Playa del Carmen Mexico Guide

Playa del Carmen Mexico is the perfect destination all around. It has some of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico, there are truly choices for accommodation and there is all kind of places to visit; from Mayan ruins to eco-parks with fun activities to do.


About Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is a typical tourist destination in Mexico. It is preferred by those who want an authentic Mexico vacation with great touristic services.

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Playa del Carmen Mexico is a small town South of Cancun in the Northeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Playa is the short name used by the locals. Downtown Playa is approximately 40 miles (64 Km) from Cancun, but there are practically resorts along the beach all the way from Cancun to Playa del Carmen and beyond to Tulum... this region in the Northeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula is called The Riviera Maya.

It is within driving distance from great Mayan ruins like Chichen Itza, Coba. You can also take a ferry to the beautiful Island of Cozumel; a scuba diving paradise.

Climate

The climate in this region of Mexico is great and predictable.

The average high temperature in the summer is 88°F (31°C), and the low is 76°F (24°C). In the winter average low hits 68°F (20°C). The rainy season is from June to November although there is not much to worry because showers last only a couple hours during the day and then you have sunshine..

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Things to Do in Playa del Carmen Mexico

Places to Visit

Here are some ideas for enjoying Playa del Carmen!

World-class eco-parks and archeological tours:

XCaret

This is a world-class eco-park with aquatic, cultural, nature type activities, and shows. It has superb facilities; you can snorkel in underground rivers, experience sharks up-close, watch exotic animals living in their habitat (marine turtles, jaguars, flamingos, manatees among others), and more. We truly recommend this place for people of all ages. It is by far our favorite park in Mexico!

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Xel-Ha

This park is the most wonderful aquarium you have ever seen where you can snorkel with tropical fish, swim with dolphins or manatees, and enjoy a ride on a floating tire among other things. It is truly a nature paradise!

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XPlor

Xplor Park is a unique world. Slide down 13 zip lines, fly through the air and land in the crystal clear waters of the cenotes (sinkholes), or walk the amazing suspension bridges.

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Visit Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is the most admired Mayan Ruins, and is definitely worth the trip.

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Visit Tulum Mayan ruins by the Caribbean Sea.

Tulum is one of the best preserved coastal Mayan cities. It is really a senses experience to see the Mayan building by the turquoise Caribbean Sea. If you are into archeological tours, this is a must see when visiting Playa or any resort in the Riviera Maya.


Beach and Water Activities

  • Scuba Diving
    There are a few places for scuba from reefs to cenotes (sinkholes). You can also visit Cozumel taking a ferry and experience one of the best scuba places in the world. There are plenty of professional guides available for hire and your hotel concierge can hire them for you.

  • Fishing
    There are also deep fishing tours. It is best to ask your hotel concierge because they are usually operated by local people.

  • Kayaking
    There are beaches with calm waves ideal for kayaking. One example is Tres Rios eco-park on the Riviera Maya; seven miles North of Playa del Carmen Mexico. The place is surrounded by jungle, with extensive mangroves where kayaks can pass and you can enjoy nature to its fullest.

  • Sailing
    You can hire or rent a boat for sailing at your hotel.


Playa Del Carmen Mexico Dining and Nightlife

There are all kinds of restaurant with a variety of cuisines in town; Also, every major resort will have many different options for your entertainment. If you want to party all night long and more, your best bet is to stay near or in Cancun.

The local cuisine is very well influenced by the Mayan legacy. If you like to try new things make sure that you get relleno blanco or relleno negro (turkey and pork with ancho chili, spices and vegetables) or the typical cochinita pibil (pork with chili and spices).

How to Get and Move Around in Playa del Carmen

To reach Playa del Carmen Mexico, the best route is to fly to Cancun (Airport code: CUN) and take a taxi to your hotel.

If you like to visit archeological sites or eco-parks on your own time, the best thing you can do is to hire a car. You can also get tours to practically every major attraction, but you will likely pay a little more.


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Where to Stay

Playa del Carmen Mexico will have all kind of resorts; from five star resorts to the budget accomodation. Here are some of our recommendations based on customer reviews.

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Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita Riviera Maya - All Inclusive, Cancun,,Mexico

Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita Riviera Maya - All Inclusive, Cancun,,Mexico

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This is a five star boutique resort located in Puerto Morelos Mexico about 20 minutes from Cancun's International Airport. The suites feature a daily fruit basket and bottle of champagne. A handmade beach bag and bottle of tequila are also included. The resort offers a 4-person boat for sailing. Playa Paraiso Golf Course is also nearby and has free green fees for guests.



Riu Palace Hotel Riviera Maya - All Inclusive, Riviera Maya,,Mexico

Riu Palace Hotel Riviera Maya - All Inclusive, Riviera Maya,,Mexico

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This hotel is well recommended with only incidental complaints. The Hotel Riu Palace Riviera Maya All Inclusive has a spectacular sandy beach with beautiful gardens. It is located two miles from Quinta Avenida in downtown Playa del Carmen. This is an all inclusive resort so all snacks and beverages are included and it also extends privileges to five sister properties within the Riu Resort complex. This means that you can choose to go to another hotel to spend the day!



Paradisus La Perla Playa Del Carmen - All Inclusive Adult Only, Riviera Maya,,Mexico

Paradisus La Perla Playa Del Carmen - All Inclusive Adult Only, Riviera Maya,,Mexico

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This is an impressive, adults-only resort on Playa del Carmen's beachfront. It is very well recommended. It is also very close to the world's second largest coral reef. It has modern d├ęcor, with soft tones and Caribbean colors. There are activities such as tango dancing, sushi-making and cocktail preparation. Location is perfect to enjoy the town at night. Cancun's airport in 45 minutes away.



The Royal Playa Del Carmen-All Inclusive, Riviera Maya,,Mexico

The Royal Playa Del Carmen-All Inclusive, Riviera Maya,,Mexico

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Located within walking distance of the famous Fifth Avenue promenade. Well recommended hotel with some incidental complaints about the employee service! It is a luxurious, all-inclusive beachfront resort. This is an adults-only resort with aquatic sport lessons including scuba diving, nightly live music, and daily social entertainment activities.



Gran Porto Real Playa Del Carmen - All Inclusive, Riviera Maya,,Mexico

Gran Porto Real Playa Del Carmen - All Inclusive, Riviera Maya,,Mexico

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Located on a secluded private beach, only minutes away from the town of Playa del Carmen. This is an all-inclusive resort with spacious accommodations, modern amenities and is close to many area attractions. The hotel is of great value for the money. Location is great although there are some complaints about the food. Just keep in mind that this would be normal for a three star all-inclusive hotel.



Holiday Inn Express Playacar Riviera Maya, Riviera Maya,,Mexico

Holiday Inn Express Playacar Riviera Maya, Riviera Maya,,Mexico

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This hotel is recommended for the budget traveler. It is located just five blocks from the beach and minutes from Fifth Avenue. You also have at your disposal a 3 mile radius local area shuttle service. You will get a free breakfast as well as free wireless internet access.




Playa del Carmen Mexico is the perfect destination for those looking for everything that Mexico has to offer: beautiful beaches, amazing resorts, archeological ruins, and natural wonders.



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