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.
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.
There’s always a lot more than 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 the most basic type of parasailing here is usually $65-75 USD per person for a trip. However, if you want to make it a fun, 1/2-day experience, I recommend going parasailing as a tour.
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.
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,
Do you have any experience parasailing in Playa? Leave a comment below!