Beach Day – Playa del Carmen has some of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico. If you’re planning to spend the day lounging seaside, be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen, as you’ll need to reapply. A sunhat and polarized sunglasses will protect your face and eyes from the glare of the water, and a sarong is the perfect swimsuit cover-up/beach towel for the occasion.
Cenote Swimming – There are hundreds of cenotes to be explored in the Riviera Maya, many of which are within mere minutes of Playa del Carmen. For a day of cenote exploration be sure to pack a daypack with your swimsuit, snorkel, biodegradable sunscreen, and travel towel. It’s also wise to bring a water bottle and snacks, as there may not be any food available near the cenote.
Visiting Ruins – Tulum and Chichén Itzá are just two of the archaeological sites you may wish to visit from Playa del Carmen. If you’re planning to spend the day exploring Mayan ruins, you’ll need to take measures to protect yourself from the sun, as shade is scarce in these locations. A sunhat, as well as a daypack, armed with a water bottle and sunscreen, is essential. Also be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as you’re bound to do a lot of walking.
A Night Out – Playa del Carmen is well known for its nightlife, namely the club Coco Bongo. However, there are plenty of other clubs, bars, and restaurants that are worth visiting. There’s no need to look particularly fancy for a night out in Playa (though you can dress up if you want to!), but it’s a good idea to look put-together. For men, a nice pair of shorts and a button shirt will do, whereas women will look great in a dress and heels. Sandals are still totally acceptable footwear for the evening, but closed-toed shoes will protect your feet better in crowded bars.