Reviewed on Nov. 29, 2021
Reviewed on Dec. 1, 2021
Reviewed on Dec. 1, 2021
There's nothing like a Playa del Carmen vacation to give you a little extra bounce in your step. The soothing sounds of the ocean waves and the smell of clean ocean air will help refresh your mind, body and soul. To be close to the city center on your trip to Playa del Carmen, base yourself around Maroma Beach (10 miles (16 km) away). If you're intending to stick around a while, look into our Playa del Carmen vacation packages. Not only will you save some money, you'll also have other beautiful beaches near you to explore, like Mamitas Beach Club and Paradise Beach. We call that a win-win!
Sun, sea, sand and Mayan ruins make this former fishing village a popular resort town on Mexico’s Caribbean coastline.
Playa del Carmen was once a quiet fishing village in the heart of Mexico’s "Riviera Maya.” It’s now a popular tourist playground that attracts mainly European visitors. The volume of people may have swelled, but the atmosphere remains easygoing.
The sheltered, white-sand beaches draw the majority of visitors to the area, but Playa del Carmen, or “Playa” as it is locally known, has plenty of other assets.
Explore underwater cave systems, known as cenotes, at the Hidden Worlds Family Cenote Adventure Park. You can dive, swim and snorkel through these submarine environments. Arrange to see some Mayan ruins: there are many all over this part of the world, including some within the Playacar area of Playa del Carmen. Charter a fishing boat at the marina south of town and try your luck with a line out at sea.
Hop on a ferry for a day trip to the island of Cozumel, which can be seen from the beach. Cozumel is a popular diving and snorkeling destination made famous in the 1960s when Jacques Cousteau declared its reefs to be among the most beautiful diving spots in the world.
Back at Playa, take a stroll along Fifth Avenue. This pedestrian-only cobbled walkway is the town’s main strip and is located one block inland from the beach. It is lined with restaurants, bars, clubs and boutiques. At night it attracts the party crowd most of the action takes place at the southern end. Many of the clubs are open-air and play music until very late.
With a subtropical climate, Playa is either warm or hot for most of the year. The average temperature is 79 F (26 C). June, July and August are the hottest months, while September and October are the wettest due to the hurricane season.
In Playa del Carmen you’ll find that most of the things you need are within walking distance. If you don’t want to walk, you could hire a triciclo, a large yellow tricycle that is the Mexican equivalent of a rickshaw. If you plan to go farther afield, there are taxi, car and scooter rental options.
Even though the community of Playa del Carmen has played host to an increasing number of visitors during recent years, it is still easy to see the small, picturesque fishing village of the city's roots while walking down its streets. Located on the Caribbean side of the sun-splashed country of Mexico, Playa del Carmen features modern urban amenities as well as easy access to the region's gorgeous natural beauty. For instance, an ecological theme park that features both nature-based and cultural attractions is only minutes away from the heart of the city. It's an excellent afternoon adventure after lunching on world class cuisine in one of the fabulous cafes located on the city's 5th Avenue. Contacting us here at Expedia is the first step in locating Playa del Carmen vacation deals. Cheap Playa del Carmen vacation packages are frequently available even when it isn't the off-season, so it's worth checking with us concerning availability.
Playa del Carmen enjoys a significant presence of expatriates from countries such as Argentina, the United States, Canada, and communities from numerous parts of Europe. This creates a varied and unique shopping experience that is highly appreciated by visitors and residents alike. The city is easily accessed by air and is serviced by the Cancún International Airport. Playa del Carmen is a pedestrian friendly city where tourists can walk to almost all locations, and the north end of 5th Avenue has plentiful car rental agencies for those who require the use of an automobile. In general, the farther north you go in Playa del Carmen, the stronger the European vibe. The northern part of the city is also where to go for eclectic and vibrant night life. Those on Playa del Carmen vacations can also find all types of food imaginable, from individual slices of street pizza to sublime gourmet culinary creations.
Deep sea fishing is a popular pastime among visitors to Playa del Carmen. Restaurants will routinely cook up your catch for a small fee. Both scuba diving and snorkeling are available off the coast of the community. The second largest coral reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, can be accessed from the beach here.
Playa del Carmen vacation packages are available to accommodate all tastes and preferences. For instance, if you are going to be exploring Mexico with a group of friends or family, booking a stay in a Playa del Carmen all inclusive resort is an excellent way to ensure that each member of your party has the best vacation experience possible.