Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, or "Playa" to the locals, is located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, which is on the Yucatán Penisula. Playa is south of Cancún, in the heart of the Mayan Riviera.

Club El Mandarin has its' own dive shop, called Blue Diving Dive Center. I was able to sign up for a 6-dive package, which included 2 dives in Isla de Cozumel. I dove the Santa Rosa and Paradise reefs in Cozumel, and 4 local dives off the coast near Playa del Carmen.

The weather was extremely hot - around 95° during the day. The water temperature was around 84° or so - very nice to SCUBA dive in. I dove local reefs Los Arcos, Maroma, Cabezas, and the Green Wall.

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The building we stayed in. A view of the beach area. Blue Diving dive shop.
The building we stayed in. A view of the beach area. Blue Diving dive shop.
A local SCUBA dive boat. The ferry dock in Playa. Cruise ships near Cozumel.
A local SCUBA dive boat. The ferry dock in Playa. Cruise ships near Cozumel.
Manuella briefs me. Divers entering the water. Here I am after surfacing.
Manuella briefs me. Divers entering the water. Here I am after surfacing.
A big lizard near the resort. The pool area of the resort. Para-Sailing nearby.
A big lizard near the resort. The pool area of the resort. Para-Sailing nearby.
Here we are on the balcony Playa, Quinta Avenida. The dock area in Playa.
Here we are on the balcony Playa, Quinta Avenida. The dock area in Playa.