Playa del CarmenMexico

White-sand beaches, bustling nightlife and chic shopping make this beach town one of the Yucatán Peninsula’s most cosmopolitan and exciting destinations.

Playa del Carmen is one of the trendiest towns on the Riviera Maya, populated by well-heeled expats and crowds of European visitors. Spend your days relaxing at beach clubs, browsing upscale shops and exploring some of the wonderful nearby dive sites. At night, dine at glamorous restaurants and dance at glitzy nightclubs.

The main beach at Playa del Carmen is a wide stretch of clean, white sand that draws families, party-goers and fishermen alike. Relax in a lounge chair under the shade of an umbrella or sip a drink at one of the buzzing beach bars lining the sands. Go to one of the numerous watersports vendors on the beach to arrange snorkeling and diving excursions. Tours will take you to one of the excellent sites just off the nearby island of Isla Cozumel. Look for sea turtles, rays, moray eels and colorful coral as you explore the turquoise waters.

Go for a stroll along the town’s bustling main street, La Quinta Avenida, which runs parallel to the coast. This pedestrianized strip is lined with hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. During the day, dine at stylish cafés and browse upmarket shops found along the street’s sophisticated northern end between Constituyentes and Calle 38. In the evening, La Quinta is the center of the town’s nightlife scene. Head to the busy southern section of the strip, between Calle 4 and Constituyentes, where the most popular clubs and bars are found.

Take a daytrip to Xcaret, an ecological/archaeological theme park located 4 miles (6 kilometers) south of Playa del Carmen. This massive park features an aquarium, a greenhouse, a bee farm and a small zoo, among dozens of other attractions. Walk through the enchanting butterfly pavilion and ride a raft down a jungle river.

Most travelers heading to Playa del Carmen fly into Cancun International Airport, from where regular buses run to Playa del Carmen. Alternatively, get here by taking one of the frequent buses leaving from Tulum or Mérida. The majority of the town’s activities and attractions are found within walking distance of the beach.

Experience the European-style atmosphere of this fashionable beach destination.

Where to stay in Playa del Carmen

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Playacar

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,552 area reviews)

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

Playacar
Playa del Carmen showing skyline, boating and general coastal views

Downtown

4.5/5Wonderful!(115 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
Beautifully lit tree along the road near Playa del Carmen,Mexico

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
Playa del Carmen showing skyline, boating and general coastal views

Centro

4.5/5Wonderful!(474 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 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
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Gonzalo Guerrero

4.5/5Wonderful!(832 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Gonzalo Guerrero, Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Mamitas Beach Club are top sights worth seeing.

Gonzalo Guerrero

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
The price is $455 per night

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,449 reviews)

"The hotel is the best place in Playa del Carmen. We love it"…"

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks and Tours / All Fun 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
The price is $220 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen property is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Xplor Theme Park and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Xcaret Eco Theme Park. Ferry to Cozumel ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,321 reviews)

"Waking up to the sounds of monkeys and birds. Food was great."…"

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive
Fairmont Mayakoba
Fairmont Mayakoba
5 out of 5
Ctra Federal Cancun - Playa Del Carmen K, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is $196 per night

This Playa del Carmen resort is on the beach, 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Course, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Grand Coral Golf Riviera Maya ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (998 reviews)

"This hotel is a great choice for families. The property is so relaxing. Due to COVID most of amenities are not working. Costumer services could not be better. The Food at the Italian restaurant is awesome and the staff is very professional. Room is daily well care. The only think I do not recommend ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

Fairmont Mayakoba

If you are like most people who come to Playa del Carmen, you’re probably visiting for the beach, so you might not need much access to transportation beyond taxis. These are plentiful and reasonably priced. Public transportation includes the ADO bus network and colectivos, mini-vans used by locals more than tourists. Biking is an option on some streets. Rent a car to explore destinations outside town.

Popular places to visit in Playa del Carmen

Xcaret Eco Theme Park
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Xcaret Eco Theme Park

4.5/5(1,373 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(2,262 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.

Maroma Beach
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Maroma Beach

4/5(1,374 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Maroma Beach, a popular beach in Maroma. Discover the top-notch restaurants and entertainment choices in this romantic area.

Quinta Avenida
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Quinta Avenida

4.5/5(1,763 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 top-notch restaurants.

Mamitas Beach Club
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Mamitas Beach Club

4/5(496 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(760 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 things to do 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

$69
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour with Lunch & Open Bar
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Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour with Lunch & Open Bar

$35
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
ATV, Ziplining & Cenote Combo at Extreme Adventure Eco Park
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ATV, Ziplining & Cenote Combo at Extreme Adventure Eco Park

$75
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Xcaret Park Tickets
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Xcaret Park Tickets

$110
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Puerto Morelos Reef Snorkeling Tour with Lunch
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Puerto Morelos Reef Snorkeling Tour with Lunch

$49
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Tour Chichen Itza From Playa del Carmen
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Tour Chichen Itza From Playa del Carmen

$68
Per adult

Reviews of Playa del Carmen

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
3556
5 - Excellent 52.916666666666664%
4 - Good
2396
4 - Good 35.654761904761905%
3 - Okay
583
3 - Okay 8.675595238095237%
2 - Disappointing
117
2 - Disappointing 1.7410714285714286%
1 - Terrible
68
1 - Terrible 1.0119047619047619%

4/5 - Good

Alex

May 20, 2020

Great beaches, cool caves for advanced divers, warm waters, shopping. Just be careful with cash on hands and do not leave it in the room even in the safety box. We were part of bigger group, 3 out of 12 rooms in 4 hotels were missing money or items.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 20, 2020

Highly recommend the excursions of Rio Secreto and Chichen Itza.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 9, 2020

I love Playa del Carmen. The vibe in the Riviera Maya is much more relaxed than the Cancun area. I also loved 5th Avenue for the shops, people watching and restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Emily

May 6, 2020

Amazing city, nice people.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 16, 2020

Love the people, the culture, the food, the geography, the history, Mayans, etc, I think Mexico is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

5/5 - Excellent

Orangechickie

Apr 16, 2020

Favorite destination in Mexico

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Cities near Playa del Carmen

Cancun which includes a sandy beach, landscape views and general coastal views

Cancun

Puerto Morelos which includes a coastal town, tropical scenes and a beach

Puerto Morelos

Xcaret Eco Theme Park which includes rides, animals and flowers

Xcaret