Snorkeling in Playa del Carmen

29 September, 2021

You may be wondering where to Snorkeling in Playa del Carmen. Well, staying in the heart of the Riviera Maya won’t be difficult at all. The destination is one of the most visited thanks to its central location, it is only one hour away from Cancun, and one hour away from Tulum, It is also right in front of Cozumel island, which only takes 30 minutes to cross. Whether you do Snorkeling in Cancun or Playa del Carmen, you'll absolutely love it. 

As you can see, there are many opportunities to jump into turquoise and beautiful waters in the area. Discover an unimaginable world by checking out the following places in Playa del Carmen


Punta Esmeralda Beach 


Just a few minutes away from Playa del Carmen downtown, this magnificent beach is located. Surrounded by a natural environment, Punta Esmeralda Beach offers the ideal location for great snorkeling, its tranquil waves, and crystal clear waters will amaze you, and if that wasn’t enough there is a small cenote where you can relax while you admire the beach. Although it is a beach, you can still be snorkeling in its impressive waters.


punta esmeralda beach


Snorkeling in Cozumel 


This is one of the most beautiful islands in Mexico, and also one of the largest. You only need to take the ferry in Playa del Carmen and after 30 minutes you’ll be on the island. Once you arrive you don’t have to go further, since there are some spots for snorkeling near the ferry. Every place you go in Cozumel will be perfect for exploring the impressive underwater world. Cozumel is very well known for its vibrant and colorful marine life, so, don’t doubt it, this is the ideal destination.


snorkelin in cozumel


Puerto Aventuras


It is a small community located just 25 minutes away from Playa del Carmen, there is a Marina where you can get sailing tours with snorkeling included, which takes you to the second-largest reef barrier in the world. Some tours include food, and resting time in beach clubs. But also there is a fantastic beach for snorkeling, perfect for all the family, where you can find bast vegetation and marine life. 


puerto aventuras snorkeling




Most of the cenotes in Quintana Roo are located between Puerto Morelos and Tulum and guess what Playa del Carmen is right in the middle of these two. If you think that snorkeling is only practiced in the sea, you are wrong. There are gorgeous cenotes a few minutes away from Playa del Carmen, these are sinkholes with the clearest waters you’ve ever seen. You can explore underground caverns and unique marine life. Next time you visit Playa del Carmen, don't forget to do snorkeling in Cenotes, it'll be a unique experience.


snorkeling in cenotes


Akumal, Snorkeling with turtles


30 minutes away from Playa del Carmen, there is a turtle sanctuary. Akumal beach is one of the most stunning in the area thanks to its natural beauty and its authentic marine life. If you are looking for Snorkeling with turtles in Riviera Maya, this is the place, actually the only one. To see the turtles you have to swim some meters away from the shore, you will also find gorgeous vegetation and colorful fish. Besides this marina spectacle, you will also be able to enjoy the beach since there are some beach clubs with tasty food and fantastic resting areas with hammocks and lounge chairs.


akumal snorkeling with turtles


Snorkeling in Paamul Beach


Surrounded by a natural environment, Paamul beach is one of the top places for snorkeling in the Riviera Maya. This beach has the peculiarity of having a reef just in front of its shores where you will be able to enjoy an exclusive snorkel. 

This beach has a small bay, which generates smooth waves, perfect for a relaxing day. It is also surrounded by a tropical atmosphere with palm trees and white sand beaches. The best thing is that it’s located just 20 minutes away from Playa del Carmen


snorkeling in playa del carmen paamul bay


These are the best places for snorkeling in Playa del Carmen, next time you arrive in the Riviera Maya you’ll exactly know where to go for an exciting day exploring impressive marine life.



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