A week in Playa del Carmen will have your hours packed full of things to see, taste, and experience. There is something unique about the city that allows you to comfortably spend your busy vacation. Here is an example of a one week itinerary:
Arrival. Get to your accommodation, unpack your bags, go to buffet, check out your hotel, take a splash, and relax in your room. There will always be one huge night with a show Vegas style. Check the Animations Board to know the schedule of shows. Hotel entertainment staff is called animation, while the board is where the performances of the week are listed. Shows usually start after 9:00 in the evening.
Enjoy a breakfast, conduct hotel recognizance (learn where everything is), and take a dip in the swimming pool or walk around the beach. Have lunch, and after resting, take a long walk along the beach. It is always nice to meet new people. After spending some time in the beach or pool, rest for a while and get ready for dinner.
Tour to Chichen Itza, Coba, and Tulum. Chichen Itza, the former Mayan capital, houses the largest concentration of Mayan ruins in all of the Yucatan peninsula. Here, you can climb the main temple of El Castillo, which is well-known because of the autumnal and vernal equinoxes. Coba is a less known, but impressive site. It is rather large, having the tallest temple (140 feet) in the northern Yucatan as its major attraction. The Mayan site of Tulum is also one of the more popular Playa del Carmen attractions. While not as grand as Chichen Itza, Tulum is still an imposing site.
Trip to ecological water parks. Xel-Ha is a snorkeler’s heaven, offering an amazing range of fish and flora. You can swim with dolphins, but prepare to shell out some huge amount of money. Xcaret has many kinds of wildlife, from butterflies, to crocodiles, to jaguars. It also offers different shows daily.
Snorkel and scuba dive at the Great Mayan Reef. About 100 meters away from the Playa del Carmen seashore, the reefs start at Catoche Cape, continuing through Guatemala and Belize. They hold plenty of flora and fauna and they work as a huge barrier against the surf. They soften it and form peaceful natural pools, perfect for aquatic sports like snorkeling and scuba diving.
Wander around the Playacar Complex, one of the most important tourist centers of the Mayan Riviera. It is filled with exclusive and elegant hotels, a golf course, commercial zones, and spacious residential areas. Also do your shopping. Quinta Avenida, the main shopping street in Playa del Carmen, is open exclusively for pedestrians. Calle Corazón is a beautiful detour from Quinta Avenida.
Everything on this final day largely depends on what time your check-out time or flight. Most hotels in Playa del Carmen expect their guests to check out by 12:00 noon. They usually store your baggage in the main lobby or in a room next to reception if your flight is in the evening. You are still allowed to use all facilities including the restaurants.