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Exploring Playa del Carmen

And the Beautiful Riviera Maya

Located on the Caribbean coast of the stunning Yucatán Peninsula, our home of Playa del Carmen is one of the most breathtaking destinations on the planet. As part of the famous Maya Riviera region, it’s surrounded on all sides by lush tropical vegetation, colorful wildlife, and a mix of rich cultures stretching back millennia. Miles of sun-warmed, white-sand coastline extend endlessly along the sapphire-blue sea here, offering pleasure-seekers and adventure hunters alike a bountiful array of options sure to satisfy their thirst for excitement. 

For nature-lovers, the area provides no end of opportunity to explore. Jungle tours offer the chance to explore mystical landscapes and spot native flora and fauna. Snorkeling or scuba-diving within the pristine waters reveals an abundance of marine life, as well as the thriving Great Mayan coral reef. You can also explore the Riviera Maya’s famous cenotes — natural aquatic cave formations where land and sea meet in a jaw-dropping display of striking natural beauty. Mayans viewed some of these cavernous structures as potential portals to another world.

Feeling hungry after all your escapades? Good thing the Maya has historically been a gourmand’s playground. The peninsula is home to several discrete cultures, each with their own distinctive culinary traditions — many of which have simmered over centuries to blend into a delicious melting pot rich with color and flavor. Simply taking a stroll through some of the city’s neighborhoods will tantalize travelers, spoiling even the most discriminating palates for choice. Seafood is certainly a local favorite, but the richness of the region has produced a wide range of options, including steakhouses, cafés serving regionally grown coffees, and pan-Caribbean island-style dining.

Of course, lively nightlife is also an undeniable part of the heritage here — bars, nightclubs, and hot dance spots are as easy to find as walking down the street. And savvy shoppers will no doubt find much to love on the city’s famous Fifth Avenue, renowned for bargains on jewelry, ceramics, souvenirs, and fashion.

No matter what you’re hoping for from your next vacation destination, one thing is clear: Playa del Carmen is the place to find your personal paradise. 

What will you discover? Be sure to check out our list of incredible things to do during your visit to Mahekal.

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