The capital of the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen has evolved from, originally a small village of Mayan pilgrims, into a lively, cosmopolitan city with the highest urban growth in the country. Its natural features, beauty and miles of white sandy beaches, its enviable geographical location and its blend of sea and jungle make this destination on the Mexican Caribbean a magnet for both Mexicans and visitors from all over the world.
Playa is a fantastic place to spend your vacation, hang out, or even live. The town has grown along the beach, so wherever you go, you will feel the close to the ocean. The main street is called Quinta Avenida, or 5th Avenue. It is a pedestrian walkway and a prominent point of reference. Here is where you will find the majority of hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. Life in Playa del Carmen is characterized by variety and diversity.
South of the dock there is an area called Playacar. This planned development is where all the big, all-inclusive resorts are located. You will also find the golf course, some private homes and condos, the aviary, and some interesting Mayan ruins.
There are diving facilities both inland and by the sea, the deep waters, separating it from Cozumel, are also ideal for sport fishing. If diving's not your thing then the jungle invites you to explore its lush, magical world, while trips to the nearby archaeological sites are extremely gratifying