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What to do in Playa del Carmen?

Welcome to a beautiful town in the Mexican Caribbean. Find what to do in Playa del Carmen, one of Mexico's top destinations, which are perfect for families, honeymooners, and even groups of friends who look for parties.

Located in the heart of Riviera Maya, this once fishermen's village grew into a cosmopolitan beach destination known for its high-end hotels and resorts, and delicious restaurants.

Playa del Carmen’s history goes back in time to the ancient Maya settlements where it had the name of Xaman-Há. They are remains of pre-Columbian buildings in the Playacar area. From Xcaret and these shores depart every year canoes for a pilgrimage to pay tribute to Ixchel, a Maya goddess who had its sanctuary in Cozumel.

There are astounding beaches have calm waters and many things to do in Playa del Carmen. There are several beach clubs that house parties, DJ's performances, and great ambiance to the party during the morning. Usually, they have sun loungers, Bali beds, and cabanas for rent, where you can enjoy cold beverages and snacks while getting the perfect tan.

Get into Playa del Carmen Mexico to enjoy fine dining, attend concerts, walk its colorful streets full of shops, resting at its beaches, and much more. Feel the easy-going atmosphere in the trendiest beach destination in the Caribbean. It is also the gateway to Cozumel Island since ferries depart every hour. There are modern vessels that can accommodate from 150 to 800 passengers comfortably seated, with an air conditioning area, restrooms, and tv screens.

Playa del Carmen Discover Playa del Carmen activities for your upcoming vacation. It is a terrific destination to discover the surroundings, snorkel in the nearby reefs, scuba diving, or have a thrilling adventure amidst the jungle.

Visitors can book tours from Playa del Carmen to get into the Maya world. Tulum archaeological site is the third most visited pre-Columbian remains in Mexico, and it is famous for being the only Maya city facing the Caribbean Sea and having a perimeter wall to prevent attacks.

A tour to Cobá is an excellent opportunity to get into a fascinating archaeological site. This Maya city is older than Chichén Itzá, and five lagoons surround it (which name means punched water). The tallest pyramid in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo is at Cobá, and you can climb atop to enjoy an outstanding view of the jungle. It is also famous for having ancient Maya roads call sac-bé that connect long-distance places, some of them as far as Yaxuná which is close to Chichén Itzá and about 60 mi away.

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Playa del Carmen activities

Playa del Carmen is a fantastic place for shopping. There are several malls, high-end boutiques, and handicraft stores to take a souvenir back home. 5th Avenue at Playa del Carmen is the best place to walk as the sun goes down. There are many places to stop by, such as restaurants, coffee houses, and bars, plus boutiques, cigar, and souvenir shops.

Next to Playa del Carmen is Playacar, a private residential area where many resorts are set, plus having an 18-hole golf course. Walking by its main avenue to then visiting the shopping mall at the gates of Playacar is a fantastic way to spend your afternoon.

Nightlife in Playa del Carmen is well-renowned. 12th Street is where most of the party takes place with several nightclubs and bars. There are options for almost every taste, from DJ music, top hits, or even some Salsa music places.

Playa del Carmen Attractions

Some of the Playa del Carmen Tours will take you to nearby places that are simply fantastic. The most visited park in Riviera Maya is only 10 min south; Xcaret welcomes visitors from all over the world all year round to show them a piece of Mexico full of magic on its nature and traditions. Besides swimming by underground rivers, resting at the beach, and many other activities, it offers every night the largest onstage show in the whole country: Xcaret México Espectacular, where you will be taken on a 500-year journey through Mexican history, music, and dance.

Playa del Carmen excursions

Other Playa del Carmen excursions include Xplor, which is an adventure park full of thrilling activities such as 14 zip-lines, vehicles to drive amidst the jungle and caves, underground rivers, and many more. And when the sun goes down, it transforms into Xplor Fuego for a nighttime adventure.

Playa del Carmen tours

Close to Playa del Carmen, there are many cenotes which are natural pools connected by underground rivers that form the most extended system in the world. They have outstanding beauty and can be open, semiopen, or within caves.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is also home to several events and festivities, including the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival that takes place on the beach. This 3-day event has presentations of world-famous artists and offers free access to everyone.

During the Day of the Dead celebration, the Festival of Life and Death Traditions takes place at Xcaret. During four days (from October 30th to November 2nd), visitors can enjoy dance presentations, concerts, theater plays, and Mexican customs to tribute the departed ones.

Discover Playa del Carmen with its charming streets, stunning beaches, electrifying nightlife, and amazing activities will contribute to a perfect vacation. Either you pick an all-inclusive resort or a small hotel to sense the real Caribbean way of life, this beach destination will get next to your heart forever.

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