Our 9-day trip to Mexico in November is bound to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. With plenty of free time in between our visits to Mayan Ruins and tropical cenotes, here are some ideas for things to do in Playa del Carmen…

Take A Trip To Cozumel

Cozumel is a quick 45-minute boat journey from Playa del Carmen and it’s a place that’s well worth the trip. Well known for its swaying palm trees and bright white beaches, Cozumel offers a day trip where you can truly relax into Mexico’s laid-back vibe. Snorkel on the second largest coral reef in the world, visit Punta Sur Ecological Park, take a private jeep tour with tequila tasting, or visit the Mayan Cacao Company for some delicious Mexican chocolate.  Alternatively, just kick back on the sand for a chilled-out island day.

Chen Rio beach and palm trees on Cozumel island in Riviera Maya.

Go Shopping On La Quinta

Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue runs parallel to the beach and is the place to be for shopping, entertainment, food and partying. Go in the morning and you’ll find a calm place that’s perfect for a morning coffee. Go in the evening though and it’s a bustling hive of souvenir shops, Mexican tapestry stores on a tree-lined street, and big American labels such as Hollister and Sephora. There’s no way to describe La Quinta, you just have to go and walk its length to find out why it’s one of the best ways to while away a few hours in Playa del Carmen.

Vibrant coloured fabric at the markets of Mexico.

Visit The Frida Kahlo Museum

Located on La Quinta, the Frida Kahlo Museum is a series of exhibits dedicated to Mexico’s most famous portrait artist. Absorb yourself into the works and story of a lady who had a huge impact on art in the 20th Century and find out why her art is so important. The museum is open from 9am to 11pm so whenever you have an hour of time, this place is well worth the visit.

Spend A Day At Xpu Ha

It might seem strange to leave the beach destination of Playa del Carmen for Xpu Ha, but Xpu Ha has a completely different vibe to our base on the Riviera Maya. With a quiet atmosphere, you might enjoy a relaxing beach side massage or an hour or two at sea on a kayak. With little else to do here but kick back in peace, Xpu Ha’s charm lies in its lack of commercialisation and is a true slice of Mexican paradise.

Explore The Caverns At Rio Secreto

The caverns at Rio Secreto are something to do if you get chance. Huge caverns with stalactites and narrow passages with limestone ceilings make up this tunnel of connecting cenotes. Swim through the caves to explore jagged rocks, low ceilings, echoing chambers, and fish that only exist in these waters! It might not be for you if you don’t like enclosed spaces but if you want to feel like a true explorer, then don a wetsuit and enjoy a visit to the caverns at Rio Secreto.

Underground caves reflecting in the blue water.

So, when you come to Mexico with us in November, what will you end up doing in your free time? Let us know on social media!