Punta Esmeralda Beach — It has its own cenote!
Mamitas Beach — One of the most popular beaches in Playa, this is the place to go if you are looking for social life & beach parties.
Cozumel — Just a short ferry ride away from Playa. Rent a motorbike for a day and explore the island's beaches and snorkeling spots.
Cenote Azul in Playa Del Carmen — An open-air cenote with lots of hangout spots next to the water (there's an entry fee though, so bring cash!)
Chichén Itzá — These famous Mayan ruins are more than a 2-hour drive from Playa del Carmen, but you can combine it with an overnight stay at one of the nearby cities like Valladolid. It's a less touristy town where you can experience the local culture.
Holbox— Catch a ferry from Chiquilla port or a short flight to the island from Cancun. This island is car-free and has a sleepy beach town feel.
Isla Mujeres — An old pirate hideaway, Isla Mujeres is appealing both for its nature and its history. You can get there by taking a ferry from Cancun or booking a catamaran tour departing directly from Playa.
Diving Playa is home to a great corral reef bordering its coastline, part of the second biggest in the world, so it attracts divers from everywhere.
Football Football is the most popular sport in Mexico (and most of the world) so you will find many opportunities to practice it or to join one of the local amateur teams.