By – Kacie Asher
“Paradise isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.”– L. Boyer
Beautiful things happen when a single ray of summer sunshine reflects the sandy beaches of Playa del Carmen. Sparkles fill your eyes and you forget all your worries in a single moment. Perhaps you’re sipping a tropical drink beachside or daydreaming about where this paradise vacation will take you next. From snorkeling in ancient cenotes, to parasailing above the ocean, Playa del Carmen offers some of the top excursions Mexico has to offer.
1. Swim in Cenotes
Retreat to a coastal paradise in the Yucatán Peninsula to experience magical caves full of crystal-clear turquoise waters. Cenotes are natural deep-water wells full of mystical Mayan power. Take a dip in the refreshing gem waters independently or book a snorkeling tour. The best cenotes in Mexico are:
- Cenote Dos Ojos
- Cenote Azul
- Garden of Eden
- Gran Cenote
2. Visit Ancient Mayan Ruins
Tulum, the ancient city of Mayan ruins overlooks the hypnotizing waters of the Caribbean Sea. Walk amongst undiscovered hidden treasure at Chichén Itzá to learn about a pre-Hispanic city’s 1,000-year-old history. Other Maya ruins to visit include:
- Ek Balam
3. Ocean Parasailing
Dance with the waves as you soar above the ocean during a parasailing trip. This recreational kiting activity will involve being attached to a parachute canopy wing that is towed by a speed boat. Book a thrilling parasailing adventure here.
4. Day Trip to Isla Cozumel
Get sun kissed on a pristine island where white sand beaches meet a city full of tourist-friendly playgrounds. The island is known for ecotourism activities like zip wires, kitesurfing, kayaking, fishing, swimming with dolphins and snorkeling. Cruise along the island of Cozumel on a rentable scooter to immerse yourself in the culture as you search for lunch spots.
5. Hang at a Rooftop Pool
Your summer state of mind begins at a rooftop pool lounge sesh in Mexico. Playa del Carmen offers a variety of pool destinations, some for the relaxed beach babe and others for the lively go-getter. The top rooftop pools include:
- 3B Rooftop Pool
- Roof Club at the Palm Hotel
- Deck 5 at the Carmen Hotel
- Purobeach Rooftop Pool
The tans will fade but the memories will last forever, book your island getaway to Playa del Carmen today.