Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen is one of the most attractive destinations in the Mexican Caribbean. 

Playa del Carmen is a combination of great beaches and turquoise crystal clear waters together with the famous Mexican hospitality, cool people from all around the world, plus traditional Maya culture, make this a place like no other!

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Playa del Carmen BeachHow to get there

Playa del Carmen is situated on the south-east coast of Mexico in the state of Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula.Located in the heart of the Mayan Riviera, south of Cancun.

Cancun Airport handles the second largest volume of traffic in Mexico therefore the security levels are very high. So there are plenty of direct flights from many cities and countries. Since they have built the new terminal, Cancun airport can boast great modern facilities and equipment. You can rent a car, use public transportation or private shuttles to arrive to the hotel zone or downtown.


 Playa del Carmen ActivitiesWhat to do 

At Playa del Carmen you’ll find beautiful beaches looking out onto the Caribbean Sea, which are ideal places to relax or do all kinds of water sports: snorkeling, windsurfing and even – a new and exhilarating extreme sport that combines surfing and parasailing. For those who like scuba diving, there are boats departing from the docks which offer exciting outings to the Great Mayan Reef, the second largest coral reef (system) in the world. There you can dive at depths of more than among multicolored fish and coral that has existed for more than 500 years. Near Playa del Carmen you can discover Playa Paamul and Playa, two beautiful beaches with calm waters and gorgeous ecological parks: Xcaret and Xel-Ha. Also nearby are numerous sinkholes where you can do rappelling and cave diving while exploring the amazing depths of underground river systems.

Playa del Carmen Water activities:  Playa del Carmen has many marvelous spots to go snorkeling, scuba diving and even cave diving. Along the Great Mayan Reef, the second largest coral reef system in the world, you can dive among hundreds of multicolored fish and discover coral formations that have been around for more than 500 years. At the sinkholes (ponds connected to underground river systems) located in Playa del Carmen’s environs you can explore various caves and caverns full of, allowing you to take in sights of rare beauty that few people will have the opportunity to see.

Zona Cenotes. This sinkhole zone is located west of Playa del Carmen. In this region you can dive among underground sinkhole formations such as those at Chac-Mool, La Ponderosa, Dos Ojos, Nohoch, Na-Chich,Gran Cenote, Car Wash, Chikin Ha, Taj Mahal, Angelita. In Playa del Carmen you’ll find touring companies that will teach you how to dive in sinkholes.

Parque Ecologico de Xpu-Ha. Located 32 km (20 mi) southwest of Playa del Carmen. At this place you can go snorkeling and scuba diving along the reefs off the coast. In its coves you can observe hundreds of multicolored fish.

Xel-Ha - Located 47 km (29 mi) south of Playa del Carmen off the Cancun - Highway 307. This is an ecological park where you’ll find coves, sinkholes (ponds connected to underground river systems), lagoons, caves with subterranean rivers and springs that empty into the sea. Open daily from 8:30 to 6:00. At this ecological park you can go swimming and snorkeling on an impressive tour that allows you to admire underwater life in crystalline rivers and well-lit caverns. You can also do the Sea Trek, an exciting adventure tour that gives you the opportunity to witness marine life without having to be an expert scuba diver.

Parque Ecologico Tres Rios. Located 11 km (7 mi) north of Playa del Carmen off the Cancun-Tulum Highway 307. At this ecological park embedded in a subtropical jungle you can have the memorable experience of a close encounter with nature. The park is closed due to remodeling, but will reopen its doors in summer 2006. This ecological park has eight sinkholes where you can scuba dive with experienced guides. Among its services, the park offers diving classes for all skill levels and ages.

Xcaret - Located 8 km (5 mi) south of Playa del Carmen off the Cancun-Tulum Highway 307. At this place, among many other attractions, you’ll find archaeological ruins of one of the most important ceremonial centers of Mayan culture. You’ll also see plenty of natural beauty such as caves, underground rivers full of colorful indigenous fish, and a reef aquarium. Here you can go snorkeling and scuba diving on an unforgettable tour through 600 meters (nearly 2,000 feet) of caves and tunnels. Open daily from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm.


Playa del Carmen Shopping

Playa del Carmen Adventure: Cancun adventure tours are suitable for all the family. You can enjoy some of the longest zip lines in Latin America, go mountain biking, drive through the jungle in open top jeeps and swim in cenotes.

Playa del Carmen Shopping: Take a stroll along Quinta Avenida, one of Playa del Carmen’s most happening areas. The avenue is lined with exclusive boutiques, clothing stores and jewelry shops.

Weddings in Playa del Carmen: Your Playa del Carmen wedding will surely be a one of a kind celebration in one of the most romantic locations in the world.


Playa del Carmen Spa


Playa del Carmen Spas: Cancun and Riviera Maya are premier spa destinations in the world with a choice of great spa resorts awaiting you to transport your mind, body and spirit to a nirvana of pure bliss.

Cancun and Riviera Maya golf: The golf courses in Cancun and Riviera Maya meet the highest standards set by professional golf tournaments and expert golfers.



Alux Restaurant, Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen Restaurants

Playa del Carmen restaurants offer such a varied choice of cuisine, with everything from downtown traditional Mexican restaurants to ultra-chic restaurants dotted alongside the Quinta Avenida. You will find something to suit all tastes and budgets, and get a great service.

Mexican food

Fine dinning

Fish and seafood

Steak house

Oriental food

Italian food

Romantic dinners

Famous brands


Playa del Carmen Night

Playa del Carmen Night life

Come nightfall, we recommend that you take a stroll along Quinta Avenida, one of Playa del Carmen’s most happening areas. The avenue is lined with restaurants, bars, cosmopolitan nightclubs and a shopping mall with exclusive boutiques, clothing stores and jewelry shops. Drink  a delicious margarita!

Playa del Carmen Beach


Playa del Carmen is a growing city with must of  the services you may need, such as:



Car rental

Public transportation




Chichen Itza, Mexico

Archaeological Zones and Museums

Playa del Carmen’s Mayan Culture is its crowning glory.
The aura of mystery and majesty still lingers around the Mayan archaeological sites such as Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba to mention but a few. These are all within easy reach of Cancun by bus, or car or on one of the many tours.


  • Amazing White sand beaches and turquoise crystal clear waters

  • Quinta Avenida

  • Great diversity of travel styles

  • Mayan culture

  • Gastronomy

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