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  • Playa del Carmen

    I live in Playa del Carmen and I can say that is one of the best holiday destinations. It is also a good spot for kiteboarding <a href="http://www.kitesurfvacation.com" rel="nofollow">www.kitesurfvacation.com</a>

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    I love Playa!
    Stroll on 5th at night.
    Spend the day at the beach. It is one of the nicest since Cozumel shelters the coast.
    I stayed at condominios Xaman-ha. it is right on the beach and the view from the condo is awesome. It is in the Playacar Fase 1 section. So close to many parks like Xplor and Xcaret.

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  • Playa del CarmenAmbassadorPro 2014
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    There's something for everyone along Mexico's Riviera Maya, which runs along the coast from Puerto Morelos to Tulum. Go boating in Puerto Aventuras, party in Playa del Carmen, or relax at one of the many all-inclusive resorts that line the beach. The best part: easy accessibility from Cancun's airport.

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  • Playa del Carmen

    Dammit. Playa used to be the sweet spot of a beach town, in my estimation--chilled out, but big enough to have a lot of good things to eat. Now it has expanded and the cheesy chains have come in to La Quinta (5th Ave, the main pedestrian drag). It's like Cancun Lite in some spots, which makes me think I should just go back to Cancun, where I can still eat well right on the water. Still, the beaches are beautiful, and the class of tourist who comes here (rather than Cancun) is generally a little more Euro in a good way, and generally hotter, so that's a plus. And the long pedestrian strip is still a nice enough feature.

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    We went during the rainy season -- and even then I gave it four stars because it was a wonderful beach town. Lots to do although we couldn't fully enjoy them all: cenotes (cave swimming), historical sites (Mayan ruins), snorkeling, diving, and of course, the beach. There's also 5th Ave which boasts some great restaurants, shops, bars, and a few clubs. Every type was there: couples, groups of friends, families, those on budget and those who were in the upper tier resorts. Next time, though, I'll go during peak season!

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  • Playa del Carmen

    Stay at hotel Le Reve (http://hotellereve.com/) it is beautiful! very relaxing! For more adventure, make sure you go to Xplore (http://www.xplor.travel/) it is one of the coolest adventure parks! there is a 16+ zip line course which includes going into the water, swim and paddle through underground caves, go off roading.

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    Playa del Carmen is my favorite destination in Mexico. The downtown area has a European feel to it, with cobblestone streets and a variety of Italian, French and Spanish restaurants to dine at. There are also a bunch of fun sky bars and beach clubs to party at. Some of the best diving is found at Cozumel, which is a short ferry ride away. Tulum, Cancun and various other beautiful beach towns are a short drive away.

    The Royal is my favorite all-inclusive resort to stay at. It's luxurious, right on the beach and just a few steps away from the bustling downtown strip.

    If you had only one excursion to take, go swimming with whale sharks. They can only be seen between the months of June and September. It's the most amazing experience you'll ever have!

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    The Royal Playa del Carmen is a high luxury resort with five star service and outstanding cuisine. Have been back five times. Only challenge is that they try to sell you a timeshare. Stay away from anyone in the reception area in white uniforms offering tours as they want to try to get you to attend a timeshare workshop. If you say no to them, the rest of the resort is outstanding and you will have an amazing experience.

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    Too much tourism. The Beach was nice. I think it's good to make party. But if you want to see Mexiko, don't go to playa del Carmen. It's not realy Mexico.

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  • Playa del Carmen

    Playa del Carmen is a more relaxed, refined alternative to the spring break vibe of Cancun. Only a 45-minute drive from the Cancun Airport, Playa del Carmen offers a myriad of accommodations, from the luxury resorts dotting highway 307 to pensiones and backpacker hostels in town. There is a distinctive European feel, especially along Avenida 5, the pedestrian-only promenade, where you can get a cappuccino with your huevos rancheros. Playa del Carmen is close to the historical sites, eco-parks, and cenotes near Tulum so you can enjoy some excellent excursions or just chill out with a margarita at a rooftop bar.

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  • Playa del Carmen

    A great town to stroll and shop. Be sure to stay the night and try one of the beach bars/restaurantsx

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    Beautiful beaches with easy access, Playa del Carmen is a great beach side resort town that I think has quite a lot of charm. There are many restaurants, activities and types of accommodation types to choose from. There are always something for everyone enjoy.

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  • Playa del Carmen

    Playa del Carmen has carved its own Euro-chic niche along the Yucatán Peninsula. Sophisticated expats and vacationing Europeans relax at the beachside lounges, upholding this small enclave's budding reputation as the place in Quintana Roo to see and be seen. The area's nerve center is El Zócalo, and similar to Mediterranean beachfront towns like Nice, the funky little public square is within walking distance of the beach.

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  • Playa del CarmenPro 2014
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    Although Playa del Carmen's main economic activity is tourism, it is a little bit more authentically Mexican than the surrounding beach resorts or the purpose built tourist location of Cancun. The town retains some of its fishing village streets and buildings, even if most are shops and restaurants.

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  • Playa del Carmen

    Cute, quaint cobblestone town with amazing restaurants and a clean safe part of the beach. Go for some shopping and relaxing beach time, or else get dressed up and hit the incredible local restaurants and then go dancing for a crazy night on the town...

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    Corona shot their commercial at one of these beautiful beaches. Blinding powdery white sand. Unfortunately I didn't have time to stay here longer.

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  • Playa del Carmen

    Are you ready to let go.......

    Caught between the relentless beat of progress and the echoing shouts of tradition, the Yucatán Peninsula stands at a crossroads. On one side you have the pomp of the brawny mega-resorts; on the other the proud, steadfast traditions of the Maya, the mystery of the ceremonial centers created by their ancestors, and the allure of colonial masterpieces such as Mérida and Campeche.
    Deep below, in the realm of Ah Puch (God of the Underworld), freshwater rivers gurgle through massive limestone caverns all the way to the pitch-perfect waters of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf. From the deep blue rises the Mesoamerican Reef, the world’s second-largest barrier reef, making this coast a diving and snorkeling destination par excellence. And several cenotes (limestone sinkholes) and ocean-front lagoons offer spectacular, accessible swimming.

    Around here, the past is the present and the present is the past: they intermingle, toil and tangle eternally like two brawling brothers. You’ll witness it in the towering temples of the Maya, Toltec and Itzá, in the cobblestone streets of colonial centers, and in the sagacious smiles of southern Mexico’s native sons and daughters, the Maya.

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  • Playa del Carmen

    5th Ave. is a must. It straddles the line between too touristy, and too-off-the-beaten-path. There are the big emporiums for souvenirs at decent prices ($10USD for 2 t-shirts, etc). But for the more adventurous who don't mind negotiating, the small clothing stalls, offer more interesting goods.

    The fact that cars aren't allowed on the main thoroughfare is also nice.

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  • Playa del Carmen

    LOVE IT, BUT IT IS A LITTLE TOO LONG OF A DRIVE FROM THE AIRPORT FOR ME. IT'S ABOUT AN HOUR DRIVE

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A tropical paradise situated along the Mayan Riviera on the Yucatan Peninsula, Playa del Carmen has been quietly growing into a vacation powerhouse over the past decade. While the beaches aren't quite as perfect as the white sand in Cancun, Playa (as it's known locally) reels in visitors with its small-town, European vibe. When the jewelry stores and taquerias on and around Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue) close, the seafood restaurants, late-night bars and dance clubs are just getting started. Sleep off the next day on the beach, dining on fish tacos or fresh coconut (your coconut vendor will often slice open the shell with his handy machete). Most people don't just come for Playa; witness the wonder of the Yucatan day trip. Nearby is the over-the-top Xcaret Eco-Park, the Disneyland of Mexican nature and archaeological preserves. Visit a sacred Mayan cemetery, swim with dolphins and buy souvenirs. Playa is near dozens of cenotes, fresh-water sinkholes filled with snorkel-worthy fish. Playa hosts everyone from spring breakers to luxury vacationers, so hostels and hotels cover every budget.

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