The Best of Playa del Carmen! Playa del Carmen is currently Latin America’s fastest-growing community, with a population of more than 150,000. Playa del Carmen is full of lively bars, restaurants, beach clubs, shops, and hotels. It is one of the few places on the Riviera Maya where you can have a care-free vacation.
Although building height restrictions have helped to keep Playa Del Carmen from turning into the next Cancún, you’ll have to leave town to get off the beaten path. Much of the area is developed, most recently by a slew of all-inclusive resorts opening up on the city’s outskirts.
Travel to Playa del Carmen for its reputation as one of the top diving destinations in the world. With a distinct and colorful sea life, not to mention its underwater caverns, a dive seems necessary for anyone regardless of experience. For more information on the Yucatan Peninsula visit here, or visit all the wonderful beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula. Read our Playa Del Carmen Travel Guide to start planning your vacation now. Visit all of the best Maya Riviera Beaches on our Pinterest site here.
Playa del Carmen Weather – When to Visit
The best time to visit Playa del Carmen is between April and May, when there are fewer people along the shore. Day temperatures hover between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, dropping slightly in the evenings. From October to March, the climate is generally dry and slightly warm. Summer days and nights tend to offer high temperatures and humidity. Hurricane season lasts from June to September, so check weather forecasts and hurricane warnings before booking your trip.
Best Playa del Carmen Beaches
Playa Del Carmen Beach
Most vacationers will have direct access to the beachfront, lounge chairs and sometimes even water sports equipment at the hotel they’re staying in; the majority of the area’s top resorts and hotels are stationed along this prime stretch of clean, soft sand. The beach is free to access, but lounge chair or equipment rentals will cost you extra.
Mamitas Beach Club
Mamitas Beach Club is considered one of the most liveliest and popular beaches for the twenty-something crowd. For a fee, beach-goers may play in the sun and have access to sun beds, lounge chairs and food and drink service. A variety of water sports such as kite surf, paddle board, wave runner, and catamaran rentals are available. Every week, DJ’s from around the world travel to spin their pulsating beats at this chic bikini heaven.
A vast shoreline borders translucent waters in which you can wade out hundreds of feet while the water level remains at your hips. Packing your beach chairs and picnic lunch is one of the best ways to enjoy this secluded beach. Located about a 25 minute drive south of Playa del Carmen, this paradise is both the perfect setting for romance or a memorable family day at the beach.
The world’s second largest barrier reef here offers snorkeling, diving and fishing opportunities. It is the only area in the Mayan Riviera where you can swim with sea turtles year round. Snorkel gear can be rented or diving excursions may be booked at the on-site dive shop. The calm, crystalline waters give you the illusion that you are swimming in a pool. Bringing a cooler is allowed or there are several options to dine and enjoy a cool Caribbean cocktail while taking in the captivating ocean views.
Approximately 25 minutes north of Playa del Carmen, Maroma Beach Club is wonderful with its large stretch of beach and variety of activities. For a fee, visitors have access to the beach loungers with umbrellas, the volleyball court, soccer balls and of course, the beautiful blue-green sea. A menu of casual food and drinks is available, as is camel back riding for a rare experience!
Best Playa del Carmen Restaurants
El Fogon Under $10
If there is one place you eat during your stay in Playa, this is the one! The price is incredibly reasonable, the service is top notch and the food is straight out of Mexican heaven. It’s warm and crowded but completely worth it for the best food you’ll among other Playa del Carmen restaurants! Telephone: 52 984 803 0885 Web: El Fogon
La Cueva del Chango $11 – 30
The culinary concept is natural Mexican food. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the juices are made with fresh fruit and they also have a bar with an ample assortment of premium brands. The wines we serve are mexican, thus offering and ample selection. Telephone: 52 984 147 0271 Web: La Cueva del Chango
Gluay Maai Thai $11 – 30
Is it possible to find Thai this good in Mexico? The dishes are flavorful, fresh, and true to form, an absolute must for your list of Playa del Carmen restaurants. Try their sampler appetizer including chicken satay, pad thai, and yellow coconut curry. Telephone: 52 984 803 4625 Web: Gluay Maai Thai
Negroamaro Italian Bar & Restaurant $11 – 30
The best of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in the Mexican Caribbean. In Negroamaro you will enjoy authentic flavors and be part of a cutting-edge culinary experience. Their chefs have created dishes that combine the classic and the contemporary. Telephone: 52 984 147 7050 Web: Negroamaro Italian Bar & Restaurant
Los Aguachiles $11 – 30
This upscale taquerìa is an anchor of Playa’s alternative culinary scene, reimagining tacos sautéed in olive oil and topped with cucumber or strawberry-habanero salsa. Local favorites include shrimp tacos with “black gold” (beans), fish ceviche with green salsa, and fish tacos wrapped in your choice of corn tortilla, flour tortilla, or a giant leaf of Bibb lettuce. Telephone: 52-984-859-1442 Web: Los Aguachiles.
Best Playa del Carmen Nightlife
Attached to the Rana Cansada Hotel, Bar Ranita is a favorite among rowdy expats. The prices are unbeatable, and the margaritas pack a powerful punch. Telephone: 52-984-873-0389 Web: Bar Ranita.
Diablito Cha Cha Cha
Miami-chic with retro white patent leather chairs and a palapa roof, Diablito Cha Cha Cha serves up sushi and DJ tunes as late as 3 am. Telephone: 52-984-803-3695 Web: Diablito Cha Cha Cha.
Hookah-smokers here puff on fruit-flavored tobacco that wafts away into the open tropical night. On weekends, belly dancers weave their way between the tables. Telephone: 52-984-873-2228 Web: Kartabar.
Following the success of its sister property in Cancún, CoCo Bongo has flying acrobats, bar-top conga lines, live bands, and DJs mixing everything from rock to hip-hop. The cover charge includes unlimited drinks. Telephone: 52-984-803-5939 Web: Coco Bongo.
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