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Playa del Carmen

Travel Guide
Playa del Carmen showing a sandy 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.

Where to stay in Playa del Carmen

Grand Riviera Princess - All Inclusive
Grand Riviera Princess - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Prolongacion 5ta Avenida, Mza 20 Lote 006, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is NT$4,840 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 20
Located in Playa del Carmen, this beachfront property is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Playa Xcalacoco, Grand Coral Golf Riviera Maya, ...
4/5Very Good! (1,573 reviews)
"I enjoyed the different pools, and swim up bars. The food was ok. Be sure to make your reservation for a la cart restaurants early. I did not enjoy the wait at the front desk for check in or check out. Also, you had to pay for the covid testing and then I had to follow up on getting my results ..."

Reviewed on 2021/7/29

Grand Riviera Princess - 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
The price is NT$18,321 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
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! (1,885 reviews)
"Very beautiful and clean"

Reviewed on 2021/7/29

Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks / All Fun Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Parks / All Fun Inclusive - Adults Only
Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Parks / All Fun Inclusive - Adults Only
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juárez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is NT$16,140 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
This Playa del Carmen property is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Xcaret Eco Theme Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Mamitas ...
4.1/5Very Good! (14 reviews)
"This was the best resort that I’ve ever been in my life. The scenery is breathtaking. The service is top notch. If you plan to stay here please stay at least a week. There’s too much to do and visit. Take in consideration that the hotel has nice amenities and if you want to enjoy the hotel you need ..."

Reviewed on 2021/7/27

Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Parks / All Fun Inclusive - Adults Only
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.
Riviera Maya Suites
Riviera Maya Suites
3 out of 5
Calle 32 Norte s/n y 1era Avenida, Centro, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is NT$2,390 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
This family-friendly Playa del Carmen condo building is located on the Strip, within a 10-minute walk of Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen Main Beach, and Mamitas ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (135 reviews)
"One of the best places to stay in Playa especially if you were a group of friends or family. The best location. The apartment comes with a great balcony space and a full equipped kitchen."

Reviewed on 2021/7/28

Riviera Maya Suites
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 NT$4,712 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Downtown Playa del Carmen, this spa aparthotel is steps from Quinta Alegría Shopping Mall and Quinta Avenida. Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Mamitas ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (149 reviews)
"I’m afraid to say how nice this place was"

Reviewed on 2021/7/23

Porto Playa Condo Hotel & Beachclub
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (150 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 2021/7/22

The Elements Oceanfront & Beachside Condo Hotel
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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