- Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is one of Mexico’s most popular destinations for shopping and dining. The pedestrianised central street of La Quinta runs parallel to the beach and has a number of shops, bars and eateries. A ferry service carries passengers over to Cozumel, the idyllic Caribbean island. This resort town is also well-placed for exploring Mayan architecture at Chichen Itza.
Mexico has a tropical monsoon climate, meaning it is hot all year round with a rainy season mainly affecting September and October. Temperatures range, on average, between the high 20s and low 30s all year.
If you visit Cozumel, you won’t be short on things to do. You could:
People head to Playa del Carmen for the white sandy beaches lined with palms and the clear blue waters. The best beaches to visit are:
The International Theatre Festival is held every September to promote the performing arts in Mexico. It can be free to enter so is worth checking out if you visit in time.
The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is also held every year and is an experience you don’t want to miss.
For a taste of authentic tacos, try the local taxi guys favourite: El Fogon. It is a super basic place, but you won’t want to leave.
For something a little more upscale try Alux. The restaurant is found in an underwater cave!
Of course, you’ll find every other type of cuisine in Playa del Carmen, too.
Nightlife in Playa del Carmen is fun, but head to Cancun for a wilder night. In Playa del Carmen, you’ll find tasteful cocktail bars and plenty of spots to grab a pint.
Playa del Carmen has been the destination for PGA Golf Tournaments and the Riviera Maya is home to many different golf courses to try.
There are also a number adventure parks and nature reserves to visit in Playa del Carmen including:
The best way to get around Playa del Carmen is on foot as everything is situated quite close together. There are no public bus services, but taxis can be hailed without any problems. And, unless you are planning on exploring out of the area, hiring a rental car isn’t required.