Playa del Carmen

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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

The Reef 28 - Adults Only - All Suites - Optional Gourmet All Inclusive
The Reef 28 - Adults Only - All Suites - Optional Gourmet All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
1 Ave. Norte y Calle 28 Norte, Gonzalo Guerrero, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is ¥11,886 per night from Nov 23 to Nov 23
Located in Downtown Playa del Carmen, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen Main Beach, and Mamitas Beach Club. Mario ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (733 reviews)
"It’s take a longtime to be served meals"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

The Reef 28 - Adults Only - All Suites - Optional Gourmet All 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 ¥65,520 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen property is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Xcaret Eco Theme Park and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Xplor Theme Park. Playa del Carmen ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (165 reviews)
"Way more than I expected in every way"

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2021

Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Parks / All Fun Inclusive - Adults Only
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 ¥73,598 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Xcaret Eco Theme Park and Xplor Theme Park. Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,824 reviews)
"I absolutely loved everything about it. It was beautiful and very clean. Everyone goes above and beyond to make sure you have everything you need and that you are having a good time. Can’t wait to go back."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks / All Fun 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.
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 ¥4,504 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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! (125 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! (153 reviews)
"The condos are nice and spacious. The pool is amazing very clean, the location is super nice because is close to the beach but not in the middle of the nite life. The only disappointing thing was their lack of communication we had a unit in which the dryer was not working and we tried to contact ..."

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

The Elements Oceanfront & Beachside Condo Hotel
Mareazul Beach Front Resort Playa del Carmen.
Mareazul Beach Front Resort Playa del Carmen.
4 out of 5
Carretera Federal Puerto Juarez, Km 294 - 700, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is ¥19,749 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Located in Playa del Carmen, this beachfront aparthotel is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Quinta Avenida and Punta Esmeralda Beach. Mamitas ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (472 reviews)
"I like the room it was spacious clean and undated. Did not like that there was none to assit with luggage. Also did not like that there was no in pool bar."

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

Mareazul Beach Front Resort Playa del Carmen.
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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