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Playa del Carmen

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The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline. In a town ideally located for wider explorations of the region, holidays in Playa del Carmen appeal to an ever-growing number of wealthy Europeans, who come here to take advantage of developed beaches and discover nearby archaeological sites. Near Cancun's international airport and other popular destinations like Coba, Tulum, and Cozumel, this vibrant resort town offers outstanding diving and snorkeling in waters filled with a stunning variety of corals, rays, turtles, and moray eels. Despite its popularity, the town manages to retain its laidback atmosphere and European lifestyle, making for relaxing Playa del Carmen vacations. Use our Mexico trip itinerary app to arrange your visit to Playa del Carmen and any other destinations in Mexico that take your fancy.
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Zipline
Zipline
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Duration: 5 hours
Landmark
Quinta Avenida
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Duration: 2h 30 min

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Hidden gems in Playa del Carmen

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Skydiving
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Cenote Chaak Tun
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Wildlife in Playa del Carmen

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Tours in Playa del Carmen

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Kid-friendly things to do in Playa del Carmen

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Xaman Ha Aviary
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Beach
Parque Los Fundadores
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Xenses Park by Xcaret
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Riviera Maya
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Advanced Diver Mexico
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Dive Mexico Playa
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Lesson / Workshop
Chile Verde
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Pezcaribe Ocean Adventure Tours
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Duration: 6 hours

Where to stay in Playa del Carmen

Look no farther than the shorefront if you're after a luxury hotel or resort with a swimming pool--some of the largest and most lavish options lie a few minutes from the town center, offering spacious settings and impeccable views over the water. The town center--especially the main street, Quinta Avenida--brims with smaller and more budget-friendly accommodations, a bit farther from the beach but just a stone's throw from a wide range of eateries and night spots.
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