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Playa del Carmen is a city located along the Caribbean Sea in the municipality of Solidaridad, in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is a popular tourist area in eastern Mexico. Playa del Carmen features a wide array of tourist activities due to its geographical location in the Riviera Maya. It has also been the destination of PGA Tour golf tournaments and the set location for various television shows. The town has one of the fastest-growing populations in Mexico.


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1 - Xcaret Park

   7 km away

Xcaret Park is a privately owned and operated theme park, resort and self-described ecotourism development located in the Riviera Maya, a portion of the Caribbean coastline of Mexico's state of Quintana Roo.

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2 - Av Benito Juárez 251

Tlacotepec de Benito Juárez is a town and municipality in Puebla in south-eastern Mexico.

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3 - Archaeology Tours in Playa del Carmen

Tour the impressive archaeological complex of Chichén Itzá and discover a ceremonial centre of the Maya civilisation. Then, go to a sacred sinkhole and end with a buffet meal in the restaurant. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Cancún or the Riviera Maya, or in the meeting point of your convenience, and then journey to one of the most important monuments on the Yucatán Peninsula. Upon arrival at Chichén Itzá, look at the step pyramid of Kukulcan (El Castillo), known for the play of light from the equinox that casts shadows on each step to create an image of a serpent descending. Go to an ancient cenote and experience one of the sinkholes that form part of a network of underground rivers sacred to the Maya people. Enjoy a delicious buffet meal and take a stroll around the colonial city of Valladolid to complete your experience.

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4 - Xcaret

   7 km away

Xcaret is a Maya civilization archaeological site located on the Caribbean coastline of the Yucatán Peninsula, in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico.

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5 - Riviera Maya

   12 km away

The Riviera Maya is a tourism and resort district south of Cancun, Mexico. It straddles the coastal Federal Highway 307, along the Caribbean coastline of the state of Quintana Roo, located in the eastern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula.

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6 - Snorkeling in Playa del Carmen

Join us for the Luxury Sailing Adventure to Isla Mujeres onboard a state of the art sailing catamaran. You'll explore some of the most beautiful locations along Cancun’s stunning Caribbean coastline where you will go snorkeling in its warm crystalline waters. Taste a delicious gourmet lunch onboard before visiting the charming island of Isla Mujeres. Explore the island at your leisure to stroll around, taste the local food, go shopping, or recline on the smooth, sandy shores. Back on the catamaran relax in the tropical sun and enjoy the  open bar as you sail across the blue Caribbean waters under the power of the wind.

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7 - Cozumel

   30 km away

Cozumel is an island and municipality in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, opposite Playa del Carmen. It is separated from the mainland by Cozumel Channel and is close to the Yucatán Channel. The municipality is part of the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.

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8 - Shore Excursions in Playa del Carmen

Come to Chichenitza and visit one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulkan, a Mayan Pyramid right in the middle of this impressive archeological site in the state of Yucatán, Mexico. It was recently discovered this pyramid was built above a huge Cenote (sinkhole) making the construction of this buliding a real feat. You can not miss visiting and knowing the history of this marvelousl Mayan city. Near Chichenitza, there are some wonderful refreshing Cenotes which are like an Oasis in the middle of this jungle, here you will be able to swim and snorkel and relax in the pristine waters of these natural swimming pools. Finally we are going to visit the beautiful colonial town of Valladolid where you will get to know more of the real Mexico, visiting old churches, markets, etc. This is also a great place for shopping pretty handicrafts or delicious chocolate.

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9 - Stand Up Paddleboarding in Playa del Carmen

This is Riviera Maya's ultimate day-sailing adventure. Aboard a luxurious sailing catamaran, you'll explore some of the most beautiful offshore locations along the stunning Riviera Maya coastline. You'll sail to the most spectacular reef in the area and stop for some fun in the water enjoying various activities. Relax on deck in the warm, tropical sun and enjoy an open bar and delicious lunch as you sail across the blue Caribbean waters under the power of the wind.

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10 - Culinary Tour in Playa del Carmen

This is an authentic local experience in local Mexican food. Perfect for couples, groups of friends, or families. We walk through the main artery of the city to fill us with typical flavors and smells of Mexico: street stations and restaurants that the locals frequent. A unique and incomparable experience with a knowledgable guide that accompanies you in this three-hour tour around the city, typically away from tourist places. If you have an adventurous spirit and want to taste the authentic flavors of Mexico and it's people, this is the tour for you. Join us!

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Often referred to as "Playa" by locals, Playa del Carmen is a seaside resort town, located on the Yucatan Peninsula, the third largest city in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Coming to Playa del Carmen, you will be able to immerse yourself in the wild sea air, experience the feeling of scuba diving, offshore fishing, and discover new things.

Located next to the heart of the Mayan Riviera, Playa del Carmen has an open, laid-back atmosphere with a unique European style. There are cute but very attractive little shops here. Most visitors to Playa del Carmen choose the central area, where they can easily explore the town. You can rent a car to get around this seaside town, or choose the walking solution to explore every little corner.

Swimming and diving services in Playa del Carmen are quite diverse. And fishing is a popular activity in Playa that you definitely cannot miss. The boats are available to assist you with offshore fishing in this town. However, you need to consider carefully when deciding to try your hand at sailing on bad weather days. If you're lucky enough to catch fish, many beachside restaurants will give you the pleasure of "winning" for a small amount of money.

Night at Playa del Carmen means drinking and dancing to live music, accompanied by fiery Mexican dancers until morning. This is the hottest activity in the beach clubs in this town. The tourist area in Playa del Carmen is a hub consisting of many shops, mainly selling items such as souvenirs, bracelets and shirts. There are several large supermarkets here that will give you the opportunity to increase your shopping experience, like Chedraui and Soriana.

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