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.

Where to stay in Playa del Carmen

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Playacar

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,552 area reviews)

The stunning beaches and popular shops are just a few highlights of Playacar. Make a stop by Playacar Golf Club or Plaza Paraiso while you're exploring the area.

Playacar
Playa del Carmen showing skyline, boating and general coastal views

Downtown

4.5/5Wonderful!(115 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Downtown, Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Mamitas Beach Club are top sights worth seeing.

Downtown
Beautifully lit tree along the road near Playa del Carmen,Mexico

Playacar Fase II

The stunning beaches and fantastic nightlife highlight some of the most notable features of Playacar Fase II. Make a stop by Playacar Golf Club while you're exploring the area.

Playacar Fase II
Playa del Carmen showing skyline, boating and general coastal views

Centro

4.5/5Wonderful!(474 area reviews)

Travelers to Centro praise its stunning beaches. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal and Playa del Carmen Main Beach.

Centro
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Playacar Fase I

Playacar Fase I is well-liked for many features, particularly its beaches, spas, and restaurants. Though there might not be top sights in Playacar Fase I, consider a stop by Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal or Playacar Golf Club, located nearby.

Playacar Fase I
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Gonzalo Guerrero

4.5/5Wonderful!(832 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Gonzalo Guerrero, Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Mamitas Beach Club are top sights worth seeing.

Gonzalo Guerrero

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 NT$15,445 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Xplor Theme Park and Xcaret Eco Theme Park. Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,454 reviews)

"I think they have a good process in place for hotel operation amid the pandemic. For those who are in Cancun to visit the included Xcaret-owned attractions, staying in this hotel is a no-brainer. I like the free airport pickup/dropoff and shuttle between hotel and parks. Very convenient. No need ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/13

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 NT$6,479 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen property 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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,323 reviews)

"The wildlife was amazing.up close and personal. Make sure to take small monetary bills as the hotel cannot make change."…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/14

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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$5,604 per night

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! (997 reviews)

"This hotel is a great choice for families. The property is so relaxing. Due to COVID most of amenities are not working. Costumer services could not be better. The Food at the Italian restaurant is awesome and the staff is very professional. Room is daily well care. The only think I do not recommend ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/6/24

Fairmont Mayakoba

Popular places to visit in Playa del Carmen

Xcaret Eco Theme Park
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Xcaret Eco Theme Park

4.5/5(1,373 reviews)

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

Playa del Carmen Main Beach
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Playa del Carmen Main Beach

4/5(2,262 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Playa del Carmen Main Beach, a popular beach in Playa del Carmen. Stroll along the seaside or experience the entertainment choices in this relaxing area.

Maroma Beach
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Maroma Beach

4/5(1,374 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Maroma Beach, a popular beach in Maroma. Discover the top-notch restaurants and entertainment choices in this romantic area.

Quinta Avenida
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Quinta Avenida

4.5/5(1,763 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Quinta Avenida, a favorite shopping spot in Playa del Carmen. Stroll along the beautiful beaches in this relaxing area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Mamitas Beach Club
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Mamitas Beach Club

4/5(496 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Mamitas Beach Club, a popular beach in Playa del Carmen. Stroll along the seaside or experience the entertainment choices in this relaxing area.

Paradise Beach
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Paradise Beach

4.5/5(760 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Paradise Beach, a popular beach in Playa del Carmen. Amble around this relaxing area's seaside or experience its entertainment choices.

Reviews of Playa del Carmen

4.4

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 35.654761904761905%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 8.675595238095237%
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4/5 - Good

Alex

May 20, 2020

Great beaches, cool caves for advanced divers, warm waters, shopping. Just be careful with cash on hands and do not leave it in the room even in the safety box. We were part of bigger group, 3 out of 12 rooms in 4 hotels were missing money or items.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 20, 2020

Highly recommend the excursions of Rio Secreto and Chichen Itza.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 9, 2020

I love Playa del Carmen. The vibe in the Riviera Maya is much more relaxed than the Cancun area. I also loved 5th Avenue for the shops, people watching and restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Emily

May 6, 2020

Amazing city, nice people.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 16, 2020

Love the people, the culture, the food, the geography, the history, Mayans, etc, I think Mexico is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

5/5 - Excellent

Orangechickie

Apr 16, 2020

Favorite destination in Mexico

Cities near Playa del Carmen

Cancun which includes a sandy beach, landscape views and general coastal views

Cancun

Puerto Morelos which includes a coastal town, tropical scenes and a beach

Puerto Morelos

Xcaret Eco Theme Park which includes rides, animals and flowers

Xcaret