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Where is Playa del Carmen
is one of the fastest growing towns in the Caribbean. An international mix of travelers come here to enjoy the beaches, cultural activities, coral reefs, underground riviers, restaurants, clubs and just generally immerse themselves in the tropical splendor of it all.
The locals and those travelers who come often simply refer to it as “Playa”
The first thing people notice about Playa is how European it is. From the architecture to the open restaurants, to the people watching, you sense you are in a piazza in Italy or a plaza in Spain. You’ll hear accents of people walking by: Italian, Spanish, French, German, and American. Only about half the tourists are American, so you get an international flavor not rivaled anywhere else in Mexico.
Playa del Carmen is in the middle of the Riviera Maya in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico’s Caribbean vacationland.
Once in Playa, there is no need for a car, as you can walk everywhere. Stroll the famous 5th Ave, which is pedestrian only and a beauty at night with lights. This is where everyone goes to find a place for dinner at one of the hundreds of outdoor restaurants, clubs, bars and shops. The 5th, as the locals call it, is about 2 miles long, cobblestone, and has everything from local restaurants to Starbucks. From Italian, Japanese and Mexican cuisine to gellato and tequilla bars. There’s something for everyone.
For those of you who have been to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, you know that Paradise has been found. White beaches, crystal clear waters, in the distance Cozumel, world famous 5th Ave, perfect weather, an eclectip European town, is a wonderful destination place.
Playa is just 60 kilometers from Cancun, but nothing like Cancun. Playa del Carmen, in Mexico’s Riviera Maya in the Yucatan Pensinsula, offers a unique charm untainted from the commercial overbuilding, Spring Breakers, and tourism found in Cancun.
Nestled in the backdrop of the Mayan ruins, this old fishing village offers something for everyone. Adventurers will enjoy archeological sites, exploring the underground rivers, parasailing, and scuba diving in the famed Palancar Reef. For those who want to take it easy, sit in an outdoor coffee shop and people watch yourself through the afternoon sipping a latte or a margharita on the beach.
For those sports minded people, Playa offers world-class golf courses, boating and sailing .
Playa del Carmen is the ultimate vacation experience and is highly acclaimed by many sources.
“Playa del Carmen is the style capital of the Riviera Maya” Travel + Leisure Magazine
“Playa del Carmen is Mexico’s most fashionable getaway” Conde Nast Traveler
“The top summer vacation hot spot”,
VacationHomes.com and Vamoose.com
“Playa del Carmen Ranked #8 for HOT, Vacation SPOTS” Chicago Tribune
Playa del Carmen provides everything one could wish for in a Caribbean location with all the amenities that international travelers desire: smaller personalized establishments, numerous bars, clubs, shopping, restaurants serving traditional and international cuisine, cultural centers, water sports and golf.
Playa del Carmen is a fascinating town that attracts visitors from all over the globe who want to see for themselves what it’s all about: to immerse themselves in its atmosphere, feeling the soft white sand underfoot, enjoying the bohemian nightlife on sandy shores and listening to waves break on the beach of Playa del Carmen as they sip a tropical drink. Young people all over the world identify it as the place to go to get to know other cultures and ways of life.
Playa del Carmen is a perfect location for destination weddings, honeymoons, families with children of all ages, girls weekends, guys weekends, whether you are looking for nothing more than rest and relaxation or an adventure filled trip. Playa has it all in the most charming European environment imaginable.
All along its busy promenades lined with handcrafted stores a mere sampling of Mexican and International creativity and on the city’s famous Playa del Carmen Fifth Avenue, meeting place of extravagant characters, visitors can taste the delicious local dishes at any of numerous sidewalks cafes, where a marimba, trio from Veracruz or heavy rock band entice diners inside.
Sit on the beach and in the horizon you’ll see the hazy outline of the legendary island of Cozumel. Cozumel is ranked as one of the 5 best snorkeling and diving locations in the world. Ferries arrive and leave hourly from the dock in Playa to Cozumel.
Playa del Carmen, magic, eclectic and yet steeped in tradition is the doorway to those who want to enjoy the natural beauty and culture of the Mayan World, explore the region, mingle with its people and discover the parks of the Riviera Maya. The new alternative to traditional tourism is eco-adventure travel that offers everything from walks through exuberant jungles to millenary cenotes (sinkholes) and Mayan suiteges, cave diving in the underground river system to solitary lagoons, refuge of monkeys and other marvelous wildlife.
After an active day, there is nothing like a massage on the Playa del Carmen beach, an aromatic bath, therapies to sooth the spirit and mud treatments to eliminate toxins and relieve tensions. Although a fascinating kaleidoscope of color created by nature and rich cultural diversity by day, Playa del Carmen, corner of the Riviera Maya is renowned for its nightlife.
From Playa del Carmen, you can easily visit other interesting tourist areas:
• to Xcaret 7 kms/4 miles/5 minutes
• to Tulum 62 kms/39 miles/40 minutes
• to Puerto Aventuras 19 kms/11 miles/12 minutes
• to Akumal 32 kms/20 miles/25 minutes
• to Puerto Morelos 32 kms/20 miles/25 minutes
• to Xel Ha 49 kms/30 miles/35 minutes
• to Valladolid 160 kms
* to Cancun 67 kms/42 miles/45 minutes
Two of the top Condo/Hotel Properties are El Taj Ocean and Porto Playa Condo/Hotels. Both are set in the Premier Zone, amidst Playa del Carmen’s magical beach and vibrant international sidewalk scene.
El Taj Ocean sits directly on the beach with views from every room. A short block away is Porto Playa with lushly landscaped grounds and the largest pools in Playa del Carmen.
A mere half block from the gates of both El Taj Ocean and Porto Playa lies Playa’s international and urbane Fifth Avenue. This pedestrian promenade beckons with relaxed cafes and gourmet restaurants, exclusive lounges, and al fresco bars, intriguing boutiques and local purveyors of all types and variety.