Overview Playa del Carmen

Visiting Playa del Carmen

A stroll on Caribbean shores or an afternoon of bird-watching is about as exciting as things get around Playa del Carmen—so don’t expect the glitz of other Mexican resorts. Instead, you’ll see that Playa combines the rustic charms of a small Mexican fishing village with the amenities of a much larger destination. In addition to snorkeling and other water sports, visitors can take a day trip to the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulúm.... Read More A stroll on Caribbean shores or an afternoon of bird-watching is about as exciting as things get around Playa del Carmen—so don’t expect the glitz of other Mexican resorts. Instead, you’ll see that Playa combines the rustic charms of a small Mexican fishing village with the amenities of a much larger destination. In addition to snorkeling and other water sports, visitors can take a day trip to the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulúm.    Close

Stories and Tips Playa del Carmen

I Think I Should Go To Playa del Carmen

Written by JDTrvlAgnt on 19 Oct, 2008

I have traveled to Playa del Carmen three times in my relatively short life span. It was interesting to witness the amazing growth in this city, about an hour south of Cancun along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. From massive construction projects, to…Read More


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Mayan Resort - The Good and Bad

Written by Cantin2 on 24 Mar, 2007

At most resorts that you visit there are things that you love and other things that you'd like to see changed. We've been to Mayan Palace and the Grand Mayan a few times. Here's my personal opinion of the good, the bad and the ugly...WHAT…Read More


Food Options at Mayan Resort

Written by Cantin2 on 01 Mar, 2007

Mayan Palace and Grand Mayan share a large resort between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. There are dining options here if you prefer to "stay put". More expensive than going into Playa, but if you don't have a car and take into consideration a $16…Read More


Playa del Carmen's Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue)

Written by jilldg1 on 27 Jun, 2006

For most tourists, myself included, Playa del Carmen first and foremost means Quinta Avenida (fifth avenue), a long, pedestrian-only promenade that runs parallel to the beach and is lined with restaurants and shops.Here you’ve got your pick of silver, amber (expensive but very beautiful), T-shirts,…Read More


Maya Spa at Ikal del Mar

Written by jilldg1 on 27 Jun, 2006

First off, let me say that I rarely frequent hotel spas because I find them ludicrously overpriced, often mediocre, and sometimes even intimidating. But this place was different. Set in the jungle, in a circular building constructed with a yin/yang design, it’s the centerpiece of…Read More


Xel-Ha

Written by deescheer on 28 Apr, 2005

While visiting Mexico for the first time, we had so many opportunities to take different excursions that we were not sure which one to pick. But when we finally drove up to Xel-Ha, we were glad we did. We paid $60 per person for an…Read More


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We Must get to Coba

Written by britgirl7 on 16 Apr, 2006

If you read my journals you will know that no matter how "party" a trip is my husband, Karl, must include ruins, castles, cathedrals, or hiking. So despite a hangover from a 4am night out we set off to find Coba.The guidebook said that Coba…Read More


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Ferry to Cozumel

Written by britgirl7 on 16 Apr, 2006

From Playa del Carmen the local ferries to Cozumel leave on the hour, and so it’s a good day out and a chance to see another placeTo get to the ferry dock just head to Calle 1 down from Fifth avenue and it’s hard to…Read More


How to do it on a budget?

Written by samer_k on 25 Mar, 2005

Well, some people are hesitant to be adventurous in places like Mexico. People have typical and understandable fears, such as the water not being safe. After you get over some of your fears, you will realize that Mexico is still one of the best bargains…Read More


Walking Around Playa

Written by quirine on 26 Feb, 2005

Playa has changed significantly since I began going there. What used to be a small fishing village is now a town fast approaching city status. Playa now includes a mall (Plaza Pelicano) featuring a movie theater, a Blockbuster, and a Papa John's Pizzeria.…Read More


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