Living in Playa Del Carmen is an adventure—daily, if you so desire.
Of course, like anywhere else, adventure only reveals itself to those who actively look for it—which is why we here at American Development want to ensure that you know where (and when!) to look!
There are a number of avenues for adventure when living in Playa del Carmen—including: cenotes, diving (and cenote diving!), events, festivals, carnivals, restaurant premiers, tournaments, charity events and oh so much more.
To help point you in the right direction to catch all the adventure you can while living in Playa Del Carmen—we’ve come up with this great list to serve as a jumping off point. But…stay tuned to our blog for a regular play-by-play!
Where to Find Adventure While Living in Playa Del Carmen
Adventure for Americans living in Playa Del Carmen revolves around top-notch services and amenities for all our favorite American activities—especially:
With 18 different courses available to those living in Playa Del Carmen—including one recently named as the #3 course in the country!–there is no better daytrip than hitting the tropical greens.
Whether it’s a course with beachfront holes (just imagine how much that real estate is worth!!!!) or following a course that meanders around historic Mayan ruins in the jungle—living in Playa Del Carmen always holds untold adventure at the plethora of courses in the area.
Open-water, salt-water fishing is a time-honored tradition—and an excellent way to achieve a happy, healthy lifestyle while living in Playa Del Carmen. Not only is it healthy, it’s top-notch here in Playa. In fact, many of our closest friends and customers have told us that fishing in Playa is “the best salt-water fly fishing on earth, hands down!!!”.
Fishing is a varied adventure for those living in Playa Del Carmen—with its constantly changing seasons. Seasonal fish in the area include Marlin and Sail Fish…so be sure to check your calendar!
When your favorite sport fish isn’t in season there are still plenty ‘o fish biting—with year-round Mahi Mahi, Yellow Tail Snapper and Grouper.
The proximity to the Great Mayan Reef system ensures that even a novice fisherman has a great time. The massive variety of species that exist have turned Cancun, Isla Mujeres, the Riviera Maya, the island of Holbox, and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve into some of the Caribbean’s top locations for fishing.
SNORKELING WITH THE WHALE SHARKS
Snorkeling or diving with the seasonal whale sharks is one of living in Playa Del Carmen’s greatest adventures. These gentle giants that, seasonally, cruise along our coast are the biggest fish in the world. They frequent our coasts from June through September.
If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of these majestic beauties, be sure to connect with an experienced whale-shark captain—to ensure you spend your day snorkeling or diving with whale sharks, and not a boring afternoon on a boat staring at water. An experienced captain will also help you find a plethora of other sea creatures—including: Dolphins, Stingrays, Flocks of Flamingos, rays, Ibis, Pelicans, Egrets, “Chimay Birds” and oh so much more.
When Jacque Cousteau came here in the 1960’s no one had heard about the world-class diving associated with the Great Mayan Reef System. Today the secret is out about the world’s second greatest barrier reef.
For those living in Playa Del Carmen the shallow reefs along our coast offer a wide variety of fish, corals, rays and turtles—and then across the water in Cozumel there’s a more challenging terrain of deeper crevasses, rock formation and large sea life.
For the truly adventurous at heart our area also boasts of cenote and cave diving. Those who have been lucky enough to experience this unique underwater world it say it is the closest thing to planetary exploration.
SKY DIVING IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Everybody dreams of doing it, but here you can make that dream become a reality. Just imagine jumping out of a small plane at 10,000 feet, and freefalling to a tropical Caribbean paradise. There may be better views somewhere on earth as you free fall, but we certainly can’t think of one.
For those visiting or living in Playa Del Carmen the guys at Skydive Playa are the best in town, and use ram-air canopies with a rectangular form. They move smoothly through the air, similar to airplane wings, allowing even the most novice jumper to make a soft, stand-up landing.
The safety factor is always at the forefront of their minds—so it does not have to be at the forefront yours. Sit back and enjoy the ride…if you dare.
Many locals living in Playa Del Carmen have enjoyed taking a trip through the jungle that the Mayans could have only dreamed of. These 4-wheeled monsters make getting there, the most thrilling part of your destination. At the end of the day most tours end in a cool, refreshing cenote—to calm down some of that adrenaline rushing through your veins.
Now is your chance, while living in Playa Del Carmen, to board a real Pirate Ship—complete with all the bounty of adult beverages as the ‘booty’. After boarding you’ll enjoy a charismatic ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ style pirate show, in its rightful location in—the Caribbean.
So, book your trip and set sail into the sunset to the island of Isla Mujeres, where you rescue prisoners, and then indulge on a lobster or steak dinner, on the beach at water’s edge. After dinner, board the ship again for amusing games, dancing, professional shows, and of course splurging from the always-open bar! Yarr!
GET MARRIED OR RENEW YOUR VOWS
This might be the biggest adventure of all while living in Playa Del Carmen. The Riviera Maya is the most innovative of the tourist hotspots to have your Destination Wedding as well as having that dream honeymoon.
Playa Del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Tulum and Cancun offer a wide breadth of areas and services to plan a spectacular destination wedding, honeymoon—or for those of us who took the plunge long ago…renew your vows!
Having your big event in the Riviera Maya provides ample choices for your guests, from a ceremonial-style wedding to a minimalistic to one with on-the-beach relaxed ambiance and theme weddings.
Living in Playa Del Carmen is good to say the least. For more activities, events, festivals and other adventures to ensure you remember why you fell in love with Playa in the first place—be sure to bookmark our blog!
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I used American Realty to help me buy my condo in Playa del Carmen… The first thing that I would like to say is that the whole staff was incredibly helpful. Doing a real estate transaction in a foreign country can be a very daunting experience and I don’t think I would have gone through with it without all the information that I was given as they walked me through the process. From initially explaining my options and the process, to finding the actual condo (that I love) and closing the transaction, they were patient with all my questions and made me feel very comfortable with my decision. My condo is about 4 blocks from the beach and very near the center of town and I couldn’t be happier! My family loves coming to Playa del Carmen and now we have our own place when we visit. A condo in the Caribbean that we can call our own and one that makes me a decent income while we aren’t here. All in all, I couldn’t be happier with my experience and would highly recommend using American Realty to buy or sell any real estate in Playa del Carmen.
I am not one to sit down and do a review unless I feel it was worth the effort. I flew to PDC in hopes of meeting a real estate agent I had set up before flying down. Two days in, no word. I was out walking and stumbled on to a the American Realty office on 5th Ave. American Realty and met Matthew. (this is their satellite office) I told him my price range. Next day bam! Looking at units in my price range and not trying to up sell. Visited a couple buildings under construction and made my decision to buy in PDC. The size suited me best. He made this an incredibly EASY buy for me. He set up the meetings with the lawyer, notary and translator. He picked me up and drove me to the lawyer office and their own office for paperwork. People fear buying in a foreign country. Mexico is fast, safe and secure. Everything is laid out in front of you. Money is incredibly easy to transfer in escrow, this was my biggest fear. What if it disappears?? Well it doesn't. It goes to a US company then back to Mexico. Lawyers act on my behalf to pay the developer as per terms. Matthew made all of this incredibly easy. He is efficient, on time and knows this area. Follow up questions are answered promptly. Many agents get their commission and you never hear from them. I asked Matthew if he could drive to the condo to update me with some photos. No problem for him! That is customer service. I recommend any Canadian or foreigner to meet him if you are planning to invest in PDC or area. Dealing with a fellow Canadian made it much more enjoyable and trusting. I am happy with the end result and happy that I met him. Feb 8 2019
Szilvia & Zoltan Galambosi
If you are looking for a property in Playa del Carmen, I would highly recommend American Realty! Theo and the office were brilliant in mapping out our needs and found a great property for us! Their services from the very first moment we met in their office on 5th Ave, till signing the contract were outstanding. They picked us up from the place we stayed at, drove us around introducing the different areas of Playa. Were accommodating and patient with our kids when we took them to view some of the properties. We got all the help we needed with the lawyers and managing the different bits of the contracting process. They have been taking care of us like old friends - and even now that the deal has closed they check in every once in a while, which is very nice. 🙂 So all in all - excellent service and great people! Thanks Theo and American Realty. 🙂 Szilvia & Zoltan - Nov 11 2019
Steve and Annie Smith
My Wife and I worked with Theo during our house hunting trip in September 2019. Process was completed in one day. He showed us exactly what we were looking for in the price range requested. Did not waste our time. Offer made and accepted. Theo worked with us during the entire process lining up the legal team to help us through the process of purchasing property in Mexico. Theo has been there to help us with any and all questions we might have and has been there for us AFTER the sale with questions not related to the purchase of the property (getting a car, setting up WIFI, VPN, TV service, electric, etc). We got a great place and a new friend out of the deal. Highly recommend Theo and America Realty if you are buying property in Mexico. Feb 26 2020
Christopher and Sheila
Everyother agency turned us away and said that we could not find what we were looking for in our price range. We believed it until American Realty was recommended to us through a random encounter. Feeling defeated and thought we’d take one last shot we talked with one of the agents from Canada and within ten minutes after walking into his office he explained that he may have something. So we set up a viewing the next day and sure enough he found it! Hit it right on the head. Amazing job! I’d highly recommend their services for anyone interested in real estate in Playa Del Carmen.
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