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Is Playa Del Carmen a Stellar Tourist Destination or an Authentic Mexican Town…You Decide!

Sunrise, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Playa Del Carmen, Mexico


While Cancun has towering hotels and a sprawling layout, just an hour to the south, small Playa Del Carmen has won the hearts of many travelers looking for striking the right balance between an authentic, Mexican town and a stellar tourist destination. By city ordinance, no building can be taller than the palm trees, giving the town plenty of room for happy tourists. The water is clear, the surf steady, and the ferry terminal to island delight Cozumel is in the center of town.





10 Things to do in Playa Del Carmen

Lounge on the powdery white sand and soak in the rays and the view of sparkling water. Relaxation, sun, surf, ahhhhh!

Eat…The town is built around the beach, so you’re never far from a restaurant or watering hole.

Take the 45 minute ferry ride to Cozumel for the day for shopping. Shop for bargains in jewelry, pottery, pewter, sarongs, and handicrafts. Most stores will bargain with you.

Try snorkeling, this is world class here, either take a boat or snorkel from the beach at Chankanaab National Park.A group of snorkelers observing undersea wildl...

Step back in time at Tulum, 45 minutes south- the only Mayan ruins set on the sea. Climb manageable pyramids and poke your head inside shadowy, timeless buildings.

Spring for the guided tour, it’s worth it to know what you are looking at.

Bring your suit, one of the best beaches in Mexico, with a view of the endless ocean and Mayan ruins, is below. An unforgettable experience.

Shop ‘til you drop on pedestrian-only Quinta Avenida, Playa Del Carmen’s 5th Avenue. The shopping district offers local Mexican handicrafts and wares, as well as items from all over Latin America and beyond.

Watch the occasional street performer or artisan perfecting an item that will go home with a tourist.

Explore Xcaret. This is where theme park meets natural wonder. Devote a whole day to this park, where you can swim with the dolphins, snorkel, kayak, learn about the Mayans, archeology, history, and much more.

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