In this review we discuss our BrotherDive in Playa del Carmen Mexico.

Playa del Carmen is located on the Eastern part of Yucatan, also known as the ‘Riviera Maya’, a tourism and resort district along the Caribbean coastline.

This little Caribbean beach town has grown tremendously in popularity during the last decades. There's a good reason for that; Playa is a fantastic place to spend your vacation, hang out, or DIVE.

The town has grown along the beach, so wherever you go, you will feel the closeness to the sea. The main street is called Quinta Avenida, or 5th Avenue. Sometimes it's just called La Quinta. It is a pedestrian walkway and a common point of reference. Avenues, avenida in Spanish, run parallel to the beach.

Our accommodation was the Colibri Beach resort, located directly at the beach in Playa del Carmen.
We made all our dives here at the DiveMex diving center which is a small but professional dive center located in the center of Playa del Carmen.

The hotel
The Colibri Beach hotel is a small but cozy hotel directly at the beach of Playa del Carmen.
It’s a 1 minute walk from to hotel to the main street of Playa; 5th avenue and only one block away from the famous party street, Calle 12. The last one is also directly a small problem… All the big discotheques are real close to the hotel, this means you’ll have free music in your room till 06:00 hrs. in the morning....
The room

The hotel has around 30 rooms, which all have a small balcony with a hammock and view on a tropical garden and / or sea view. The bathroom in the A rooms is rather small with one sink and a shower.
You have a safe inside your room, and plenty of wardrobes for storage. The is a ceiling fan and a personal air-conditioning on each room.

There is also a TV, mini fridge and free Wi-Fi. The rooms are cleaned every day.

The restaurant

The hotel itself has no restaurant, however on the premises directly at the beach there’s the ‘Lido beach club’. Lido offers excellent food and delicious drinks on the terrace, the bar or directly on the beach!
The beach itself has plenty of lounge / sunbeds available.
Guests are offered a complimentary continental breakfast.



The hotel doesn’t offer any additional facilities, but no worries; you are in the middle of Playa del Carmen! Playa offers all kind of attractions and hundreds of restaurants and bars.

Tip: Senor Frogs bar & restaurant, they are located directly next to the ferry pier to Cozumel. It’s a great beach club / restaurant view a nice view over the beach and towards Cozumel.

In the party street ‘Calle 12’ you’ll find all kind of discotheques (tip: The blue parot)
On 5th avenue you’ll find many shops and restaurants.


Dive center

DiveMex is a small, professional, dive center in the middle of Playa del Carmen. DiveMex is owned by the German Dirk Zimmermann and his Italian partner Anna Paola Colombo. They run the dive center since 2006. They offer all kind of dives (even live-aboard), there are 3 main dive activities in Playa; Playa / Puerto Morales dives, diving on Cozumel and Cenotes diving.

Local dives

Local dives are done with small boats directly from the beach, transfer to and from the beach is all arranged by DiveMex. In case you’ll be diving in Puerto Morales you will also be transferred by car, and in the harbor of Puerto Morales you’ll be picked-up by boat by a partner dive center.
There is always a dive guide of DiveMex onboard


Diving on Cozumel

In order to dive on Cozumel you’ll need to go by ferry to Cozumel first.
(Tickets are included) The transfer to and from the ferry is arranged by the dive center (by bike…), a dive guide will go with you on the ferry.
On Cozumel you will be picked-up in the harbor by a dive boat of their partner dive center on Cozumel, the DiveMex guide will also be onboard.


Cenotes diving

Transfer to and from the Cenotes is done by car, depending on the location of the Cenotes this can take up to 90 minutes. During our stay we dived with Marcel Taubert, a well-disciplined cave instructor who guided us through the Cenotes. Marcel is a very professional diver with lots of humor as well!


As soon as we entered the dive center we fell the ‘familiar atmosphere’
The crew exists of mostly young dive guides and instructors.
The dive center itself is small, and located in the middle of Playa del Carmen (a 10 minutes’ walk from our hotel and 5 minutes from the beach). Behand the dive center you’ll find the storage for your dive equipment, and also the water tanks to clean and rinse your gear.

They are very flexible if it comes to the dives, you’re free to choose the locations by yourself (as long as it fits into their main schedule and the weather conditions)
Our evaluation

Our ratings below are based on our personal experiences. They are also adapted to our needs as divers. Meaning that we’re less focused on additional features.
Therefore you should only pay attention to our ratings if you’re planning a diving holiday.

Where we base our score on:

Accommodation: Room size, beds, cleaning, bathroom, location, environmentally friendly, etc.
Hotel / area facilities: Pool, sport activities, organized trips, TV, Internet, phone, etc.
Dive center: Quality of equipment, boats, crew, dive guides, location, service, marine conservation, etc.

Scoring matrix


The Colibri hotel is a small but very nice hotel. The Lido beach club is a nice addition to the hotel.
Unfortunately there is a change you might have sleepless nights because of the music of the ‘Calle 12’ discotheques.

With regards to the facilities of the hotel, we can be short; they doesn’t offer any….
So our ‘facility’ rating is mainly based on the location of the hotel which is in the center of Playa del Carmen.

So we can recommend the hotel for any kind of holiday!

DiveMex, is a small, cozy and familiar dive center, which is operated on a professional bases. This, in combination wide variety of dives they offer we can highly recommend DiveMex.

Our verdict
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Dive Center:
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