Mexico
Playa del Carmen

Nestled on the Yucatan Peninsula’s Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen is an enchanting coastal paradise, known for its powdery white sands, azure waters, and a vibrant fusion of Caribbean and Mexican cultures. Read more

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Once a sleepy fishing village, Playa del Carmen has transformed into a cosmopolitan beach town attracting sun-seekers and adventure enthusiasts alike. Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue, is the bustling pedestrian thoroughfare where the scent of street tacos and the sound of marimba fill the air. It runs parallel to the shore and is a hub for shopping, dining, and nightlife. The town's beaches are its crown jewels, with Playa Mamitas being one of the most popular, often hosting music festivals and beach clubs with DJs spinning tropical beats. Just off the coast lies the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, offering world-class scuba diving and snorkeling experiences amidst vivid coral and diverse marine life. Eco-parks like Xcaret provide a glimpse into the region's natural beauty and Mayan history with underground rivers, wildlife, and cultural performances. Playa del Carmen is also a gateway to exploring nearby cenotes, those stunning natural sinkholes sacred to the Mayans, and is conveniently located close to other notable destinations like Cozumel Island and the ancient city of Tulum. The town's unique blend of laid-back beach vibes and lively cultural festivities ensures an unforgettable experience for all who visit.
Playa del Carmen’s captivating mix of natural beauty and cultural richness makes it a unique travel destination, where every day is a new adventure under the Caribbean sun.

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What to do in Playa del Carmen

Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue)

A pedestrian street lined with shops, restaurants, bars, and street performers, forming the lively heart of Playa del Carmen.

Playa Mamitas

Known for its beach clubs and vibrant atmosphere, it's a favorite spot for locals and tourists to soak up the sun and enjoy water sports.

Xcaret Park

An eco-archaeological park that showcases the area’s natural wonders, cultural heritage, and provides activities like swimming in underground rivers.

Mesoamerican Barrier Reef

The second-largest coral reef system in the world, offering spectacular diving and snorkeling just a short boat ride from shore.

Cenote Chaak Tun

Explore these underground freshwater pools with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, a unique experience for divers and swimmers.

3D Museum of Wonders

A fun and interactive museum with 3D artwork that visitors can pose with, creating mind-bending photos and memories.

Parque Fundadores

A beachside park known for its iconic 'Portal Maya' sculpture and as a gathering place for cultural events and traditional dance performances.

Xplor Park

An adventure park where visitors can zip-line, drive amphibious vehicles, and swim in subterranean rivers.

Frida Kahlo Museum

Dedicated to the famous Mexican painter, this museum features replicas of her artworks and offers insights into her life.

Cozumel Island

Accessible by ferry, Cozumel is known for its diving spots, beaches, and the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park.

What else to visit
In and around Playa del Carmen

Cenote Chaak Tun (5.66 km)

Delve into the mystical waters of Cenote Chaak Tun, Playa del Carmen's subterranean wonder, where history whispers in the echoes of the ancient Maya.

Xcaret (6.86 km)

Xcaret is a vibrant tapestry of Mexico’s rich cultural heritage and lush natural beauty, unfolding along the Riviera Maya as a festive eco-archaeological marvel.

Cozumel ferry dock (18.44 km)

Embrace the gateway to an island paradise at the Cozumel Ferry Dock, where azure waters meet adventure and serenity on Mexico’s beloved Cozumel Island.

Puerto Aventuras (20.84 km)

Escape to Puerto Aventuras, a serene coastal resort community in the heart of Mexico's Riviera Maya, offering an exclusive slice of paradise with its private beaches, marina, and golf courses.

Chikin Ha (23.39 km)

Nestled in the lush Yucatan Peninsula, Chikin Ha presents a mystical journey through subterranean waters, where natural history whispers in every ripple.

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