Playa del Carmen is a beautiful city that sits on the Caribbean Sea coast. It used to be a humble fishing village and the stopover for travelers visiting Cozumel Island. It is blessed with the same stretch of white sandy beaches and blue waters as other spots in the peninsual. Tourists then began to see Playa del Carmen as a good holiday getaway, and so began its rise as a major destination. It is now home to various hotels, restaurants, resorts, and bars and clubs, not to mention many other attractions such as adventure sports facilities and great diving opportunities.
Quinta Avenida is the city's major street. It is filled with boutiques, restaurants, and many other interesting establishments. Walking along this street will make you feel the festive atmosphere of the place. Here you will find internet cafes, money changers, dive-shops and other specialty stores. Quinta Avenida transforms into a vibrant party venue at night. It is the perfect place to mingle with the locals and fellow tourists. The picturesque beaches in Playa del Carmen are open to the public. The crystal-like waters have the right temperature for a nice swim.
The city offers lots of sporting activities at the beach. You can fish, scuba-dive, or snorkel. Do not worry if you forgot to bring your gears since there are many dive shops that rent out equipment. If you do not prefer some action, you can always relax by lounging under your umbrella. As for culinary adventures, the city also has many interesting things to offer. It has a diverse mix of traditional, international, as well as fusion cuisines. Options include authentic Mayan dishes French, Italian, Chinese, Argentinean, and many other international dishes. Visit the bustling yet charming Playa del Carmen. This heavenly, stylish, and surprisingly seductive place will astound you with all its unique offers. Do not miss it.
Enjoy the beach: The sunny beaches should not be missed out. This town's name highlights its best feature. Its main beach runs from the ferry dock through the north. Make sure to spend some time on the beaches and enjoy the white, fine sand and plunge into the refreshing crystal-like waters.
Go scuba diving or snorkeling: The Great Mayan Reef has the second largest walls of coral reefs in the world. This underwater wonder houses diverse flora and fauna and also work as a barrier against the harsh surf. The reefs soften it, forming calm natural pools.
Shop, shop, shop: Shopping in Playa del Carmen is crowded on the pedestrianized street of Quinta Avenida. The area can sometimes get crowded, especially during tourist season or when a cruise stops between Cozumel and Playa and disgorges guests for four hours of shopping excursions.
Eat out: There are over 80 restaurants in Playa del Carmen, with different kinds of food on offer and price range that will satisfy your discerning palate and hungry stomach.
Visit Mayan ruins: Such as Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba. They host many interesting spots that reveal the amazing lives of the ancient civilization. It feels a sort of energy going round that will make you experience this place's magic!
Enjoy different sports activities: Outdoorsy activities such as kayaking and biking, with cultural tours of the local ruins or exploring the jungle or caves around Playa are available. Be sure to take one!