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Jamaica’s underwater world features beautiful coral reefs and colorful marine life, and the crystal clear waters make it all easy to see. Many of the more captivating views are close to the shore, which makes Jamaica ideal for snorkeling.

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Jamaica is the perfect retreat for snorkelers. Snorkeling here is possible at a multitude of sites just offshore. In fact, you should be able to walk into the water and snorkel at most of the area’s resorts. If you have the chance, take a small trip to dip your head into a fascinating cenote or visit

Whether you’re looking for vibrant coral reefs, extreme cave exploring, cool freshwater pools, gigantic sea turtles or sweet little schools of tropical fish, Jamaica has you covered.

Playacar Beach

This is my personal favorite of all the beaches in Playa del Carmen.
It’s part of a residential area, so it’s quiet, clean, there are no sneaky rocks under the waves, waiting to stub your feet.
As this stretch of brilliant white sand is wishing the protected confines of Playacar, it is generally better managed than some of the other public beaches in Playa.

Playacar beach is also dotted with cute little palm trees, that offer some much-needed shade throughout the day. But get there early, the locals know this little trick, and take full advantage of it. It’s part of a residential area, so it’s quiet, clean, there are no sneaky rocks under the waves, waiting to stub your feet.

Parque Fundadores

This is probably the most iconic beach in Playa del Carmen.
Simply walk down Juarez until you reach 5th Avenue, and you will see the gigantic ‘Playa del Carmen Arch’ right in front of you.
Here you’ll find a real mix of people, from tourists to local families.
As it’s so well known, this area can get pretty busy and a little noisy. However, as this beach is the widest in Playa del Carmen, it can fit all those extra beach towels and loungers, while still having nice quiet spaces to relax.
The extra room also makes space for a full-sized volleyball court, which anyone can rock up and use. Create your own game, or join in with some of the locals, it’s a great way to meet new people.
The most unusual thing about this stretch of beach is that there are no beach clubs, so you get a true community feel, with everyone spreading out onto the sand.

Akumal

Is definitely the place to visit if you want to experience swimming alongside gigantic green sea turtles.

You can swim straight off the white sand beaches and you will be greeted by spotted eagle rays, manta rays and even a few needle fish.

Puerto Morelos

Under the waves, there’s a bright and bustling world of life and color. A few meters offshore is the famous Mesoamerican Barrier Reef system, the second largest reef system in the world.

Puerto Morelos is such a unique snorkel site, because here, the reef stretches closer to the shore than in any other area of the Riviera Maya. It’s your underwater dream world full of barracudas, manta rays, seahorses, bright fire coral and even a lobster or two because of its close proximity to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.

Puerto Aventuras

What really sets this snorkel site apart from the rest, is that the government has built a collection of faux reefs for the local fish. These large rock formations attract countless numbers of bright tropical fish, crabs, interesting coral species and even octopi that are home to fantastic marine life.

Playa del Carmen Snorkel Highlights

  • PlayaCar Beach                      
  • Calle 10 Beach                             
  • Parque Fundadores  
  • Snorkel with Whale Sharks          
  • Akumal                                 
  • Puerto Morelos
  • Puerto Aventuras  

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  • Coco Reef
  • Calle 2 Beach
  • Mamitas Beach
  • Xel Ha 
  • Yal Ku Lagoon 
  • Tulum Reef 
  • Cenotes                                                                                                 

Coco Reef

Is the only beach in Playa del Carmen that you can describe as secluded.

There are no restaurants, no beach clubs, and no bars. Just the sound of the waves lapping against the shore, and the birds singing in the nearby jungle. Paradise.

Xel Ha

Snorkel Park-the mother of all snorkeling
Xel Ha is a huge park where you can snorkel all day. The park is an inlet from the ocean where the fresh ground water flows into the ocean. Here you can see tropical fish and snorkel all day! This area is huge. You start at the beginning the of the “river” in a mangrove area and then have the entire inlet, caves and other places to explore.

Yal Ku Lagoon

Yal Ku Lagoon is a small inlet from the ocean that is like a mini Xel Ha. This natural area is open to the public in Akumal.

Tulum Reef

Tulum has a beautiful reef just off the coast. Most people don’t know this because there are not large tours that go there. So this is something of a hidden gem. The snorkeling is good and you will see a lot of coral and fish here. It took us a while to discover it and it was only because of a private tour we went on.

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Activities & Adventures

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Your vacation to Jamaica is sure to consist of plenty of fun and excitement, but how about adding a touch of adventure as well? For those who can’t shake that adrenaline bug, consider booking exciting excursions, such as zip-lining through the jungle, setting sail on a catamaran cruise or snorkeling and diving, to make the most out of your destination.

Sun and Sand

Beach, Swimming & Sunbathing

Beaches

Jamaica is blessed with an abundance of beautiful beaches, many of which are blissfully devoid of people. You can literally have the best Jamaica beaches all to yourself!

Swimming

And of course, there is no better way to enjoy the late afternoon than by taking in a breathtaking sunset accompanied by the crashing waves.

Sunbathing

Jamaica with her lush jungle atmosphere and mountain backdrop, you can explore colonial landmarks and spend you days spotting giant manta rays on one of the area’s pristine beaches.

Romance

Weddings, Honeymoons & More 

Weddings

Celebrate your romance with a destination wedding in Jamaica. Romantic weddings on a sugar sand beach, rich sunsets and one of the most beautiful islands in the world is the perfect backdrop for your destination wedding.

Bachelor/ette

Your bachelorette/bachelor party can be the most fun you’ve had in years! With a bit of planning  beforehand, Jamaica is the perfect spot to plan such an adventure.

Honeymoon

Your honeymoon is sure to consist of plenty of romance and ambience, and Jamaica is the perfect honeymoon destination. From quiet privacy to all out partying, Jamaica has something for every honeymooner.

Renewal of Vows

A rededication to your marriage is an exciting thing – you can do it as often as you like. With vow renewals (or reaffirmations) you have the opportunity to have the ceremony you’ve always wanted.

On the Sea

SUP, Sea Kayak & Sailing

SUP

Paddle boarding is undoubtedly a great way to get in contact with the  marine environment in Jamaica. Easy to learn and great way to have fun in the hidden coves and bays of Jamaica.

Sea Kayaking

Your kayaking adventure paddling a short distance off the coast home to wildlife, including dolphins, turtles and whales. For a white water adventure, kayak in the Ocho Rios area.

Sailing

Sea breezes and the most beautiful beaches in the world. Jamaica is the perfect exotic location for sailing and learning to sail. Bask in the sun and enjoy the unbelievable sunsets.

In the Sea

Snorkel & Scuba Diving

Snorkel

Jamaica’s warm waters and coral reefs are home to a variety of tropical fish. Small coral formations and sea fans paint the sea floor. Spotting whales and dolphins makes for a fun filled day.

Scuba

Diving in Jamaica offers a large variety of dive spots for divers of all skill levels. See rays, sharks, sea turtles, colorful fish and corals up close. Jamaica’s crystal clear waters invite you to come back again and again.

Fishing the Sea

Deep Sea, Shore & Lake

Fishing

Jamaica is considered one of the best big game fishing destinations in the Caribbean. Deep sea fishing on Jamaica can begin just 20 minutes after sailing begins, when the drop-off allows sea depths to reach over 2,000 feet.

Deep Sea

Attraction for anglers heading to Jamaica is unquestionably saltwater fishing. Thanks to her fantastic deep waters surrounding the coastlines, sport fishing for highly sought after big game species is incredibly popular.

Shore

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Family

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Golf by the Sea

Golfing Experiences

Golf

Jamaica is a vibrant and exciting destination for golfers. With 12 golf courses to choose from, you will be sure to find one or maybe two you are looking for.

Golfing

Surrounded by beautiful natural wonders, the golf courses of Jamaica will keep golf fanatics who cannot imagine a vacation spent without any time on the green, happy to learn that there is plenty of golf to choose from on Jamaica.

On Land

Horses, Hiking, Biking, ATV

On Horseback

The famous beaches of the region are perfect for your ride on horseback, breathe in the sea breeze and experience the incredible sunset. A sunset ride makes for some unforgettable memories.

Hiking & Biking

Mountain bike and hiking tours led by local guides—a great choice for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Ride and hike along scenic trails through forested areas, river beds and jungles.

Off Road

Rugged mountain terrain and hidden treasures, create the perfect setting for an off-road adventure. Drive your own ATV through jungles full of surprises and new experiences and adventures.

Lifestyle

Live the Lifestyle

Living

Looking for Lifestyle Options? When considering Jamaica as a place to live or retire, the knowledge we share will help you to create a plan, and we’ll connect you with useful lifestyle services and property choices.

Retire

Many consider Jamaica for their retirement home. With recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and a modern infrastructure, stable electrical grid and high-speed internet.

Lifestyle

Variety of lifestyles, from resorts, condos and other full-time housing—it’s a perfect place for those seeking an “always on vacation” lifestyle. Jamaica has everything you need and more, affordability, healthcare, safety, culture and cuisine.

Real Estate

Finding the Right Investment

Real Estate

Opportunities for real estate investment exist in Jamaica for condos, homes and other beachfront and ocean view properties. With increasing prices, good investments are available in the region.

Beach Houses

Villas, apartments, and other residential units in the vicinity of a stunning ocean, pristine beaches, and picturesque lagoons. The attractiveness of Jamaica has always been a magnet that attracts buyers and tenants at any time of the year.

Culture

Experience the Culture

Culture

A land of many influences- African, European, Indian, American and Oriental-Jamaica has a multi-faceted identity where Indian rites, African memory and the rule of the 17th century colonists are part of everyday life.

Culture

For the most raucous cultural celebration, visit Jamaica during Carnival, with celebrations kicking off in January. Discovered by Columbus in 1494. The island remained a possession of Spain until 1655, when England conquered it.

Cuisine

Enjoy the Food & Drink 

Food & Drink

Jamaica is well known for its varieties of regional and national food and drink. From street food to exquisite culinary delights paired with regional beverages, beer and rum with long histories and international reputations.

Rum

Jamaica like many other Caribbean islands, is dotted with rum distilleries, and you’d be remiss if you left without a taste of this easy-to-drink specialty. There are handful of distilleries to choose from.

 

Beer

 A trip to Jamaica would not be complete without sampling some of the island’s beer. Red Stripe, the iconic local beer to drink in Jamaica. Red Stripe is Jamaica’s best known beer, but Dragon Stout is its oldest, brewed a full decade earlier.

Where to Stay

Find the Right Resort

Resorts

Jamaica’s resorts are perennial favorites among globetrotters. With a variety of beach options, rich heritage and fantastic food, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a place that’s got more to offer within such easy reach of most travelers.

Resorts

With her gorgeous beaches and upscale resorts, Jamaica is the perfect vacation destination for those looking for relaxing fun in the sun. Soak in the sunshine, go for a rum tasting, spa treatment or fill your day with outdoor adventures.

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