Playa del Carmen is located on the Mexican Caribbean coast in the Yucatan Peninsula, 45 minutes south of Cancun. The white sands and turquoise colors of the sea are unique in the world. The quaint town boasts international and local cuisine along the famed Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue) and along the beaches.
The town has grown along the beach, so wherever you go, you will feel the closeness to the ocean. Surrounded by natural wonders and inhabited by people from all over, Playa is a magnet for international visitors.
The once sleepy village of Playa del Carmen doubled twice in population in the last few years, mainly due to Europeans who discovered the alabaster-white beaches, gentle surf, coral reefs and slow lifestyle were the equal of the more expensive island of Cozumel just across the straits. Playa's dock is the pier for the 'people ferry' to Cozumel, so it's only a short trip over to snorkel or dive on Cozumel's incredible coral reefs.
The strong foreign influence has created a unique vagabond traveler ambiance. Numerous outrageously delicious restaurants provide sustenance and several foreign-owned hotels raise the standards of service to exacting levels. Combine that with a relaxed Mexican-Caribbean feeling and a sprinkling of American free- spirits and you've got Playa. It's definitely not the place to 'get away,' but it is a place to enjoy marvelous beaches by day and a lively nightlife in the evening. The mix of backpackers, archeological buffs and New Age sun worshippers makes Playa a unique place.
- Spend a day at the Beach Club
- Visit Cozumel
- Visit Xcaret
- Visit Tulum
- Spend the day at other beaches (Mamitas beach)