Playa del Carmen

Travel Guide
Playa del Carmen which includes tropical scenes, boating and a sandy beach
White-sand beaches, bustling nightlife and chic shopping make this beach town one of the Yucatán Peninsula’s most cosmopolitan and exciting destinations.

White-sand beaches, bustling nightlife and chic shopping make this beach town one of the Yucatán Peninsula’s most cosmopolitan and exciting destinations.

Playa del Carmen is one of the trendiest towns on the Riviera Maya, populated by well-heeled expats and crowds of European visitors. Spend your days relaxing at beach clubs, browsing upscale shops and exploring some of the wonderful nearby dive sites. At night, dine at glamorous restaurants and dance at glitzy nightclubs.

The main beach at Playa del Carmen is a wide stretch of clean, white sand that draws families, party-goers and fishermen alike. Relax in a lounge chair under the shade of an umbrella or sip a drink at one of the buzzing beach bars lining the sands. Go to one of the numerous watersports vendors on the beach to arrange snorkeling and diving excursions. Tours will take you to one of the excellent sites just off the nearby island of Isla Cozumel. Look for sea turtles, rays, moray eels and colorful coral as you explore the turquoise waters.

Go for a stroll along the town’s bustling main street, La Quinta Avenida, which runs parallel to the coast. This pedestrianized strip is lined with hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. During the day, dine at stylish cafés and browse upmarket shops found along the street’s sophisticated northern end between Constituyentes and Calle 38. In the evening, La Quinta is the center of the town’s nightlife scene. Head to the busy southern section of the strip, between Calle 4 and Constituyentes, where the most popular clubs and bars are found.

Take a daytrip to Xcaret, an ecological/archaeological theme park located 4 miles (6 kilometers) south of Playa del Carmen. This massive park features an aquarium, a greenhouse, a bee farm and a small zoo, among dozens of other attractions. Walk through the enchanting butterfly pavilion and ride a raft down a jungle river.

Most travelers heading to Playa del Carmen fly into Cancun International Airport, from where regular buses run to Playa del Carmen. Alternatively, get here by taking one of the frequent buses leaving from Tulum or Mérida. The majority of the town’s activities and attractions are found within walking distance of the beach.

Experience the European-style atmosphere of this fashionable beach destination.

Where to stay in Playa del Carmen

Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive
Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Carretera Federal 307, KM 282, Chetumal a Puerto Juarez, Xcaret, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is ₹17,571 per night from 17 Dec to 18 Dec
₹17,571
per night
17 Dec - 18 Dec
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,192 reviews)
"This is a great vaca place to relax and unwind. Truly beautiful. The adult pool off the ocean was so peaceful. All the animals were a treat. The building was really something. Most of all my concierge, Reeshel Thompson was the best, she handled all of our needs at all times and made our trip extra ..."

Reviewed on 7 Dec 2022

Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks / All Fun Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks / All Fun Inclusive
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is ₹49,995 per night from 7 Jan to 8 Jan
₹49,995
per night
7 Jan - 8 Jan
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,639 reviews)
"Very Nice propert Food could be better"

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2022

Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks / All Fun Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Arte – All Parks / All Fun Inclusive, Adults Only
Hotel Xcaret Arte – All Parks / All Fun Inclusive, Adults Only
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juárez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is ₹51,081 per night from 8 Jan to 9 Jan
₹51,081
per night
8 Jan - 9 Jan
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Xcaret Eco Theme Park and Playa ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,107 reviews)
Luxury only a bus ride away
"The hotel itself was wonderful. Endless options of places to eat, things to do, and ways to relax. It is expensive but the cost buys you luxury. The only major downside is the amount of time you spend on a bus. As nice as the bus may be (his and her separate toilets), it is still a bus and that doesn't ..."

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2022

Hotel Xcaret Arte – All Parks / All Fun Inclusive, Adults Only
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Grand Riviera Princess - All Inclusive
Grand Riviera Princess - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Prolongacion 5ta Avenida, Mza 20 Lote 006, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
3.9/5 Good! (2,092 reviews)
Nice stay, but not epic for a 5⭐️ rating.
"I would have rated this resort higher, but unfortunately not all expectations were met. Having their own airport transfer to and from CUN would be nice. Food - both buffet and a'la carte - was not up to 5⭐️ in my opinion. Also, although it's probably a result of Mother Nature and not them, the beach ..."

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2022

Grand Riviera Princess - All Inclusive
The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences - All Inclusive
The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Predio El Limonar Fraccion 2, Xcalacoco, Municipio De Solidaridad, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free WiFi, 7 outdoor pools and 10 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant ...
4/5 Very Good! (855 reviews)
"The resort was wonderful. The staff was amazing. Only issue is that I’m vegan and most of the staff didn’t understand what vegan was so I was accidentally served dairy and very sick on my first day. Other than that everything was great."

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2022

The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences - All Inclusive
Platinum Yucatan Princess Adults Only - All inclusive
Platinum Yucatan Princess Adults Only - All inclusive
5 out of 5
Prolongacion 5ta Avenida, Mz 20 Lote 006, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking.
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,392 reviews)
"Nice and clean"

Reviewed on 8 Dec 2022

Platinum Yucatan Princess Adults Only - All inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit

Cities near Playa del Carmen