Playa del Carmen

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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.

Located near the middle of downtown Playa del Carmen, this beach is on the East coast of Mexico. You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying particularly close by. If hustle and bustle isn't your style, you'll appreciate that beaches here are generally pretty quiet. Then again, some vacationers seek out the loudest and the most active areas, and are better off trying a beach like Playa del Carmen, with a more upbeat atmosphere.

How to Access The Beach
Playa del Carmen's Main Beach is located on 4 Nte. bis, between Hotel All Riviera and Fusion.

Amenities and Ambiance

Playa del Carmen enjoys calm waters because of a break provided by a small off-shore reef formation. This makes it a great location for novice swimmers who want to splash around in the clear aquamarine waters, as long as they keep an eye out for sailboats that take off right from the beach. On shore, the sand is white and well kept, lined with lounge chairs palm trees, and the occasional life guard stand.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. You'll find the waters off-shore to be fit for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

Since Playa del Carmen happens to be located in a major tourist area, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby


Playa del Carmen is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the East coast of Mexico; this area boasts other attractions such as Galeria de Arte 5ta Avenida, which is a couple hundred yards to the north.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Xcaret Maya Ruins, which is a walk or a short cab ride away.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never get bored. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa del Carmen
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Galeria de Arte 5ta Avenida Art Gallery 0.1 mi. N --
D'Garheti Gallery Boutique Art Gallery 0.1 mi. N --
Plaza Principal Attraction 0.2 mi. SW --
Mexican Handcrafts Art Gallery 0.2 mi. SW --
Casa Tzutuhil Art Gallery 0.2 mi. SW --
El Faro Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.2 mi. NE --
Playacar Golf Course Golf Course 0.3 mi. SW --
Xcaret Maya Ruins Historical Site 0.5 mi. SW --
Puetra del Cielo Historical Site 1.3 mi. WSW --
El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Course 5.3 mi. NE --

Cities and Towns

This beach is close to Playa del Carmen, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Playa del Carmen tourists seeking some additional excitement might think about making the trip to Playa del Carmen, which is in the vicinity and is an area full of activity. From the beach, Playa del Carmen isn't far off, roughly less than a mile (a kilometer and a half).


How many other people you encounter at Playa del Carmen will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Travelers trying to find a place to stay close to the beach won't find it that difficult, as there are lots of hotels to choose from in the vicinity. Find the closest and most convenient lodging options by perusing what's shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Playa del Carmen
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hotel Pelicano Inn 0.0 mi. NE Motel
Hotel Mimi del Mar 0.0 mi. SW Hotel
All Riviera Resort 0.1 mi. SW Resort
Hotel Vista Caribe 0.1 mi. N Hotel
Fusion Beach Hotel Restaurant & Lounge 0.1 mi. NNE Hotel
Hotel Lunata 0.1 mi. N Hotel
Playa Maya 0.1 mi. NE Hotel
Jardin de Marieta 0.1 mi. N Hotel
Illusion Boutique Hotel 0.1 mi. NNE Motel
Jungla Caribe 0.1 mi. N Hotel


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you walk to a nearby restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, within a reachable distance. La Pizza De Mare is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers a menu of Italian food. Many guests rave about their pizza. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a little ways away.

The table below lists dining options located near this beach.

Restaurants near Playa del Carmen
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
La Pizza De Mare -- Italian -- 0.0 mi. SW
Los Comales -- Buffet -- 0.1 mi. W
Big Lobster (984) 137-9547 Mexican Informal 0.1 mi. NW
Los Rancheros -- Mexican Informal 0.1 mi. NNW
Las Mananitas -- Mexican Fine Dining 0.1 mi. NW
Playamar -- Mexican -- 0.1 mi. NE
Fusion Beach Hotel Bar and Grill (984) 873-0374 International, Mexican Very Casual 0.1 mi. NNE
Ciao Gelato -- -- -- 0.1 mi. W
Karen's -- International -- 0.1 mi. W
Fresh Cafe Y Pan -- Café -- 0.1 mi. WSW
Cafe Le Chat -- -- -- 0.1 mi. WSW
Ajua -- Mexican Informal 0.1 mi. WNW

Other Beaches

Needless to say, Playa del Carmen isn't the only beach worth visitng in Mexico.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Playa del Carmen is one of the features you love, think about checking out Playa Secreto, another location where you'll find fun and action. It is located 16 and a half miles to the northeast. Playa Secreto is an unknown jewel of Cancun. Privacy, sand, and sun are awaiting the lucky traveler who stumbles upon this secret. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, El Faro is a location secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. It is located not far off the beach at all.

Vacationers may also want to visit Maroma Beach, located just a cab ride away.

While Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean has many alluring attractions, visiting Playa del Carmen or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean even more memorable.


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