Holidays to Playa del Carmen give you a chilled-out beach base, made up of a vanilla-white stretch of sand and buzzing main street. Plus, you’re near cenotes, eco-parks and ruins.
Chic beach town
Playa, as the locals call it, is touted as Mexico’s very own Miami Beach. You’ll find it about an hour’s drive down the coast from party-hard Cancun. It’s got a bit of a cosmopolitan feel to it, thanks to a bustling main square and a string of designer shops, art galleries and eateries – known as 5th Avenue.
Playa del Carmen has a beach of two halves. You’ve got the main milky-coloured stretch in the heart of the action. From here, it’s easy to hop on board boat trips out to the offshore reefs. Further up, things get more glam – we’re talking daybeds and trendy beach clubs. Half-an-hour away, 100-year-old sea turtles and sting rays join swimmers at Akumal Beach.
As it’s right in the middle of the Riviera Maya strip, this place is a good starting point for days out at some of Mexico’s top attractions. Head south for the Xcaret Eco-park, often dubbed the Yucatan Disneyland. For even more thrills, you can go swimming in one of the area’s cenotes. These underwater caves are packed with stalactites, stalagmites and heaps of tropical fish.
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