Welcome to Playa del Carmen, a lively and bustling city in the Riviera Maya, which is located on the gulf coast of Mexico just south of Cancun. Once a simple fishing village, Playa (what the locals call it) is now a booming metropolis made of resorts, condos, and tourist attractions. There is much to see and do here ranging from visiting nearby ancient Maya ruins to shopping on the famous 5th Avenue. With a beautiful coastal location for a number of daytime activities and an energetic nightlife that often features world-famous music festivals, you're sure to find something to do no matter your taste.
The weather in Playa del Carmen is considered tropical with very warm summer month highs averaging in the mid-80sF and winter months averaging high 70sF. Humidity is often high but can be tempered by ocean breezes, especially in the winter months of November through February.
Although English can often be found in high tourist locations, Spanish is the national language. When on excursions, in resort locations, and shopping in heavily populated areas, language is often not an issue.
There is much to see and do in Playa del Carmen such as beach and water activities, shopping, fine cuisine, annual festivals, golfing and more. Playa can also be viewed as a central location for trips to the island of Playa del Carmen , excursions to a multitude of Maya ruin locations, or a visit to its more famous sister city, Cancun.
You'll also find exciting parks and fun tourist attractions. The television show Amazing Race has featured Playa del Carmen and the well-known telenovela Peregrina takes place in the city. Due to its recent status and rapid development, most of the area is still quite new and very colorful, just one of the reasons it has become a favorite for film and television directors from all over the world.
We hope you enjoy your visit to this tropical jewel in the Riviera Maya. Be sure to check and see what excursions are available to help you make the most of your time in Playa del Carmen!