Playa Del Carmen lies on the east coast of Mexico on the Yucatán Peninsula. Its geographic location gives it a warm, tropical climate, making it a highly popular tourist destination for visitors from around the world. The nearest airport is Cancun International Airport, and while some visitors choose to spend time in Cancun, Playa Del Carmen offers a far more relaxed atmosphere with a much quainter feel, typical of beautiful coastal resort towns. It’s no wonder that Playa Del Carmen has become such a popular stop-off point for cruises in the area, which have helped attract visitors to this charming corner of Mexico.
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As a result of the recent growth in tourism, Playa Del Carmen has undergone significant developments which provide guests with a great variety of hotels and amenities. The resort is also very family friendly for those wishing to travel to the area with children. So, whether you are looking for classy shops, fancy hotels, or tasty restaurants, you can’t go wrong visitng Playa Del Carmen. For example, Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue), is a great place to go if you are looking for a wide range of restaurants with cuisines that include French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and, of course, Mexican. Vegetarians are also well catered to in restaurants along Quinta Avenida. The strip also has a huge variety of shops with all the latest, most sought-after brands, so if you do take a stroll down Quinta Avenida, be sure to bring your credit card as the temptation to splurge could be too hard to resist.

For the athletic, adventurous types, there are also a great number of options to keep the adrenaline levels high. Outdoor activities in and around Playa Del Carmen include snorkeling, cycling, scuba diving (with the area being particularly popular with divers), or for those with a good head for heights, zip lines to provide a real thrill, not to mention a great aerial view of the area. However, for those feeling a little less adventurous, Playa Del Carmen offers a large variety of more relaxing options including boat tours, wildlife tours, and eco tours at the Xcaret Eco Theme Park. Alternatively, a great option for history enthusiasts is to join one of the many archeological tours. These tours will take you to view the incredible examples of Mayan relics which still remain from the days of the highly advanced Mayan empire, which began many hundreds of years BC.

Of course Playa Del Carmen also has great beaches. So if lying on the sand, working on your tan, and sipping on a cocktail is more your style, Playa Del Carmen is also the perfect destination for relaxation.

If you are a fan of beaches, shopping, fine dining, outdoor activities, history and sunshine, the only question remaining is, when will you book your trip to Playa Del Carmen for a holiday?


Disclaimer: I am a freelancer for Hipmunk and I am currently working on their #hipmunkcitylove project.

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Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

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