Playa del Carmen is one of the fastest growing and most fun towns in the Caribbean.
An international mix of fun loving travelers come here to party, enjoy the beaches,
and just generally immerse themselves in the tropical splendor of it all.
Playa del Carmen or "Playa", as it's known to the locals, is in the middle of the Riviera Maya in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico's Caribbean vacationland. This place is tons of fun with amazing beaches, great beach vacation accommodations and the ferry to Cozumel which runs numerous trips daily. There are taxis everywhere and a couple bus terminals for connections to Riviera Maya vacation resort towns and other parts of Mexico. Playa del Carmen is only 45 minutes from Tulum ruins, or Cancun. It's central location makes it convenient to all the sights & adventures on Mexico's tropical Caribbean coastline.
Playa-fun on & off the beach. Watersports are available in Playa including swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, fishing, para-sailing, even sky diving and more... Youth flock to Playa del Carmen, especially from Europe, to party and relax in its tropical Bohemian atmosphere. Cruise ships typically stop in Playa del Carmen to allow their vacationers to take advantage of the great shopping and restaurants.
Playa del Carmen has grown tremendously in recent years, partly due to its long stretch of sandy beach. At its northern end the beach is at its widest with resorts and beach clubs periodically along the shore. At the Porto Real hotel a jetty creates a small wave break and the beach narrows somewhat, on its way to the ferry dock.
Central Playa del Carmen. This is ground zero for Playa, where it all began. Here you will find the Ferry dock to Cozumel and a wide beach which narrows somewhat as it stretches northward past numerous beach bars, restaurants, dive shops and water sport vendors offering everything under the sun.
North Playa del Carmen. This is a wide sandy stretch of beach, north of the jetty at Porto Real. The beach is generally wider and more tranquil here than it is in town with beach clubs and water sports available to the public.
Beaches are - mostly pure fine sand beach with some exposed limestone, footwear not required in most areas for water entry, snorkeling mostly over sand and swimming when seas are calm, water sports (all kinds).
Don't miss it ! Playa del Carmen is lots of fun and a great place to mingle with interesting people from around the globe. If you are in the area plan some time to visit this town!