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How to Spend 2 Days in Playa del Carmen

How to Spend 2 Days in Playa del Carmen

With 48 hours in Playa del Carmen, you can enjoy a variety of attractions and activities dedicated to the natural beauty and culture of Riviera Maya and the Yucatan Peninsula. Here are a few ways to create a 2-day itinerary that highlights the best of the region.

 

Day 1: Get to Know the Local Attractions

**Morning:**About 15 minutes south of central Playa del Carmen, a collection of three adventure, jungle, and eco-archaeological parks—Rio Secreto, Xplor, and Xcaret—offer a variety of family-friendly activities including ziplining and swimming in underground rivers. Spend a few hours, or the whole day, at the one that best suits your group.

 

**Afternoon:**Head out to sea on a half-day tour by catamaran to go swimming and snorkeling in the clear Caribbean waters. Look for sea turtles and tropical fish, and admire the scenery as the boat glides along the coast. Cruises often include drinks and lunch on board.

 

**Night:**Learn about Playa del Carmen’s culinary culture on an evening food tour, or enjoy Vegas-style entertainment with a Riviera Maya spin at a Cirque du Soleil show, with dinner and Champagne options to suit your budget and preferences.

 

Day 2: Choose Your Own Adventure

**Morning:**Take advantage of Playa del Carmen’s position near the sea, jungle, and ancient ruins on a day tour. If you prefer the water, book a catamaran cruise to Isla Mujeres. For history and adventure, choose a combo tour to Tulum with ziplining and swimming in underground caves. Or visit Xel-Ha aquatic park for snorkeling.


**Afternoon:**For a shorter excursion that doesn’t take up the whole day but still provides adventure, opt for a half-day jungle buggy tour, where you traverse the lush environment in an open-air 4x4, stopping to swim in a cenote, a natural underground swimming hole.

 

**Night:**Hop aboard an evening cruise for a relaxing way to watch the sunset, and then amp up the energy with a nightclub pass to some of Playa del Carmen’s top nightlife venues, where you can mingle with locals and other visitors and dance ‘til you drop.

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Jungle Buggy Tour from Playa del Carmen Including Cenote Swim

Jungle Buggy Tour from Playa del Carmen Including Cenote Swim

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Journey deep into the Riviera Maya on this guided jungle buggy tour from Playa del Carmen. Steer a 4x4 buggy for about 18 miles and admire the lush forest scenery during this thrilling drive. Make a stop at a ranch for a refreshing swim and snorkel at a cenote. Hotel transport included.
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  • 3 hours
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Playa del Carmen Jungle Tour: Tulum, Cenote Snorkeling, 4x4 Ride and Ziplining

Playa del Carmen Jungle Tour: Tulum, Cenote Snorkeling, 4x4 Ride and Ziplining

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Depart Playa del Carmen for a day of cultural experience and adrenaline-inducing activities. Begin with a visit to Tulum, an ancient Maya coastal city that's home to archaeological remains and sandy beaches. Then visit a modern-day Maya community before entering the jungle to explore two vast underground river systems. Snorkel their cavern waters and afterward, board a 4x4 Unimog for a thrilling ride toward a series of ziplining and rappelling adventures. Wind down with a buffet lunch of delicious Maya cuisine.
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  • 6 hours
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Cancun Airport Round-Trip Transfer

Cancun Airport Round-Trip Transfer

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Enjoy a stress-free start and end to your Cancun vacation with a convenient and comfortable round-trip airport transfer in an air-conditioned vehicle. Sail past crowded taxi lines and avoid confusing public transport systems with this easy and economical service, which also takes you back to the airport when your holiday comes to a conclusion.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Xcaret Park Admission Ticket with Underground River Activities Included

Xcaret Park Admission Ticket with Underground River Activities Included

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Guarantee your entry to Playa del Carmen’s Xcaret eco-archeological park by booking your entrance ticket in advance. Combining nature with history, culture, and cuisine, Xcaret boasts more than 40 attractions that guarantee a fun-filled family day out. Witness an exhilarating equestrian show, marvel at nature in the Butterfly Pavillion and on Jaguar Island, and delve into Yucatan history at the Mexican Folk Art Museum. Upgrade to an Xcarat Plus ticket for free use of lockers and snorkel equipment, a buffet lunch, unlimited soft drinks, and a beer.
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  • 6 to 12 hours
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Priority Access: Xel-Há All-Inclusive Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

Priority Access: Xel-Há All-Inclusive Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

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Submerge yourself in the refreshing waters of Xel-Há and snorkel in a crystal clear lagoon during an all-inclusive full-day trip from Playa del Carmen. Explore the iridescent waters of a natural inlet for diverse marine life; discover secret caves and secluded beaches; and float down a river in a tube for a truly relaxing ride.  When huger strikes, feast upon delicious local specialities at authentic Mayan restaurants, sampling fresh seafood and traditional Mexican fare. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Playa del Carmen hotel is included in the tour.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Xplor Park All-Inclusive Admission

Xplor Park All-Inclusive Admission

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Enjoy a day of Riviera Maya adventure at Xplor Park with all-inclusive access to underground river trips, amphibious vehicle trails, and zip lines. Paddle, swim, drive, and soar: all equipment is provided, along with dressing rooms and secure lockers. You’ll have the whole day to explore the park at your own pace, with a break to refuel with a lunch buffet, smoothies, and juice.
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  • 6 hours
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Walking Food Tour in Downtown Playa del Carmen

Walking Food Tour in Downtown Playa del Carmen

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Get beyond the tourist restaurants on a 3-hour culinary walking tour of Playa del Carmen, as you discover the city’s locally-owned cafes and street food stalls. Come hungry for tastings and drinks at five locations, and get an insider introduction to the Playa del Carmen food scene.
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Luxury Sunset Sailing Cruise in the Riviera Maya

Luxury Sunset Sailing Cruise in the Riviera Maya

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Set sail along the magnificent coastline of the Riviera Maya aboard a luxury catamaran and gaze at the soft hues of sunset. Relax with a cocktail from the open bar while you're served snacks by an expert crew and captain. Hotel transport is provided from most hotels for this excursion.
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  • 2 hours
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Rio Secreto Plus: Admission Ticket in Playa del Carmen

Rio Secreto Plus: Admission Ticket in Playa del Carmen

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Explore Rio Secreto in Playa del Carmen, including additional access to new features with a Rio Secreto Plus admission ticket. Visit the new 'Dry Route', which includes a visit to the Salón de la Paz for a fantastic sound and light show and a 25-minute guided walk on the interpretive nature trails. Bike through the forest and go rappelling, then continue to Rio Secreto's natural underground rivers and impressive caves filled with unique rock formations. Fuel up with a buffet lunch and refreshing non-alcoholic beverages. Use of all equipment and transport from the welcome center are included.
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  • 5 hours
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VIP Nightclub Tour in Playa del Carmen

VIP Nightclub Tour in Playa del Carmen

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Dance the night away at three of Playa del Carmen’s swankiest bars and clubs on a VIP nightclub tour of the town. Enjoy an exclusive experience of Playa del Carmen’s famous nightlife as you sip unlimited drinks in bustling beach bars and cosmopolitan clubs with a lively guide. Slink past velvet ropes as you skip long lines, allowing more time for drinking and dancing to prominent Mexican DJs.
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  • 5 hours
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