The Mexican resort of Playa del Carmen has its roots as a small fishing village on glorious white sand beaches. Located on the Caribbean coast, Playa del Carmen lies at the heart of Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, perfectly located for a full exploration of the area.
Many of the activities you will enjoy on holiday in a Playa del Carmen villa will revolve around the sea. The beaches are absolutely magnificent, with powder soft white sand stretching as far as the eye can see. Snorkelling and diving trips are of the highest quality, and there are a good range of dive centres catering for every level of diver, from the interested beginner to the seasoned professional. The beach is also a great place to charter a fishing boat and head out into the Caribbean to try deep sea fishing.
Playa del Carmen has attracted some wonderful restaurants in recent years, meaning visitors can enjoy cuisine from a huge range of cultures, from Mayan to Thai, Argentinean to Italian. There are also a huge range of beach bars and restaurants along the seafront, serving sunbathers with margaritas all day. The nightlife in Playa del Carmen is great fun, with many live music venues filling the air with everything from rock to reggae, folk to mariachi. If you are looking for nightlife in Playa del Carmen, 5th Avenue, which runs parallel to the beach, is a great place to start your evening.
There is even an 18 hole golf course, the Playacar Golf Course, within range of a Playa del Carmen holiday home, and arranging a round is easy. If you would like to swim in one of the regions famous cenotes, you are in luck. The beautiful Chaak tun Cave is just a few miles along the road from Playa del Carmen.
There is a passenger ferry operating from the pier in Playa del Carmen taking people across the straight to the island of Cozumel. The island is famous for its scuba diving and snorkelling off the huge coral reefs that surround the island.
The countryside of the Mayan Riviera is adorned with ancient Mayan ruins, all of which stir the imagination. There are some fascinating sites along the Mayan Riviera, including the famous site at Tulum, many of which look like they are yet to be discovered, still surrounded by tropical vegetation. The Xel-Ha ecological theme park is also worth visiting when on holiday in Playa del Carmen, where you can swim with dolphins, cliff dive and see turtles.
Year round, monthly average temperatures only fluctuate by around 5˚C, meaning that there is never a bad time to visit a Playa del Carmen holiday rental. During the summer, temperatures average around 26˚C, with daily peaks reaching around 32˚C for much of the time.
Taking a holiday in Playa del Carmen is easy. There are regular direct flights to Cancun International Airport (CUN), which is served from the UK by both First Choice Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines from airports including Manchester (MAN), East Midlands (EMA), Birmingham (BHX) and London.