Top 5 Must Do's in Playa del Carmen

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There are many exciting activities to enjoy while visiting beautiful Playa del Carmen in Riviera Maya, Mexico. With so many interesting historic, cultural and natural sights, it may be hard to decide what to see and do while visiting. Here is a list of Playa del Carmen Must Do's--the sights and activities not to be missed.

1. Mayan Ruins

The ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum are one of the most visited historical sites in the Yucatan. Tulum actually means "wall" in ancient Mayan and the fort at Tulum is believed to have served as a barrier against invasion. The temples at Tulum are thought to have served as a place of worship for the ancient Mayans. The main temple is located on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, which creates a beautiful backdrop for photos.

2. Xcaret Ecological Park

Xcaret (pronounced Ish-car-et) is a unique eco-park that has been called Mexico's version of Disney. The park offers a wide variety of activities for guests of all ages, including swimming with sharks, a ride down Paradise River to spot some of the area's exotic plants and animals and a snorkel tour of the underground rivers where you can see ancient caves, rock formations and fossils. There is also a nightly buffet dinner show called "Xcaret Mexico Espectacular" that highlights the history of Mexico through song, dance and elaborate costumes. A one-day admission to Xcaret is $99.00 for adults and $49.50 for children.

3. Snorkeling

Boat charters are available for snorkeling and scuba diving trips off the coast of Playa del Carmen. These tranquil waters are filled with brightly colored coral, tropical fish, sea turtles and rays. Xel-Ha water park and lagoon, considered "the largest Natural Aquarium in the world" also offers great snorkeling, with more than 70 species of fish on-site including parrotfish, sergeant majors, rays and even a few barracudas. Prices for Xel-Ha vary based on the types of activities included, but the general public entrance fee is $79.00 for adults and $40.00 for children.

4. Sport Fishing

Off the coast of Playa del Carmen you will find some of the best sport fishing in the world. Early March through early July is peak season, when sailfish and marlin are abundant. Other fish caught in Playa del Carmen's waters include kingfish, mahi mahi (often referred to as "dorado" in Mexico), tuna and wahoo.

5. Beaches

No visit to Playa del Carmen would be complete without a little beach time. After all, "Playa" does mean beach in Spanish. This area offers miles of white sand beaches perfect for sunbathing and relaxing.

April 01, 2010 change by ctanios

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