Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen
White-sand beaches, bustling nightlife and chic shopping make this beach town one of the Yucatán Peninsula’s most cosmopolitan and exciting destinations.

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

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, 77710
The price is CA $443 per night from Feb. 27 to Feb. 28
CA $443
per night
Feb. 27 - Feb. 28
Stay at this 4-star beach property in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,305 reviews)
"This place is amazing, one week well spend here with delicious food and friendly workers. Great activities and shows at the theater every night. So much to enjoy and see"

Reviewed on Jan. 30, 2023

Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks / All Fun Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks / All Fun Inclusive
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is CA $949 per night from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27
CA $949
per night
Feb. 26 - Feb. 27
Stay at this 5-star luxury property in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,679 reviews)
"The only two reasons for not giving a perfect score are: 1. Checkin was overly lengthy as they tried to “upgrade” and change our room -we were glad we stuck with our original selection in the Agua building despite it’s added distance. 2. They’re on-property information/convenience of use was extremely ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 30, 2023

Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks / All Fun Inclusive
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts All Inclusive Riviera Maya
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts All Inclusive Riviera Maya
5 out of 5
Carretera Cancun Tulum Km 45, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is CA $1,099 per night from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6
CA $1,099
per night
Feb. 5 - Feb. 6
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 6 restaurants. Popular attractions Maroma Beach and El Manglar Golf ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (417 reviews)
"Best hotel ever!!! The staff and services are great!"

Reviewed on Jan. 21, 2023

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts All Inclusive Riviera Maya
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.
Grand Riviera Princess All Suites Resort & Spa All Inclusive
Grand Riviera Princess All Suites Resort & Spa All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Prolongacion 5ta Avenida, Mza 20 Lote 006, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
3.9/5 Good! (2,167 reviews)
"The Hacienda restaurant was amazing, the spa services best I had, the taco and burger stands were great. Food at the buffet at dinner needs some improvement. There is sign you need to place on the door so your room gets clean, and for some reason NOBODY tells you about it, I had to contact the first ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 28, 2023

Grand Riviera Princess All Suites Resort & Spa All Inclusive
Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort
Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort
5 out of 5
1a Avenida esquina Calle 26, Colonia Centro, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 outdoor pools, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,119 reviews)
"Great property with Amazing views. Communication was not the best as we were unable to receive room service for a few days due to communication between the front desk and house keeping. Food is good but pricey."

Reviewed on Jan. 27, 2023

Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort
Platinum Yucatan Princess Adults Only - All inclusive
Platinum Yucatan Princess Adults Only - All inclusive
5 out of 5
Prolongacion 5ta Avenida, Mz 20 Lote 006, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,457 reviews)
"A real Adult-only place with great food!"

Reviewed on Jan. 28, 2023

Platinum Yucatan Princess Adults Only - 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.

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