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Snorkeling in Playa del Carmen

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Many of the things that make Playa del Carmen and the surrounding area unlike any other vacation hotspot worldwide are its rich flora and fauna both on land and in water. Snorkeling in Playa del Carmen is an excursion that travelers absolutely cannot miss out on during their getaway. 

Luckily for guests, snorkeling can be done in more than one body of water; the grand Caribbean Sea or the endless amount of cenotes in Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Puerto Morelos, and Tulum. So if you are looking for things to do in Playa del Carmen, snorkeling deserves to be at the top of your list. 

The Guide to Picking the Perfect Snorkeling Tour in Playa del Carmen 

There is no way to choose a bad tour, especially when it involves snorkeling, but there are ways to design your experience into everything you love and more! At Sandos Caracol and Sandos Playacar, we have two trustworthy options for you! 

For snorkeling cenotes and sea snorkeling in Playa del Carmen, you can choose from our dive experts at Scuba Libre and our tour experts at Seek and Go. These two offer one-of-a-kind experiences with dependable excursions and expert guides. 

The Ideal Snorkeling Playa del Carmen Hotspots 

The reason snorkeling in the Riviera Maya is so popular is because there are so many different locations to see different things each time. In fact, many snorkeling tours include multiple locations ranging from underground cenotes to the wide-open Caribbean Sea. Here are some of the most popular locations in and around Playa del Carmen: 

Jardin del Eden-  This beautiful Cenote located just 10 minutes away from Playa del Carmen is ideal for those wanting to see a variety of different fish. 

Akumal-  Get ready to wade in the mesmerizing turquoise Caribbean waters because not only will you have fish swimming by your feet, but you will also have the chance to see the majestic Akumal turtles that visit every year. 

Cenote Azul-  An open cenote that, apart from a wonderful snorkeling location, provides fun for the entire family so that each member can get the most of the one of a kind experience. 

Snorkeling on Your Own in Playa del Carmen

We know that tours with people you don’t know can be distracting, so if taking a tour isn’t something that you and your travel crew want to do, don’t worry because there are plenty of opportunities to snorkel on your own. 

Whether or not you bring your own gear or rent it from a place on the beach to start snorkeling from shore. All you will need to do is pick a quiet spot, put on your gear, and start swimming. Remember always to respect the little creatures swimming by you, look but never touch. 

Snorkeling in Playa del Carmen: What To Bring 

You should always prepare for a day off the resort and know the essentials you need; even if you take a tour with Scuba Libre where they have you covered the entire time with snacks and drinks, it is still recommended to take a few essential items such as: 

  • Beach clothes 
  • Bathing suit 
  • Biodegradable sunscreen 
  • Hat 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Backpack 
  • Waterproof case (for taking photos)
  • Comfortable shoes 

Why Choose to Snorkel in Playa del Carmen? 

There are so many things to do during your vacation and so many different places to do them. What makes Playa del Carmen special for snorkeling vs. Cozumel or other places? 

Well, one of the main reasons is due to its diverse locations. Going from place to place within and or close to Playa del Carmen and seeing new species is easy. After some time enjoying one location, all you have to do is hop in the car, travel 10 minutes, and you are in what seems to be a whole new world. 

Accommodations While Snorkeling in Playa del Carmen

A day off the resort, enjoying the wonders of the Riviera Maya, should be rewarded with incredible amenities and services to enjoy after. With two locations in Playa del Carmen: 

Sandos Caracol- An eco-friendly hotel situated within the jungle, complete with traditional performances, cenotes, a gran waterpark, and so much more. 

Sandos Playacar- The ideal location for a true beach getaway situated on an endless white sand beach complete with international cuisine, activity programs, and a high-class spa and gym.

These two incredible hotels offer the perfect vacation for travelers of all ages and are guaranteed to surpass all of your expectations from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. 

So if you are looking to make your next vacation one remember, make sure to experience snorkeling in Playa del Carmen. By booking now, you can save big on your next getaway! 

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