Playa del Carmen is easily among the best beach destinations in the Mexican Caribe, along with Cancún and Tulum. The great mixture of blue water, luxurious boutiques, endless bars full of music and gourmet restaurants make Playa del Carmen a place truly worth visiting.
If you are traveling to Playa del Carmen soon, there are a few things you have to do, keep reading to find out!
1.- Visit the wonderful beaches
The Mexican Caribe is well-known for its beautiful ocean. You can’t miss the chance to soak in the sunlight, enjoy a cold beer by the shore or swim in the turquoise water. There are plenty of beaches you can visit in Playa del Carmen, either as part of resorts and hotels, or public beaches you can just crash into. Among our favorites, we can list
- Mamitas Beach.
- Playacar Beach.
- Coco Reef.
- Calle 2 Beach.
- Parque Fundadores.
2.- Try the amazing Mexican gastronomy
Mexican food is one of the best in the world, not only for its exotic flavors but also for its variety. You can choose among a wide range of traditional restaurants to try world-wide known Mexican food like tacos, grasshoppers, guacamole or carnitas. Or you can also choose food from specific regions like Cochinita Pibil from Yucatán.
The variety of restaurants you’ll find in Playa del Carmen will keep you interested for a long time!
3.- Shop away in La Quinta Avenida
La Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue, literally) is the main shopping spot in Playa del Carmen. It extends more than five kilometers and hosts the best boutiques and stores. Luxury brands like Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo or Massimo Dutti have landed their brands here, too. It also hosts amazing retail stores like Forever 21, and the number of things you can get here will blow your mind. The best restaurants in Playa del Carmen are also located here, either Mexican, Italian or any other cousins.
4.- Visit a Cenote
The southern corner of México has one of the most amazing works of nature: Cenotes. Cenotes are caves formed below the earth, in which water flows naturally, sometimes with depths of a hundred feet. Filled with amazing views, exotic species and crystal clear water, Cenotes are experiences you can’t miss. Book a place with an excursion or hire a private guide to take you. You can also venture on your own but always remember to pay attention to any sign or warning, your safety is first!
5.- Visit Isla Contoy
A National Park just one ferry away from Playa del Carmen. Isla Contoy is an exotic paradise where you’ll be able to discover the wonders of nature. Considered the most important nesting spot for seabirds in México, it grants you the opportunity to see and photograph colorful species. Get your equipment and try scuba diving with an iconic whale shark, or try snorkeling if you’re not experienced in scuba diving, but still want to see the rich sea life! You can even get a specialized guide to tour you around for as low as $10 USD!