I need Variety when I travel!
I like options.. I am just that kind a gal. That is exactly what Playa del Carmen in the Mayan Riviera offers. It’s a bustling but charming beach town located 45 minutes from Cancun and the International airport. It is sandwiched between Cancun and Puerto Morelos on one side, and Puerto Adventuras, Akumal and Tulum on the other. Also a short ferry ride to the island of Cozumel with world-class scuba diving and snorkelling, as well as Isla Mujeres, a charming island just off of Cancun where Golf Carts are the main mode of transportation. Further away, but very manageable to get to, you’ve got even more exotic and slightly off the beaten path places such as Bacalar, or Holbox.
This entire area offers so much from interesting towns, to ecological wonders and that’s why over the past two decades the Mexican government has poured money into the area and made it one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.
So back to my need for options. Playa del Carmen is perfectly situated to allow you to easily explore the Mayan Riviera offering you loads of options. If you are lucky enough to stay for a while, say two weeks. you can select a half a dozen towns or thrilling activities from exploring cenotes, to swimming with giant whale sharks, to exploring ancient ruins. If you’re here for a shorter period of time, no worries… you can still enjoy one or two unforgettable adventures plus enjoy the town of Playa del Carmen and its beautiful beaches.
Playa del Carmen offers tons of shopping options from high-end designers and stunning boutiques to clothing and art offered by talented locals. Amazing culinary experiences are plentiful too, with hundreds of restaurants lining famous 5th avenue – the pedestrian only street – and many other popular foodie streets emerging like 10th and 15th avenue. This town also hosts lots of interesting festivals each year including The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival and The Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival. There is never a shortage of restaurants, bars, festivals or shopping – that I can assure you.
If a beautiful beach is what you crave, once again you’ve got options! Local beaches all easy to get to by foot. Many are lined with cool beach clubs or quaint restaurants offering great food, beach chairs and loungers. Some offer live music and make for an amazing afternoon. You can choose a spot in the sand, with your own cooler and chairs, or partake in the comfort of a beach club. Up to you! If you want a less crowded beach, you can head to Playacar - just on the edge of centro town, again walkable, which offers a more expansive beach but does not have beachfront restaurants. Finally more deserted beaches like Xpu-Ha, or Pamual are all easy to get to with a short cab ride or bus and worth a day trip.
So if you’re group is diverse with each person wanting something different OR you are a person who likes variety … Playa del Carmen is sure to please. If you want to deep sea fish; scuba dive; snorkel; swim with whale sharks; explore cenotes; parasail; jet ski; become a beach bum; discover ruins, or shop and take in some amazing theatre and concerts – it is all right here in Playa del Carmen. Maybe it is time for a visit!
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