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Playa del Carmen

White-sand beaches, bustling nightlife and chic shopping make this beach town one of the Yucatán Peninsula’s most cosmopolitan and exciting destinations.

White-sand beaches, bustling nightlife and chic shopping make this beach town one of the Yucatán Peninsula’s most cosmopolitan and exciting destinations.

Playa del Carmen is one of the trendiest towns on the Riviera Maya, populated by well-heeled expats and crowds of European visitors. Spend your days relaxing at beach clubs, browsing upscale shops and exploring some of the wonderful nearby dive sites. At night, dine at glamorous restaurants and dance at glitzy nightclubs.

The main beach at Playa del Carmen is a wide stretch of clean, white sand that draws families, party-goers and fishermen alike. Relax in a lounge chair under the shade of an umbrella or sip a drink at one of the buzzing beach bars lining the sands. Go to one of the numerous watersports vendors on the beach to arrange snorkeling and diving excursions. Tours will take you to one of the excellent sites just off the nearby island of Isla Cozumel. Look for sea turtles, rays, moray eels and colorful coral as you explore the turquoise waters.

Go for a stroll along the town’s bustling main street, La Quinta Avenida, which runs parallel to the coast. This pedestrianized strip is lined with hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. During the day, dine at stylish cafés and browse upmarket shops found along the street’s sophisticated northern end between Constituyentes and Calle 38. In the evening, La Quinta is the center of the town’s nightlife scene. Head to the busy southern section of the strip, between Calle 4 and Constituyentes, where the most popular clubs and bars are found.

Take a daytrip to Xcaret, an ecological/archaeological theme park located 4 miles (6 kilometers) south of Playa del Carmen. This massive park features an aquarium, a greenhouse, a bee farm and a small zoo, among dozens of other attractions. Walk through the enchanting butterfly pavilion and ride a raft down a jungle river.

Most travelers heading to Playa del Carmen fly into Cancun International Airport, from where regular buses run to Playa del Carmen. Alternatively, get here by taking one of the frequent buses leaving from Tulum or Mérida. The majority of the town’s activities and attractions are found within walking distance of the beach.

Experience the European-style atmosphere of this fashionable beach destination.


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£139
Grand Riviera Princess All Suites Resort & Spa All Inclusive

Grand Riviera Princess All Suites Resort & Spa All Inclusive

Prolongacion 5ta Avenida, Playa del Carmen
4.0
of 5, from 1,759 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Playa del Carmen, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from El Camaleon Golf Club, and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Gran Coral Golf. Canibal Royal Beach Club and Coco Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£249
The Royal Playa del Carmen All Inclusive Spa & Resort

The Royal Playa del Carmen All Inclusive Spa & Resort

Av. Constituyentes No. 2, Playa del Carmen
4.6
of 5, from 2,960 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Set along the Caribbean, this Riviera Maya resort offers relaxation on the private beach and quick access to the shops, restaurants, and nightlife of Playa del Carmen; popular Fifth Avenue is 1 block away.

£162
Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort

Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort

1a Avenida esquina Calle 26, Playa Del Carmen
4.6
of 5, from 341 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Playa del Carmen, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Riviera Art Gallery, Mamitas Beach Club, and Quinta Alegria. Pier Navega and Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church are also within 15 minutes.

£120
Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive

Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive

Carretera Federal 307, KM 282, Playa del Carmen
4.0
of 5, from 1,199 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Ocean fun takes place against a tropical forest backdrop at this all-inclusive resort on Mexico's Caribbean coast. The resort lies within 3 miles (5 kilometers) of Playa del Carmen. Cancún International Airport is 35 miles (56 kilometers) away. The resort is located just a few steps from Xcaret Park.

3Beca Hotel

3Beca Hotel

CALLE 12 NORTE S/N MZ 35 LT 4, Playa del Carmen
3.3
of 5, from 13 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Quinta Alegria, Riviera Art Gallery, and Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church. Pier Navega and Central Square are also within 10 minutes.

£139
Tukan Hotel & Beach Club All Inclusive

Tukan Hotel & Beach Club All Inclusive

Calle Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen
2.9
of 5, from 15 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, this all-inclusive resort is within a 5-minute walk of Quinta Alegria, Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, and Riviera Art Gallery. Pier Navega and Central Square are also within 10 minutes.

Plaza Paraiso by Playa Moments

Plaza Paraiso by Playa Moments

Av. 10 & Aviacion Street, Playa del Carmen
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Playacar, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal and Yucatek Divers. Central Square and Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church are also within 15 minutes.

£50
La Pasion Hotel Boutique by Bunik

La Pasion Hotel Boutique by Bunik

Calle 10 Norte entre 15 y 20, Playa del Carmen
4.6
of 5, from 340 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, this hotel is steps from Central Square and Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church. Yucatek Divers and Quinta Alegria are also within 10 minutes.

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