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Playa del Carmen
Travel Guide

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.

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

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
The price is £136 per night from 18 Jun to 18 Jun
Located in Playa del Carmen, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Course and 3.1 mi (5 km) ...
4/5Very Good! (1,535 reviews)
"Great place to stay, full of wildness. Unfortunately the beach was full of seaweed otherwise would’ve been an excellent stay. Staff is very friendly and prove excellent service!"

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2021

Grand Riviera Princess - All Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks and Tours / All Fun Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks and Tours / All Fun Inclusive
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is £520 per night from 12 Jul to 12 Jul
Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Xplor Theme Park and Xcaret Eco Theme Park. Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,908 reviews)
"Beautiful View, staff, great food, service. This was our best trip yet!"

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2021

Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks and Tours / All Fun Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Parks and Tours / All Fun Inclusive - Adults Only
Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Parks and Tours / All Fun Inclusive - Adults Only
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juárez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is £512 per night from 12 Jul to 12 Jul
This Playa del Carmen resort is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Xcaret Eco Theme Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Mamitas ...
Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Parks and Tours / All Fun Inclusive - Adults Only
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.
Casa del Árbol Condo
Casa del Árbol Condo
3 out of 5
Calle 21 Sur con Diagonal 85 Sur, Mz. 275 Lotes 24 y 25, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is £24 per night from 24 Jun to 24 Jun
Located in Ejidal, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal. Mamitas Beach ...
4.2/5Very Good! (175 reviews)
"El precio fue excelente espero volver y que no suba el precio. El personal es bien atento y amistoso. Solo a 10 minutos de la 5 ta avenida y de Xplor y Xcaret a 8 minutos."

Reviewed on 22 May 2021

Casa del Árbol Condo
Capital O Mimi del Mar
Capital O Mimi del Mar
3 out of 5
1a. Norte Zona Federal Maritima, Lote 1-A, Mz. 2, Centro, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is £32 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
Nestled on the beach, this Downtown Playa del Carmen aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Quinta Avenida. Playa del Carmen ...
4/5Very Good! (103 reviews)
"Closest rooms to the beach in Playa. Our room had a wonderful ocean view. A/C was quiet and worked well."

Reviewed on 28 May 2021

Capital O Mimi del Mar
Porto Playa Condo Hotel & Beachclub
Porto Playa Condo Hotel & Beachclub
4 out of 5
1 Avenida Norte Esquina 16 Norte Bis, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is £127 per night from 18 Jun to 18 Jun
Located in Downtown Playa del Carmen, this spa aparthotel is steps away from Quinta Alegría Shopping Mall and Quinta Avenida. Playa del Carmen Main Beach and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (145 reviews)
"I loved my stay here. Location is great, apartment clean and staff friendly. Would recommend to anyone wanting to come visit playa"

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2021

Porto Playa Condo Hotel & Beachclub
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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