Playa del Carmen boasts a wide range of water-based activities including parasailing, boating, swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, and fishing. You’ll find plenty of good shopping, luxury spas, powder white-sandy beaches, top class restaurants, eco-parks, zip-lining, amazing caves to explore, and of course the Mayan ruins.
This really is the perfect family-friendly, safe, and exciting destination that combines culture, history, and modern tourism to create an unforgettable vacation experience without having to travel too far from your hotel.
Playa del Carmen’s main beach stretches in front of its downtown and faces lively La Quinta. The northern end is recommended for sunbathing as tides can sometimes cover the sands on the southern end. Many resorts also have their own private beaches for guests.
Diving and Snorkelling
As with many of the destinations along the Yucatán coast Playa del Carmen offers up excellent opportunities to discover the marine life and beautiful coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea. A visit to a nearby cenote will give you the opportunity to discover the area’s local geography. For the most abundant reefs and wildlife, however, you can hop on the ferry and visit nearby Cozumel island Recommended day trip – Xcaret
Downtown Playa del Carmen
The town square, known as El Zócalo, along with the bustling 20-block La Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue), are considered the hot spots for souvenir-shopping, bar-hopping and people-watching. Avenida 5, or La Quinta, is the main tourist area in Playa del Carmen, and also the most expensive. If you walk back a few blocks parallel with the beach you will find the prices come down quite considerably. Recommended – Gourmet Food Experience
The European and American influenced nightlife here is one of the hippest scenes in Mexico with an assortment of clubs and music venues, as well as several beachside bars. Most of the action can be found around El Zócalo and La Quinta, but you can find better deals and lesser known hotspots along the beachside or further out of town. Recommended – VIP Nightclub Tour in Playa del Carmen.