Playa del CarmenMexico

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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!(1,498 area reviews)

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

Playacar
Playa del Carmen which includes tropical scenes, boating and a sandy beach

Gonzalo Guerrero

4.5/5Wonderful!(829 area reviews)

While Gonzalo Guerrero isn't home to many top sights, Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Mamitas Beach Club are some notable places to visit nearby.

Gonzalo Guerrero
Playa del Carmen showing skyline, boating and general coastal views

Centro

4.5/5Wonderful!(450 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 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
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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
Playa del Carmen which includes tropical scenes, boating and a sandy beach

Downtown

4/5Very Good!(40 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

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
¥72,241
per night
Mar 20 - Mar 21

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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (1,319 reviews)

"Everything was 5 star. Very nice facility and excellent staff."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks and Tours / All Fun Inclusive
Grand Riviera Princess All Suites Resort & Spa All Inclusive
Grand Riviera Princess All Suites Resort & Spa All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Prolongacion 5ta Avenida, Mza 20 Lote 006, Playa del Carmen, QROO
¥24,868
per night
Mar 12 - Mar 13

Located in Playa del Carmen, this beachfront property is in the entertainment district, 2 mi (3.2 km) from Grand Coral Golf Riviera Maya, and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) ...

4/5Very Good! (3,901 reviews)

"esta bonito el hotel y todo limpio las personas son muy amable"…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Grand Riviera Princess All Suites Resort & Spa All 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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥36,234
per night
Mar 29 - Mar 30

Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen property is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Xplor Theme Park and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Xcaret Eco Theme Park. Playa del Carmen ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,993 reviews)

"I liked the nature and all the animal life around. People are helpful, nice and hardworking. There were a lot of activities, sport and nice entertaining at the theater. The food was amazing. The beach was not the best."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive

Popular things to do in Playa del Carmen

Xcaret Eco Theme Park
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Xcaret Eco Theme Park

4.5/5(1,333 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(2,182 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.

Quinta Avenida
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Quinta Avenida

4.5/5(1,706 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 lively bars.

Maroma Beach
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Maroma Beach

4/5(1,332 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Maroma Beach, a popular beach in Playa del Carmen. Amble around this relaxing area's seaside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Mamitas Beach Club
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Mamitas Beach Club

4/5(470 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(739 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.

Top activities in Playa del Carmen

Chichén Itzá All-Inclusive with Cenote Hubiku and Valladolid
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Chichén Itzá All-Inclusive with Cenote Hubiku and Valladolid

90% of travellers recommend
¥7,580
Per adult
Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour
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Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour

84% of travellers recommend
¥8,239
Per adult
ATV, Ziplining & Cenote Combo at Extreme Adventure Eco Park
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ATV, Ziplining & Cenote Combo at Extreme Adventure Eco Park

92% of travellers recommend
¥8,239
Per adult
Day Trip to Tulum & Cenote Dos Ojos
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Day Trip to Tulum & Cenote Dos Ojos

88% of travellers recommend
¥6,262
Per adult
Chichén Itzá Tour with Cenote Swim, Buffet Lunch & Tequila
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Chichén Itzá Tour with Cenote Swim, Buffet Lunch & Tequila

90% of travellers recommend
¥7,031
Per adult
Tulum Coba Cenote
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Tulum Coba Cenote

¥14,207
Per adult

Reviews of Playa del Carmen

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
3402
5 - Excellent 52.8178854215184%
4 - Good
2295
4 - Good 35.631113181183046%
3 - Okay
570
3 - Okay 8.849557522123893%
2 - Disappointing
111
2 - Disappointing 1.7233348858872846%
1 - Terrible
63
1 - Terrible 0.9781089892873778%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 27, 2020

I have been vacationing at Playa del Carmen for 9 years and have seen it grow tremendously. It’s a great location for side trips.

5/5 - Excellent

Matthew

Feb 26, 2020

We’ve been to Playacar on two other occasions and visited different attractions previously. This trip was for relaxing by the ocean...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2020

Loved it!! The food was outstanding, and I have been to a lot of all-inclusive resorts...also really loved the pool area and the plethora of comfortable seating

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2020

It became too touristy. With too much shopping area from USA.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2020

We have had extended stays in Playa del Carmen over the past 25 years. It has grown & changed a great deal.The quaint shops & authentic restaurants have been replaced by chain restaurants, stores & shopping malls. Lovely beaches, but lots of people.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

We were only there for a week end and took a long day trip to Tulum and Chichen Itza so didn't spend a lot of time in Playa del Carman. However the town has small, local grocery stores and Walmart. So we could buy groceries to eat in our room.

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