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24

Feb - 2014

 

Vacationing in Playa del Carmen puts you at the center of some amazing diving experiences, but your adventures don’t have to stop when you come out of the water. There’s an incredible amount to do all over the Riviera Maya, all within easy reach of Playa del Carmen.

Pluto Dive is a mere fifteen-minute drive from two spectacular parks, perfect for days of sight-seeing and adventure. The first of these is Xcaret Eco Park. Xcaret offers many attractions that take advantage of the area’s natural beauty, including diving in reefs and zoological exhibits featuring sea turtles, jaguars, butterflies, bats, and more. Xcaret also contains Mayan ruins and many attractions based on recreating Mayan culture. These include crafts, folk dances, and a traditional temascal steam bath. Close by Xcaret you will find the Xplor Adventure Park. Here, you can explore beautiful cenotes and flooded caverns underground, raft through jungle trails and caves on the surface, and race through the sky on ziplines!

If you’re looking for a more relaxing sightseeing experience, consider visiting some of the many Mayan ruins scattered across the Yucatán peninsula. The most famous of these is the pyramid at Chichen Itza. The archaeological sites at Tulum and Coba are much closer to Playa del Carmen, and well worth a visit. But Mayan culture is more than ruins—it is alive all around the Yucatan. More than a third of the population here still speaks the Yucatec Maya language. In many of the nearby towns you will find people keeping the traditions of both the ancient Maya and the colonial Spanish cultures alive. The village of Valladolid and the city of Merida are two destinations that are particularly rich with the region’s culture.

There is certainly no shortage of things to do when you come to Playa del Carmen. There are breathtaking sights to be seen, entertainment, adventure—and of course, unforgettable Playa del Carmen diving experiences with Pluto Dive.

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20

Feb - 2014

 

The underwater world of the Riviera Maya is rich with incredible sights and unforgettable experiences. Let our guides take you to colorful reefs, vibrant island banks, and mysterious cenote caverns.


However, not everything can be witnessed by a novice diver. There is more to see for those with the skills to go deeper and take their exploration farther. It takes special techniques to stay safe diving in a cave, or anywhere else where you can’t simply swim straight up to reach the surface. On top of that, especially deep dives require special breathing mixtures and decompression stops to safely come back to the surface.


“Technical diving” is a catchall term for diving that requires more advanced skills and equipment than basic recreational SCUBA diving. Many of the underwater caves, wrecks, and cliffs along the Playa del Carmen coast require specialized technical diving skills and equipment to explore. By mastering these skills you will open new diving possibilities for yourself.



More than any other diving center in Playa del Carmen, Pluto Dive has the equipment and the expertise to teach these advanced diving skills. Our team of diving instructors are all trained and certified by our chief instructor, Scott Carnahan. We offer training in every level of diving offered by the International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD)—that means we are prepared to teach the most advanced skills and cutting-edge equipment. Whatever your skill level, our courses can broaden your horizons and unlock dives that are currently beyond your reach. Our diving courses take only a few days, and almost all will let you put what you’ve learned into practice with actual diving.

A diver going into the water for the first time enters another world. Entering the deep water, and caves out of reach of the sun, takes you to still another world. We are proud to serve as guides and instructors who can make these amazing, impossible journeys possible. Wonderful expericence of Playa del Carmen Diving.

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05

Nov - 2013

 

It’s pretty much impossible to get bored on the Riviera Maya. Whether visiting Playa del Carmen to relax on a tropical beach, scuba diving Playa del Carmen, or filling your days and nights with fun activities, there are always plenty of events and things to do. One of the most exciting activities to take part in during the day is diving in Playa del Carmen. There’s a beautiful coral reef fairly close to shore, arches and underwater caverns can be experienced with technical dives, various cenotes await the visitor, and the fantastic diving at Cozumel is a just short boat ride away.

While those of us at Pluto Dive can help you dedicate your days to experiencing fantastic underwater sights, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. The town of Playa del Carmen offers a fantastic variety of nightlife, including dozens of excellent restaurants, fun bars, and plenty of places for dancing the night away. The Blue Parrot is a classic beach bar where you can enjoy refreshing drinks while listening to tunes from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The young at heart and those in search of a more upbeat party will find it at the thumping Coco Bongo. One of Playa del Carmen’s premiere dance clubs, this hotspot can host more than a thousand people, plays the latest in dance club hits, and has great shows.

Experience ocean diving and more with Pluto Dive during the day, and follow that up with the exciting sights and sounds of the Riviera Maya at night.

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29

Oct - 2013

 

Diving Playa del Carmen is always exciting. Watching sharks, schools of brightly colored fish, and experiencing the vivid colors of corals is a must for any trip to the Riviera Maya. However, as much as we at Pluto Dive don’t like to admit it, there’s more to Playa del Carmen than diving in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea and treating yourself to other-worldly views in a cenote. There are ruins to see, beaches to stroll, nightlife, and much more. 

 

Even if you do plan to dive Riviera Maya for most of your trip, your non-diving partner might want to take the following tours:

Xcaret Park: Located just south of Playa del Carmen, this beautiful site has the distinction of being one of the most important ports of the Mayan civilization, an archeological site, and a theme park filled with fun activities and shows. Swim and snorkel in an underground river, see shows of traditional Mayan dances, and much more at this popular park.

Chichen Itza: This archeological site of an important Mayan city is a must for every visitor to the northern Yucatan Peninsula. The site is huge and includes a ball court, pyramids, and many other structures.

 

Cozumel Island: The famed Caribbean Island of Cozumel is easily visited as a day trip from Playa del Carmen. The island itself is beautiful but the diving around it is spectacular.

Combine your dives with these and other tours at the Mayan Riviera!

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21

Oct - 2013

 

One of the most unique and appealing aspects of diving Playa del Carmen is the chance to experience so many very different types of dives. For example, you can dive Playa del Carmen offshore with Pluto Dive to explore fantastic arches and caverns, be entertained by colorful fish and corals as you gently float above a rich coral reef, or head inland and dive several cenotes in the area. Cenotes are basically flooded sinkholes and they have been a vital part of the Yucatan Pensinsula landscape for thousands of years. Without them, the Mayans wouldn’t have been able to establish civilizations and they still supply fresh water to people on the Riviera Maya to this day.

Cenotes are also fantastic destinations for diving and no dive trip to the Playa del Carmen area would be complete without diving a couple cenotes because cenote diving is cave diving at its finest. As the light filters down, it forms azure-colored shafts and columns in the crystal clear water and lights up natural structures in the cave. Further exploration reveals breathtaking stalactite and stalagmite formations and even marine fossils. As long as you are OWD certified, you can dive a cenote and we will bring you to such well known cenote destinations as Dos Ojos, Angelita, and Carwash to name a few. Our cenote guides are experienced Open Water Dive Masters (or higher certification), use a full set of cave diving equipment, and have completed courses to be authorized for guiding divers in caverns.

Dive Riviera Maya and experience the stunning beauty of cenotes near Playa del Carmen with all of us here at Pluto Dive!

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16

Oct - 2013

 

The “Dia de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead” is one of the most important holidays in Mexico. Like its northern counterpart, this special day is celebrated around the end of October but unlike Halloween, the Dia de los Muertos has nothing to with fear. Instead of being afraid of spirits that might come back to haunt, the Day of the Dead is a time to celebrate the memories and lives of loved ones who have passed away. You could say that we welcome the spirits of family and friends back into our lives because we miss everything about them. However, the celebrations are happier rather than sad and in Playa del Carmen, we celebrate with performances and a variety of fun activities in addition to making our own personal shrines to loved ones.


It’s an exciting time to visit the Riviera Maya and a trip to the festivities at Xcaret Park is a must! This year’s celebrations will put the focus on the ancient Mayan cultures of Chiapas with dances and other exhibitions of Chiapan traditions. Under the waves of the adjacent Caribbean Sea, a non-stop celebration of life will also be happening and the best way to experience it is by scuba diving Playa del Carmen. Let us help you dive Playa del Carmen to see why we love venturing beneath the waves. A coral reef lies just offshore, stunning cenotes are just a short drive away, and other beautiful dives are begging to be experienced when you dive Riviera Maya.


Celebrate the Day of the Dead at Xcaret and the colorful life of the sea with Pluto Dive.

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16

Oct - 2013

 

The beautiful beaches, exciting nightlife, and countless other activities at Playa del Carmen are reason enough for visiting this Riviera Maya hotspot. However, in November, there’s another big reason for traveling to Playa del Carmen; the annual Riviera Maya Jazz Festival! Past events have been attended by 50,000 people and have featured such jazz greats as Al Jarreau, Herbie Hancock, and Sergio Mendes. Held from November 25th to November 28th, this year’s festival brings such top jazz performers as The Manhattan Transfer, Al Di Meola, Aguamala, and George Duke to the stage.

While relaxing with wonderful jazz sets on the beautiful Riviera Maya, don’t forget to take advantage of the clear tropical waters and dive Playa del Carmen. At Pluto Dive, we venture into the seas near this beautiful destination to dive Riviera Maya on a daily basis and every underwater experience is accompanied by sightings of colorful reef fish, beautiful corals, and regular sightings of sharks, sea turtles, and other unforgettable marine wildlife. Diving Playa del Carmen is also versatile and offers dives suitable for all levels of experience. For example, you can do an easy dive of floating with a gentle current above a beautiful tropical reef, go cenote diving, or do more technical diving near Playa del Carmen at sites that host submerged arches and caverns.

Come join us at Pluto Dive to help you experience the stunning underwater beauty of the Caribbean Sea.

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25

Feb - 2013

 

By Thomas Luis Lloyd

 

No one could complain about life on the beach - especially not one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Yet, in the end, we often get the impression that all the beachfront tourist locations are slight variations on the same thing. In the case of Playa del Carmen real estate, however, there are some clearly distinguishing features that help explain why condos in Playa del Carmen have been a world-wide favorite over the past decade. The following are a few of those features:

Top Beaches

When someone decides to buy Playa del Carmen beachfront for sale, it's important to note that they aren't just buying on a beachfront, but they are buying on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. These beaches have soft, white sand and are very wide. The water is a clear turquoise. Both the sand and water are warm and beautiful for walking on. Vacationing next to the beach is one thing; living next to these beaches is another.

Low-Rise Buildings

Playa del Carmen's growth and development have been defined by low-rise buildings. In fact, the building height is limited to 4 stories. Most are 2 or 3. This fact gives the town an image of being just that - a town. Most other successful beachfront tourist locations have their beach lined with high-rises that look like they belong in a city about 10 times the size. This factor makes a big difference for anyone buying Playa del Carmen beachfront for sale; if a buyer invests in a penthouse, they'll have a pleasant view of the beach and the water, without feeling like they're a mile away from your doorstep.

European Lifestyle

The low-rise, small-town image is one part of a larger lifestyle - a provincial lifestyle that many people feel is sort of European. This feeling is increased by the presence of many Italians, their "gelaterias," pizza shops and nice pasta restaurants. Another part of this is the fact that residents can walk everywhere. Living on the beachfront, residents can walk to their favorite restaurants and cafes. They can also walk to the downtown supermarkets (Walmart, etc.) or, if they prefer, to local markets that have very good quality (and very well-priced) fruit, vegetables and seafood, caught locally.

Romantic Atmosphere

Playa del Carmen is ranked among the world's top 10 romantic places, in company with places like Paris. The lifestyle described above really contributes to this. Also, enjoying wine at table directly on the sand of the beach under the light of the moon, with the fresh breeze coming off the Caribbean - what could be more romantic? Even retired couples often feel that living in Playa del Carmen can add a new spark of romance to a decades-old marriage.

Safe & Clean Town

Playa del Carmen is one of the cleanest communities in Mexico (and Latin America, for that matter) not to mention one of the safest; this fact makes Playa del Carmen beachfront for sale one of the best beachfront options close to home. Walking down Fifth Avenue, the main pedestrian street running parallel to the beachfront, anyone will feel this is true - at any time of day or night. The Yucatan Peninsula has always been a much safer and cleaner location that many of the rougher areas up near the U.S. border, which almost seem to be a far-away country.

Excellent Pricing

One of the most important parts of all of this is that you can actually afford nice Playa del Carmen real estate, comfortable living, life's little luxuries, etc.

There really is something distinct about Playa del Carmen. Anyone who's been there can confirm this.

TOPMexicoRealEstate.com; Mexico's Leading Network of Specialists for Finding and Purchasing Mexican Properties Safely

Mexico Real Estate NETWORK; "Mexico's Leading Network of Specialists for Finding and Purchasing Mexican Properties Safely!"Region: Playa del Carmen real estate Thomas Lloyd graduated from Purdue University Krannert School of Management with a degree in Management/Financial Option Investments.He has been living, investing, and working professionally in Mexico for over 15 years.A Mexican Certified Realtor he is the current president of TOPmexicorealestate, you can contact him at (512) 879-6546.

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25

Feb - 2013

 

By Fernando F Mayorga

Playa del Carmen is located about an hour south of Cancun in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, and it is one of the most traveled to destinations in the Riviera Maya. Playa del Carmen has its advantages when compared to Cancun one of which is that the prices you usually pay will be a lot smaller and so will the crowds. There is still a lot to do the smaller city that is Playa del Carmen and in fact some will say that it is better located in the middle of it all.

Nightlife

There are plenty of choices for nightlife in Playa del Carmen and though it is smaller than Cancun, more than likely you will not need much more. The nightlife area of the city is located a couple of blocks from the beach with some of the clubs giving you a view of the water. The best places for you to party are PlayaCrawl, Coco Bongo, and Party Playa, but if the nightclub is not your scene then you will find Karaoke spots, bars and many other places to have all the fun once the sun goes down.

Food

In the same place where you will find the nightclubs you will also find great restaurants with menus from every corner in the world. This part of Playa del Carmen feels more like Miami Beach than it does anywhere in Mexico. The good news is that you can also find great spots to chow down some great Mexican food. You can find a few places for "Comida Corrida" which is the Mexican version of fast food, but don't think of a fast food place anywhere else. Comida corrida includes stew, main course and drink all with traditional dishes you could only find in Mexico. Mexican bakeries and regular fast food locations are available.

Shopping

Shopping enthusiasts will feel right at home in Playa del Carmen. There are a lot of places where you can buy souvenirs right by the beach. Most of these shops will take pesos or dollars, but if you want the best prices make sure to pay in pesos as the conversion rate at the stores is not always in your favor. You can also buy souvenirs from street vendors who will usually give you the best overall prices, and you should not be afraid to try to bargain with them. If they see that you are not buying because of the price they will reduce it a bit.

The Beach

The Beach in Playa del Carmen is very similar to those in Cancun but overall they tend to be less crowded. This Mexican beach vacation spot is well kept and if you go out early in the morning you will see the crews cleaning it every morning so that tourists can have the best experience when they visit. The sands are white and fine while the waters are crystal blue. If you visit from May to October the waters are sometimes lukewarm; which is something you cannot say of beaches to the north.

for more information on the best Mexican beach vacation spots visit http://mexicobeaches.net

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25

Feb - 2013

 

By Hannah Rollmaker

In the modern days the travel for pleasure is one of the most diverse activities and the places that have more interesting things to the traveler are attracting more persons to them. Mexico is one of the most important travel destinations of the whole world and the Playa del Carmen is a very popular tourist destination. Mexico has excellent climate, culture and vast expanses of beaches that make it a very likable tourist destination offering different types of activities in it.

Mexico is known for its most popular tourist attractions like the Meso-American Ruins and many popular beaches like the Cancun. Though there are many attractive beaches on both sides of the country offering different experiences of the Atlantic and the Pacific the Playa Del Carmen occupies a special place among the popular tourist attractions in Mexico. This is a very popular tourist destination in Mexico and attracts many hundreds of Visitors throughout the year.

The popular beach located on the Caribbean side of the Mexican landscape is known for its crystal blue water that is a pleasure to look at and play. The Playa del Carmen is an ancient place dating back to the days of the ancient Mayans and was originally called as the Xaman-HA meaning the waters of the North. This lies just forty miles south of the most popular Cancun Beach, and is one of the most visited places for the realization of the Mayan culture that thrived centuries ago. Even today many of the important Mayan sites are preserved and you will be amazed by the rich splendor of the bygone Mayan era when you visit the Playa del Carmen.

The Playa Del Carmen is known for its white beaches and blue water that are a pleasure to look at and you will not be able to forget the unique experience of this natural beauty. This is the best place to escape from the din of the modern life and get yourself relaxed in the wonderful water and sun. The Playa Del Carmen is a unique combination of archeological, social and cultural sites and activities that will engage your whole family making it the best fit for your next vacation.

When you are in Playa Del Carmen, you must not miss out on visiting the famous culturally rich Mayan sites like Ek Balaam, Chichen Nitza, Coba and Tulum. These are some of the most important places to visit for all those who want to have a feel of the culture and history of the rich Mayan civilization. Apart from this you have many Natural reserves and ecologically important places like the Sian Kaan biosphere reserve at Tulum. This place offers wonderful opportunities for nature lovers with enormous amounts of flora and fauna and biologically diverse environment.

The Playa Del Carmen is known for its vast white beach that offers many types of water related activities like canoeing, wind surfing, Para-gliding and boating. You and your family will not forget the uniqueness of this beach with its well-stuffed international hotels and restaurants. The Play Del Carmen will stand in your memory for a long time to come.

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