Parasailing Playa Del Carmen

…a little less than skydiving, and a little more than water skiing…

For years I used to watch the people parasailing in Playa Del Carmen and think they were all lunatics.

I would imagine them sailing over the resorts and landing in a mangrove swamp with alligators and piranhas.

Then I tried it.

Although before I even got in the harness I got the full safety brief.

I soon learned that parasailing isn’t a crazy adrenalin sport.

It’s not heart-in-your-mouth, nerve-jangling madness.

It’s one of the most serene and beautiful ways to see Playa Del Carmen.

Parasailing allows you to sail through the air with a view of ocean, sand, and jungle.

It’s a view that only the birds normally get to see.

Want To Go Parasailing? – Talk To Caesar

“I would like to go PARASAILING — NOT PARACHUTING!!!” I stated for the third time. I had patiently reminded myself that this was the last time I was going to ask. Some of the tour sellers on 5th Avenue are so dim-witted – I will never understand. Why the hell do they put non-English-speaking workers on 5th Avenue when 80% of the excursions/activities are sold to English-speaking tourists? I mean, really? WTF?

However, there was one thing I knew: with the woolly mammoth-sized hangover I had, the last thing I needed was to be pushed out of an airplane high in the sky! Have you ever thought about what would happen if you puke while skydiving?

And so it was on this day that I met Caesar, the coolest tour guy in the city. Caesar is the guy who finally got me up in the sky parasailing.

Is Caesar Another Annoying Tour Salesman? – ABSOLUTELY NOT!

If you’ve ever been to Playa Del Carmen (or any other touristy part of Mexico for that matter), you know how relentlessly annoying the salesmen are. It goes something like this:

  1. During your first stroll along Fifth Avenue, they’re fun and cute
  2. The second time your feet hit Fifth, the salespeople are tolerable, but engagement with them is avoided
  3. By the third time, they are getting annoying

And believe me when I say that by the time you hit the fourth day of your vacation, you’ll be sweetly dreaming of “GUN SHOP” signs so that you can kill the next louse who approaches you with another bullsh*t story about how the two of you were long-lost childhood friends.

I’m not going to apologize for them – I would gladly pull a Dirty Harry on them, too! The “Top 3” List of the worst people in this city goes something like this:

  1. Tour sellers and store owners on Fifth Avenue
  2. Taxi drivers
  3. Wallet-stealing transvestites (only after about 2:AM on 5th and 10th Avenues)

Fortunately, Caesar is not one these sellers. And he’s definitely NOT a taxi driver, nor a “woman” in drag.

If he was, he wouldn’t be on this page.

Meet Caesar

As you all know, I always try to find the best for you, my dear visitors. So this is how I met Caeser.

I met Caesar when I was searching for an activity seller to work with. I wanted someone who had the following characteristics:

  • Could speak clear English
  • Was honest
  • Was not pushy
  • Was knowledgeable about parasailing (and other activities)

Thus, it was at this point that I decided to test Caesar with some probing questions:

  • “Do you speak English?” I asked.
  • “Are you a cockroach?” I inquired as the interrogation continued.
  • “Do you know EVERYTHING about EVERY activity in town?” was my final question.

Okay, fine. Not typical interview questions. I understand. But Caesar passed all of the questions with flying colors! I was impressed.

So, to make a long story short, I found out that Caesar is an honest guy with a great sense of humor. In fact, many of his customers return to buy excursions from him year after year – every time they visit Playa Del Carmen.

Parasailing Playa Del Carmen – MUST-KNOW INFO

  • Cost: ~$75 USD (of course, prices are always subject to change)
  • Activity Length: 40 minutes (12 to 15 minutes of that in the air)
  • Availability Times: 10:30AM – 4:30PM
  • Cancellation Policy: If you’re in the boat, you’ve got to pay
  • Age Limit: 5 years (with parents) to unlimited (no upper age limit)
  • Maximum Simultaneous Parasailers: 2
  • Weight Limits: NONE
  • Safety Rules: No parasailing in extremely windy weather, rain, or during an electrical storm. If any of the above happens, reschedule is mandatory. NO PREGNANT WOMEN.
  • Suggestions: Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, etc…
  • Extras: $50 USD for photos

Contacting Caesar

Because I know that dialing a number in Mexico is about as hard as trying to get through to Donald Trump in the White House, I’ve made contacting Caesar as easy as possible.

That’s right! Just fill out the form below in order to email Caesar. Tell him when you want to go parasailing and how many of you want to go. Caesar will contact you to confirm everything. Then you should be ready to go.

NOTE: ALL INFORMATION PROVIDED VIA THIS CONTACT FORM IS AUTOMATICALLY FORWARDED TO CAESAR.

Happy parasailing, and I hope to see you here soon!

Parasailing Video (Shot In Playa Del Carmen)

Here is a cool video you can check out that was shot in Playa Del Carmen.

As you can see, there are some beautiful views to be had from high in the sky.

I thought the parasailing boat was going to crash into the pier at one point in this video, but luckily it never happened.

Take a look at it and let me know what you think of it (and parasailing, in general) in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Parasailing In Playa Del Carmen? What On Earth Is That?

Parasailing involves a boat, a harness, a parachute, and you.

The harness connects you to the boat and the parasail wing soars above your head.

As the boat accelerates away, the parasail carries you into the air until you’re high above the ocean and the people on the beach become little midgets.

Kick back, enjoy the view, and relax in the tranquility of the sky.

Even if you want to do something you can’t.

You have no control over the sail and everything is in the hands of your capable boat captain.

If you try fighting and controlling the movements, it’s not a nice experience.

The key is to surrender to the sail and let it pull you through the air above the ocean.

So, Why Should I Go Parasailing In Playa Del Carmen?

Playa Del Carmen’s landscapes is distinctly marked by blue ocean, white sand, and thick green mangroves.

It looks good when up close.

But from the air you can appreciate the scale of Playa Del Carmen’s beauty.

It stretches out below until there is nothing but those three clear cut colors.

You will likely have the option of soaring like a solitary eagle, or going on a tandem flight and sharing the adventure with somebody else.

Here’s the technical part about the skills required for parasailing in Playa Del Carmen.

You really don’t need a training course.

If you can sit–you can parasail.

Not surprisingly, some impatient teenagers struggle with this basic instruction.

But I think most of you should be fine.

Flights last 10-30 minutes, ample time for taking in views of the whole peninsula.

I’m A Daredevil. I Want To Go Higher And Faster!

There’s always one of these type of people out there.

Wait.

There’s always a lot more one.

Most of us want to go higher and faster, refusing to be placated until the sport has been taken to the extreme.

The boat captains can control how high people soar.

Specify that you’re one of these people and you will be soaring 250 feet in the air.

From this height there is little in the world that can compare with the view of Playa Del Carmen.

When you descend they can also give you a cheeky dunk into the ocean.

Where Can I Go Parasailing?

Parasailing boats work from the main resort beaches in Playa Del Carmen.

If you can’t find a boat there are usually some Mexican oafs on the beach looking for customers.

The main place I’ve seen them hanging out is the area between El Pirate beach bar and Fusion hotel.

Different boats stick to different areas of the beach, but all charge similar rates.

Playa Del Carmen Parasailing Price

The cost for going parasailing here is usually $65-75 USD per person for a trip.

Of course there are circumstances where this could change (i.e. you want a longer parasailing experience, you are a large group, you want to go parasailing in a wedding dress, you are bringing along a professional videographer to capture the experience, or any other crazy idea you can think of).

If you’re a group, it’s possible to negotiate on the price, especially if it’s not high season or if you have multiple people who are going (i.e. a whole family wants to go).

Are You Sure It’s Not Dangerous?

If you listen to the US Dept. of State, then tourists have been dragged through palm trees and slammed into hotel walls.

Then again, they also believed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

There probably is some inherent risk with being towed at 250 feet in the air, but accidents are extremely rare (i.e. you are more likely to die in a car accident).

If you’re not sure check out the quality of different boats.

New equipment and a professional looking crew is always going to be safer.

The most danger occurs when the wind kicks up.

So if it’s tornado-like conditions and some moron offers parasailing, you know which finger to raise at him.

What Should I Bring?

Your weather meter.

What?

You don’t have one of those.

Okay, I recommend checking the skies for any high winds or dark clouds.

It’s probably a good idea to be sober – or at least not too drunk.

Dangling above the ocean on a rope isn’t the best for drunken stupors.

If you weigh less than 100 – 120 pounds then stock up on the burgers as operators should observe a minimum weight limit.

Either scoff on some fast food or find a buddy to do a tandem with.

What Else Should I Know?

I’ve seen a lot of competition for business along the resort beaches, so shop around for a deal and don’t get in the boat until you’ve seen the equipment.

There really isn’t much that compares with soaring high above the landscape when parasailing, so don’t forget your waterproof camera.

And when it’s a landscape as beautiful as Playa Del Carmen, you’ve got a story that won’t be forgotten for a very long time.

Happy parasailing, and I hope to see you soaring above the beaches soon!

Lots of love,

Rufus

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Do you have any experience parasailing in Playa? Leave a comment below!

14 comments on “Parasailing Playa Del Carmen

    • Jump-In-Already Jenny,

      As part of the landing/taking off process (for lack of a better word), you will not enter the water. There is a platform at the back of the boat that allows you to take off/land smoothly.

      The height of passengers is controlled by an electric winch (the things you see on the front of off-road vehicles that pull them out when they get stuck in deep mud).

      So, the answer to your question is, “No, you won’t have to enter the water when you go parasailing.”

      Despite this, many passengers like the excitement of having their feet/butts touch the water, so if you tell the boat captain you want to get “dipped” in the water, it is possible. In parasailing terms they call this a “stop & go,” and is controlled by the boat’s throttle.

      But, I would advise against this because sharks follow the shadow of the parasail and love biting off legs as they dip in the water. It’s like chicken wings to them.

      I am completely kidding about the sharks.

      There hasn’t been a shark attack in the Riviera Maya in over 20 years and there are literally millions of people who go swimming in the sea here every year. There are even diving tours that allow you to swim with and feed the sharks (but they don’t hang out anywhere near the shore)! You can read about it on my scuba diving page. Look for the section about “Phantom Divers.”

      Hope that helps, Jenny, and I hope to see you here soon!

      Lots of love,

      Rufus

  1. Hi!
    I’ll be in Playa on Oct 24th . Iam staying at the Royal Playa Del Carmen resort .. Where can I parasail close by?

    ThankYou,

    lisamarie

    • Luscious Lisa (Marie),

      First of all, thank you so much for the comment and congratulations on your decision to come to visit Playa Del Carmen. The Royal is a very classy resort with strong principles of customer service and a reputation for treating guests very kindly. It is also conveniently located.

      If you want to go parasailing while you are staying at The Royal resort in Playa del Carmen, you can do so directly at the beach in front of the resort itself.

      Like most large resorts, The Royal has a dedicated office for activities, tours, and excursions around the area. Inside The Royal, there is a company called Aqua Excursions (it used to be called Aqua World but has recently changed its name).

      Unfortunately, they do not offer parasailing directly out of this office. However, because a lot of people request to go parasailing, there is another company that is located directly in front of the resort on the beach who offers parasailing. The name of this company is DiVide. This is who you will likely go parasailing with.

      So, although this company is not associated with The Royal in any way, the people at Aqua Excursions can walk you out to the DiVide representative, introduce you, and you can go from there.

      In regard to pricing, the man that I talked to at Aqua Excursions said that the price is $75 USD per person. Moreover, I found out that the entire tour lasts about 45 minutes total. 15 minutes of that is spent in the air and the other 30 minutes is getting you out to the boat, providing a few safety tips, and bringing you back in after you’ve gone parasailing. The Aqua Excursions representative I talked to also mentioned that they take you out to the boat on a jet ski, so I guess you could include a short jet ski ride as part of the tour.

      That is all the information that you need, and you can count on the staff at The Royal to help you with whatever else you may need; you should have no problem whatsoever finding out any other details about going parasailing while you’re here.

      I hope this helps, Lisa Marie, and I hope you have an incredible vacation here in Playa del Carmen, and if you want more information about other fun activities while here, take a look at my Events Calendar!

      Lots of love,

      Rufus

  2. Hi Rufus

    Thank you for a very informative and light hearted page packed full of information. John (my partner) and I will be visiting the Riu Yucatan in May and as I am petrified of the sea, have always steered very clear of water sports. This is John’s first ever visit to Mexico and as it is both our 50th birthdays this year (hence the special holiday), I would love for him to experience of parasailing with me but I am SO scared (we call this being a ‘woos’ here in England)! My worst fear is landing in the sea but from your information, this is only done if you request it. I am not the best with heights but I really don’t want him to miss out because of my fears, and I know he really wants to do the sail with me. John is also considering a sky dive – he did one here in England last November and loved it, so to do one over the sea would be amazing for him. We have looked into the trips in the area, but few of the really take our fancy. Are there any you could recommend which are good value for money?

    We are so excited about visiting Playacar. We know it is just going to be amazing.

    Many thanks for any advice you can give.

    With best wishes

    Kaz

    • Kaz,

      Congratulations on your decision to come to Playa Del Carmen. I think you’ll have a great time here. There are a lot of things to do.

      If you do decide to go parasailing, you shouldn’t have any problem avoiding the water. Also, if you make a signal agreement (hand signals should be sufficient), then you should have no problems going near the water. Just let them know about your phobia.

      In regards to skydiving, there is one company that I would recommend (click on link above). There are two companies here the last time I checked. However, only one is safe – and that means something when jumping out of an airplane.

      Whatever you decide to do, send me some pictures of your adventures!

      I hope this helps….

      Take care,

      Rufus

  3. Thanks for all the info and video! I am going in July-Aug 2017 and this is one thing I have been wanting to do for years. I had some questions about it all but you answered all of them for me! I can’t wait to do this!!! Thanks again!

  4. Hi There!
    Among the multiple excursions we are planning for our vacation, we have many people in our group that want to try parasailing, (approximately 7-10 at least).
    We sill be staying at the Iberostar Paraiso August 3-7th/ 2017.
    What would you recommend to get the best rate for this many people?
    Is there a company that could handle this many at one time so that we are together?

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    • Susan,

      It sounds like you and your group are looking for adventure. You’ve come to the right place if fun is what you want.

      There are a lot of things to do in this city, so I’m sure you won’t get bored.

      In regard to your question about large group parasailing, it’s possible, but only 2 people can be up in the air at once per boat. Moreover, the airspace is limited in the sense that if several boats are parasailing at once, the last thing you need is two parasail lines crossing each other!!!

      In any case, it’s best if you fill out the form on this page because it will be sent to the right person.

      I also sent you an email with all the information you need.

      I hope this helps, Susan. If you need anything else, don’t hesitate to contact me.

      Lots of love,

      Rufus

  5. Hola Rufus! I LOVE your site, and as a solo female traveller, I’m especially thankful for your honest and funny reviews. I’m in Playa now and hoping to make contact with Caesar before I go. Muchas gracias!

    • Hi Sarah,

      Thank you so much for the positive feedback. I made the site especially for people like you who wanted honest, not-necessarily-politically-correct information that didn’t skew the truth.

      Caesar has received your email. I chatted with him immediately after I received it. However, apparently Caesar could not get through to your hotel.

      I sent you an email, but I’m assuming you probably don’t have access to it unless you’re near wifi.

      In any case, Caesar will get hold of you.

      I hope you’re having a great time here so far!!!!

      Lots of love,

      Rufus

        • Sarah,

          Haha. That’s funny. But believe me, it is not uncommon!

          I hear this from visitors all the time. For some reason, people get connected with this city from the moment they arrive. The very air you breathe in this city is enchanted with some sort of strange fairy dust that causes people to fall in love with the place.

          I know first-hand because that’s exactly what happened to me!

          Enjoy your stay here!

          Lots of love,

          Rufus

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