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 in the heart of downtown Playa del Carmen, this beach is on the East coast of Mexico. You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. The majority of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's beaches are hidden gems with potential for deep relaxation. While these qualities are undoubtedly perfect for some, others need the kind of activity and variety you'll find at Playa del Carmen.

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 if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

Don't forget that Playa del Carmen's immediate surroundings are a bustling area, so factor that into your plans.

What's Nearby


Found on the East coast of Mexico; this area boasts other attractions such as Galeria de Arte 5ta Avenida, which is only a short distance away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

Historic attractions, including Xcaret Maya Ruins, offer a nice compliment to a soothing day at Playa del Carmen, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's past, without having to leave the coast. As a matter of fact, you'll find this spot not a great distance away from this place of historical significance.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found 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 --
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 --
Discovery Jungle Park Amusement/Theme Park 2.1 mi. WSW --
El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Course 5.3 mi. NE --

Cities and Towns

This beach is near Playa del Carmen, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Guests visiting Playa del Carmen who are looking for additional places to explore will want to think about heading over to Playa del Carmen, which is nearby and is an area full of activity. From the coast, Playa del Carmen is not far away, roughly less than a mile (a kilometer and a half).


How many other people you encounter at Playa del Carmen will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can generally expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Those trying to find a place to stay not far from the beach shouldn't have a tough time, as there are lots of hotels and resorts to choose from close-by. Find the closest lodging options by viewing those listed 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
Alhambra Hotel 0.1 mi. NE Hotel
Illusion Boutique Hotel 0.1 mi. NNE Motel


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the closest places to eat is La Pizza De Mare. This restaurant serves delicious Italian cuisine. They are also known for their pizza. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a short distance away.

Nearby dining options are included in the following table.

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

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches in Mexico, so Playa del Carmen is just one of your options.

If the active mood at Playa del Carmen is what you're looking for, think about heading to Playa Secreto, another destination with a good amount of excitement. 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 an area which doesn't host as many visitors. You'll find it not far off the beach at all.

Vacationers may also want to visit Maroma Beach, located ten and a half miles away.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, but Playa del Carmen is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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