The celebrations dedicated to the saints are great events for the whole family. This is the reason why so many tourists from all over the world join the Mexican celebrations for Easter and the Virgin of Carmen. In the latter, the locals make offerings of seafoods in gratitude for the riches they enjoy each year.
In July hundreds of locals gather in the center of the city to celebrate the Virgin of Carmen. They attend masses and have a fiesta full of joy, tradition, and color. Local crafts are a prominent part of the celebrations. If you are a collector or are hunting for souvenirs to take home, there are various items to buy, even regional candies such as melcocha, a honey-based candy; arepas, which are made from corn, not unlike crepes; and tejocotes, a syrup made from Mexican crab apples.
Even if it is not a Mexican tradition, around Easter the beaches and streets of Playa del Carmen are flooded with exuberant students on spring break; this includes students from other countries who come to the famous holiday destination, a noisy event that is now part of Playacar tradition. It is only recommended for the young at heart.