There are so many things to do in downtown Playa del Carmen that it can be hard to decide where to splurge and when to kick back and simply take advantage of the natural beauty of the Mexican Caribbean, free of charge. The good news for travelers is that Mexico’s Riviera Maya is still very affordable compared to other popular Caribbean beach destinations, thanks in part to a favorable exchange rate.
This means visitors always have plenty of options to choose from when planning the vacation of their dreams, so we’ve narrowed down the field of possibilities to the following five luxurious things to do in downtown Playa del Carmen in an effort to help bring things into clearer focus.
1. Experience a Private Tequila Tasting
Even if you think you don’t really like tequila (does anyone really not like tequila?), we advise anyone who enjoys the occasional adult beverage to experience a real tequila tasting at least once. Instead of throwing back cheap shots, you’ll find yourself sipping some of the world’s finest tequila and mezcal. We promise you’ll leave with a whole new appreciation for this magical elixir.
2. Fine Dining
Stretching south from Cancun for more than 80 miles along the Mexican Caribbean coast, the Riviera Maya region has been emerging as one of the world’s premier culinary destinations in recent years and Playa del Carmen is no exception! While we always recommend sampling some of the delicious street food in the area, no visit to Playa is complete without at least one fine dining experience as well. This cosmopolitan city has a chic, Old World vibe and distinct international flair, so expect to find a diverse food culture with everything from exquisite Brazilian and Mediterranean fare to the best quality Asian, Spanish, French and Italian options.
3. Stay in a Luxury Condo
Don’t fall for all the big-box resort, all-inclusive vacation gimmicks! Instead, book a stay at one of the area’s luxury condo hotels, which offer easy access to all the services and amenities of a major resort in a much more spacious, personalized environment. Look for a development that provides exceptional value and a fantastic location close to 5th Avenue (Quinta Avenida), which is Playa’s bustling pedestrian-only thoroughfare, as well as the soft, white-sand beaches of the Mexican Caribbean Sea.
4. Rent a Private Yacht
For the ultimate luxury experience, bypass the typical excursions that have you sharing a boating experience with a bunch of strangers and splurge for a day on a private yacht instead! Trust us – having a boat all to yourself definitely has its perks. First of all, there’s the privacy factor, but the benefits go way beyond that to include the freedom of not being tied to a strict schedule or itinerary, as well as the option to explore where you want and do what you really want to do. Options include taking a tour of the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum, snorkeling or any number of other water sports – on a private charter, the choice is yours!
5. Schedule a Spa Day
Don’t miss the chance to get pampered while visiting Playa! Nothing beats a massage overlooking the Mexican Caribbean Sea, or you can opt to enjoy a detoxifying clay or sweat lodge experience. Most spas also offer a delicious small bites menu and handcrafted drinks to keep you satisfied while being pampered, as well as a variety of exciting traditional Mayan treatments, yummy chocolate wraps, cool plunge pools and more!
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Would you like to know more about this thriving beach town? Click the following link to read our First-Time Visitors Guide to Downtown Playa del Carmen!