Walk from Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero

This is a short, scenic walk, perfect for a half-day or evening. If you walk to Puerto Calero and back you’ll have covered just under 6 km on fairly easy terrain. I would recommend wearing walking shoes or trainers, as part of the walk is on a stony track. The walk starts from the harbour in the old town area of Playa del Carmen. If you are staying in the resort area the harbour is just a short walk from the beaches of Playa Chica and Playa Blanca.

Puerto Calero is a modern marina town built in a naturally protected enclave to the west of Playa del Carmen. The town was the dream of local entrepreneur Jose Calero and first opened in 1989 and was then expanded in 1997. The marina has berths for about 450 yachts, boats and super-yachts. The waterfront area has a number of well-regarded restaurants, bars and cafes. There are also two luxury hotels and several upmarket holiday complexes.

Puerto Calero is a base for many water sports, including dive schools. Various excursions sail from here including a luxury catamaran voyage to the beaches of Papagayo, Marlin and Blue-fin Tuna fishing, a submarine voyage as well as the ferry to Puerto del Carmen.

Puerto del Carmen

Before setting off make sure you have plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen. There is very little shade across the clifftops.

Once you are at the harbour, you can’t go wrong. The walk starts out on a paved walking path, soon changing to an unpaved path. You only have to go straight, keep the sea on your left and you’ll soon see the harbour of Puerto Calero.

Puerto del Carmen’s harbour area is full of restaurants and tapas bars all with amazing sea views. If you look at the right-hand side of the old harbour you’ll see a wooden decked area in front of the old fisherman’s cottages. Head out along this until you come to a short zigzag path which will take you up onto the clifftop. It looks a lot worse than it actually is. The path slopes gently back and forth until you are at the top.

Once you’re at the top catch your breath and admire the view of the harbour. Somebody has thoughtfully built some benches with pagodas. These are trailing with bougainvillaea which offers a bit of shade from the sun. The path has a high wall on the right-hand side and it is paved until you reach the edge of Puerto del Carmen. There are plenty of benches along this section so you can sit and enjoy the sea views.

Clifftop Walk to Puerto Calero

Leaving Puerto del Carmen behind the path becomes an easy to follow, natural track that meanders across the clifftops. All manner of people seem to use the path, walkers, family groups, joggers and cyclists. If you are walking with young children keep an eye on them as some sections of the path are quite open with steep drops to the sea.

As there aren’t many buildings on the landward side the views have opened up, so you now have views on both sides, rugged cliffs on one side, distant volcanos on the other. About halfway along there is a gorge called the Barranco del Quiquere which has to be negotiated via a series of steps down to sea level and back up again.

Once you’re back on the clifftop, you can see Puerto Calero in front of you and as you get closer the path slopes gently down towards the marina.

Puerto Calero

Puerto Calero has a selection of top-quality bars, cafes and restaurants if you want some refreshments before returning. There are also some shops as well as a small tourist market on Tuesdays and Fridays, covid permitting. Note that some of the restaurants do not open until 12 pm. If you want to walk around the marina, take some bread. There is a school of hungry fish swimming around in the water.

When you are ready to return to Puerto del Carmen you can walk back the way you came, or catch a bus (161/261), or the ferry back to the harbour. Double-check the ferry times as it has different timetables for summer and winter. The 17:15 pm ferry only departs between July 1 and October 31, the rest of the year the last ferry is at 15:45 pm. At the time of writing a single ticket on the ferry costs 8 euros and the journey takes about 30 minutes.

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