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Playa del CarmenMexico

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.

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 CA $571 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

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! (1,558 reviews)

"This place is a beautiful all inclusive , perfect for single travelers. The resort handles everything including transportation to and from the airport and to all excursions which are also included. This resort has something for everyone. If your trying to have an adventure in the parks or relax at ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 26, 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 CA $269 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,218 reviews)

"What i liked the most is the people that works there"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 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 CA $253 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4

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! (992 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Jul. 29, 2020

Fairmont Mayakoba

Vacation Rentals in Playa del Carmen

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Club Yebo
Hotel Club Yebo
3.5 out of 5
The corner of 1st Avenue and 14th Street, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is CA $48 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

Located in Downtown, this aparthotel is steps away from Calle Corazón and Quinta Avenida. Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Mamitas Beach Club are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (181 reviews)

"Super cute beach bungalow. I did not like that the pool closed at 6pm and that it was hard to find parking"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 2, 2020

Hotel Club Yebo
 Mareazul Beach Front Resort Playa del Carmen.
Mareazul Beach Front Resort Playa del Carmen.
4 out of 5
Carretera Federal Puerto Juarez, Km 294 - 700, Playa del Carmen, QROO

Located in Playa del Carmen, this beachfront condominium resort is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Quinta Avenida and Punta Esmeralda Beach. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (463 reviews)

"Beautiful property. Front desk staff not very helpful"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 3, 2020

Mareazul Beach Front Resort Playa del Carmen.
Hotelito del Mar
Hotelito del Mar
3 out of 5
20 Avenida Norte con Calle 42, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is CA $59 per night from Oct 13 to Oct 14

Located in Zazil-ha, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Mamitas Beach Club. Playa del Carmen ...

4.2/5Very Good! (15 reviews)
Good location and great service

"The location is good with many restaurants and grocery stores nearby. It is a 5 minute walk to 5th Avenue so quieter than the in super busy area. The rooms were good size and full size fridge a bonus. It was also nice to have air conditioning in the main area as well as its own ac in the bedroom. ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 3, 2020

Hotelito del Mar

Popular places to visit in Playa del Carmen

Xcaret Eco Theme Park
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Xcaret Eco Theme Park

4.5/5(118 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Playa del Carmen

Chichén Itzá All-Inclusive with Cenote Hubiku and Valladolid
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Chichén Itzá All-Inclusive with Cenote Hubiku and Valladolid

CA $94
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour with Lunch & Open Bar
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Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour with Lunch & Open Bar

CA $47
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
All inclusive Chichén Itzá, Cenote, Buffet & Tequila Tasting
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All inclusive Chichén Itzá, Cenote, Buffet & Tequila Tasting

CA $76
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Puerto Morelos Reef Snorkeling Tour with Lunch
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Puerto Morelos Reef Snorkeling Tour with Lunch

CA $67
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Day Trip to Tulum & Cenote Dos Ojos
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Day Trip to Tulum & Cenote Dos Ojos

CA $77
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Xcaret Park Tickets
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Xcaret Park Tickets

CA $149
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Playa del Carmen

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
295
5 - Excellent 44.62934947049924%
4 - Good
285
4 - Good 43.11649016641452%
3 - Okay
71
3 - Okay 10.741301059001513%
2 - Disappointing
8
2 - Disappointing 1.2102874432677762%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 0.30257186081694404%

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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