Playa de Carmen beach

Ah, Playa!

Playa del Carmen, or simply "Playa", is a city located on the coast of the Caribbean Sea. It is in the state of Quintana Roo, on the northeast side. Playa del Carmen is right smack in the center of what is called the “Riviera Maya”, which spans from Tulum to Cancun and includes the Sian Ka'an biosphere reserve.

Playa del Carmen used to be a small fishing town and the jump off point for tourists heading to Cozumel Island. It is also blessed with miles and miles of white sandy beaches and the same azure waters as Cancun but without the hustle and bustle of the crowds. People began to recognize Playa del Carmen as an ideal vacation spot in itself, and so began Playa del Carmen's rise as a premier vacation vacation destination. Today, it is home to a wide variety of resorts, hotels, restaurants, and bars, not to mention other attractions like great diving opportunities and adventure sports facilities.

Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue) is Playa's main street. It runs parallel to the ocean and is just a few minutes' walk from the beach. The Quinta, as it is fondly called, is lined with shops and other interesting establishments. As you walk along the Quinta, you will notice a festive air about the place. At night, it becomes one hopping party place. It's a great place to meet new friends – just say “hi,” and voila, you have made yourself a friend!

There are also streets that intersect with the Quinta, all of which lead to the beach. Here you will find internet cafes, money changers, dive-shops and other specialty stores.

The beaches are open to the public. These picturesque spots are maintained regularly, with garbage and seaweed picked up daily. The crystalline waters have just the right temperature for a swim. All the beaches have their own unique character. If you want a beach filled with people who are out to have fun just like you, then head for the beaches near the ferry docks, as these are the busiest. If you prefer a quieter, private place, head either north or south for the less crowded beaches. You can spend the day simply lounging under your umbrella with a margarita.

You will find that you have plenty of sporting options at the beach. Fishing, diving and snorkeling boats are ready to take you out. Don't worry if you didn't bring along equipment– there are plenty of dive shops that rent out anything you might need.

As for gourmet adventures, Playa del Carmen has plenty to offer. It has an eclectic mix of Mexican, international and fusion cuisines- all ready to tempt your palate with something new, something hot, or something simply scrumptious. You can choose from authentic Mayan dishes to Italian, Argentinean, Chinese, French and other international cuisines. There are also plenty of beach restaurants if you're in search of something a bit more laid-back.

Playa de Carmen streets

Playa del Carmen is also a starting point for many excursions to nearby islands of Cozumel and Isla Mujeres, to underground caves (cenotes), and Mayan ruins such as Chichen Itza or Tulum. It is also only a short drive from Cancun and Playa del Carmencar development (which includes huge all-inclusive resorts and posh condominiums and villas).

Experience Playa del Carmen, where there is non-stop fun on and off the beach. If you are looking for a relaxing and hassle-free vacation combining with days at the beach, gourmet dining, warm welcomes, amazing history and culture and a wide range of adventure sports, this is the place for you.

Do visit Playa del Carmen; this charming, cosmopolitan and surprisingly seductive town will awe you with all it has to offer. Don't miss it!

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