El Jardín de Shangri La (Calle 38 at Calle Flamingo, tel. 984/801-1295, 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Mon.–Sat., noon–5 p.m. Sun., US$10 per class) is an undeveloped jungle plot reserved for, among others things, yoga and meditation classes. Instruction is mostly held in a huge palapa, but anyone is free to wander (and practice) on the lush property.
The Gym (Av. 1 near Calle 16 Bis, tel. 984/873-2098, www.thegymplaya.com , 6 a.m.–10 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.) is a modern facility offering state-of-the-art equipment and a host of classes, including yoga, Pilates, spinning, and even pole dancing. There are personal trainers on-site, too. Day passes cost US$15, five-day passes US$60, and monthly passes US$75.
The well-tended Unidad Deportiva Villanueva Madrid (10 Av. near Calle 30, 6 a.m.–10:30 p.m. daily) is Playa del Carmen ’s public sporting facility, with a gym, tennis and basketball courts, track, and soccer field. All have night lighting and are open to the public at no charge; BYO equipment.