This city in the Mexican Caribbean, which until recently was a fishing village, is today a meeting place for young Europeans, South Americans and Mexicans looking for fun and relaxation. Here, there are many good restaurants and bars, and you can stay at design hotels and participate in diving and water sports, as well as play golf on professional courses.
Visit Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue). It is Playa del Carmen’s most famous street. On this pedestrian street you will find souvenir shops, crafts and fine silver jewelry shops and stores offering luxury branded items. Playa del Carmen is one of the most important culinary destinations in the Riviera Maya. On the menu you will find from simple tacos and Yucatan specialties, to sophisticated lobster dinners and good vintage wines.
At night, Fifth Avenue resonates with echoes of reggae, rock and salsa, while dozens of feet prepare to hit the dance floor. The party ends very late at night. A modern ferry connects Playa del Carmen to the Island of Cozumel, where you will be able to go diving, snorkeling, or visit the archaeological sites, the ecological parks and the cenotes. If you are looking for luxury, to the south of "Playa", you will find Playacar, a luxury resort with golf courses, all-inclusive resorts and private residences.
Every year, great Mexican and international jazz musicians offer excellent concerts in Playa del Carmen. George Benson, Al Dimeola, Fernando Toussaint and Victor Wooten are artists who have participated in the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, which takes place at the end of November on Mamitas Beach.
Among the festivities held in Playa, is the Playa del Carmen Carnival, a fun-filled celebration that attracts thousands of tourists; the Feast of the Virgin del Carmen, patron saint of the city, held in July; and the visit to the faithful departed, during the Celebrations of the Day of the Dead, in Playa del Carmen’s cemetery.
The best way to get to Playa del Carmen is to take a flight to Cancun International Airport, located approximately 42 miles north of this fantastic sun and ocean destination. Playa del Carmen has a bus station where buses coming from Cancun and other places in the Yucatan Peninsula arrive. It also connects with the city of Cancun, to the north, over highway number 307, same highway which, toward the south, connects with Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Bacalar and Chetumal, the capital of the state of Quintana Roo.