Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen showing a sandy beach, landscape views and tropical scenes
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 NT$5,570 per night from Sep 12 to Sep 13
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! (2,193 reviews)
"This property is beautiful and staff is great. Pools are nice, animals around to see, food I thought could be better for all the rave about all inclusive resorts food. A few restaurants were pretty good, but in general was ok. They do have a few options at any given time. The property condition is ..."

Reviewed on 2022/8/15

Occidental at Xcaret Destination - 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, 77710
The price is NT$21,296 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this 5-star luxury property in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Xcaret Eco Theme Park and Playa ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (921 reviews)
"amazing"

Reviewed on 2022/8/16

Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Inclusive, Adults Only
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is NT$18,887 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 21
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. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,721 reviews)
"The resort was truly 5 star. The food was amazing. The hotel is beautiful and the service was excellent. Last the service and friendliness was amazing!!!"

Reviewed on 2022/8/15

Hotel Xcaret Mexico - 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.
Wyndham Alltra Playa del Carmen Adults Only All Inclusive
Wyndham Alltra Playa del Carmen Adults Only All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Constituyentes Number 1, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is NT$5,878 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,368 reviews)
"We LOVE Pablo the pool waiter! He was the best!!!"

Reviewed on 2022/8/16

Wyndham Alltra Playa del Carmen Adults Only All Inclusive
The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences - All Inclusive
The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Predio El Limonar Fraccion 2, Xcalacoco, Municipio De Solidaridad, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is NT$8,098 per night from Sep 12 to Sep 13
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free WiFi, 7 outdoor pools, and 10 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant ...
4/5 Very Good! (731 reviews)
"It was a great stay very friendly staff."

Reviewed on 2022/8/15

The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences - All Inclusive
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
The price is NT$6,550 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
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! (1,174 reviews)
"Beautiful place with lots of pools. The one thing my husband didn’t like was that to dinner he always had to wear pants unless you ate at the Yucatán."

Reviewed on 2022/8/12

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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