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Playa del Carmen is full of postcard moments with white-sand beaches lined with palm trees, coral reefs teeming with exotic fish, and spectacular sunsets. The laid-back beach resort town in Riviera Maya in Mexico is a favorite vacation spot for travelers all over the globe who return every year for the shopping, entertainment, cultural experiences and fun in the sun that Playa del Carmen offers.
Fundadores Park has a bit of everything, including a pretty church, beach views, entertaining street performers, shopping and delicious street food. The Portal Maya is the unmistakable bronze sculpture leading to the beautiful beach. It is a vibrant area where there is always plenty going on.
For a more peaceful scene, try Mamitas Beach, Playacar Beach and Coco Reed. They are not so busy but still have some beach clubs, restaurants, and water activities happening. There’s nowhere better to watch the sunset than at a chilled beach club with nice music playing as the waiter hands you your cocktail.
A Mexican vacation isn’t just about being at the beach. It is also about food and Playa del Carmen serves up some incredible flavors. All the classics like burritos, churros and tacos are on the menu with an emphasis on fresh seafood and local fruit and vegetables. Add a few peppers and a shot of tequila and you will be more fired up than a Mexican jumping bean. Foodies will love exploring the local markets that are bursting with flavor and color.
Swimming in crystal-clear Cenotes, snorkeling in the ocean, swimming with whale sharks and hiking UNESCO World Heritage Site-designated natural reserves are some of the great outdoor activities you can find in Playa del Carmen. Boat trips, maybe with some diving, are also great ways to spend time in the sun. There really is so much to see and do in Playa del Carmen, so it’s no wonder most travelers return again and again.
Since the area is touristy, every night is like a weekend in Playa Del Carmen, so you can find a salsa club or beach club for drinks and dancing any night of the week.
The shopping in Playa del Carmen and all over Mexico is amazing. Colorful hand-painted ceramics, handicrafts, hammocks, Taxco silver and leather sandals are just a few of the must-buy items for your shopping list. Mexican spices, chocolate and tequila are good souvenirs too.
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Playa Del Carmen is one of our most popular Mexican destinations. For more info, contact us soon and we can start planning your well-deserved tropical break.
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