Playa Del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is ideally situated on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula: It’s close enough to Cancún that you can be on the beach not long after landing at the international airport, but it’s far enough removed from major resort areas to allow for a relaxing vacation with family or a significant other. But that doesn’t mean it’s sleepy—Playa del Carmen (“Playa,” for short) sees a fair share of crowds, as the destination is especially popular among Europeans.

A day trip to nearby areas like Cozumel, Tulum, and Cobá are easy and worthwhile escapes. If you prefer to stay put, consider grabbing a mask, snorkel, and fins before flopping on the sand: The bright coral reefs off the coast of Playa del Carmen are teeming with aquatic life, from sea turtles to stingrays and moray eels. You can also expect prime people-watching on Playa del Carmen’s Quinta Avenida (“Fifth Avenue”), which runs parallel to the beach and is stacked with boutiques selling trendy swimwear, chic home wares, and every imaginable Mexican souvenir.

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Things to Do

Great Eats Playa Del Carmen

Great Eats in Playa Del Carmen

Playa del Carmen has long been known as the top foodie locale on the Riviera Maya for food.

Just Add Water

Just Add Water

With salt or without, above-ground or below: Mexico's Riviera Maya really pours it on for families.

Foodie Finds in Playa Del Carmen

Foodie Finds in Playa Del Carmen

World-renowned chefs have been lured to this Mexican beach town, creating a booming restaurant scene.

El Dorado Casitas a Gourmet Inclusive Resort

El Dorado Casitas a Gourmet Inclusive Resort, by Karisma #6291 

"...one of the most beautiful resorts that we have stay at in Mexico."

– Kazpower

BPPC @ Bahia Principe Tulum

BPPC @ Bahia Principe Tulum #C547 

"Fabulous! The Get-Away We Needed"

– Susan D

Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa at Riviera Maya

Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa at Riviera Maya #C254 

"Completely enjoyed the Tulum experience!"

– Mpgirl024

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