Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen showing a sandy beach, landscape views and tropical scenes
White-sand beaches, bustling nightlife and chic shopping make this beach town one of the Yucatán Peninsula’s most cosmopolitan and exciting destinations.

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

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, 77710
The price is $186 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this 4-star beach property in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,211 reviews)
"Great family location."

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Inclusive, Adults Only
Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Inclusive, Adults Only
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juárez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is $710 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 20
Stay at this 5-star luxury property in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Xcaret Eco Theme Park and Playa ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (910 reviews)
"Best resort ever! Staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, food was out of this world, rooms and property was safe and clean, and fun is around every corner."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Inclusive, Adults Only
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is $629 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this 5-star luxury property in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,719 reviews)
"Best resort ever!!!! Coming back next year and became a member because of how beautiful it was! Everyone was so nice!!!"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Platinum Yucatan Princess Adults Only - All Inclusive
Platinum Yucatan Princess Adults Only - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Prolongacion 5ta Avenida, Mz 20 Lote 006, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is $171 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 26
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,168 reviews)
"I really enjoyed the overall atmosphere. It was such a great experience. The hospitality was amazing"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Platinum Yucatan Princess Adults Only - All Inclusive
The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences - All Inclusive
The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Predio El Limonar Fraccion 2, Xcalacoco, Municipio De Solidaridad, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is $270 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free WiFi, 7 outdoor pools, and 10 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (728 reviews)
"Nice place to stay if you enyoy staying on the pools. I didn't like the beach, i was expecting something better for a hotel of this category. My kids were disappointed they couldn't enjoy the beach"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences - All Inclusive
Wyndham Alltra Playa del Carmen Adults Only All Inclusive
Wyndham Alltra Playa del Carmen Adults Only All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Constituyentes Number 1, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is $196 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,356 reviews)
"Don't come here for the beach. Food, property and staff were great!"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Wyndham Alltra Playa del Carmen Adults Only All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Playa del Carmen

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. Visit the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation website. Browse Playa del Carmen rental cars.

Best time to visit

The white beaches, blue skies, swaying palms and turquoise waters of Playa del Carmen are absolutely stunning at any time of year, but if you want a peaceful getaway, visit between April and May. Enjoy more beach space in these months, when the main tourist rush is yet to come. Temperatures will be warm and pleasant, usually in the 70s to 80s F (20s C) during the day and slightly less at night.

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