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Playa del Carmen
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Playa del Carmen which includes a beach, landscape views and tropical scenes

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.

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 CA $703 per night from May 14 to May 14
Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Xplor Theme Park and Xcaret Eco Theme Park. Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,883 reviews)
"Good food, kind staff,gorgeous hotel,"

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks and Tours / All Fun Inclusive
Grand Riviera Princess All Suites Resort & Spa All Inclusive
Grand Riviera Princess All Suites Resort & Spa All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Prolongacion 5ta Avenida, Mza 20 Lote 006, Playa del Carmen, QROO
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $211 per night from May 27 to May 27
Located in Playa del Carmen, this beachfront property is in the entertainment district, 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Course, and 3.1 mi (5 ...
4/5Very Good! (1,527 reviews)

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Grand Riviera Princess All Suites Resort & Spa All 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 CA $250 per night from May 30 to May 30
Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen property is within 2 mi (3 km) of Xplor Theme Park and Xcaret Eco Theme Park. Quinta Avenida and Playa del Carmen ...
4.2/5Very Good! (2,213 reviews)
"I like that the resort has pretty much what you need in terms of relaxation. The staff were very nice and accommodating. I highly recommend this place!"

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

Occidental at Xcaret Destination - 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.
The Elements Oceanfront & Beachside Condo Hotel
The Elements Oceanfront & Beachside Condo Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Flamingo & Calle 46, Playa del Carmen, QROO
Located in Luis Donaldo Colosio, this beachfront condo resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Mamitas Beach Club and Quinta Alegría ...
4.3/5Excellent! (145 reviews)
"Second time staying at the Elements. Condo is very comfortable and has everything you need. Pool and beach area is perfect. Great location to 5th Ave. Quite and safe."

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

The Elements Oceanfront & Beachside Condo Hotel
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 CA $166 per night from May 19 to May 19
Located in Downtown Playa del Carmen, this spa aparthotel is steps from Quinta Alegría Shopping Mall and Quinta Avenida. Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Mamitas ...
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 Jan. 16, 2021

Porto Playa Condo Hotel & Beachclub
Maya Villa Condo Hotel & Beach Club
Maya Villa Condo Hotel & Beach Club
4 out of 5
1 Avenida Norte Entre Calle, 14 Norte y 16 Norte Bis, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is CA $125 per night from May 19 to May 19
This family-friendly Playa del Carmen condo resort is located by the ocean, just steps from Quinta Alegría Shopping Mall and Quinta Avenida. Playa del Carmen ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (150 reviews)
"This place is lovely to look at the entry and courtyards are well designed and decorated. You will have to check in at another condo a half block away. If you like hot tubs, there is one by the pool. The pool is lined with small green tile and is a long narrow squiggle shape. A bit narrow in one ..."

Reviewed on Apr. 1, 2021

Maya Villa Condo Hotel & Beach Club
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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Reviews of Playa del Carmen

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 20, 2020

Love this area. Beautiful and very safe

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Mar 19, 2020

Too many hustlers saying that they work at your resort when they see your wrist band. Overall too much pressure. Couldn't wait to leave the town.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 16, 2020

I llove playa ive never experienced any problems here. Beautuful and will return ny favourite place to travel

4/5 - Good

JL

Mar 15, 2020

Vibrant shopping and dining area. Good place to find authentic Mexican cuisine.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 14, 2020

I did not love it or dislike it. I will not to to see it again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 11, 2020

Perfect getaway with the balance of quiet/peaceful and playful/party. Lots to do to keep things interesting and of course- beautiful sand beaches with turquoise water.

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