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QUINTANA ROO

PLAYA DEL CARMEN

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ACCOMMODATIONS
ARTS AND CRAFTS
ATTRACTIONS
BEACHES
ECOTOURISM AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
GASTRONOMY
NIGHTLIFE
SHOPPING

Playa del Carmen is one of the most attractive destinations in the Mexican Caribbean. Located in the heart of the Mayan Riviera, 68 km (42 mi) south of Cancun, it has an ideal subtropical climate with an average temperature of 25 C (77 F) and sunny days throughout most of the year. During the summer, the maximum temperature can reach 35 C (95 F).

At Playa del Carmen you’ll find beautiful beaches looking out onto the Caribbean Sea, which are ideal places to relax or do all kinds of water sports: snorkeling, windsurfing and even kite surfing – a new and exhilarating extreme sport that combines surfing and parasailing. For those who like scuba diving, there are boats departing from the docks which offer exciting outings to the Great Mayan Reef, the second largest coral reef (system) in the world. There you can dive at depths of more than 10 meters (33 feet) among multicolored fish and coral that has existed for more than 500 years. Near Playa del Carmen you can discover Playa Paamul and Playa Paraiso, two beautiful beaches with calm waters and gorgeous ecological parks: Xcaret and Xel-Ha. Also nearby are numerous sinkholes where you can do rappelling and cave diving while exploring the amazing depths of underground river systems.

Come nightfall, we recommend that you take a stroll along Quinta Avenida, one of Playa del Carmen’s most happening areas. The avenue is lined with restaurants, bars, cosmopolitan nightclubs and a shopping mall with exclusive boutiques, clothing stores and jewelry shops.

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ECOTOURISM AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES:
Ecotourism:
The environs of Playa del Carmen, with their lush jungle vegetation, provide the perfect setting to explore sinkholes, caverns, rivers and mangroves. A direct encounter with nature also allows you to observe many birds, as well as other animal and plant species.

Extreme sports:
In recent years, Playa del Carmen has become one of the best options to experience the excitement of extreme sports. At many places near the beach, you can hire out the services of a guide or specialized instructor who will help you learn the essentials of your favorite adventure sport.

Fishing:
Playa del Carmen is one of the best destinations for sport fishing. At your hotel or through private companies, you can book an excellent fishing trip to catch marlin, sailfish or other fish.

Kayaking:
Playa del Carmen has calm waters and ideal mangrove areas for kayaking. To experience the excitement of this sport, hotels and tour companies can give you information on the best routes and rental costs for the kayak, helmet and life jacket preservers.

Outdoor activities:
The white-sand beaches of Playa del Carmen provide the best setting to do various outdoor activities, such as hiking or horseback riding, while you enjoy the warmth of the sun, the ocean breeze and the wonderful landscapes characteristic of the Quintana Roo coast.

Scuba diving:
Playa del Carmen has many marvelous spots to go snorkeling, scuba diving and even cave diving. Along the Great Mayan Reef, the second largest coral reef system in the world, you can dive among hundreds of multicolored fish and discover coral formations that have been around for more than 500 years. At the sinkholes (ponds connected to underground river systems) located in Playa del Carmen’s environs you can explore various caves and caverns full of stalactite and stalagmite formations, allowing you to take in sights of rare beauty that few people will have the opportunity to see.

Boating:
Playa del Carmen has an important dock with all the necessary services for yachts and private boats. It also has ferry service to Cozumel, Mexico’s largest island.

Golfing:
In Playa del Carmen and its environs you’ll find beautiful golf courses surrounded by lush vegetation. All of them offer the necessary services to enjoy a day on the links.

SPAs:
Playa del Carmen has various places where you can enjoy a relaxing massage or treatments that follow ancient Mayan traditions, such as the pre-Hispanic temazcal steam baths. The professional staff at these top-notch spas also offers facials and herb-based moisturizing treatments.

ATTRACTIONS:
Akumal: Located 37 km (23 mi) south of Playa del Carmen. Here you can book sport fishing trips in which you can also learn how to use all the equipment in order to make your fishing experience as enjoyable as possible.

Zona de Cenotes: This sinkhole zone is located west of Playa del Carmen. In this region you can dive among underground sinkhole formations such as those at Chac-Mool, La Ponderosa, Dos Ojos, Nohoch-Na-Chich, Gran Cenote, Car Wash, Chikin Ha, Taj Mahal and Angelita. In Playa del Carmen you’ll find touring companies that will teach you how to dive in sinkholes.

Parque Ecologico Tres Rios: Located 11 km (7 mi) north of Playa del Carmen off the Cancun – Tulum Highway 307. At this ecological park embedded in a subtropical jungle you can have the memorable experience of a close encounter with nature. This park has nature walks that allow you to observe countless numbers of subtropical plants and more than 100 animal species. At this ecological park you can go kayaking with your family or loved ones as you take a splendid tour of the sunny mangroves. This park offers guided horseback tours along the beach or on trails that cut through the jungle. It also has horseback riding classes for all ages and skill levels. This ecological park has eight sinkholes where you can scuba dive with experienced guides. Among its services, the park offers diving classes for all skill levels and ages.

Parque Ecologico de Xpu-Ha: Located 32 km (20 mi) southwest of Playa del Carmen. At this place you can go snorkeling and scuba diving along the reefs off the coast. In its coves you can observe hundreds of multicolored fish.

Parque Natural Aktun Chen: Located 42 km (26 mi) south of Playa del Carmen off the Cancun - Tulum Highway 307. This park offers the opportunity to explore a large cavern system, where you’ll see thousands of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as fascinating rock formations that are 5 million years old. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Playa del Secreto: Located 25 km (15 mi) north of Playa del Carmen. This is a long, nearly virgin beach with fine white sand and warm crystalline waters. Here you can go on hikes to observe the natural habitat of hundreds of local bird species and the abundant flora that grow in the mangroves. You can also discover nesting grounds of crabs and endangered sea turtles.

Plaza La Marina: Located on Calle 1 Sur, between Quinta Avenida and the Federal Maritime Zone. At this spot you can practice kite surfing, which involves standing on a board as you are pulled rapidly across the waters of the Caribbean Sea by a kite.

Puerto Aventuras: Located 35 km (22 mi) south of Playa del Carmen off the Cancun - Tulum Highway 307. At this place you can book trips to catch sailfish and other species. Experienced guides organize the tours and their boats are well equipped for sport fishing.

Punta Allen: Located in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, 104 km (65 mi) south of Playa del Carmen along the Cancun - Tulum Highway 307. This small peninsula region is inhabited by numerous plant and animal species. This is the ideal spot for an ecotourism outing, as you can admire heron colonies, crocodiles and manatees surrounded by lush vegetation in one of the world’s largest reserves. Nearby are camping grounds where you’ll find services for fly-fishing, which you can do on a stretch of land between the Muyil Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea.

Xel-Ha: Located 47 km (29 mi) south of Playa del Carmen off the Cancun - Tulum Highway 307. This is an ecological park where you’ll find coves, sinkholes (ponds connected to underground river systems), lagoons, and caves with subterranean rivers and springs that empty into the sea. Here you can witness the enormous biodiversity of Mexico’s southeast region while observing indigenous plants and animals, particularly some of the endangered turtle species. At this ecological park you can go swimming and snorkeling on an impressive tour that allows you to admire underwater life in crystalline rivers and well-lit caverns. You can also do the Sea Trek, an exciting adventure tour that gives you the opportunity to witness marine life without having to be an expert scuba diver. Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Xcaret: Located eight km (five mi) south of Playa del Carmen off the Cancun-Tulum Highway 307. At this place, among many other attractions, you’ll find archaeological ruins of one of the most important ceremonial centers of Mayan culture. You’ll also see plenty of natural beauty such as caves, underground rivers full of colorful indigenous fish, and a reef aquarium. This park has nature walks on which you can observe lush vegetation and an incredible variety of animal species that inhabit the area. You’ll also find a butterfly sanctuary, an orchid greenhouse, an apiary, and you can live the unforgettable experience of swimming with dolphins. Here you can go horseback riding in the park with the Caribbean Sea as a backdrop. Here you can go snorkeling and scuba diving on an unforgettable tour through 600 meters (nearly 2,000 feet) of caves and tunnels. Open daily from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm.

ARTS AND CRAFTS:
The people of the Riviera Maya make precious crafts such as embroidered huipiles (women’s blouses), wood sculptures and hand-woven hats. They also make ornaments from conch shells and imitations of pre-Hispanic figurines with stone settings. To find these objects, other beautiful handicrafts and souvenirs to remember your visit, you should go to Playa del Carmen, where you’ll come across various shops on Quinta Avenida.

GASTRONOMY:
Playa del Carmen is a cosmopolitan destination that offers exquisite Yucatecan cuisine and international fare. Among the traditional local dishes are cocido, relleno blanco, relleno negro, chocholomo and cochinita pibil (pork bathed in orange juice served with beans and red onion). There’s also the standard Quintana Roo fare, such as fish and seafood seasoned with chili peppers and spices; red snapper, lobster and snails are among some of the dishes you can enjoy. As for international cuisine, you’ll find everything from Italian pastas and Argentine steaks to French desserts.

SHOPPING:
In downtown Playa del Carmen you’ll find many stores that offer all kinds of souvenirs: pens, key chains, T-shirts and crafts made from wood and conch shells. Don’t forget to take a stroll along Quinta Avenida, one of the most vibrant spots in Playa del Carmen. The avenue is lined with stores selling beach and sports wear, exclusive boutiques and the best perfume and jewelry shops in the Mayan Riviera.

NIGHTLIFE:
Playa del Carmen is the best place in the Mayan Riviera for a night out on the town. Along Quinta Avenida you’ll find numerous bars and nightclubs where you can listen to the best in pop, lounge and electronic music. At other establishments, you can enjoy your favorite drink while listening to reggae, rock and jazz tunes. We recommend that you visit the Tai Lounge, where you can recline on a lounge chair and enjoy the ocean view; the Frida Bar, which has a very surreal atmosphere; and Capitan Turix, known for its live music. For the younger crowd, the best option is El Deseo, which has a king size bed. There you can listen to the latest in pop and electronic music.

BEACHES:
At Playa del Carmen you’ll find beautiful beaches with calm turquoise-blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. At these beaches, you can do all kinds of activities, relax and bask in the sun as you listen to the soothing sounds of the sea and take in the incredible scenery that the Quintana Roo coast offers.

Playa Paamul: Located 20 km (12 mi) south of Playa del Carmen off Highway 307. This beach has fairly calm waters, allowing you to snorkel and do other activities. You can also relax in cozy cabaas nestled in the jungle.

Playa Paraiso: Located 20 km (12 mi) north of Playa del Carmen, this beach is surrounded by lush jungle vegetation, making it the ideal spot to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle. Nearby you’ll find an all-inclusive hotel powered by solar and Aeolian energy.


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