Mexico – Playa Del Carmen

PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Airport Code CUN

Originally a small fishing town, tourism to Playa del Carmen began with passenger ferry service to Cozumel, an island across the Cozumel Channel and world famous scuba diving destination. Although Playa del Carmen (or just “Playa”) has undergone rapid development over the past two years, the Playa del Carmen local community and government have attempted to retain Playa del Carmen’s reputation and charm as a small fishing village and artists’ colony, without it becoming as large and metropolitan as Cancún. The city passed an ordinance limiting buildings to four stories.

Playa del Carmen is located within the Riviera Maya, which runs from south of Cancún to Tulum and the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve. The Xcaret Eco Park, a Mexican-themed “eco-archaeological park”, is a popular tourist destination located just south of the town in Xcaret (pronounced “shkar-et”). Tourist activity in Playa del Carmen centers on Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue, stretching from Calle 1 norte until Calle 40, a pedestrian walkway located just one or two blocks inland from the beach. Fifth Avenue is lined with hundreds of shops, bars and restaurants. There are many small boutique hotels on Fifth Avenue as well as just off Fifth Avenue and on the beach, such as Luna Blue Hotel & Bar, Fusion Beach Hotel Bar & Grill, Deseo, Basico, Casa Ticul, Barrio Latino, La Tortuga and many others.

For some worthless trivia, you might like to know the Real Housewives of Vancouver featured Playa del Carmen in two episodes. The Amazing Race has shot on location in Playa del Carmen. And not to be left out, Celebrity Mole was set in the Playa del Carmen area.

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