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Health and Fitness PDF Print E-mail

Hospitals, Clinics, and Medical Services:

As Playa del Carmen, and The Riviera Maya continue to flourish and grow; so do the services that are available. As residents, or as tourists, it is no longer necessary to make the trek north to Cancun when there is a need for emergency, or preventative, health care.medical-symbol

  • Hospiten- A new faculty located just south of Sam's Club this hospital just opened in June 2006.
    Their address is:
    C. Balamcanché Lote 1, MZA.30,Carr. Federal
    Playacar Fase II en Playa del Carmen 77710 Quintana Roo.
    Telephone: +52 (984) 803 10 02

    For more information on the facility and services please click here

  • Playa International Clinic (formerly The Hyperbaric Chamber)- Originally designed to take care of diver's who had suffered from decompression sickness; Playa International Clinic has now added multiple services to better serve the community.They are located on the corner of 10th Avenue and 28th Street in Playa del Carmen.Telephone (24 hours): +52 (984) 873-1365 For more information on the facility and services please click here

  • Clinica Medica del Carmen -Although it doesn't look like much from the outside this small clinic has great services and care. With bi-lingual emergency room doctors this clinic is a good spot to get an x-ray, get minor lab work done, or get treated for minor sicknesses. They are located on the corner of 25th Avenue and 2nd Street in Playa del Carmen.

  • Dr. Bernardo Diaz Avila-Licensed MD that is avialable 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and does house calls to private residences and hotels. Fluent in Spanish, English, and some French and Italian. For further information visit his site here.

  • Coral Dental Center- CDC offers top-notch family dentistry at a fraction of the cost that it would cost you in the United States, Canada, or Europe. The clinic is run by 2 brothers from Mexico City, and it is a high tech clinic you might see in the United States. From basic cleanings, to root canals, to bleaching services Coral Dental Center can make your smile a little brighter. They are located on the corner of 25th Avenue and Juárez Avenue in Playa del Carmen. They are in the building kitty corner to the Red Cross building, and their office is located on the 3rd floor. Telephone: 984-803-1622 For more information on the facility and services please click here

Health Insurance:

Before going abroad, learn what medical services your health insurance will cover overseas. If your health insurance policy provides coverage outside your native country, REMEMBER to carry both your insurance policy identity card as proof of such insurance and a claim form. Although many health insurance companies will pay "customary and reasonable" hospital costs abroad, very few will pay for your medical evacuation back to your country of origin.. Medical evacuation can easily cost $10,000 and up, depending on your location and medical condition. So you may want to check into buying a temporary evacuation policy that will cover you while traveling abroad. For more detailed information on various policies and options please click here


Alternative Health Care:

Playa del Carmen is a hub for alternative living, medicine, and health care as well. There are countless massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and even dentists that have your health and well being at heart

  • Alternative Medicine in Playa del Carmen Massage therapists- There are countless massage therapists in an around Playa del Carmen. You can get beach massages, go to a spa, or even have them come to your hotel or vacation property. Our advice is to make sure they have references, and maintain their licensing to ensure your experience is safe and relaxing. Check out Spa Itza , an upscale day spa located in the heart of Playa del Carmen that offers massage therapies facial and skin therapies, Mayan healing baths, hydro tub remedies, body antidotes, and salon services.

  • Chiropractors- If you arrived in need of an adjustment, or if you need to be straightened out after a serious kite boarding or diving session, contact Dr. Joseph Will , a local area licensed chiropractor. Dr. Will can be reached at the SANAR Clinic on Tuesday afternoons:984-803-2039
  • Medical Doctor and Acupuncturist - Dr. Luis David Suárez Rodríguez of the SANAR Clinic in Playa del Carmen is a medical doctor and specializes in acupuncture and phytotherapy; combining allopathic medicine with acupuncture and herbal remedies. He offers a full range of services in a quiet, tranquil and relaxing atmosphere. For more information or to make an appointment you can contact him at: Tel/Fax: 984-803-2039 Cellular: 984-135-0492 . The SANAR clinic is located on 16th Street between 40th and 45th Avenues in Playa del Carmen.

Practicing Yoga in Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya

ellen_main Although yoga originated in India thousands of years ago, it has become increasingly popular over the past decade, and has swept across the world in hip yoga studios, gyms, stress reduction clinics, and hospitals. People from all walks of life have discovered yoga, not only as a great way to get in shape, but also to relax the mind and reduce stress levels. Here in the Rivera Maya there are yoga classes and seminars on almost every corner, every gym, on the beach, and on rooftop palapas. Literally everywhere you look you will see someone riding their bike; yoga mat strapped to their back on their way to a local area class. Here are some studios and instructors we recommend:

  • Ellen de Jonge

  • Yoga By The Sea

  • El Jardin de Los Aluxes - El Jardin de Los Aluxes offers a variety of yoga, dance, and Capoiera classes through out the day. For further information you can either visit the garden located at: Calle 38 across from Hotel Shangri-la CaribeEsquina Calle Flamingo Contra Shangri-La, or call (984) 803-0391

Fitness in Playa del Carmen

Local Gym and Fitness Centers: If you are more of a gym person there are plenty of choices. Check out the 3 local area gyms and see which one will best suit your needs:
  • Muscle Beach: Now that Body Works has been turned into a restaurant Muscle Beach is now the oldest workout facility in Playa del Carmen. Located on 6th between 30th and 35th Avenues, it has now installed air-conditioning and added to its group fitness schedule. Sign up now and they will waive the inscription fee. Monthly dues are 450.00 for gym only, 450.00 for unlimited group fitness, choose from 1 of the following: Aerobics, Pilates, Tae Box, Kick Boxing Jiu Jitsu, or Spinning. For use of the gym and unlimited classes the cost is 800.00 per month. For personal training the cost is 100.00 pesos per hour.
    Hours are Monday through Friday 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM and Saturdays 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM For further information please call 984-803-0478

  • Evolve Fitness: Evolve Fitness offers a wide variety of services. In their downtown Playa del Carmen location they offer full gym services, and a plethora of group fitness classes.  They require no inscription, and the monthly dues are $850.00 pesos. This includes unlimited group fitness classes and unlimited use of the gym. For further information please visit their site here.

  • The Gym: Part of the New York based Equinox Gym; The Gym is the new "hot spot" work out facility. With its prime location on 1st South between Constiuyentes and 16th Street, and its brand new facility and equipment, people are flocking to sign up. They offer full gym services and 2 simultaneous group fitness classes for most of the day. They have extensive yoga classes, spinning, kick boxing, and Pilates among their choices for group fitness. They do not require an inscription at this time, and the monthly dues are 800.00 per month with everything included. Personal Trainers run 250.00 per hour and you must purchase them in 10 session blocks. They are open from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM Monday through Friday, and 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday. For further information call 984-873-2098


Whether you like the old school of Muscle Beach or the swank of Evolve or The Gym, all are good choices to get in shape! Also all gyms offer visitor passes, just inquire at the individual gym you would like to attend while visiting Playa del Carmen!