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Picturesque Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, situated on the Yucatán Peninsula a bit further north of Riviera Maya offers a winning combination of a blissful beach trip but with lots of nightlife options. Though this resort town does come alive in the evening, it is more laid back than the infamous party spot of Cancun; making this a Purpose Travel favourite.

Just like its southern neighbour, Playa del Carmen offers and some of the most beautiful hotels, white sand beaches and shimmering waters in Mexico. There are also numerous watersports and day-trips you can take centring around wildlife and marine life. The small, mostly under developled island of Cozumel, filled with incredible wonders such as an eco-park is easy to visit too. 

Whilst Playa del Carmen has some incredible all inclusive accommodation, there are smaller boutique hotels and even apartments too. Our travel specialists recommend tearing yoursled away from the beaches to see some stunning sights. The Yucatán Peninsula has many natural protected areas ranging from marine parks for preserving indigenous marine species and coral types to UNESCO world heritage sites dedicated to Mayan culture.

Some of the best things to do in Playa del Carmen

  • Like Riviera Maya, snorkelling at one of the stunning sandy beaches is a must. You don't have to go too far from the shore to see turtles and incredible flora and fauna

  • diving at one of the numerous hotspots or off the island of Cozumel to see even more amazing marine life

  • swimming and snorkelling with whale sharks for the more adventurous

  • strolling along lively 5th avenue at night to grab some drinks, hear some live music or eat some delicious Mexican cuisine at one of the many restaurants

  • walking around Tulum or Chichen Itza or the lesser known ancient Mayan sites of Calakmul or Uxmal to see incredible ruins 

  • wandering Sian Ka’an, reserve where they have 300 species of bird as well as tropical gardens 


Wanting to find out more about Playa del Carmen? Simply enquire today and one of our team will be able to put together a bespoke trip for you. 

Beautiful Beaches and Enchanting Excursions

Playa del Carmen's location on the Caribbean Coast in between lively nightlife and laidback Riviera Maya means it has the perfect balance of activities. On 5th avenue, there are some excellent shopping opportunities as well as a great bar and restaurant scene for those wanting to go out and about.

But you can also have a more relaxing Playa del Carmen experience or include more active day time activities. This Mexican paradise provides all of the watersports you could hope for and stunning stretches of pure white sand. There are so many great excursions you can take part in whether you want to head to the stunning island of Cozumel or wander around the UNESCO archaelogical wonders and take in the atmosphere of an ancient civilisation in outstanding natural beauty.

Playa del Carmen has plenty of large all inclusive resorts, but you can also stay in smaller boutique hotels or apartments. Our travel specialists would be happy to talk through options.

Thinking about getting away to this charming Caribbean Coast paradise?  Contact us  today and we can explore your perfect Playa del Carmen itinerary. 

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