For anyone who has dreamed of finding the perfect
powdery white, sandy beach stretching along miles of turquoise blue water, Playa
is the place to be! The accommodations are known for being reasonably priced,
and the standard is high. The restaurants are beautifully decorated and offer
good service. From Playa del Carmen it is easy to take the ferry to Cozumel. It
is also a convenient location from which to take one of the tours to visit the
various ruins in the area such as Chitchen Itza and Tulum. These are only a few
of the reasons that this sun-splashed resort area has become one of the worldâ€™s
top tourist destinations!
named Xaman-Ha (waters of the north) and known as the capital of the Riviera
Maya, Playa del Carmen
is located on the beautiful Caribbean coast some 40 miles south of Cancun.
Playa was once a sleepy Mexican fishing village, but has been
transformed into the world's fastest growing city. It is a favored destination
for an increasing number of world travelers, as well as for thousands of
day-trippers from CancĂşn and from Caribbean cruise ships.
The town is laid out so that
the main street, Avenida JuĂˇrez, leads to the zĂłcalo (town square)
from Highway 307. As it does so, it crosses several numbered avenues that run
parallel to the beach, all of which are multiples of 5. Quinta Avenida (5th
Avenue) is closest to the beach. It is closed to traffic from the zĂłcalo
to Calle 6 (and some blocks beyond, in the evening). This avenue bustles with
hotels, restaurants, and shops.
mariachi musicians entertaining in the streets, Playa is reminiscent of the
colonial towns of Mexico.
Almost all of the town is
north and west of the zĂłcalo. Immediately south are the ferry pier and a
Resort Hotel. Beyond this southern edge of town are the airstrip and the golf
course development called Playacar, with many private residences and resort
The beach at Playa is one of
the most beautiful on the coast, with white sand and sparkling, clear water. A
distinct advantage of this resort paradise is its compact size, which allows it
to be easily covered on foot. Playa contains the most vibrant and popular
nightlife on the Riviera Maya.
A visit to Playa is never
dull! If your visit to Playa del
Carmen coincides with a full moon, you could camp on the beach
and enjoy one of the celebrations the inhabitants hold in its honor.
Playa provides an
enormous variety of water activities throughout the year, ranging from swimming
on the beach to more strenuous sports such as windsurfing, snorkeling, sailing
or diving at the nearby reefs.
There is also an 18 hole golf course designed by Robert Von
Hagge. Skydiving from Playa is another possibility.
Carmenâ€™s natural features, beauty, and spectacular beaches, its enviable
geographical location and its blend of sea and jungle make this destination on
the Mexican Caribbean a favorite of visitors from all over the world.
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