Where is Playa Del Carmen ?
Playa Del Carmen, is located on the Riviera Maya, only a 50 minute ride south of the Cancun airport and another 40 minutes south will get you to Tulum. Playa is the largest town in the Riviera Maya, having grown extensively since being a sleepy fisherman's village. Thanks to a few laws that restrict the height of buildings, Playa has managed to maintain its quaint atmosphere. It has not been overrun by big hotels stealing all the beautiful ocean views.
We live, work and play in beautiful
Carmen, Mexico (The heart of the Mayan Riviera) and can share with
you our first hand knowledge and opinions of some of its hidden treasures.
Map of Playa Del Carmen This is a detailed map of Playa del Carmen. This may take a minute to download depending on your connection. This version looks rough when on screen but it is great when printed. This has the locations of most of the hotels and condos that we can offer you. To see the above map you will need Adobe Acrobat, if your computer does not have it you can download it from here for free. If you click on the map to your right, it will give you a larger image but it is not easy to see all the street numbers but can give you an idea of the town. It is best to print the the above "Map of Playa del Carmen" link.
Map of Quintana Roo and The Riviera Maya.
The best part of being in Playa Del Carmen is the variety of activities that exist. Their is something for everyone. If you however just want to relax there is no better beach than Mamitas Beach, this is the best beach in Playa Del Carmen. Other more secluded beaches can be found by driving the distance along the coast between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. There are some nice hidden stops in between.
Playa del Carmen has some of the most amazing
diving in the world, yes you heard it right, and its not in the ocean it's
inland. Yep ( inland ) that's right stop
your head...the CENOTES are also know as CAVERNS and they are amazing and
safe to swim and snorkel as well as dive. If you don't believe me go to this site and check out the
Tours: We have found the best eco tours guides in the
area. They offer unique and exclusive adventures. Explore the natural
paradise of the Yucatan Peninsula with safety in mind and loads of fun.
People have raved about these! Really different and educational.
One of the tours, Pac Chen, they have won awards for.
Learn Spanish in
Paradise: Solexico Language
and Cultural Centers provide students with the best opportunity to learn
Spanish in a short period of time while being immersed in the Mexican
culture. You can even arrange to live with a Mexican family. This
way you will be learning Spanish in school and while living with the host
Transportation from Cancun airport:
If you want to book your private van go to Private Transportation .
If you want to rent a car this is the best company and price in cancun airport.
Hotels, Condos and All Inclusive
As you can see our hotel list is mainly comprised of small to medium hotels. Usually they are run by the owner and that's what gives them a special touch. We have only added 3 All inclusive hotels that we think are the best ones and none of them are in Playacar.
These condos are exquisitely finished and have everything you would want on your vacation to Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya.
Restaurants and Bars
These are 2 of our favorite restaurants but, for a complete list go to rest & bars (a new window will open). For a taste of local Mexican check out on the complete list, Dona Mary one of the best local, out of the way restaurants.
Il Baretto Restaurant
Best Coffee in Town and great inexpensive Italian meals. Open for great breakfasts.
Big portions of fresh past starting at 5 dollars to 8 dollars, and lots more to chose from.
Located on the corner of 5th Avenue and 26 street. Open from 7am to 11:00 pm
Wine Bar Restaurant
Important telephone numbers
Real estate and businesses for sale go to www.playabusiness.com
These books and magazines might be of interest to you before coming to Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya.
We, the authors of this site,
live in Playa Del Carmen. When we want to get away for a night or weekend,
I think we would almost always choose to go to Tulum. It is where we can
relax and enjoy peace and quiet. It is beautiful and quaint. (Of course
the Tulum ruins are there too.) We recommend staying in one of the
beachfront cabanas...but if you are on more of a budget travel, stay in
town and explore the beaches and the ruins during the day.
actual town of Tulum is not situated on the beach but is about
3km, a 30 peso (approx. $3 US) cab ride away. In town offers you
more restaurants, handicrafts, grocery, fresh fruit and vegetable markets,
Bital bank etc...small little town but can provide necessities. I think
we would always recommend making reservations before arriving but maybe if
you are more of a free spirit, you could show up, grab anything for the
first night then explore the amazing small beach hotels and find what you
want. We have personally stayed at
and would HIGHLY recommend it. Most
places have hammocks right outside your room, very addicting.