Welcome to world famous Playa Del Carmen!
Playa del Carmen rivals Cancun as the Maya Riviera’s top vacation destination. If you seek a buzzy, vibrant destination with fine beaches, it’s a great option. While Cancun is rather blighted by large franchise and chain hotels, Playa del Carmen retains a more individualistic feel to the place. It’s also less expensive, and there are more budget hotels and backpacker hostels to choose from.
Playa del Carmen is a laid back beach town about 35 miles South of Cancun International Airport, 35 miles north of Tulum ruins and beaches, and a 40-minute ferry ride to the Island of Cozumel. This cosmopolitan town is the very heart of the Riviera Maya. Its privileged location, by the pristine waters and powdered sand of the Mexican Caribbean Sea, has made of Playa del Carmen the fastest growing destination in Mexico.
Lifestyle. Night or day, stroll along Playa del Carmen’s famous “Quinta Avenida” promenade with its myriad fashion boutiques, international restaurants, bars, and shops where you will find anything from local souvenirs and handcrafts to designers’ clothing, furniture, and art, or simply relax while sipping a rich cappuccino and watch its visitors pass by.
Beaches in Playa del Carmen are all you can dream of: white powdered sand and multi colored turquoise waters, palm trees swaying in mild sea breeze, and a tropical sun bath. The town stretches along the coast so you can spend the day from beach club, to bar, or restaurant by the beach, listening to live music here, playing volleyball there, and simply lying back under a thatched umbrella, sipping a chilled margarita or reading your favorite book as you please.
Nearby. There are many opportunities for day trips from Playa del Carmen to discover mystic Mayan ruins, such as Chichen-Itza and Coba, or spend a day in colonial Valladolid, on the way to Merida. A 50 minute drive will take you to party in never-resting Cancun; go south to relax in the beautiful isolated beaches of Tulum, or take a ferry to explore the charming island of Cozumel. Spend a day in Xel-Ha or Xcaret Mexican Caribbean theme parks