Playa del Carmen Vacation

The great thing about a Playa del Carmen vacation is that it offers an enviable list of attractions, resorts and sun-soaked beaches to choose from.

Before the area become the tourist hub of the Mayan Riviera, Playa del Carmen (or Playa as the locals like to call it) was just a relatively small fishing village on the Mexico coast. If you explore the nearby areas of 10th Avenue and beyond, you can begin to experience an authentic representation of Mexican Culture.

Within the less touristy areas of the region, you can come across many places of interest. Traditional restaurants and local shops display the flavour of everyday life in this part of Mexico.

Alongside the traditional streets and dwellings though, you can also enjoy
a varied stretch of restaurants, bars, hotels and impressive all inclusive resorts.

Fishing Boats on the coast of Playa del Carmen

Location and Resorts

The town is situated on coastal highway 307 and is located roughly halfway between Tulum and Cancun on the Mayan Riviera coastline.

The map contains a grid of tourist orientated areas. 5th Avenue is the iconic central hub and will likely be the main focus of your Playa del Carmen vacation.

In 5th Avenue you will find a long line of shops, markets, bars, restaurants and local amenities

The majority of popular nearby attractions are located within easy walking distance of each other.

Hotels are in plentiful
supply in the area.

Vacation accommodation ranges from small budget orientated hotels to vast
all inclusive resorts.

There are a variety of popular resorts to suit the budget requirements of all travellers. Hotels will typically fall between a selection of categories including; casual and relaxed, middle range comfort or luxury and exclusive.

The hotels and resorts are generally located on or within a few minutes walk
of the beautiful Mexico beaches. The stunning stretch of beaches are amongst the best in the Mayan Riviera.

Playa del Carmen Hotel

The Weather in Playa

Hot weather, with long sunshine orientated days is an important requirement for an enjoyable and relaxing Playa del Carmen vacation.

For the majority of the year the weather provides excellent conditions for sunbathing by the pool or on the beaches. The climate in this region provides the perfect setting to enjoy the range of available nearby attractions.

However it is probably a good idea to try and avoid the dates from the end of August to the beginning of November. During this time it has been known for hurricanes to occur within a frequency of every couple of years or so.

On the other hand of course, if you're felling brave, then you can probably get some really cheap deals for these months. This is a risk though, so I would definitely opt for the other seasons when planning your trip.

Resort in Playa del Carmen Mexic

Nearby Amenities

The Mayan Riviera is home to a variety of archaeological sites, eco parks, activity centres and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

There are cenotes to explore in the area and of course many fantastic places
of interest are just a short journey away from your resort.

For example you can catch the ferry to the iconic island of Cozumel from the coast. Cozumel is a popular location to experience swimming with dolphins and offers a great location for an enjoyable day out. You could also take
the opportunity to enjoy scuba diving or snorkelling in the Caribbean Sea.

Playa del Carmen is a central hotspot for travellers and a fantastic destination to base for your dream Mexico vacation.

Playa del Carmen Beach



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Cloudy Sky


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