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Playa del Carmen Mexico

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The Riviera Maya's Seaside Jewel

Playa del Carmen is one of the top diving destinations in the world, thanks to vibrant sea life and underwater caverns or Cenotes. Playa del Carmen, Mexico, is a hipper and more modern version of the fishing village it once was. Spend some quality time on the golf course or on the rrof tops of the best resorts. Explore the ancient ruins of the Coba Mayan Village and Tulum or shop and stroll along 5th Avenue.

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As a world-class vacation destination, Playa del Carmen is well prepared to offer milions of recreational opportunities for visitors and residents. Restaurants are abundant, bars and nightclubs located on the Quinta Avenida offer a vibrant night life. Just offshore lies the world’s second largest reef system. Fishing, diving, boating, and snorkeling are widely available through many guides and tour operators. Playa del Carmen and the entire Riviera Maya of Mexico attract those who love the water and water activities, even if that means lazing around. On days when the beach isn’t on your schedule, there are modern theaters, malls, and access to the rest of the Yucatan Peninsula, if you wish.

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Hotels in Playa del Carmen Mexico

Accommodations and Hotels in Playa del Carmen Mexico

Playa del Carmen has a great central spot on the Riviera Maya, about 70kms south of Cancún and just across the waves from Cozumel.  The best places to stay, resorts or hotels in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, are  most importantly, beachside, but they are also designed around relaxation with contemporary boho style and many of our picks also have outstanding spas. In the town center, you will find more economic options for travelers on a budget, including luxury hotels, boutique hotels, budget hotels and Playa del Carmen hotel deals.

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Best tours & things to do in Playa del Carmen Mexico

Why visit playa del carmen?

Playa del Carmen is now one of the most desirable getaways on Yucatán Peninsula. There are so many incredible things to do in Playa del Carmen that it can be hard to sort through the options. From the secret beach spots, scuba-diving in Cozumel, to the best day trips in the Riviera Maya or spend a night out in the vibrant nightlife, you will find a way to discover the beauty and magic of the Mexican Caribbean coast. Boasting world-class white sandy beaches and all the marine life of the Caribbean Cozumel, the Riviera Maya is blessed with natural pools known as cenotes. Mayan archaeological sites like the World Heritage Chichén Itzá are at hand, as well as imaginative theme parks like Xcaret and Xenses where the Mayan Riviera’s culture and nature roll together into something both exhilarating and educational.

If you are in Playa del Carmen and want to try something different and get closer to locals in the dream paradise of Mexico, we recommend trying these experiences, activities you must do around Playa del Carmen. Yoga & Salsa dancing  in Puerto Morelos hosting by 2 amazing guides and travellers willing to share their hobbies in this tropical paradise.

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learn salsa or bachata

Join, with your partner or friends, a latin dance class in Puerto Morelos with the Best Salsa & Bachata teacher in the Riviera Maya.

Xcaret Group

Xcaret is a water, eco-archaeological park and more, in one place. Due to its privileged location in the Mayan jungle among underground rivers, cenotes and facing the Caribbean Sea, Xcaret has impressive scenarios where you can do different activities and enjoy to the fullest those scenarios. Besides that, Xcaret is a park that celebrates Mexico’s present and rich past, a country known for its traditions, culture and folklore. Enjoy the most visited zip-line park in the world through an unforgettable adventure in Riviera Maya. Check all the links below and get a discount coupon on any park from Xcaret Group you want to visit. Xcaret is always a good idea.

Rent a car in Playa del Carmen

While you should always be prepared and take precautions while driving in Mexico, there’s no need to be fearful: driving in Mexico and renting a car are safe activities for tourists. It is highly recommended to have more freedom to visit the country and no rely on public transports or taxis. You will find very reliable and economic vehicles to rent in Cancun or Playa del Carmen. 

Cancun Airport Shuttle

Main of the hotels in Playa del Carmen have a private airport shuttle for their guests. Therefore, if it is not included in your booking, make sure to book a a trip to your hotel before your arrival as a taxi at the airport can be quite expensive.


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