Playa Del Carmen Booze Cruise

…the best way to see the sea…

Close your eyes.

Imagine a big boat.

Imagine that boat filled with people.

Imagine all of those people with beers and cocktails in their hands.

Now imagine a DJ playing some badass music.

Add a few cool dudes leading some wild drinking games and dancing activities.

Now continue this dream for around 4-6 hours–with all the drinks you can pour down your throat and all the food your stomach can handle.

Throw in some snorkeling and paddle boarding on the side to boot.

Finally, picture all of this taking place within the backdrop of a turquoise blue Caribbean sea, teeming with colorful tropical fish and prehistoric sea turtles.

As you gaze up at the huge mast and sail jutting out from the deck of the boat, you realize that you are…

…on a Playa Del Carmen booze cruise!


Reserve Your Booze Cruise Now!!!

You’re got several options when it comes to a booze cruise, so you might as well make the right choice.

There’s no way I’m going to let you book a booze cruise until you know what you are getting yourself into.

Do you want a “balls-to-the-wall” drunken booze cruise? Or are you simply looking for a catamaran cruise that includes an open bar?

My guy, Sergio, is one of the most knowledgeable people in the area–particularly about booze cruises!

He can give you all the booze cruise options and then you can pick which one fits your mood.

Who The Heck Is Sergio? How do I pronounce that?

Sergio has lived and worked in the Riviera Maya for ~10 years, so his experience is invaluable.

Moreover, Sergio’s English is impeccable, so you will not have any problems in that department.

For your own reference, his name is pronounced SIR’ · jee · oh.

Fill out the form below. 

Sergio will contact you shortly in order to help you book your Playa del Carmen Booze Cruise.



What is a Playa Del Carmen booze cruise?

A Playa Del Carmen booze cruise is nothing more than an all-you-can-drink, all-you-can-eat ride on a big boat that lasts between four and six hours.

However, within those four to six hours, you get to participate in a whole bunch of included activities and entertainment.

Booze cruises are relaxing, fun, and unforgettable–all packed together into a single afternoon.

If that doesn’t suit your fancy, I don’t know what will.

Booze Cruise Video (Shot In Playa Del Carmen)

Admittedly, not all booze cruises are the same. In this video, you get to see what a typical booze cruise might look like. Take a look at it, because if you like what you see, this could be you in the near future:


Why take a Playa Del Carmen booze cruise?

A Playa Del Carmen booze cruise is great if you want to mix a number of different activities into one afternoon.

I don’t know about for you, but for me, the “all-you-can-drink” part of a booze cruise is the biggest selling point–all the other stuff is just icing on the cake! The good thing is that there is a lot of icing:

  • When is the last time you went on a long boat ride in a tropical paradise?
  • When did you last eat a lunch buffet from the deck of a boat?
  • How long has it been since you indulged in an all-you-can-drink open bar?
  • Have you snorkeled in the Caribbean sea lately?

If you factor in all of the amazing things that you can do during one activity, it quickly becomes a no-brainer:

A Playa Del Carmen booze cruise is one of the most economical ways to take advantage of all that you ever hoped for in a tropical destination.

  • Unlimited alcoholic beverages
  • Unlimited lunch buffet
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Paddle board equipment
  • Music
  • Caribbean scenery
  • Transportation to and from the booze cruise (more on this later)

If you think of how much money you would spend to experience each of these things individually, you can immediately see the value contained within a Playa Del Carmen booze cruise.

Will I get sick on the Playa Del Carmen booze cruise?

Many people ask me whether or not they will get sick on a Playa Del Carmen booze cruise.

The answer is a little bit complicated. Fortunately, the chances of you getting sick or very slim for several reasons.

First of all, the boat you will be riding on is a catamaran.

A catamaran is a wide boat with two separate sections.

The two sections are built to maintain stability in the water.

Unlike a regular “V-Hull” boat, catamarans float more horizontally on the water because there are two separated pieces that assure the boat remains stable.

Secondly, booze cruises only take place if the weather is acceptable for sailing.

If it is stormy, rainy, or the sea is rough, your booze cruise will be cancelled and you will need to reschedule it for another date.

Finally, cruising is not the only thing that you will do during your Playa Del Carmen booze cruise.

You will be stopping several times along the trip and land will always be in site.

For the above reasons, it is quite rare that people get sick on a Playa Del Carmen booze cruise.

Where does the Playa Del Carmen booze cruise go? Will we get to meet some real pirates?

I think you’ve watched Pirates of the Caribbean a few too many times there, sailor!

Unfortunately, you will not likely meet any pirates during your Playa Del Carmen booze cruise. (They only exist off the coast of Africa–and Venezuela today!!!)

However, you will enter some waters that used to be infested with pirates–who fiercely fought against Spanish conquistadors for territorial control. Unfortunately, the gold and treasure is long gone.

(But then again, if you see something shiny while out snorkeling, be sure to save the coordinates!)

Your Playa Del Carmen booze cruise will take you to several different destinations, depending on which boat you take.

These destinations may include the following:

  • Isla Mujeres Booze CruiseThe literal name translated is “Woman’s Island.” This island contains beautiful beaches, a quaint town-like atmosphere, and several interesting resorts. A booze cruise around this island includes snorkeling and sightseeing just off the island itself. You may not want to leave this area once you see it because it is intimate and unique.
  • Cancun Booze CruiseCancun is known for its beautiful beaches and mega resorts that host a countless number of annual spring break parties. In addition to having a party reputation, the sea surrounding Cancun is teeming with wildlife that can only be seen once you enter the water. If you choose this booze cruise destination, you will see that around midday the water glows with a lustrous emerald green color when the sun is shining overhead. Mix this with some food and drinks, and you will swear that you’ve died and gone to heaven.
  • Puerto Aventuras Booze CruisePuerto Aventuras is a near self-sustaining golf and yacht community. By comparison, have you ever seen the movie The Hobbit? Do you remember when the group of travelers enters the elvish kingdom?Well, that is what it’s like to enter Puerto Aventuras–it is another world. Everything there is built better than I’ve ever seen in Mexico. It is very luxurious and in a bracket of its own when it comes to sailing. It is the perfect destination to both set sail (and return to) during your Playa Del Carmen booze cruise.

These are several of the most common options that you have when it comes to choosing a Playa Del Carmen booze cruise.

However, fill out the form above.

I will have someone get back to you ASAP with any other options that are currently available.

What does the Playa Del Carmen booze cruise include?

A booze cruise is the perfect way to spend an afternoon because it includes everything that you need during the duration of your activity.

Although every booze cruise is slightly different, they will usually include the following (listed in order of importance):

  • Open barAll you can drink beer, cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks. Sometimes there is an additional charge that includes premium alcohol. However, most of the booze cruises are essentially all inclusive when it comes to drinks.
  • LunchAll the booze cruises will include lunch. Some of them serve an all-you-can-eat buffet style lunch. Others include a barbecue right on the deck of the boat. Either way, you will not be short on food during the length of your Playa Del Carmen booze cruise.
  • SightseeingBeing out at sea is one of the most beautiful, romantic, and enjoyable experiences that you will have during your trip to the Playa Del Carmen area. Your eyes will be utterly overwhelmed at the beauty and uniqueness of the waters surrounding Playa Del Carmen. Not only will you be able to see the attractions that exist above the water, but you will also get a first-hand experience with some of the creatures that lurk underneath. This includes fish, sea turtles, manta rays, etc.
  • SnorkelingMost booze cruises will include snorkeling, and I strongly recommend that you take advantage of it! Snorkeling in the waters surrounding Playa Del Carmen and the Riviera Maya is a rewarding experience. Depending on which booze cruise you decide on and where your sails take you, you will have the opportunity to experience some of the most beautiful underwater flora and fauna that exists on the planet. However, if you are scared water, scared of the sea, or just simply don’t like snorkeling, remember that this part of your trip is optional and not mandatory (i.e. nobody is going to throw you in the water…unless I am on the booze cruise with you).
  • Snorkeling EquipmentYou would not be able to go snorkeling without equipment, so this is obviously included.
  • Paddle BoardsAlthough not all Playa Del Carmen booze cruises include paddleboards, if you do have the opportunity to take one, go for it. Paddle boarding may look boring from the shore, but standing on a paddleboard and moving is like walking on water. Experiencing the activity yourself is much more delightful than watching someone else do it.
  • TransportationMost of the Playa Del Carmen booze cruises include transportation to and from the port of sailing. Transportation is essential. If it is not included with the fair, it will cost extra. In addition, you want to be sure that your transportation includes an air-conditioned van or shuttle. Sometimes the heat in the Playa Del Carmen area can be brutal, so you want to make sure that your transportation is pleasant. Fill out the form above and someone will get back to you with all the options available.
  • Entertainment – Although the alcohol, food, and scenery will be entertainment enough for many of you, some people enjoy a captain and crew that really get the party started. All of the Playa Del Carmen booze cruises will include a friendly captain and crew who enjoy their jobs and are happy to have you on board. In most cases, there will be some sort of music and entertainment the you are welcome and encouraged to partake in.

What do I need to bring on a Playa Del Carmen booze cruise?

You really only need to bring yourself–with an empty stomach and clear mind.

However, there are several other things that you may want to bring in order to enjoy your trip and be more comfortable:

  • Sunglasses – The reflection of the sun off the water can get kind of bread, so make sure you bring some sunglasses – preferably the polarized ones because they allow you to see deeper into the water.
  • Sunscreen lotion I’ve said it before, and I will say it again. The sun can be quite punishing here during the day. Make sure that you bring some sunscreen / sunblock lotion to protect your skin. If you don’t, you can expect to have a pretty good sunburn if you’re not already tan. Also, be sure that the sunblock lotion is biodegradable, as most of the tours and activities here will not allow you to use sunscreen unless it is biodegradable. Let’s face it, they’re probably not going to check the label. But do the wildlife in this area favor and use biodegradable sunscreen. It’s better for the local environment.
  • Sun hat / baseball cap In order to protect yourself even further from the sun, I would recommend wearing some kind of hat during your trip. However, I recommend a hat with one major caveat: make sure that the hat fits tightly. With a strong ocean breeze, a loosely fitting cap will fly off in a moment, and I doubt you’ll want to go chasing after it with the boat speeding full steam ahead.
  • Cash – Never leave home without it. Make sure you have enough cash to cover any sort of expenses, souvenir purchases, extra costs that you may incur. You also may want to tip the captain and crew if they do a great job However, tipping on a booze cruise is definitely NOT necessary.
  • IDSome of the activities here require you to show your ID before participating in them. This is only because initially you will usually pay just a deposit to reserve your spot on the boat. At the time of departure, however, you will likely pay the remaining balance in cash. In order to be sure it was you who paid the deposit, they verify your name through your ID. In addition, it’s always recommended to carry your ID with you just in case of an emergency. You never know when you’ll need it.
  • Swimsuit / bikini Even if you don’t plan on going snorkeling or paddle boarding, it’s always nice to have these things with you just in case you change your mind. The beauty of the Caribbean Sea, coral reefs, and peer pressure can be quite persuasive, so always be ready to jump in the water.
  • Cell phone / cameraIf you want to get some pictures and video of your experience on the boat, make sure you bring your camera or cell phone with you.
  • Whatever else – If you have some other special needs, don’t hesitate to add these to your list.

Most of all, bring a good attitude and be ready for some fun!

You are almost ready to go. However, there is one more pending question that must be answered…

How much does the Playa Del Carmen booze cruise cost?

A Playa Del Carmen booze cruise will usually set you back anywhere from $75 to $125 USD, depending on which booze cruise you take.

A lot will depend on what is included–

…and that is where you really have to be careful.

Take a look at some of the competitors’ websites.

Several of them are offering booze cruises for what appear to be ridiculously low prices. That’s because they don’t include two essential things:

  • Transportation
  • Port fee / Port tax

Just like anything else, you often get what you pay for.

In regard to a Playa Del Carmen booze cruise, you also have to remember that Playa Del Carmen does not have its own port for large boats and yachts. Consequently, most of the local booze cruises that run in the area set sail out of either Cancun or Puerto Aventuras.

Puerto Aventuras is approximately 20 minutes south of Playa Del Carmen (and, by the way, is a really cool community).

Cancun is an hour and a half north.

And this is exactly where the problem arises:

***If you see what appears to be a very cheap booze cruise, the first thing you need to verify is whether or not it includes transportation.

The second thing you need to check is where it departs from.

If it does NOT include transportation and departs from Cancun, expect to pay quite a bit for transportation.

If it does NOT include transportation and departs from Puerto Aventuras, it will still be some extra money, but significantly more reasonable.

In addition to the transportation costs, the Mexican government charges a port tax for each person that leaves and returns on a boat at sea.

Right now that fee is somewhere between $10 and $15 USD.

My point in mentioning this is that the port tax is sometimes NOT included in the price of the booze cruise.

Again, what might look like a spectacular deal may cost a lot more than you had originally bargained for!

Always double-check everything!

Anything else?

If you decide to take a Playa Del Carmen booze cruise, expect to have a lot of fun, create some great memories, and get to experience some unique photo opportunities.

Whatever you do, don’t drink so much that they have to carry you off the boat.

Not only will you wake up the next day with a killer hangover, but you will have forgotten all the highlights of your Playa Del Carmen booze cruise!

I hope to see you sailing on the high seas soon…

Lots of love,


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8 comments on “Playa Del Carmen Booze Cruise

  1. Rufus…thanks for the great information. Nice sense of humor as well. I was wondering if you knew if people often get seasick on your booze cruise. Does it happen often? My wife gets sick when there is too much up and down in the sea. What do you think?


    Lee Waters

    • Lee,

      First of all, thank you so much for the question. I have a brother who gets seasick very easily, so I know what your wife is going through.

      Of course there’s no way that I can guarantee the weather, and obviously weather is going to affect the tranquility of the sea. Moreover, because I do not know your wife’s exact sensitivity to seasickness, I will not be able to give you a perfect answer.

      However, I will say this: booze cruises take place on large catamarans. Catamarans are particularly known for their stability, so there is less likely that she would get sick on my booze cruise than she would on many traditional-type boats. In addition, many people get sea sickness if they cannot see the land (oddly enough). Luckily, you will be in sight of land at all times during your booze cruise.

      Finally, if she puts enough beers and booze in her belly, I’m sure she will forget all about sea sickness and end up having a great time either way! That’s what I always do, and I SWEAR IT WORKS!!!!!

      Hope this helps…


  2. Hi Rufus! Thanks so much for the info. I’m super excited about my upcoming trip, but I have a question that’s a little out of the ordinary.

    My friend hates cheap alcohol and will only drink super expensive whiskey. The mixing ingredients are not so important, but the whisky itself is.

    Do you know if they allow customers to bring their own alcohol on board the boat?

    I know it seems petty, but this person won’t go unless it’s okay to bring the whiskey onboard.

    Thanks so much, Rufus!

    • Finicky Fini,

      First off, your name kicks a$$! I don’t think I’ve ever met–or even read about–anyone named ”Fini!”

      Fortunately, I’ve also never met someone as finicky as your friend. Is this friend of yours a dude or a chick? A damn demanding date either way! I’ll make sure to tell the captain of the boat to accidentally push your pal overboard with the anchor when your booze cruise boat stops for snorkeling!

      Just joking with you, my dear Fini. I completely understand preference. Unfortunately, you can’t always get what you want. Fortunately, in this case you probably can!

      Here’s why:

      Getting on a booze cruise is not like going through security at an airport. You don’t get strip-searched, x-rayed, or face any scrutiny whatsoever. As long as your name is on the list, you board the boat – bags, band-aids, and, of course, whiskey. Thus, I can’t see there being a problem.

      In addition, and from the more pragmatic perspective of the people who run the booze cruise, your friend is actually saving them money by drinking his/her own booze! Consequently, I can’t see why they would want to argue with that.

      In any case, I would advise your friend not to make a public announcement that s/he has whiskey in his/her bag upon boarding the boat. So long as you remain reasonably reserved about your secret stowaway, I think you’ll be swell!

      Enjoy your booze cruise!!!

      Lots of love,


  3. Hi Rufus….love the site! Quick question wondered if you know the answer. I have a dog that I am bringing with me to Playa del Carmen. The problem is that I can’t really leave her anywhere because she whines and cries when I’m not around.

    Do you know if it’s possible to bring a pet (small dog) on one of your booze cruises?

    Thanks so much, and, again, I LOVE your website!!!!

    • Noticeable Nancy,

      At one point, I thought I would hear all of the questions possible, and now you send me this! Although it is perfectly clear that you are a great dog mom, unfortunately you won’t be able to rescue your dog from boredom this time. That’s right, you will not be able to bring your dog on board your Playa Del Carmen booze cruise; they do not allow pets on board any of the catamarans.

      However, and this may come as good news, are several different dog hotels in Playa Del Carmen where you can leave your pet. I know, I know—nobody wants to leave their precious pup in a foreign environment (and especially not in a foreign country). Nonetheless, it is probably a better alternative than leaving s/he in your hotel or condo and having the police come because your neighbors have called about your dog whining.

      In any case, if you search for “dog hotel Playa Del Carmen,” you’re probably going to find something that can suit your needs. I know of at least THREE dog hotels in town: Dog Holiday, Animal House Playa Del Carmen, and Doggy House Playa.

      Good luck Nancy, and let me know how things turn out for your dog while on your Playa Del Carmen Booze Cruise!!!!

      Lots of love…


  4. Hi Rufus! Super nice page! Thanks for all the information!

    I have a question for you about taking a booze cruise. My wife loves going topless at some of the local beaches (mostly the private ones). Does your booze cruise allow women to go topless? I’m sure they allow men to go without. Do women onboard have the same privilege?

    Keep up the great work, Rufus! Let me buy a drink when we come in January for all the great advice on this site. See you then.

    • Chet,

      Thanks for the great feedback. I made the site for people just like you.

      In regards to going out for a drink, I cannot turn down a beer, so send me a message (via my contact page) once you arrive and we’ll hang out at one of the local beach clubs.

      In regard to your questions about your wife going topless during a Playa Del Carmen booze cruise, the answer is a little complicated.

      First off, Mexico is a relatively conservative, Catholic country. Although Mexico receives ultra-liberal people from places like Holland, the people here still adhere to their own cultural mores. Consequently, it would be a little weird (by local standards) if your wife ripped off the upper half of her bikini and let everything hang loose during a Playa Del Carmen booze cruise. Not to say that most would mind (especially the guys), but it’s not the norm.

      You would think with all of these movements for equality, that all women would demand a level playing field when it comes to the right to do what men have always done (i.e. removing their shirts in public). However, this particular action doesn’t seem to be at the top of the activist list. Why? You’ve got me! The one advantage that comes to mind is that the women could easily get as many male supporters as they wanted!!! What dude wouldn’t want to go to a topless protest? Just saying.

      In any case, to answer your question directly: No. It would generally not be acceptable for your wife to go topless during a Playa Del Carmen booze cruise. (And for the record, this is NOT a decision that is up to me. I personally don’t care what your wife—or any other woman, for that matter—does with her boobs on a party boat in paradise.) But she might get herself into trouble if she went topless without explicit permission from the crew/captain, and I doubt they would unilaterally make that decision.

      Hope this helps, Chet. Thanks again for the comment!!!


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