Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen which includes tropical scenes, boating and a sandy beach
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.

Where to stay in Playa del Carmen

Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive
Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Carretera Federal 307, KM 282, Chetumal a Puerto Juarez, Xcaret, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is £184 per night from 29 Aug to 30 Aug
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,226 reviews)
"Overall good property. Good staff and clean. Food was not bad but a La carte restaurants were challenging to get in to."

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2022

Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Inclusive, Adults Only
Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Inclusive, Adults Only
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juárez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £701 per night from 19 Aug to 20 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Xcaret Eco Theme Park and Playa ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (904 reviews)
INCREÍBLE
"INCREÍBLE, volvería 1000 veces, que gran clase de hotel y la atención 100%"

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2022

Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Inclusive, Adults Only
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is £621 per night from 16 Aug to 17 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,722 reviews)
"Everyone was friendly staff was always willing to help"

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2022

Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Grand Riviera Princess - All Inclusive
Grand Riviera Princess - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Prolongacion 5ta Avenida, Mza 20 Lote 006, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is £152 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,805 reviews)
"Our hotel was great and the property was beautiful. One thing that ruined it was our bed sheets weren't changed when we checked in but they fixed it right away. I guess it was seaweed season bec the beach was full of it. Overall our stay was good."

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2022

Grand Riviera Princess - All Inclusive
Wyndham Alltra Playa del Carmen Adults Only All Inclusive
Wyndham Alltra Playa del Carmen Adults Only All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Constituyentes Number 1, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is £162 per night from 23 Aug to 24 Aug
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,345 reviews)
"The staff was very friendly and attentive to your needs."

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2022

Wyndham Alltra Playa del Carmen Adults Only All Inclusive
Platinum Yucatan Princess Adults Only - All Inclusive
Platinum Yucatan Princess Adults Only - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Prolongacion 5ta Avenida, Mz 20 Lote 006, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is £181 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,163 reviews)
"My husband and I had a wonderful 5 days here. The food is amazing!! They have a buffet and some other restaurants to eat at. MEN NEED TO WEAR PANTS TO EAT at the restaurants and a fancy shirt. Women have no dress code, but can’t wear flip flops. We did not know this vectors we went - so wish we could ..."

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2022

Platinum Yucatan Princess Adults Only - All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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