Discover the Magic of Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen
I've had the pleasure of visiting Playa del Carmen on three occasions – twice during cruise stops and once amid the pandemic. However, it was my 15-day sojourn before returning home to Minnesota that truly captured my heart. The experience was nothing short of delightful and I had the privilege of sharing it with my best friend. This journey has carved a special place in our hearts, a memory we'll hold dear for a lifetime.
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Where to stay in Playa del Carmen
Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort
Modern resort along Playa Marmitas beach with sophisticated rooms and suites.
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Hotel Xcaret México
Breezy all-inclusive resort with modern rooms and suites, as well as 10 on-site restaurants.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Immerse yourself in the beauty of the lush mangrove forests and pristine beaches and indulge in world-class amenities and exceptional service that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired.
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Things to do in Playa del Carmen
Traverse the avenue, sipping on tequila while witnessing a skilled artisan handcraft Cuban-style cigars. Engage with locals, shop for charming souvenirs and embark on a biking adventure to uncover hidden corners. Experience the sunrise at the beach while pedaling along Calle 38 – a memory that will linger long after your journey.
If you are a night owl and want to party, Playa has the perfect place for you. Coco Bongo and Mandala night club are famous for their entire night parties, and they are all in the same street, making it very easy for you to "party hop."
Expand your horizons beyond Playa del Carmen with curated excursions. Embark on a journey to witness the awe-inspiring Chichen Itza, a modern wonder of the world. Gain insights from knowledgeable guides who share their Mayan heritage while exploring this historical marvel. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Oxman Cenote, an enchanting natural pool that epitomizes the region's splendor.
Tulum and its own beaches are also worth the visit. You might even fall in love with Playa Santa Fé or Burrito Amor.
Places to eat & drink in Playa del Carmen
Beyond the allure of its beaches, Playa del Carmen boasts its crown jewel – the bustling Fifth Avenue. Immerse yourself in the heart of local culture as you sample mouthwatering tacos at Señor Frog’s and savor exquisite margaritas at Las Camelias.
Our insider tip: Treat yourself to delectable gelato from Amorino's franchises along the avenue.
Do not forget to visit the Hard Rock Cafe for different insides of the American cuisine on Mexican soil.
Need to Know
Looking for more Playa del Carmen travel inspo? Check out Fora Travel Advisor Cecily Hedge's guide, A Foodies Guide to Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
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