
- Rent a car from one of the several car rental companies at the airport.
The best way to explore Playa del Carmen
…is on foot. The city’s center is pedestrian friendly, with most of the activities centered around the pedestrian-only 5th Avenue.
Playa Palms Beach Hotel is located in the very center of Playa del Carmen, with everything within a short walking distance.
Taxis are abundant in Playa del Carmen and a rather inexpensive way to move around. The prices are fixed, but like probably everywhere else in the world, drivers tend to charge you more. Therefore, better ask in your hotel how much they’re supposed to charge you and agree with the driver upon a price before hopping in.
The large and comfortable ADO buses connect the major cities and towns in the area. They are all air conditioned and run on a fixed schedule which you can check on here. The two bus stops in Play del Carmen are on the 5th Avenue with Avenida Juarez, and on the 20th Avenue with 12th Street.
If you want to feel like a local use the “colectivos”, the minivans take you from Playa del Carmen to Cancun or Tulum and makes stops in between when you ask them to. Just wave them down or go to the terminal on the 2nd street.
Unless you’re planning on exploring beyond the main Playa del Carmen area, a car isn’t really necessary.
Fares are from around 30 USD upwards a day, depending on the type of the car. International companies tend to be a bit more expensive, but they also have more cars to choose from and a better insurance system. It’s advisable to take all the insurance offered. In fact, many car rental companies won’t rent you a vehicle if you don’t buy also their full insurance.
Parking in Spanish is “Estacionamiento”; hence the big E on signs. We don’t have parking at Playa Palms Beach Hotel, but you can leave your car nearby at the roadside. The sidewalks are painted to signalize the parking status. White means parking is allowed, yellow and red means it’s forbidden. There are also 2 parking lots within 3 blocks of the hotel.
A few tips to keep in mind:
- The way people drive here in Mexico is probably different than what you’re used to and maybe not everybody respects the street signs, so please drive carefully.
- Navigating within Playa del Carmen is easy thanks to the town’s grid layout, but most of the streets in the center are one way.
- There are a lot of speed bumps
- Streets get very slippery when it rains.
- It is permitted to go right on a red light.
On two wheels
Exploring the town on a bike is a lot of fun! There are several bike rental shops on the 10th Avenue. Or rent a scooter or a motorcycle to explore the area beyond Playa del Carmen.
Are you looking for a day trip from Playa del Carmen to a close by paradise? Try Cozumel, the island just off the coast. Here are the top 5 things you should definitely when visiting Cozumel:
1 Chankanaab National Park
This unique park has it all: diving and snorkeling among the coral reef, underwater statues, nature trails, dolphins, sea lions and other animals, amazing beaches and a lagoon. One of those places where you spend all day and don’t even notice how time flies by. Chankanaab is open from Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm and has a 21 USD admission fee (14 USD for children 3 – 11 years).
2 El Cielo
Without doubt one of the most mesmerizing beaches in the world! The many starfishes you can see in the only waist-high water, gave this beach its name. It’s also a wonderful snorkeling place with sea turtles and many colorful fishes to see. El cielo is only accessible by boat, what makes it necessary to book a tour to get there. Our staff at Playa Palms Beach Hotel is happy to help you!
3 Cozumel’s Pearl Farm
Who isn’t fascinated by pearls? The Cozumel Pearl Farm is located in a naturally protected beach, only accessible by boat. This has kept the environment around the farm in pristine condition. The farm is surrounded by the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean sea on one side and dense mangrove lagoons on the other. The cultivated pearls are available for purchase.
4 Passion Island
The most romantic getaway in the Mexican Caribbean lies just off Cozumel’s shores. The Maya considered the island a sacred place and it’s alleged that if a wedding ceremony is celebrated there, the marriage will hold for all eternity. True or not, its white sandy beaches are a beautiful place to leave everyday hassles far behind. Picture yourself sipping on a delicious cocktail (yes, those with the little umbrella), lying in a hammock hanging suspended over the ocean. Or try one of the many water activities.
5 Rent a Bike
If you’re more about adventures than relaxing, rent a Jeep, ATV or a motorbike and go explore the island! Get away from the crowds and discover hidden beaches, Mayan ruins and the town by yourself. Let the island surprise you!
The ferry to Cozumel leaves at the beginning of the 5th Avenue, about 10 walking minutes from Playa Palms Beach Hotel. There are different ferry companies, they all charge between 135 and 167 pesos each way and leave quite often. It takes roughly 45 minutes to cross. The last ferry from Cozumel back to Playa del Carmen leaves usually at 10 pm.
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