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HERE’S How YOU Can Enjoy All the Luxury Amenities of a 5* All-Inclusive Hotel, for a Fraction of the Cost of Staying There.
(Last Updated On: March 7, 2018)

HERE’S How YOU Can Enjoy All the Luxury Amenities of a 5* All-Inclusive Hotel, for a Fraction of the Cost of Staying There.


Whether you’re staying in a condo building in the center, renting a small Airbnb or living in Playa del Carmen, having a day pass for a luxury resort is always a good idea!

For one day you will be treated like royalty and have access to all the food, drink, amenities and activities of a 5* all-inclusive hotel, but for a fraction of the cost of staying there.

Playa del Carmen has many amazing hotels and resorts that offer a day pass just like this for a small fee.

Prices generally start at $1,000 pesos to around $2,000 pesos for the day. That’s just $56 – $113 USD to spend an entire day relaxing, drinking and eating, all with the amazing service of a big resort.

It’s worth mentioning that most day passes only cover the morning and afternoon, requiring you to purchase a separate pass if you wish to stay for dinner and the night’s entertainment.

So, are you ready to spend a day in complete luxury, with someone waiting on your every need? Then check out our guide to the very best hotels for day passes in Playa del Carmen.

1. Sandos Playacar

7am – 11pm – $1852 pesos = approx $100

sandos day pass

The fantastic chain resort is located in the beautiful gated community of Playacar.

Sandos Playacar is nestled in a lush Mayan jungle, right on the beach, so they have access to one of the most exclusive stretches of sand in Playa del Carmen.

Choosing a day pass at this vibrant resort gives you access to a whole host of amazing activities.

Kayaking, paddle boarding, tennis, aqua aerobics and mini-golf are just a few of the great things all of the family can enjoy.

Sandos Playacar also offers a mountain bike rental service, so you can explore the beautiful surroundings of Playacar in style.

If lazing poolside all day is your idea of an ideal day, you’ll love the many pools available. This huge resort has over 6 different pools wonderfully draped across the entire property.

The lagoon pool is the main place for people to splash around, grab a drink at the swim up bar and soak up the sun.

There are also adults-only pools available and a kids club pool to keep the little ones busy all day.

After a long day of activities, you can enjoy a fantastic meal in one of Sandos Playacar’s 8 restaurants.

They have a large variety of food available including Asian cuisine, gourmet Mexican, Traditional Italian, Brazilian and even a cute little cupcake cafe!

2. Riu Palace Riviera Maya

9am to 5pm – $1800 pesos = approx $100
5pm to 11pm – $1350 pesos = approx $75

Riu Palace day pass

This famous Playa del Carmen hotel offers a fantastic day pass, so you can enjoy all of the Riu chain luxuries from 9 am until 5 pm.

If you wish to stay and enjoy the festivities and amazing amenities a little longer, you can also purchase an evening pass which runs from 5 pm until 11 pm.

With the evening pass, you can watch the live entertainment, enjoy a delicious cocktail at one of the many bars, and dig into a fantastic evening meal.

The Riu Palace Riviera Maya offers a wide range of entertainment and activities for both adults and children alike.

The little ones will absolutely love all the games in the RiuLand entertainment program, and the adults can also get involved with the daily activity program, exclusively for the over 18s.

Poolside games, Zumba on the beach, Horseshoe toss competitions and Volleyball tournaments are just a few of the adult friendly games.

If you want to make the most of your day pass and pack your day full of activities, then the Riu Palace is definitely the place to do so.

With their tennis courts, volleyball courts, windsurfing, catamaran outings, beach football courts, body boarding and snorkel gear, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

When you first arrive, you can enjoy a delicious full American breakfast buffet with live cooking stations, continental options, fresh fruit and even a cheeky Cava.

3. Gran Porto

9am to 5pm – $1326 pesos = approx $74

Gran Porto day pass

Located in the very heart of Playa del Carmen, Gran Porto is one of the easiest day pass resorts to access.

This stunning resort prides themselves on their luxurious and exclusive feel, and with activities for all the family, this is a great place for families to take a day pass.

Your little ones will absolutely adore the Oki Fun World kids club with their face painting, balloon games, hula-hooping and playground activities.

Plus, the Oki Fun World will keep the kiddies out of your hair while you enjoy the zesty tequila tasting sessions, kayak outings, yoga classes on the beach and fantastic fitness activities.

Gran Porto also boasts a fun-filled mini golf course, a wide range of snorkel gear and exciting cooking lessons, so you can make the most of your day.

When it’s time to cool off, there are three fantastic pools to choose from.

The Largest pool is the freshwater lagoon in the center of the property, you can also relax in the wonderfully quiet rooftop pool or soothe your muscles in the relaxing hot tub pool.

Take advantage of the many bars and restaurants at Gran Porto, including the popular Trade Winds Beach Bar which serves cocktails ocean-side all day long.

Whether you want authentic Mexican, a beachside grill or a classy rooftop sushi bar, you’ll find it all at this amazing resort.

4. Iberostar Tucan 

8am to 6pm – $1226 pesos = approx $56
6pm to 3am – $756 pesos = approx $42

Iberostar Tucan day pass

Iberostar Tucan is the best option for those of you looking to enjoy a more natural experience with your day pass.

This stunning resort is located in the protected area of Playacar and is surrounded by thick Mayan jungle.

You can walk the winding paths of their Rainforest Refuge and admire the many beautiful plant species, meet some of the local monkeys, and listen to the countless tropical birds.

If you prefer nature of a more sandy variety, then you’re in luck.

Iberostar Tucan is located on one of the most beautiful private strips of beach in Playa del Carmen, which gives this resort a very exclusive feel.

This Eco-friendly resort is also a sports lovers paradise.

With your day pass, you can enjoy a wide range of activities, including beach football, archery, yoga, Zumba, snorkeling, kayaking, and windsurfing.

When it comes to food, you won’t be disappointed.

Iberostar Tucan has a great selection of restaurants including Japanese, Mexican, international buffet and Mediterranean.

If you just don’t want the fun to stop, you can purchase an evening pass, which gives you access from 6 pm all the way through to 3 am.

With the evening pass, you can watch the live shows, enjoy a fantastic evening meal, and drink in the many bars all night long.

Have you purchased a day pass from any of these fabulous hotels? Let me know what you thought and which was your favorite in the comments below!

* Day pass prices correct as of August 2017

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Have a great day.


Fern Fern is a travel writer from England, who packed up her entire life into one suitcase and moved to sunny Mexico. If she’s not exploring secluded beaches, or hopping on a plane to a nearby country, you will find her under the waves trying to make friends with the local sea life. Fern’s motto is to travel slowly. She takes time to really get to know a country, immerse herself in its culture, pick up the language, and of course, stuff herself with all the local delicacies!


  1. Thanks for this! We wanted to do a day pass at a resort but didn’t know which were options. We ended up choosing the Iberostar Tucan and had an awesome time! Price is $1,226 as of March, 2018. Thanks for the tip!

    1. You’re more than welcome Lauren, thank you for the update we will be sure to edit accordingly. 🙂 We’re glad you found it useful.


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