Welcome to Playa del Carmen
Located on the Yucatán Peninsula, Playa del Carmen is one of the gems of the Riviera Maya. Its sandy beaches and turquoise waters look out onto the Caribbean Sea, while inland palm trees, dance music, and Yucatán cooking hint at the Mexican and Mayan experiences awaiting.
Water is a major attraction here. Enjoy parasailing, jet skiing, and hours of swimming, both in the sea and the ancient cenotes, or limestone pits of freshwater. The island of Cozumel lies just offshore and is part of the Mesoamerican Reef, providing unforgettable snorkeling and scuba diving.
Those needing a break from the sun and water can take to the shade and diversions of Quinta Avenida, a pedestrian-only road lined with shops and restaurants. Or book a spa day at one of the many resorts. In the evening, dine on international flavors, visit a Mezcal bar or lively club (the Coco Bongo is not to be missed!), or just chill at one of the many rooftop bars.
Outside of Playa del Carmen find adventure in the form of ATV trails and ziplines that whisk you above the jungle canopy. The famed Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza are a two-hour drive inland, while the unusual pink waters of Las Coloradas are three hours away at the tip of the Yucatán Peninsula.
If you’re craving both adventure and relaxation, book one of our local Playa del Carmen photographers, pack your bathing suit, and head to this tropical paradise.