Playa del Carmen travel guide

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You're Going to Love Playa Del Carmen

Playa Del Carmen is a modern Mexican town by the Caribbean Sea. Formerly a small fishing village, Playa Del Carmen is now one of the most popular tourist spots for nightlife and electronic music aficionados. This town is located just across from the island of Cozumel.

Playa Del Carmen attracts thousands of tourists each year who come for the BPM Festival, the nearby ruins, and the warm climate. Traveling to this area of the Riviera Maya is a great way to discover Mexico while avoiding large and crowded urban areas.

This city is known for hosting PGA Golf tournaments and has been featured as the main shooting location in the telenovela Peregrina. Playa Del Carmen is a unique mixture of modernity and authenticity with its luxurious resorts and shopping malls contrasting against the nearby ruins and jungle.

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When to Visit Playa Del Carmen

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It is best to avoid traveling to the Yucatán Peninsula during June and July due to the risk of tropical storms and hurricanes. The rainy season lasts from May to October and traveling to Playa Del Carmen early in the rainy season can be a good way to avoid crowds. The high season typically lasts from December to April. Expect to run into large crowds during the BPM Festival in January.

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How to Get to Playa Del Carmen

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Where to Stay in Playa Del Carmen

There are several all-inclusive resorts and boutique hotels in Playa Del Carmen. A beachfront hotel would be an ideal option if you want to enjoy a view on the Caribbean Sea; try out the Reef Playacar, the Riu Yucatan, the Mahekal Beach Resort, and the Sunset Fishermen Resort & Spa. If you want a boutique hotel experience, the Hotel Be Playa, the Magic Blue Boutique Hotel, the Allegro Playacar, or the Hotel Eurostars Hacienda Vista Real are worth considering.

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Shopping Streets

5th Avenue, or Quinta Avenida, is where you will find most of the bars, restaurants, and shopping options. Stores sell souvenirs, jewelry, clothes, and crafts. You will find smaller shops owned by locals as well as larger stores such as Zara, H&M, and a Sunglass Hut. The busiest section of 5th Avenue goes from Calle 1 Norte to Calle 40. The Centro is also worth your time if you want to find malls and souvenir shops.

Groceries and Other

You will find a Walmart in the Centro area. This is the largest grocery store and the most affordable one in Playa Del Carmen. There are several smaller grocery stores in the Centro area, including a Super Aki and a Mega. You should expect to pay around Mex$17 for a quart of milk, Mex$35 for 12 eggs, and Mex$16 for a loaf of bread.

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C$ 4.45
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C$ 71.92
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Single public transport ticket
C$ 0.48
C$ 2.45

Where to Eat in Playa Del Carmen

Make sure you try the local seafood. A lot of places offer traditional Caribbean and Mexican fare, though you can also find Italian, French, and Thai cuisine as well as sushi. If you are looking for an upscale dining experience, try La Casa del Agua for traditional Mexican food, Di Vino for Italian fare, and Oh Lala or Pavo Real by the Sea for some seafood. Expect to pay at least Mex$200 for a meal in one of these eateries. There are also many local cafes and cheap eats that serve traditional Caribbean and Mexican street food. Try the Kaxapa Factory, El Tenedor, Mr Dog del Caribe, and BROchetas. Expect to pay Mex$30 for a fast-food meal.

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