Playa del Carmen

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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

Cozumel featuring tropical scenes and a beach

Downtown Playa del Carmen

4.5/5(115 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Downtown Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Quinta Avenida are top sights worth seeing.

Downtown Playa del Carmen
Beautifully lit tree along the road near Playa del Carmen,Mexico

Playacar

4.5/5(1,552 area reviews)

An upscale resort area with secluded beaches and villas by the sea, Playacar boasts a golf course designed by Robert von Hagge and is just a short drive from downtown Playa del Carmen.

Playacar
Beautifully lit tree along the road near Playa del Carmen,Mexico

Playacar Zona Hotelera

4.5/5(2 area reviews)

Pristine beaches and ample dining options are well-reviewed features of Playacar Zona Hotelera. Make a stop by top sights like Piste Cyclable sur Paseo Xaman-Ha while you're exploring the area.

Playacar Zona Hotelera
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Maroma

Maroma is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Maroma Beach and Paradise Beach, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Playa del Carmen.

Maroma
Playa del Carmen is a city I fell in love with at first sight! The people, the street food and restaurants and the beach are just amazing:) This is the view from the rooftop bar at The Palm at Playa, prefect to enjoy a cocktail at the bar or chill out in the hammocks!

Playa del Carmen Centro

4.5/5(474 area reviews)

Travelers to Playa del Carmen Centro praise its stunning beaches. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal.

Playa del Carmen Centro
Cozumel featuring tropical scenes and a beach

Gonzalo Guerrero

4.5/5(832 area reviews)

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

Gonzalo Guerrero
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 $445 per night from May 21 to May 22
$445
$541 total
includes taxes & fees
May 21 - May 22
Stay at this 4-star beach property in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free parking, and 7 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our ...
8/10 Very Good! (3,257 reviews)
"Everything was great"

Reviewed on May 17, 2024

Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive
Grand Riviera Princess - All Inclusive
Grand Riviera Princess - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Prolongacion 5ta Avenida, Mza 20 Lote 006, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is $210 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 19
$210
$210 total
includes taxes & fees
Jun 18 - Jun 19
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our ...
7.8/10 Good! (2,632 reviews)
"Overall rating: 4/5 Pros: - Lots to do (many bars, restaurants, activities) - App to book a la carte online - Great food at a La carte restaurants - Spa circuit hydrotherapy was a great experience - Shuttle template del Carmen ($4 USD each way) - Outdoor taco stand was amazing - Clean resorts and ..."

Reviewed on May 18, 2024

Grand Riviera Princess - All Inclusive
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts All Inclusive Riviera Maya
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts All Inclusive Riviera Maya
5 out of 5
Carretera Cancun Tulum Km 45, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is $1,010 per night from May 20 to May 21
$1,010
$1,010 total
includes taxes & fees
May 20 - May 21
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family ...
8.2/10 Very Good! (731 reviews)
"It is catered to kids and parents! Amazing time spent at this resort"

Reviewed on May 14, 2024

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts All Inclusive Riviera Maya
Lowest nightly price foun