Our convenient location right at the beach and in the center of Playa del Carmen are one of the things our guests appreciate most. It’s very easy to get around, whether you want to go shopping, dining, for a drink or even to Cozumel.Read More >>
Everybody who is currently staying in Playa del Carmen can’t ignore the fact that the town’s biggest event is happening: the famous BPM Festival. Electronic beats follow you wherever you go, beach clubs, bars, even some restaurants turn into instant clubs. This is great, as long as you love electronic music. If you don’t, here’s where you can avoid the crowd and the beats.
Whatever time of the year, taking a day trip or a tour to one of the many Mayan ruins is always a good option. Exchange the ubiquitous electronic beats with Mayan dance performances and culture. If you’re looking for ruins off the beaten path, we recommend Ek-Balam, a good 2 hours drive from Playa del Carmen. Its pyramid, El Torre, is one of the largest Mayan structures on the Peninsula. For more off the beaten path trips read here.
Enjoy beautiful beaches, restaurants, bars and souvenir shopping, but without all the BPM craze. Cozumel is just a short ferry ride away from Playa del Carmen, so it’s an easy day trip. Here are the activities we most recommend on the island.
You can’t visit the Riviera Maya without having plunged into at least one cenote. These natural sinkholes, sacred to the Mayas, are magical places. Cool down in their fresh water and explore a whole new underground world! These are the top 5 cenotes around Playa del Carmen.
4 Punta Soliman
This peaceful, paradisiac beach just about 15 minutes north of Tulum, is one of the Riviera Maya’s best kept secrets. Come here to relax, avoid the masses and simply unwind your mind on the large, crescent shaped bay. Just in front of the beach entrance you find Oscar & Lalo’s restaurant, famous for its seafood. Especially their ceviche and the grilled octopus will seduce your palate.
5 Plaza Punto 115
If you still want to go out for a beer, but away from the techno kids, try Plaza Punto 115. The relatively new plaza attracts mainly a local crowd. You find restaurants like Don Sirloin where you can get some delicious tacos or the Italian restaurant La Piola. There are also several bars, for example Las Helodias, where you can try very Mexican beer. At any time of the year this plaza is a nice alternative to the always busy 12th Street.
Whatever you are looking for, just ask our concierge or our staff at the front desk of Playa Palms Beach Hotel for suggestions. We are always happy to help! By the way, on January 15, the BPM festival comes to an end and Playa del Carmen returns to normality. For the moment at least.
Did you know that the Riviera Maya is home to the world’s second largest coral reef? This is only one of the reasons why snorkeling should definitely be on your bucket list when visiting Playa del Carmen. Live an unforgettable adventure in its colorful world offshore or explore magical underground rivers. Here are the snorkeling highlights of the Riviera Maya.
1 Cozumel – The Classical
Be prepared for a world class snorkeling experience! One of the most well-known and extraordinary spots on Cozumel are the Palancar Reef and the Columbia Shallows. Admire tropical fish dashing through the colorful reef, sea turtles, nurse sharks, and magnificent underwater gardens, canyons and caves. If you prefer going without a tour and like shore snorkeling, we recommend Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park, located inside Cozumel’s National Marine Park. Besides of the beautiful reef and the animals inhabiting it, the underwater statues make it a special experience.
2 Akumal – Place of the Turtles
You definitely can’t talk snorkeling without mentioning Akumal. Mostly famous for its abundance of sea turtles, it’s also a peaceful, picturesque town with a gorgeous white sand beach and some really good places to eat. If you want to see sea turtles up close, go to Akumal Bay. Another recommendable spot is the beautiful Yal-Ku Lagoon. Its calm waters make it the perfect place to snorkel with kids or beginners. Expect to see parrot fish, rays, barracudas and many other sea creatures.
3 Cenote Chaak-Tun – For Adventurers
Escape the heat and the crowded beaches to a secret underworld, realm of the Mayan god of rain. The Mayans believed that cenotes are portals to communicate with the underworld, and once you plunge into this magical underground world you’ll understand why it held them in awe. Chaak-Tun is just a 15 minute car ride from Playa Palms Beach Hotel. The spelunking cavern might not be the perfect place if you’re claustrophobic, but if you dare to enter this new world, an unforgettable experience is guaranteed. Swim in the cenote’s crystal clear, fresh water and discover its spectacular formations. An experienced tour guide will lead you through the caverns and explain you all the interesting details.
4 Cancun Underwater Museum MUSA – For Art Lovers
Be prepared for a unique snorkel excursion, discovering the surreal underwater world created by sculptures of the British artist Jason deCaires Taylor. The Cancun Underwater Museum features over 470 submerged statues, some solitary, others in groups, each representing different aspects of the human race. It shows the relation of modern art with man and the environment. See how numerous species have started making the underwater museum their home. The sculptures are slowly showing more and more coral growth, what makes the Cancun Underwater Museum the biggest artificial coral reef in the world.
5 Xel-Ha – Discover and Relax
If you’re looking to explore Riviera Maya’s underwater world, but also want to get a drink or two and relax, this is the perfect place for you. Xel-Ha is formed by a beautiful inlet that creates a multi-channel fresh water estuary. Over 90 marine species make their home here, including the parrot fish, barracuda and sea turtles. Also, if traveling with a group or your family, Xel-Ha offers activities for everybody’s interests. Even if you can’t swim, in Xel-Ha you can walk in the sea using the sea trek technology, a helmet that allows you to breathe comfortably. Read here for more information about Xel-Ha.
Ask our concierge or our staff at the front desk at Playa Palms Beach Hotel if you want more information or to reserve a tour.
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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Are you spending Valentine’s Day with your loved one in Playa del Carmen? Here are some romantic ideas on what to do on this special day!
Start the day with French breakfast
Paris, not Playa del Carmen is the city of love. So get your piece of Paris in Playa del Carmen, more precisely at Chez Celine. Sitting on the patio of this cozy French restaurant will make you feel just as in a street cafe in Paris. In case you can’t get a table, make sure you buy one of their delicious french pastries to go!
The island of passion
Just off Cozumel’s shores lies Isla de la Pasión. The small island is the perfect romantic getaway. The Maya considered it a sacred place that is blessed with fertility and went there to worship Ixchel, the goddess of love, It’s said that if a wedding ceremony is celebrated on the island, the marriage will hold for all eternity. True or not, it’s white sandy beaches are a beautiful place to relax and enjoy your time together.
Dining at a magical place
Have you ever eaten in a natural cavern, surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites? That’s how you dine at the famous Alux Restaurante & Lounge. It sure is a magical experience, having dinner at an underground cenote. For the extra romance, reserve a table in one of the private vaults, you can even hire a violinist! Or just try an exotic Mayan cocktail at the Bar Lounge.
You are single or not spending this Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart? Then show love to the most important person in your life – yourself! Treat yourself to a spa day, for example at the Maya Spa just around the corner of Hotel Playa Palms.
For more information ask at the front desk of Hotel Playa Palms or our concierge. We gladly explain you how to get to the different places, call a taxi, reserve a table or book a tour for you.