If you are looking for a unique destination for your next vacation to Mexico, where you can visit paradisiacal beaches, practice aquatic activities, visit Mayan archeological zones, ecotourism, summer weather all year round and great cultural diversity, Playa del Carmen is the perfect destination for you.
Playa del Carmen is not one of the most visited and enjoyed destinations in all of Mexico, according to the TripAdvisor travel site, Playa del Carmen was one of the top 25 destinations in the world.
Playa del Carmen has become one of the most important destinations in the Riviera Maya and the state of Quintana Roo, that’s why we decided to create this guide for anyone who wants to travel or visit this great destination in Mexico, in this guide I will explain everything you need to know before traveling to that destination.
Where is Playa del Carmen located?
Playa del Carmen is the head of the municipality of Quintana Roo, in the municipality of Solidaridad, one of the 11 municipalities of this state. About the destination of Cancun, Playa del Carmen is located 68 km south of Cancun, on Federal Highway 307.
How to get to Playa del Carmen?
Since Playa del Carmen does not have an airport and the nearest one is Cancun International Airport (CUN) the cheapest and fastest option, is to take a bus approximately 200 MXN, other options are: take taxi run from the airport to Playa del Carmen (600 MXN), there are also companies that provide transportation in shared VANS with a capacity of up to 12 people and, finally, rent a car at Cancun airport.
Weather in Playa del Carmen
The Mexican Caribbean is famous for having a tropical climate all year round, so this destination will have hot days almost any time of the year, so every day you will have a perfect heat to enjoy the beaches that Playa del Carmen offers.
What places can I visit?
Do you have any questions about what places to visit when you travel to Playa del Carmen? Next, we will share with you some attractions that may help you when choosing which place to visit.
The 5th Avenue
This is the main avenue and attraction in Playa del Carmen, there you will find a lot of attractions and things to do with your family or friends, from exclusive clothing stores, shopping malls, cafes, bars, a local and cultural environment, restaurants renowned for their gastronomic quality for all tastes and budgets.
Since throughout the Mexican Caribbean you will find different beaches in which you can enjoy its beautiful waters, gentle waves, and white area, Playa Mamitas is the most beautiful beach you can find in the center of Playa del Carmen, is a public beach that has several bars and local restaurants by the sea.
Xcaret and Xplor
Xcaret is known worldwide as an ecological park with many cultural activities, ecological and aquatic activities, on the other hand, Xplor offers activities for people who enjoy adventure and nature.
Both parks are located 6 km from the center of Playa del Carmen, the entrance fee to Xplor per person is 2, 598 MXN (130 USD) and in the case of Xcaret, the price per person is 1930 MXN (97 USD) per person. If you book 7 or 21 days in advance, you can find discounts of up to 15%.
If you want to get to the location where these parks are located, the cheapest option to get from the place where you are to some of these attractions is to take public transport or a collective transport vehicle. Take a taxi can be expensive and at the same time not very practical if you travel with a large group of people. Also, if you rent a car in Cancun or Playa del Carmen, it will be easier to get to these attractions.
In this park, is the sculpture Portal Maya, an icon of the destination of Playa del Carmen, this monument is perfect to spend an afternoon and take pictures with a family, couple or friends and share with the people who visited the destination of Playa del Carmen.
What to wear when visit Playa del Carmen?
As I mentioned, the climate of Playa del Carmen is warm so the perfect clothes are all those that offer you the possibility of feeling cool and comfortable since you can not miss
– Casual clothing
– Sun Lenses
It’s also a good idea to pack some nightwear in case you want to go out at night to a restaurant where you need elegant or special outfits, so that’s fine.
How much money to bring?
We can’t provide an exact amount to be able to enjoy this destination, but remember that maybe you will need these…
Everything depends on what you want to buy and also on what you have packed, something that, if I recommend is that you buy sunscreen because, in some places, the price of this can be more expensive. And also, that, if you carry dollars, what is indicated is that, for transportation and any basic product, the idea is to buy in Mexican pesos.
Some tips that can be very helpful:
– If you are staying in an all-inclusive hotel, make sure it is close to Fifth Avenue, because that way you will be able to walk from your hotel to Fifth Avenue.
– If you go on a trip, don’t forget to bring insect repellent.
– If you’re visiting a restaurant, make sure there’s no tip included.
– If you want to change your money, the best places are the banks.
– Playa del Carmen is perfect for people who suffer from stress, so you will be filled with life and enjoy this Riviera Maya attraction.