Playa Del Carmen: The Absolute Best Fishing Destination in Mexico

Playa del Carmen, now the third-largest beach resort city in Quintana Roo, is the jewel of the Mayan Riviera. Located approximately 70km south of Cancún, Playa del Carmen's stunning scenery, distinct European flavor, sheltered beaches with silky white sand and aqua-blue waters make it extremely popular among sun-seeking vacationers and adventurers alike. This beautiful coastal city perfectly blends the traditional Mexican locale with an opulent array of tourist options. From gorgeous pristine beaches, amazing eco-archaeological parks, ancient Mayan ruins, to excellent deep sea fishing, diving and snorkeling destinations, Playa del Carmen offers endless activities and attractions to enjoy during your Riviera Maya vacation.

Destination Quick Facts:

LOCATION: In the center of Riviera Maya, Mexico (Yucatan Peninsula)

FISHING SEASON: Year-round

FISH SPECIES: Bonefish, Barracudas, permit, tarpon, marlin, wahoo and many more

Best Deep Sea Fishing Destination

Playa del Carmen is known as “one of the premier sailfish fishing hot spots in the world” among many deep-sea fishing enthusiasts. Playa del Carmen and the towns located close to it are often referred to as "the privileged locations” on the Mayan Riviera for sail fish migration. Deep sea fishing tours are available all year round along the enticing coastline of Playa. Due to the unique topography, the entire Playa area virtually sits along the edge of the second largest coral reef of the world – the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, making it the best fishing ground in the Riviera.

With over 500 species of fish in the Caribbean waters surrounding this coastal city, there's a fishing excursion waiting to happen for every level of fisherman, from the curious beginners to the avid anglers. You can expect to catch barracuda, blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, dorado, wahoo, and yellowfin tuna in the deep waters of Carmen.

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Trolling and Fly Fishing Trips

Trolling is one of most exciting fishing experiences for beginners. Depending on the season you can troll and catch sailfish, white marlin, blue marlin, wahoo, dorado, tuna, kingfish and barracuda. Fly fishing and bonefishing are also popular in Playa among sports fishermen. You can take a fly fishing trip to the south of Tulum to fish the world famous Ascension Bay flats or to the Boca Paila Lagoons, located only 60 miles south of Playa del Carmen. Expect to catch bonefish, permit, tarpon, barracudas, snook and jacks and other colorful tropical fish species.

Fly Fishing Trips

Fishing Tournaments

• The annual Torneo de Pesca – Playa del Carmen Tournament of Fishing – is a fun and highly popular event that attracts more fishermen each year.

Fishing Tournaments

• The Dave Harris Memorial Billfish Tournament held annually in another world-renowned spot for fishing – Puerto Adventuras, which is located 15 minutes to the north of Playa del Carmen. Just another fishing festival that tempts avid anglers from around the world.

Fishing Tournaments

Fishing tournaments have been characterized as one of the main traditions of Playa del Carmen. These two tournaments have made sport fishing activity one of the main tourist attractions in Play del Carmen. You can participate in these fishing festivals to show off your excellent fishing skills or your competitive nature.

Playa del Carmen Fishing Yacht Charters

Fishing Yacht Charters

A private fishing yacht charter is the best option to enjoy deep sea fishing, bone fishing, fly fishing and trolling activities in Playa del Caremen. When you charter a private fishing boat, it becomes exclusively yours for the whole day – just the crew and your group, offering you total customization, luxury & comfort, full flexibility as well as total personal attention. Enjoy the beauty of Caribbean Mexico while fishing the deep sea waters of Playa del Carmen from aboard your own private fishing boat. Whether you're in Riviera Maya on a family trip or a romantic outing with your partner, you should not miss an adventurous fishing excursion in Playa del Carmen. When planning your next big trip to Riviera Maya or Cancun don't forget to add a Playa del Carmen fishing excursion to your charter itinerary!