- Rent a car and drive to Puerto
- Make sure you have room to relax by renting a condo from
Realty . The kitchen will save you money on snacks and
- Swim in the beach and pool at the Puerto Aventuras Omni Hotel
- everyone is welcome.
- Dine at the Italian Bakery, on the marina. Good food,
- The dolphins are right in the marina for you to watch. You can
pay to swim with them. There is also a small shipwreck museum.
- Relax. Hang out at the beach. See the dolphin show in
- If everyone is restless, head South on the highway 3 minutes
to the cenotes. Cenote Azul costs
$3 and has a tunnel the brave can swim through.
- Or set up a snorkeling tour.
- Walk around the marina at 4pm and try to buy fish from the charter
fishing boats for dinner.
- No luck getting fish? Try again another night. For eating, Dorado
is the best, followed by boquinete, mero, pargo and corvina.
- Children are welcome at any restaurant South of Cancun, but
it can be more relaxing without them. Your rental agent or hotel
reception can arrange for a baby-sitter.
- Take the 8:00am or 10:30am ATV
Jungle Tour (on the highway just past Playacar, and before
Xcaret). Wear your bathing suit under your clothes, and bring
dry (and nicer) clothes for later.
- Spend the rest of the day on the beach in Playa
del Carmen. Coco Beach Club has showers and a restaurant.
- If you have teenagers, send them over to Señor Frog's
next to the ferry to Cozumel for loud music and shooters. They
can get a cab back to Puerto Aventuras later that night if you
trust them. Playa del Carmen is a relatively safe city.
- Don't miss the fresh juice and Mayan food in a model of the
Tulum ruins at Yaxche
Maya Restaurant on 8th, a block off Quinta Avenida. Poc
Choc is tasty pork and all their chicken dishes are super. Try
the agua de chaya. Younger kids will like the fountain.
- Still have energy? Sip 2 for 1 drinks at the Blue Parrot
on the beach at Calle 12 while the kids chase crabs on the beach.
Don't be an idiot and drive drunk, though.
- Leave the condo or hotel by 8am so you can arrive at the Tulum
ruins in time to beat the cruise boat traffic. Save time and
energy by taking a tour with Alltournative
- you can go to Xcaret, Tulum and Xel Ha, or Coba and a Mayan
village (recommended) or set up your own private tour.
- After the Tulum ruins, snorkel at Xel Ha or Casa Cenote.
- Xel Ha eco park is only
$15 and has a large lagoon, mangrove river, and several cenotes.
The restaurants are reasonably priced and there is plenty to do
- At Casa Cenote you can
snorkel through mangroves and see a cavern entrance. You can also
swim at their small beach. Fun for 2+ hours. The restaurant is
very good and well priced.
- Take a half day fishing charter from Puerto Aventuras. It costs
about $300 and maybe you'll catch dinner. Try Puerto Aventuras Fishing for a good safe boat.
- Contact the Tankha
Inn in advance to set up one of their famous Mayan dinners.
A slide show about the modern Maya is followed by wonderful food
in their 2nd story restaurant overlooking the ocean. They have
a boat, so you might want to arrange for a snorkel or fishing
trip with them earlier in the day.
- If you have a lot of energy, take the ferry from Playa del Carmen
- The ferry costs about $10 round trip and leaves from the main
plaza in Playa del Carmen. Turn right onto the main street in
Playa del Carmen (Juarez) and park in the lot at the end of the
road where you turn left.
- The reef in Cozumel is so shallow in places that you can see
as much snorkeling as you would diving. For about $30 they will
take you to 2 different reefs and even sail you to a beach club
for a decent lunch buffet.
- The snorkeling trips cost about the same, so you might as well
sign up with the tour agent on the ferry.
- For something really special instead, take a panoramic flight
with Aero Saab Airplane
Tours or take a day trip to Holbox
- Have breakfast at Cafe Ole and lounge at the Omni's beach
until you have to leave.
- If you are in Playa del Carmen, have breakfast in the trees
at 100% Natural.