Playa del Carmen is a charming destination, known for its white sand beaches, turquoise waters and laid back feel. Located 45 minutes south from Cancun airport, it is a growing destination for many reasons. 5th avenue (la Quinta), is the main pedestrian walkway that runs for about 5 kilometers and is lined with shops, restaurants, bars, cafe's and just has a vibrant feel about it.
Pretty much everything is walking distance in Playa (that's what the local's call it) receives thousands of visitor's from all over the world.
Foodies will love Playa as it is said that you can dine around the world. The large expat community has brought with it International Chefs, so as well as the delicious Mexican fare, you can also enjoy Thai, Indian, Italian and more. At night, get ready to feel even more alive as you take in the discos on 12th street, or head a bit further down to the beach clubs and dance with the sand between your toes. To top it off, this area of Mexico is rich in culture, history and natural wonders.The Mayan Ruins can easily be done as a daytrip and you have a few to choose from.
Chichen Itza is the ruin you see on the ads for Mexico and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The main Kukulcan temple sits amidst several other important structures such as the Ball Court, the Observatory and not too far from the cenote, which is said to have been where the Mayan's disposed of their sacrifices to the Gods. These ruins are approximately 3 hours from Playa del Carmen, but well worth the visit.
Coba is about 1 hour 45 minutes from Club Yebo and is set in the jungle. The site is huge and you can choose to walk it (about 5km) or rent bicycles to get around. The Coba main pyramid is the highest pyramid in the area and you are still allowed to climb it! Coba is often combined with other activities, either with more of a cultural focus with a visit to a Mayan village to meet some Mayan people, or alternatively, adrenaline based activities like zip line and rappel in the jungle.
The Tulum Ruins are on a cliffside overlooking the sea. The smallest of the ruin sites, but the most accessible as they are only an hour's drive and the scenery is breathtaking. Tulum is often combined with other activities as it is not a full day tour. Popular combinations include Xel Ha, a natural aquarium for snorkeling and swimming or Tulum Xtreme, which adds zip lining, rappel and a snorkel in a cenote.
A cenote is a sinkhole. But, not really what you would imagine. The Yucatan Peninsula area (where Playa del Carmen is located) is built on a limestone shelf. Below this shelf, is an underground river that stretched more than 300 km. Attached to this river are caverns, some completely underground and some partially covered. What happens is that the rainwater seeps through the limestone, and ends up fresh, crystal clear water that the Mayan believed to have rejuvenating powers. The cenotes are one of the greatest natural attractions around. With the stalactites, stalagmites, rock formation and amazingly clear waters, why not take a dip?
This adventure will take you underground. Prepare for your jaw to drop at the incredible natural phenomenon that is the cenote. A guide will lead your intimate group of 8 for 2 hours through the underground river system.
Once on the beach in Playa del Carmen, you can see an island across the way. Cozumel is known for its fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling and once in Playa, it is easy for you to get to Cozumel. Walk north down 5th Avenue and turn left once you see the ferries. $12 per person one-way, and 45 minutes later, you will be able to explore Cozumel Island and all it has to offer.
- Mamitas Beach
- Playacar Beach
- Dos Ojos
- Quinta Alegría
- Calle Corazón
- Paseo del Carmen
- Las Américas
- Coco Bongo
- La Vaquita