The perfect guide for your next trip to Playa del Carmen

Traveling to Playa del Carmen is a complete adventure. A paradise of white sand, crystal clear sea, and boho atmosphere is what you will find when you arrive at a city as beautiful as Playa del Carmen.

You will be impressed by its beaches and the facilities of its most famous tourist attractions. Also, this city is the center of the Riviera Maya!

Reaching Playa del Carmen, isn’t that easy and you will definitely have to plan your transportation. As usual, the flights of people traveling to Playa del Carmen arrive in Cancun or Cozumel, so your transportation methods will be divided in two! Maritime and terrestrial. On you can check out your options and see what suits you.

You can not miss the wonders that this city has prepared for you, because the beaches are just the beginning of a beautiful adventure in this incredible site!

Next, you will see a list of the places you can visit and the activities you can do in the city, this way there will be no pretext to say that nobody told you what you could do in the city.

Where to stay

Your destination is Playa del Carmen. We are talking about one of the most beautiful cities of the Caribbean Sea, so it is advisable to buy a hotel room facing the sea, you will love nothing more than to admire the view of the Caribbean Sea through the window just after waking up.

Royal Playa del Carmen can be an excellent option for you, not far from the luxuries, and the seashore will be an excellent choice if you visit Playa del Carmen in Pareja.

Live Aqua is one of the all-inclusive hotels in the city, where you will be many different activities, but watch out, do not stay in the hotel all day, if you want to know Playa del Carmen not do inside a hotel complex no matter how nice it is.

Playa Car, if you thought they would all be hotels? This is one of the most beautiful areas of Playa del Carmen. Some of the houses here have sea views, access to the cycling track, and so on. So you will also have the opportunity to visit the vicinity of the city, and at the same time, you will be less than 10 minutes walk from Fifth Avenue.

Rent a house with Airbnb; this will be an excellent option if you want to spend a more intimate and personalized vacation.

Places to visit

Handicrafts markets

In the nearby markets of crafts of the city, you will be able to enjoy an incredible variety of articles that you will love. Besides to acquire you different items to house, you will be able to know the stores and nearby attractions; surely, it will catch you some that other locals where you will be able to obtain more things.

Fifth Avenue

It’s the heart of Playa del Carmen and the most prominent tourist attraction after the beautiful beaches because it has more than 5km of road along, where you can know the immensity of Mexican cuisine, Mediterranean, Asian, and more. Get to know the 12th Avenue next to Fifth Avenue, where you will be able to enjoy unforgettable parties and atmospheres of another level!

If you want to go in the morning, you can have access to beach clubs like Mamita’s beach with live music and a spectacular atmosphere.

Quinta Alegria

This plaza is at the beginning of Fifth Avenue and less than 5 minutes from Playacar, where you can go shopping and spend a quiet day while enjoying a small but complete shopping mall. Stores like Forever 21, American Eagle, Victoria Secrets, Levi’s, and more are just a few of the clothing stores where you can buy clothes at great prices and of incredible quality.

Mamita’s Beach

Playa Mamitas is very famous for being one of the busiest and best-located beaches in the city, where you can do sports such as kayaking, paddle boating, and diving in the depths thanks to the calm waters of the place. If you venture, you can enter the nearby attractions and restaurants that are close to it. This beach is ideal for kids and adults, so don’t limit yourself, visit it during your trip to Playa del Carmen.

3D Museum

The museum of 3D wonders is one of the essential attractions in Playa del Carmen of the last six years. In this site, you will be able to know and challenge your senses, because the paintings, paintings, and decorations planned for a 3D view will be the main scenario that will captivate your emotions in this place.

Don’t forget to take pictures to show off to your friends and acquaintances!


His name says it all! Xenses is an attraction developed by the Xcaret group, so you can imagine how wonderful it is to visit this authentic site!

In this place, you will rediscover your senses and know emotions that you didn’t know about.

Xenses is one of the few places where you will be able to get to know the bird’s-eye zip line, the largest in the Riviera Maya, where you will be able to discover and feel on your own what it is like to travel through the heights while appreciating the landscape of the entire park.

Know the rest of the town upside down, where you will completely lose your sense of direction because you will not know if you are going up, down, going, or coming.

An activity not to be missed.

What to visit Near

These are some of the places you can visit in the vicinity of Playa del Carmen, some are known and others not so much, but we assure you that it will be completely worth your visit for any of these places.


Cancun is 40 minutes from this city, you can enjoy its famous beaches, and shopping malls will be an adventure you will not forget because the extreme activities and the party will not stop in a city as young as Cancun.


This archeological complex previously inhabited by the Mayan culture is one of the best places you can visit if you have the opportunity because it is considered a cultural heritage by UNESCO. You will not want to miss incredible experiences within the city, for which it is essential to rent a bicycle!


This small extension of land is considered as the land of turtles, where you will know natural sea pools, and you will have the opportunity to relax in a bed by the sea. Also, one of the essential activities here is the swim with a whale shark. You can not miss it!


Cozumel is a small island with rich flora, fauna, and abundant underwater ecosystems. In this place, you will have to practice activities such as diving to understand the magnitude that this site houses in its depths.

Meet and visit the sky, an extension of the sea in which you can meet the starfish gathered in the depths in an incredible spectacle.

During your visit you must also visit the nearby cenotes and the archeological zones of the Riviera Maya, these visits will complement to the maximum every moment you spend in the city.

For your trip don’t forget

  • Carry a camera, preferably against water*.
  • Bring extra money to buy souvenirs and so on
  • Carry all your IDs with the current date
  • Pack light to enjoy more of each site
  • Wear sunscreen and mosquito protector

And… Enjoy every moment!


Peter is a freelance writer with more than eight years of experience covering topics in politics. He was one of the guys that were here when the started.