Is there snorkeling in Playa del Carmen?

Can you snorkel off the beach in Playa del Carmen?

Snorkeling off the coast of Playa Del Carmen

There is one close spot where you can go snorkeling in Playa De Carmen. On the north end of Playa Del Carmen just past CTM Avenue otherwise know as 46th Street. There is a reef just past where boats park (see photo below).

Can you swim in the ocean in Playa del Carmen?

Playa del Carmen, the north beach in Tulum, and Akumal all have lifeguards for the beaches but they are limited. Swim close to shore and it you are not a big swimmer, wear a life vest. Waves will not get to big, this is a not a surfers paradise so swimming can be done every day!

Can you snorkel off the beach in Riviera Maya?

From this small paradise beach in the Riviera Maya Snorkeling experience, you can go snorkeling off shore and see some coral formations and fishes that are not actually part of the coral reef barrier.

Can you walk around Playa del Carmen?

If you’re staying in the downtown Playa del Carmen, then you can walk to most places. The city is easily walkable, with pedestrian paths everywhere. If you don’t want to walk you can either take a taxi or rent a bike.

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Why does Playa del Carmen smell?

For several years, growing amounts of the thick macroalgae have washed up on the shores of resorts including Cancún, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, turning water brown, blanketing beaches and releasing a pungent smell as it decays in the sun.

Is there still a seaweed problem in Playa del Carmen?

From about early October 2019 to March 2020 the beaches were very clear of seaweed. We believe the hurricanes of 2020 changed currents and it helped the sargassum situation. Starting in May of 2021 the seaweed is coming back. It still does depend on the location of the beach and not all are 100% clear.

Is there a seaweed problem in Playa del Carmen?

Beaches in Playa Del Carmen that normally get less seaweed. For the past few years the Riviera Maya and Playa Del Carmen, as well as many parts of the Caribbean, have been getting unusually high amounts of sargassum or seaweed (as many people refer to it).

Can you snorkel off the beach in Puerto Morelos?

Just off the coast of Puerto Morelos, about 30 minutes north of Playa del Carmen, lies some of the best snorkeling in the Riviera Maya. Here you’ll enjoy snorkeling on the world’s second largest barrier reef, a thriving, living coral reef that will please even the most experienced snorkeler.