Best Playa Del Carmen Beach Club

Best Playa Del Carmen Beach Club

Xpu Ha Beach Club(pronounced ish pu ha), which is arguably the best Playa Del Carmen Beach Club is actually a short twenty minute drive south of Playa towards Tulum. Why do I think so? Well, I have visited many in central Playa and up and down the Mayan Riviera and I really like most of them but Xpu Ha is my favorite. At Xpu Ha Beach the blue turquoise water is crystal clear and the beach is rarely crowded compared to other beaches in the city. I like to cool off with a refreshing swim and then return back to my lounge chair to relax with a cold drink and watch the happy people pass by.

There is snorkeling and water sports activities available or you can just relax and swing in a hammock and sip on a coconut water. The price for entrance and parking is 40 pesos per person but they will refund it if you show your Best Playa Del Carmen Beach Clubreceipt from the beach club. This is to cut down on beach visitors from taking advantage of the parking area at this popular spot. It is possible to park quite close to the beach and club which is another plus for me since some places in the city lack parking.

Prices for beers and drinks from the bar and restaurant are very reasonable and they have an extensive
menu and bar selection. You will find many of the beach club favorites like fresh grilled fish fillets and ceviche and classics like hamburgers and fries. You can expect to pay around $40. to $60. USD for an afternoon of food and drinks for 2 people. Not Bad.

Another great attraction is the live Cuban Band that plays on Sunday afternoons. The singer is an amazing talent and the whole band gets everybody up and dancing with their Cuban styled latin classics. The music, the food the ambience and the clean, uncrowded, white powder sand beach make Xpu Ha Beach Club my top pick from the many beach clubs you can sample in the Riviera Maya.

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Whale Sharks – try a Whale Shark tour in Playa Del Carmen

Whale sharks are one of the most fascinating creatures in our oceans.  Experiencing one of these docile giants up close with one of this year’s whale shark tours in Playa Del Carmen is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list.  From June to September is whale shark season in the  Yucatán, as these gentle giants come to feed on the algae blooms in the area’s warm tropical waters.

The whale shark, so-called because of its great size and feeding habits, is the largest known fish still swimming in the oceans of the world.  Whale sharks are slow moving filter-feeding fish that feed much like baleen whales, by drawing water into their mouths and filtering out the tiny plankton on which they survive.

Whale sharks are the largest non-mammalian vertebrate, with reports of fish more than 46 feet long, weighing over 60 tons.  These huge sharks, called carpet sharks because of their intricate, carpet-like color patterns, may be huge, but they are completely harmless to humans.  The warm waters of the Yucatán are the perfect habitat for these warm water loving creatures.

Whale sharks can be found plying the clear, warm waters along the Yucatán in many exotic locations, including the world snorkeling destination of Isla Mujeres just 8 miles from Cancun with its stunning coral reefs and Isla Holbox in the Yum Balam Nature Reserve, across the Yalahau Lagoon, just north of the Yucatán in Quintana Roo, between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

The Yucatán is famous for whale shark tours.  Wherever you go, be sure there is a whale shark tour available not far from where you’re standing!  A whale shark tour in Playa Del Carmen, Isla Holbox or Isla Mujeres is sure to be the highlight of any trip.  Snorkeling with these huge and gentle creatures as they slowly cruise the warm surface of these tropical waters is an experience no one can forget!

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Cozumel Snorkeling vs. Playa Del Carmen Snorkeling

Cozumel Snorkeling and Playa Del Carmen Snorkeling tours are very comparable in quality from my experience as a casual snorkeler. Cozumel is more famous and some people say the seacozumel snorkelingdives are better than Playa. But if you are staying in Playa you have the ability to easily try an exciting cenote dive or snorkeling adventure you could not do in Cozumel. Because so many people think Cozumel might be a better destination for snorkeling it has become very commercialized and crowded with snorkeling tour groups all around the best reef areas. I think this is why when I tried snorkeling in Cozumel I saw less fish and smaller fish. The coral reef formations were larger than the reef off the coast in Playa but sadly, it would seem, that the hordes of snorkelers have had an impact on the quality and quantity of the sea life at the more popular snorkeling sites.

the-sea-lovers-tour-playa-del-carmenMy experience with snorkeling in Playa Del Carmen was different. Although the coral reef formations were smaller there were way more large and colorful fish and massive sea turtles lurking around the reef. There were fewer snorkeling tour groups in the area we went and I think that’s why there was more to see including really interesting sea vegetation. The preservation of the coral reef, as many people know, is the most important thing for the fish and other sea life since it is estimated that 25% of the worlds fish species live on coral reefs.

The other disadvantage of Cozumel Snorkeling is the 50 minute ferry ride over from Playa. After waiting 15-30 min for the ferry to embark sometimes you can be in for a rough ride depending on how rough the sea is on any given day. Besides the the 2 or 2.5 hours you will need for the commute from Playa there are the sea conditions to consider. I have made the trip many times and on several occasions many people including myself were getting sick off the back of the ferry. Because I love Cozumel so much for cycling it’s worth it for me but for a snorkeling adventure I prefer staying in Playa and taking a spectacular and fun cenote or  sea tour .

 

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Best Things To Do In Playa Del Carmen

Snorkeling with The Snorkel Shop is one of the best things to do in Playa Del Carmen according to U.S. News & World Report Travel.  “Playa del Carmen offers access to some of the best diving spots in the Western Hemisphere, especially just offshore near Isla Cozumel. Travelers say you can’t come to Playa del Carmen without taking a dip under the sea to explore its colorful population of fish. Many diving companies have set up shop in Playa..” READ FULL STORY