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.

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 $253 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Xcaret Eco Theme Park and Xplor Theme Park. Quinta Avenida and Playa del Carmen ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,276 reviews)
"This place is great. It was our 2nd trip here. I am a clean freak and suffer anxiety over uncleanliness but not here! The pools are the best, however it would have been nice to have them a little warmer this year. I did wish they had some actual hot tubs. Food was great and service as usual."

Reviewed on Jan. 25, 2022

Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is CA $955 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Xcaret Eco Theme Park and Xplor Theme Park. Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,797 reviews)
"Check in was almost 35 min which is unacceptable"

Reviewed on Jan. 14, 2022

Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Inclusive, Adults Only
Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Inclusive, Adults Only
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juárez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is CA $856 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27
Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen property is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Xcaret Eco Theme Park and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Xplor Theme Park. Playa del Carmen ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (423 reviews)
"Excellent staff, excellent service and attention to guests, magnificent facilities, the perfect place to enjoy a quiet and relaxed vacation. The negative, they should focus on having more cultural activities to give credit to the name of the hotel, Xcaret Arte, the workshops are good but nobody learns ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 27, 2022

Hotel Xcaret Arte - All 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 CA $41 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
Located in Ejidal, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen Main Beach, and Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal. Mamitas Beach ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (199 reviews)
Very great!
"Very nice Condo, just needed one more towel"

Reviewed on Oct. 15, 2021

Casa del Árbol Condo
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 aparthotel is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Mamitas Beach Club and Quinta Alegría ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (160 reviews)
"Very well maintained. Miguel and Armando were extremely helpful. Will visit again."

Reviewed on Dec. 21, 2021

The Elements Oceanfront & Beachside Condo Hotel
Anah La Quinta
Anah La Quinta
3.5 out of 5
avenida 5 esquina calle 42, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is CA $111 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
Located in Zazil-ha, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen Main Beach, and Mamitas Beach Club. Playa del Carmen Maritime ...
3.9/5 Good! (9 reviews)
"Great property with a small rooftop pool and area that I "worked from home". Close to all the bars/restaurants/quinta but it was quiet which was important for me. The room I booked was the smallest one and it was quite small. Other than that, everything was great."

Reviewed on Jan. 12, 2022

Anah La Quinta
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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