Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen showing tropical scenes, boating and a sandy beach

This popular tourist town is a veritable paradise on earth with white-sand beaches lapped by warm waters stretching along the beautiful Caribbean coastline.

Playa del Carmen, also known locally as Playa, is located in eastern Mexico in an area known as Riviera Maya or the Mayan Rivera. The population has almost doubled in the past five years as the tourism industry continues to grow to meet the needs of the masses that flock to this sun-drenched heaven each year.

Find that perfect spot on the sand to sit back and soak up the sun. Apart from hurricane season in September and October, Playa is typically bathed in clear blue skies, and with average yearly temperatures of 26 degrees Celsius, you won't have to try too hard to get that flawless, sun-kissed look. Huge cruise ships can be spotted passing by as they head to the Calica quarry docks to allow visitors to disembark for some fun in the sun.

For those who'd like a little more adventure, Playa has a wide variety of water-based activities for you to take advantage of. Just off shore, the island of Cozumel is renowned for its beauty and is a prime snorkelling and diving location. It is easily accessible by ferry and well worth a day trip. Take a dive into the deep blue waters and experience the reefs and marine environment that Jacques Cousteau once described as some of the most beautiful in the world. Underwater caves known as cenotes are common in the area and guided tours can be arranged. Fishing was once the main industry in Playa and is still a popular activity today along the marina. Boats can be hired to take you out to sea to get the perfect catch.

If you don't manage to hook yourself some fish for dinner, Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue, has a multitude of cafés, bars and restaurants to satisfy your appetite and is located only a short distance from the beach. This pedestrianised street is dotted with boutique shops, making it ideal for a little shopping spree followed by some local cuisine and a cocktail or two to quench your thirst. Nightfall sees the street come alive as clubs keep the party going into the early hours.

Playa del Carmen is quite centralised, so you'll never be too far from the beach, shops and food, and if you want to venture a little farther away from town, taxis and car rental options are readily available.

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
The price is AU$315 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Xcaret Eco Theme Park and Xplor Theme Park. Quinta Avenida and Playa del Carmen Main ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,277 reviews)
"This place is great. It was our 2nd trip here. I am a clean freak and suffer anxiety over uncleanliness but not here! The pools are the best, however it would have been nice to have them a little warmer this year. I did wish they had some actual hot tubs. Food was great and service as usual."

Reviewed on 25 Jan. 2022

Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is AU$1,263 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Xcaret Eco Theme Park and Xplor Theme Park. Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal and ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,800 reviews)
"This is the nicest place we have ever stayed! Best food and service! They give you access to 9 different parks/tours and so you get all your excursions, hotel, and food included in your price. My husband and I came for a few days last year and loved it so we brought the whole family this year and ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jan. 2022

Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Inclusive, Adults Only
Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Inclusive, Adults Only
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juárez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is AU$1,132 per night from 26 Feb. to 27 Feb.
Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen resort is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Xcaret Eco Theme Park and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Xplor Theme Park. Playa del Carmen ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (413 reviews)
"This place was beyond my expectations. The beautiful grounds were like no other. The service, food and drinks were top quality and the swimup ocean view room was excellent and beautiful. I can’t say enough, book and be amazed. All parks and transportation included. I would rate this hotel top in ..."

Reviewed on 25 Jan. 2022

Hotel Xcaret Arte - All 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.
Casa del Árbol Condo
Casa del Árbol Condo
3 out of 5
Calle 21 Sur con Diagonal 85 Sur, Mz. 275 Lotes 24 y 25, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is AU$56 per night from 9 Feb. to 10 Feb.
Located in Ejidal, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal. Mamitas Beach ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (199 reviews)
Very great!
"Very nice Condo, just needed one more towel"

Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2021

Casa del Árbol Condo
The Elements Oceanfront & Beachside Condo Hotel
The Elements Oceanfront & Beachside Condo Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Flamingo & Calle 46, Playa del Carmen, QROO
Located in Luis Donaldo Colosio, this beachfront aparthotel is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Mamitas Beach Club and Quinta Alegría ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (159 reviews)
"Very well maintained. Miguel and Armando were extremely helpful. Will visit again."

Reviewed on 21 Dec. 2021

The Elements Oceanfront & Beachside Condo Hotel
Anah La Quinta
Anah La Quinta
3.5 out of 5
avenida 5 esquina calle 42, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is AU$148 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
Located in Zazil-ha, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Mamitas Beach Club. Playa del Carmen Maritime ...
3.9/5 Good! (9 reviews)
"Great property with a small rooftop pool and area that I "worked from home". Close to all the bars/restaurants/quinta but it was quiet which was important for me. The room I booked was the smallest one and it was quite small. Other than that, everything was great."

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2022

Anah La Quinta
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.

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