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- 98%Luxury Travelers
- 87%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 83%History Buffs
- 79%Business Travelers
- 76%Nightlife Lovers
- 71%Green Travelers
- 69%Local Culture
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- Playa del CarmenOct 23, 2013
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.
- Playa del CarmenMember ofLocal CultureFamily TravelersFoodies+ 3Sep 20, 2013
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!
- Playa del CarmenSep 09, 2013
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.
- Playa del CarmenCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Jul 20, 2013
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!
- Playa del CarmenMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersLuxury TravelersJun 26, 2013
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.
- Playa del CarmenMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 1Sep 15, 2013
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.
- Playa del CarmenJun 16, 2013
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.
- Playa del CarmenMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury Travelers+ 3Feb 25, 2013
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.
- Playa del CarmenOct 24, 2012
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.