Playa Del Carmen Attractions

Photo credit: © Alberto Azparren

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 will discover an abundance of beaches to consider visiting in and around the area. Click on each beach name for detailed information about that individual beach.

El Faro: El Faro Beach is a part of a much larger stretch of sand along the coast in Playa del Carmen. With several hotel properties set right on the beach, you can always expect this spot to be busy.

Another alternative 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.

These examples are only some of the choices you'll find. For more in formation concerning beaches available, go to this page.


If you enjoy learning about other people and places, you should consider visiting a museum while on vacation 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 following chart summarizes a few details regarding a museum 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 like to explore the historical roots of a foreign place, you should consider visiting a historical site while on vacation in Playa Del Carmen.

Take some time to look through the following table to read more about sites of historical interest 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 can enjoy some other worthwhile sites to visit in Playa Del Carmen.

If the more functional aspects of living by the sea interest you, you might enjoy visiting 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.

Other types of landmarks in this area. are listed in the following table.

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 more frequently visited natural attractions. Xaman Ha Aviary is a great spot for birders, who will be sure to see several different species of tropical birds throughout the jungle.

Dolphin Discovery is another local attraction that allows you to enjoy the natural surroundings. 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.

These are merely a few of what's available. Go to this extended discussion which is all about natural attractions in and near the area if you want to find more information.


Help us improve! We welcome your corrections and suggestions.

About Food