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.

Known for

Beaches, Dancing and Snorkeling

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Where to stay in Playa del Carmen

Playacar
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Playacar

Beaches, Sea, Wildlife

Playacar is a welcoming, relaxing neighborhood. Take in the natural beauty of the beaches and wildlife—or broaden your horizons with the local shopping.

Centro
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Centro

Beaches, Dancing, Live Music

The Centro neighborhood welcomes visitors with convenient options for bars. Other highlights include the local live music and shopping, as well as the natural splendor of the beaches.

Playacar Beach
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Playacar Beach

Beaches, Sea, Sunrises

Playacar Beach is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors. Many visitors come for its beautiful outdoor settings, especially the beaches.

Gonzalo Guerrero
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Gonzalo Guerrero

Gonzalo Guerrero is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors.

Playacar Zona Hotelera
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Playacar Zona Hotelera

Beaches, Sea, Dining

The Playacar Zona Hotelera neighborhood welcomes visitors with convenient options for restaurants. Many visitors come to bask in its beautiful outdoor settings, namely the beaches and wildlife.

12th Street
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12th Street

Bars, Tropical, Beaches

12th Street is a welcoming neighborhood with many tasty options for bars and restaurants. The neighborhood's charm comes through with its rich culture. Many visitors come for its beautiful outdoor settings, especially the beaches.

Top Hotels in Playa del Carmen

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks and Tours / All Fun Inclusive
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen
$546/night
Jul 18 - Jul 19
4.7/5Exceptional! (940 reviews)

"The resort was well thought out and planned in consideration of the natural elements and land, attention to detail was incredible,"…"

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2019

Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks and Tours / All Fun Inclusive
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Mahekal Beach Resort
4 out of 5
38 St And The Beach, Playa del Carmen
$157/night
Aug 5 - Aug 6
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,600 reviews)

"Everything was great, but it would be nice if the rooms had a fridge to keep drinks cold and a tv."…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2019

Mahekal Beach Resort
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Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort
5 out of 5
1a Avenida esquina Calle 26, Playa del Carmen
$148/night
Jul 30 - Jul 31
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,251 reviews)

"Loved the hotel and the staff were very attentive and pleasant-"…"

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort

Popular things to do in Playa del Carmen

Xcaret Eco Theme Park
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Xcaret Eco Theme Park

Enjoy the thrills at Xcaret Eco Theme Park and find out why people love this amusement park in Xcaret. Amble around this romantic area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Top activities 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

$70

The natural wonders, archeological treasures, and cultural charms of the Yucatán are at your fingertips on this all inclusive day of exploration.

Chichén Itzá, Valladolid & Cenote Xcajum Swim All Inclusive
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Chichén Itzá, Valladolid & Cenote Xcajum Swim All Inclusive

$64

Fall head over heels for ancient Mayan civilization during a comprehensive guided tour of Chichén Itzá. Absorb fascinating information about the Yucatán Peninsula's past from a local archeologist, and then visit picturesque Cenotewhere you can revel in a refreshing swim.

Xcaret Park Tickets
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Xcaret Park Tickets

$110

Spend a day soaking up the sun and celebrating the natural beauty and rich culture of Mexico at Xcaret Park. Located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, this nature-based park features more than 40 attractions and activities surrounded by a lush jungle, underground rivers, and the beautiful Caribbean Sea.

Day Trip to Tulum & Cenote Dos Ojos
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Day Trip to Tulum & Cenote Dos Ojos

$57

Travel back in time during a day trip to the mysterious Maya ruins of Tulum. Uncover the secrets of this ancient civilization as you tour the archeological site with a guide, enjoy some free time to dig your toes into the sand of Tulum's picture-perfect beach and then take a refreshing dip in Cenote Dos Ojos.

Isla Mujeres Catamaran Trip
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Isla Mujeres Catamaran Trip

$75

Cruise away from Cancun's sun-soaked coast to head to the pristine shores of Isla Mujeres. Enjoy a relaxing ride on a luxurious catamaran with plenty of room to stretch out, do some snorkeling in the island's brilliant blue water, and swing through the charming town to do some leisurely window shopping.

Chichen Itza Deluxe with Exclusive Entrance & Cenote Ik-kil
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Chichen Itza Deluxe with Exclusive Entrance & Cenote Ik-kil

$79

This small group 2-hour guided tour of the iconic Maya ruins of Chichen Itza will give you an incredible experience. Do not worry about waiting in line, thanks to our privileged entrance that gives you quick and convenient access to this majestic historic site.

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