What to do and see in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo: The Best Free Things to do

June 17, 2021 Madelene Haan

Playa del Carmen is one of the top diving destinations in the world, thanks to vibrant sea life and dazzling underwater caverns. On dry land, Playa is a hipper and more modern version of the fishing village it once was. Spend some quality time on the golf course or wave hello to the playful spider monkeys at The Jungle Place sanctuary. Explore the ancient ruins of the Coba Mayan Village, or get in some quality people-watching as you shop and stroll along 5th Avenue.
Restaurants in Playa del Carmen

1. DiveMex

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5.0 based on 303 reviews

DiveMex

DiveMex is a small dive center in downtown Playa del Carmen close to the public bus station, the ferry and the public transport station for tulum and cancun. Diving with us is so much more than just get dressed, jump into the water and dive. The personal experience of every diver is very important to us and that's why we only dive in small groups up to 4 divers. Safe diving, no rushing and personal service guaranteed.You will get the best diving experience possible, regardless if you are at the beggining of your diving career or already an advanced diver

2. Aledia Tours

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5.0 based on 882 reviews

Aledia Tours

Indididual Privat Tours at Yucatan!Enjoy your special day: trips to Sian Ka'an to meet wild dolphins in the ocean, discover Coba and have lunch with a mayan family, snorkel with turtles and in Cenotes, visit beautyful islands, swimm with the whalesharks or try your luck in sportfishing in the caribbean ocean with snorkeling, and much more.

3. Guayaberas Dexorden

Calle 16 Norte Bis between First and Fifth avenues, Acanto Hotel, Playa del Carmen 77710 Mexico +52 984 147 7866 [email protected] http://guayaberas-dexorden.business.site/
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5.0 based on 72 reviews

Guayaberas Dexorden

Guayaberas Dexorden specializes in the Guayabera, the iconic shirt from Latin America and the Caribbean. High quality Guayaberas for weddings, special events and everyday use.

4. L'Ambassade

Calle 10 between 5th Ave & 10th Ave, Playa del Carmen 77710 Mexico +52 984 120 7022
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5.0 based on 617 reviews

L'Ambassade

5. Ambarte

Av Constituyentes esquina 5ta esquina 5ta Avenida, Playa del Carmen 77710 Mexico +52 984 803 0327 [email protected] http://www.ambarte.com.mx
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5.0 based on 98 reviews

Ambarte

We have the largest collection of Mexican Amber in the area, a great selection of jewelry and sculptures made by the hands of mexican artists. In combination with a colorful and interesting collection of Mexican folk art. With 14 years of experience, we are the best choice in Cancun & Riviera Maya, visit any of our branches: Cancun: Plaza Caracol, Playa del Carmen: 5th Ave & Constituyentes, Occidental Xcaret Hotel, Akumal Bay Hotel.

Reviewed By shopgirlg

Great little shop for Mexican jewelry! Every piece is outstandingly beautiful and unique. The sales rep Monica was beyond patient and kind. She allowed me to try on things without being pushy. I definitely would recommend her. I made several purchases when she was in the store. Unfortunately one of those days someone else was in I think his name was Gregorio. He was rather rude and patronizing when answering one of my questions. I left the store in a bad mood and decided to return when he wasn’t there. Don’t let this stop you as Monica is a gem amongst the gems!

6. Santi Tour

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5.0 based on 672 reviews

Santi Tour

Santi Tour is a private company under german-mexican direction, located in the wonderful city of Playa del Carmen. We are a small family company and we take care of our guest on all of our tours by ourselves. Safety, flexibility and fun is our priority. There’s nothing better than to experience, relax and enjoy on your vacations.  The most beautiful places in the Riviera Maya !  Private tours in small groups (max. 13 people)  Languages: English, Spanish and German  Pick up at hotels with an air-conditioned minivan  For singles, couples and families

7. Alive Snack-Bar

Av.15 con Calle 8, Col.Centro Plaza Pelicans Loc.32, Playa del Carmen 77710 Mexico +52 984 228 2632 http://alivesnackbar.com
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5.0 based on 52 reviews

Alive Snack-Bar

8. Vanity Salon & Spa

Av. 10 Corner of Calle 1 Sur, Playa del Carmen 77710 Mexico +52 984 803 4898 [email protected] https://www.facebook.com/VanitySalonPdC/
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5.0 based on 64 reviews

Vanity Salon & Spa

Reviewed By jocabethd

My husband needed a haircut just by luck we found this place and it happened to be the best haircut my husband got.. service excellent haircut amaizing ..Great experience Antonella super professional and Andrea both very kind. Love it! I wish they could be here in Montreal Qc. Thanks! Yvan & Jocabeth

9. Estacion Mexico Free Tours

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5.0 based on 100 reviews

Estacion Mexico Free Tours

Since 2014, ESTACIÓN MÉXICO has been defined by changing the rules of the game regarding tourism. Pioneers of the Free Walking Tours in Mexico, we love connecting travelers from all over the world with activities created in a way that are experienced in a truly local way. Based on the concept of reciprocity, our guides give all their knowledge, joy and personality to share the best stories, egends, and myths that keep so many years of legacy in each of the cities. Our guides are not only historians - they are storytellers, who besides knowing dates and names, also know how to contextualize the highlights of the Mexican culture. In ESTACIÓN MÉXICO our purpose is to draw you closer to people and places that will make your adventure an unique and unforgettable experience.

10. Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church

15th Ave. and 12th St. Downtown, Playa del Carmen Mexico +52 984 873 0188 http://iglesiadelcarmen.org.mx/
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4.5 based on 1,319 reviews

Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church

Reviewed By elabea52 - Vancouver, Canada

Located on the edge of Parque Los Fundadores and La Quinta in Playa del Carmen, this beautiful Catholic chapel is a real gem. Built in the neoclassic style, with its clean lines, white walls and round arches, it welcomes you and invites inside. Once inside, you notice purity and simplicity. There is no rich ornamentation. However, white walls, accentuating purity, dark wooden benches and matching dark wood ceiling beams dramatically improve interior's decor, giving the chapel a warm and cozy feeling.The altar is also very basic, but the large window behind it links to the beach, the ocean and the sky, connecting Heaven and Earth. If the chapel's purpose was contemplation, meditation and worship, it has been met.

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