The Best Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Explore the Mayan Riviera

Playa del Carmen is the bustling, chic heart of Riviera Maya, offering the same dazzling beaches as Cancun and Cozumel in a less touristic setting with a distinctly international character. As you stroll down Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue - Playa's main corridor) you'll hear languages from all over and a worldy selection of bars, restaurants, and shops to match. Chic French bistros neighbor Italian trattorias and authentic Mexican cocinas offer fresh seafood and Mayan delicacies. You'll also find some of the best nightclubs in the region here, making Quinta Avenida a lively place for a night out.

Located roughly one hour from Cancun's international airport, Playa del Carmen is ideally situated near the Yucatan's top attractions. The beachfront Mayan ruins of Tulum are less than an hour's drive away, and the island paradise of Cozumel is accessible by ferries that depart frequently from downtown Playa del Carmen. The area's surrounding reefs are also a major draw, making snorkeling, scuba, and deep sea fishing ventures popular activities. Closer to shore, you'll find that jet skis, stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, and other watercraft provide plenty of fun and are readily available to rent on the beach.

Be sure to check out our list of the top things to do in Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya.