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.

Alma y Mar Suites
Alma y Mar Suites
3 out of 5
Calle 26 Nte, Mza 59, Lt. 03, No. 320, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is CA $40 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
Located in Downtown Playa del Carmen, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Quinta Avenida, Mario Villanueva Stadium Madrid, and Quinta Alegría Shopping ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (124 reviews)
"Hotel is very nice, great location next to 5th Ave. Very nice staff. The only complaint would be that the A/C didn’t work great and bathroom plumbing needs work."

Reviewed on Aug. 9, 2021

Alma y Mar Suites
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! (152 reviews)
"The property was beautiful, maintained very well, very cleanly. Pool was cleaned everyday, the room was awesome, very nice! We did lose power for a day took them hours just to come in and UN-trip the switch lol. It’s right on the beach & every room has a big balcony with partial view of ocean & full ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 22, 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 $119 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Located in Downtown Playa del Carmen, this spa aparthotel is steps from Quinta Avenida and Quinta Alegría Shopping Mall. Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Calle ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (156 reviews)
"I love this property!!! It was nice the people where nice! Its in a great location, you get the best of both worlds, Peace and quiet and once you walk behind the property or one block over you can enjoy all that Playa offers. I will definitely go back!"

Reviewed on Aug. 15, 2021

Porto Playa Condo Hotel & Beachclub
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