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Playa del CarmenMexico

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

Playacar, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Playacar

4/5Very Good!(10 area reviews)

Amazing beaches great entertainment and top sights from Playacar Golf Club to Plaza Paraiso – discover Playacar, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Playacar
Playa del Carmen featuring boating, a sandy beach and tropical scenes

Downtown

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Downtown, Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Mamitas Beach Club are top sights worth seeing.

Downtown
Playacar Fase II, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Playacar Fase II

The stunning beaches and fantastic nightlife highlight some of the most notable features of Playacar Fase II. Make a stop by Playacar Golf Club while you're exploring the area.

Playacar Fase II
Playa del Carmen featuring boating, a sandy beach and tropical scenes

Centro

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Centro is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal and Playa del Carmen Main Beach.

Centro
Playacar Fase I, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Playacar Fase I

Beaches, spas and restaurants are some highlights of Playacar Fase I. You might stop by Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal or Playacar Golf Club while you're in the area.

Playacar Fase I
Gonzalo Guerrero, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Gonzalo Guerrero

4/5Very Good!(18 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Gonzalo Guerrero, Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Mamitas Beach Club are top sights worth seeing.

Gonzalo Guerrero

Top hotels in Playa del Carmen

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 £389 per night

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! (1,470 reviews)

"Una experiencia increíble. Un lugar hermoso y la atención a los clientes es inigualable."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2020

Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks and Tours / All Fun Inclusive
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
The price is £160 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen resort is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Xplor Theme Park and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Xcaret Eco Theme Park. Ferry to Cozumel is ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,287 reviews)

"The hotel was amazing!! The place is well take care of. Everyone so helpful. It’s amazing how they keep so clean. There’s always making sure your tooken care. They even included food and drinks all included. The price is so worth it. It’s so close to the main parks. One thing I did have issue was ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2020

Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive
Fairmont Mayakoba
Fairmont Mayakoba
5 out of 5
Ctra Federal Cancun - Playa Del Carmen K, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is £203 per night

This Playa del Carmen resort is on the beach, 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Course, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Grand Coral Golf Riviera Maya ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,001 reviews)

"Such a beautiful place to visit, we enjoy the bikes that are available for pedaling around the resort."…"

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2020

Fairmont Mayakoba

Popular places to visit in Playa del Carmen

Xcaret Eco Theme Park
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Xcaret Eco Theme Park

4/5(7 reviews)

Commune with nature, explore ancient ruins and learn about Mayan culture at this popular theme park, home to a natural underground river.

Playa del Carmen Main Beach
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Playa del Carmen Main Beach

3.5/5(31 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Playa del Carmen Main Beach, a popular beach in Playa del Carmen. Stroll along the seaside or experience the entertainment choices in this relaxing area.

Maroma Beach
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Maroma Beach

3.5/5(8 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Maroma Beach, a popular beach in Maroma. Discover the top-notch restaurants and entertainment choices in this romantic area.

Quinta Avenida
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Quinta Avenida

4/5(16 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir with a trip to Quinta Avenida, a favourite shopping spot in Playa del Carmen. Stroll along the beautiful beaches in this relaxing area or visit its top-notch restaurants.

Mamitas Beach Club
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Mamitas Beach Club

3/5(4 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Mamitas Beach Club, a popular beach in Playa del Carmen. Stroll along the seaside or experience the entertainment choices in this relaxing area.

Paradise Beach
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Paradise Beach

4/5(6 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Paradise Beach, a popular beach in Playa del Carmen. Amble around this relaxing area's seaside or experience its entertainment choices.

Top things to do in Playa del Carmen

Xcaret Park Tickets
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Xcaret Park Tickets

£86
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour with Lunch & Open Bar
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Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour with Lunch & Open Bar

£28
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Puerto Morelos Reef Snorkeling Tour with Lunch
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Puerto Morelos Reef Snorkeling Tour with Lunch

£38
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Xplor Park Tickets
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Xplor Park Tickets

£102
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
ATV, Ziplining & Cenote Combo at Extreme Adventure Eco Park
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ATV, Ziplining & Cenote Combo at Extreme Adventure Eco Park

£59
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Tour 3-Day Private Yucatan Peninsula Tour Including Mayan Community
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Tour 3-Day Private Yucatan Peninsula Tour Including Mayan Community

£869
Per adult

Reviews of Playa del Carmen

4.2

Top Destination

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5 - Excellent 37.34939759036145%
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4 - Good 50.602409638554214%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.63855421686747%
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2 - Disappointing 2.4096385542168677%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Mar 2020

Xel ha was excellentl as was swimming in the cenotes.

5/5 - Excellent

Su

23 Feb 2020

Good nightlife, good restaurants, great beach clubs

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Feb 2020

Close to the airport. Shopping poor on 5th Avenue, however did feel safe due to police presence not sure how safe it would be without them available.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Jan 2020

Fantastic place! Very safe, everyone can find something for themselves to do. Streets were very clean. Food in Playa del Carmen was delicious

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Dec 2019

Busy Mexican town. I was offered to buy marihuana every 15 meters on my family town walk

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Dec 2019

Lots of shops and massages, just dont accept 1st price, they come down loads. Massive supermarket near the ado bus station.

Cities near Playa del Carmen

Cancun showing a sandy beach, general coastal views and landscape views

Cancun

Puerto Morelos which includes a coastal town, tropical scenes and boating

Puerto Morelos

Xcaret Eco Theme Park featuring flowers, rides and animals

Xcaret