The world is big and when planning your next trip, many destinations may come to mind. Here are some excellent reasons beyond lush beaches and scenic ruins, why Playa del Carmen belongs on the top of your travel bucket list.
1 Ideally located
Playa del Carmen is only a 50 minutes drive from Cancun’s international airport and far enough down south to easily get to places like the ruins of Tulum and Cobá or Xcaret. The ferry to Cozumel is just a few minutes walk away and even Chichen Itza is a nice and affordable day trip.
2 Perfect mix of beach, culture, nature, and nightlife
The Riviera Maya has it all. Gorgeous beaches, magical cenotes to cool off on hot days, famous Mayan ruins, jungle, wildlife and parks like Xcaret or Xel-ha to spend unforgettable moments and a great nightlife. Observe all kind of animals on Contoy Island or in Sian Ka’an and feel the thrill at Xplor. At night, dance off your shoes on the famous 12th street in Playa del Carmen or just have a delicious drink at one of the many beach bars. In other words, there’s something for everybody!
3 Trendy, chill-out vibe
Both, Cancun and Playa del Carmen are popular with tourists, but Playa (as it’s called by locals) still maintained the heart and soul of a sleepy, bohemian beach town. It’s also quite cosmopolitan, and will not only make friends from all over the world, you can also eat your way around the globe. Apart from the typical Mexican food (which you should definitely try of course), you find everything, from Thai food to Italian cuisine or the Brazilian Steakhouse.
4 Easy to get around
Playa del Carmen is very easy to get around on foot. Especially when staying at Playa Palms Beach Hotel, you have literally everything within walking distance. The 5th Avenue is just 2 blocks away, with many restaurants, bar, nightlife, entertainment, shopping, and there are even Mayan ruins you can walk to.
We mentioned it before, but they deserve more attention: the incredibly gorgeous beaches around Playa del Carmen that bring you about as close to paradise as you can get. Check out our list of the Riviera Maya’s most beautiful beaches if you’re planning a day at the beach!
Unless you are a winter person, you will love the fact that only about 35 days of the year are below 25°C (80°F). If it rains, it’s usually “flash showers” that are replaced again by sunshine within an hour or so.
When thinking of Mexico, many people think of drug wars and violence. That might be true for some cities but not for Playa del Carmen. It’s not only easy to get around, it’s also safe. Especially compared to other tourist destinations or even where you might live.