Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen

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Riviera Maya spreads throughout the exotic Yucatan coast, encompassing the most important historical and archeological sites of the ancient Mayas. Providing many diverse activities for everyone's taste, the district treats tourists to local or gourmet cuisine, relaxing spa massages, hikes through jungles, and tunnels of mangroves and natural pits to swim in. Scuba divers will find satisfaction exploring the second longest reef in the world-- the Belize Barrier Reef, and don't miss the Ancient Mayan ruins and pyramids. Work out when and for how long to visit Riviera Maya and other Playa del Carmen attractions using our handy Playa del Carmen trip planner .
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  • Playa del Carmen is our destination of choice. Beautiful beaches with soft sifted sand; 5-Star Hotels and authentic Mexican haciendas; American 5th Avenue and Mexican Av Benito Juarez- a healthy mix o...  more »
  • Playa Del Carmen is a beach town, very gracious and mandatory passage to Cozumel. A lot of trade mark stores the articles for souvenirs.
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  • My daughter swam in the smelly water on December 25, 2017, and came down with full-blown disentery December 30th. Vomiting, diarrehea, fever of 102+.Her blood, urine, and feces were examinded at a hop...  more »

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