Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen's atmosphere blends Mexican color, Caribbean rhythm & European style.

Capital of the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen is a beachfront town with a vibrant atmosphere that blends Mexican color, Caribbean rhythm and European style. Playa is among the world's top vacation spots. Its main street, Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue) is an eclectic mix of open-air restaurants, chic bars, craft shops, boutiques and small hotels.

In the days of the ancient Maya, Playa or Xaman-Há was the departure point for pilgrims making the journey to the sacred island of Cozumel to visit the shrine of Ixchel, goddess of fertility and childbirth. You can still see the vestiges of small Mayan temples in different parts of town; the largest is called Xaman-Há and is in the resort and residential area of Playacar. Nowadays, passenger ferries follow the route once taken by ancient canoes and make the 30-minute crossing to Cozumel from the town dock.

Beach fun, shopping, dining and nightlife aside, visitors to Playa can also go diving, fishing, sky diving and kite boarding, play golf or visit the Xaman-Há aviary in Playacar. The park is home to over 60 species of bird native to southeast Mexico, including parrots and macaws, toucans and flamingos.

Resorts in Playa del Carmen

The Royal Haciendas All Inclusive

At the heart of the Riviera Maya, just five minutes to the north of Playa del Carmen, The Royal Haciendas® is a five-star Playa del Carmen resort hideaway on the shores of the Mexican Caribbean as perfect for rest and relaxation as it is for a fun-packed family vacation

All Inclusive Plan

from $120us
per person


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