Attractions in Playa Del Carmen

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Currently one of the trendiest destinations in the Mexican Caribbean, Playa del Carmen is a place to see and be seen.  That doesn't mean you can't squeeze a bit of culture in at the same time.  If you're up for a small amount of driving, just outside are the mysterious Mayan ruins that can't be missed as well as a local culture and history museum.  Meanwhile, right within city limits you'll find a lighthouse, several natural sites, and of course, the world-famous beaches.


Playa del Carmen

You'll discover an abundance of beaches to consider in and around the area. Click on the name of the beach for a detailed article concerning that particular stretch of sand.

El Faro: Lined with lounge chairs, sunbathers can always be viewed along the shore of El Faro. The sand is white, soft and smooth, well kept besides the beach's popularity, and the water that washes ashore is clear and turquoise.

A second option for beach-goers to consider is Playa del Carmen. Set in a resort town of the same name, Playa del Carmen is one of the most popular beaches in the Maya Riviera. Just south of Cancun, the beach is not only known for its gorgeous tropical scenery, but the wealth of activities than guests can partake in, such as snorkeling and other water sports, fishing, beach volleyball, sunbathing, and more.

Maroma Beach: A quiet beach worlds away from the busy shores of Cancun, Maroma Beach is typified by 500 acres of white sand and rainforested lands.

Playa Del Carmen and the surrounding areas are home to plenty of additional beaches. To find out about other beaches available, read this article.


If you like to learn about unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time in Playa Del Carmen.

Many travelers choose to visit Cedam Museum. It is found in Puerto Aventuras, South West of Playa Del Carmen. The Cedam Museum offers paper guides that allow guests to explore the exhibits at the own pace. Visitors will find exhibits detailing the impact that sailing has had for the local and island-wide way of life.

The chart below summarizes a few details concerning a museum you might enjoy nearby.

Museums Near Playa Del Carmen
Name Phone Location
Cedam Museum -- 0.9 mi. South of Central La Gloria Mexico

Historical Sites

In case you enjoy learning about the historical roots of foreign countries, you might enjoy visiting a historical site during your time in Playa Del Carmen.

You can look through this table to read more about historic sites in Playa Del Carmen.

Historic Sites In Playa Del Carmen
Name Phone Location
Puetra del Cielo 52-98-842-862 1.5 mi. West-Southwest of Downtown Playa del Carmen
Xcaret Maya Ruins (998) 881-2400 0.7 mi. South West of Downtown Playa del Carmen

Miscellaneous Landmarks

El Faro Lighthouse

Travelers will explore some other worthwhile landmarks in Playa Del Carmen.

If the more functional aspects of maritime life interest you, you might enjoy a visit to El Faro Lighthouse. Located in Marina Vallartas is the 110-foot tall lighthouse called "El Faro," which translates to "the Lighthouse." This spot is popular amongst tourists because the trek to the top of the tower results in an opportunity to listen to live music and gab a few drinks in a circular lounge.

The table below provides you with more details concerning other kinds of sites of interest to visitors.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In Playa Del Carmen
Name Type Location
El Faro Lighthouse Lighthouse Downtown Playa del Carmen
Plaza Principal Attraction Downtown Playa del Carmen

Natural Attractions

Xaman-Ha Aviary

Xaman-Ha Aviary is one of the outdoor tourist attractions you might consider visiting. <p>Xaman Ha Aviary is a great spot for birders, who will be sure to see several different species of tropical birds throughout the jungle.</p>

Another attraction that allows you to enjoy the natural surroundings is Dolphin Discovery. <p>Make your vacation of a lifetime even more special by adding some dolphins into the mix. Dolphin Discovery offers a number of possibilities, most ending with guests swimming with the dolphins.</p>

Fortunately, you'll be able to find a nice selection of options too. If you want to find out more about natural attractions in and near the area, can easily do so here.


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