Welcome to Playa Del Carmen
Playa Del Carmen is a jewel along Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The beaches, the water, the amenities, and the nightlife are just a few of the things that make Playa del Carmen a top Mexican Caribbean destination. With proximity to nearby Mayan cultural centers and offshore islands, there’s a little something for everyone in “Playa”.
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1. Experience One Of The Adventure Parks
Just south of Playa del Carmen are a cluster of incredible adventure parks that are unlike anything you’ve probably experienced before. The most famous is Xcaret with its meandering canals you can swim through, incredible beach coves, cultural shows, jungle hikes and so much more. They are a little pricey, but the adventure parks are widely considered a must do in the Playa area. Others popular parks include Xplor and Xel-Ha.
2. Visit A Cenote
Talk about healing properties. The cenote choices in the Playa area are vast and diverse as there are literally dozens of incredible locations nearby. You can swim, scuba dive, snorkel or just walk through one of these breathtaking and powerful forces of nature.
For cenote info and great cenote recommendations, be sure to check out our Ultimate Cenote Guide.
3. Take A Trip To The Islands
There are several islands easily within reach of Playa. Isla Mujeres makes for an incredible day trip via catamaran. The island has no cars and a laid back beach vibe. Isla Contoy is an uninhabited nature reserve. Check out wild birds and incredible snorkeling. Or just take the ferry across the channel to Cozumel for a relaxing day at a beach club!
4. Enjoy The Nightlife
The primary pedestrian street is the broad La Quinta 5th Ave which runs parallel to the beach and is lined with vendors, bars, restaurants, tour shops, performers, tequila tasting rooms and everything else you’d imagine. Stretching from Ave. Constituyentes in the north to Calle 1 (1st Street) in the south, this is where the action is. Walk south to the nightlife party area and stop in at some of the clubs and tourist bars. Some say the best club to dance and drink the night away is Coco Bongo with its wild interactive stage shows, but don’t let us sway your decision, there are many places to let loose on offer.
5. Have A Beach Day
There are a lot of great beaches in the Playa del Carmen area. Fundadores is the bustling main beach along the strip in Playa del Carmen center and is always great for lounging and people watching. Restaurants and vendors are scattered along the beach so grabbing a ceviche or a cervesa is easy.
Playacar beach is a bit further south, a long walk or a short taxi ride from Centro, and is a bit more idyllic. Playacar is a residential neighborhood, so the beach is well-groomed and the vibe is more quiet and peaceful.