Playa del Carmen is a city in Mexico’s state of Quintana Roo, situated on the Caribbean Sea. It is a well-known tourist destination in eastern Mexico. Due to its geographical position in the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen offers a diverse range of visitor activities. Additionally, it has hosted PGA Tour golf events and served as the setting for several television series.
It is located around 70 kilometers south of Cancún and 20 kilometers west of Cozumel in the heart of the Mayan Riviera and provides a more calm ambiance, boutique accommodations, and an unique European character.
Playa del Carmen – Info Card
|POPULATION :||• City 149,923|
• Urban 149,923
|TIME ZONE :||• Time zone EST (UTC-5)|
• Summer (DST) Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)
|ELEVATION :||10 m (30 ft)|
|COORDINATES :||20°37′39″N 87°04′52″W|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 51.5%|
• Female: 48.5%
|AREA CODE :||984|
|POSTAL CODE :||77710 y 77720|
|DIALING CODE :||+52 984|
Tourism in Playa del Carmen
Originally a modest fishing village, tourism in Playa del Carmen started with the passenger ferry service to Cozumel, an island across the Cozumel Channel that is renowned for its scuba diving.
Playa del Carmen has lately seen unprecedented growth, with the addition of new luxury condominium complexes, restaurants, shops, and entertainment facilities. Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue, is the hub of tourist activity in Playa del Carmen. Stretching from Calle 1 norte to Calle 40, it is a pedestrian-only, cobblestone-lined roadway that covers roughly 20 blocks. Along Fifth Avenue, you’ll discover a diverse selection of restaurants, pubs, clubs, shopping possibilities, and other services. Almost everything in Playa begins on this street. Fifth Avenue is a pedestrian avenue that runs along to the shore and is lined with hundreds of stores, cafés, and restaurants. Numerous tiny boutique hotels along and immediately off Fifth Avenue, as well as along the shore.
Playacar is a residential and tourism development located just south of the main metropolitan center of Playa del Carmen. This development contains the majority of the all-inclusive hotels, the aviary, and the golf course. There are two phases: phase 1 is mostly residential with a few hotels and shops, while phase 2 has the biggest all-inclusive resorts, a golf course, and a substantial number of residential buildings.
Geography of Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is part of the Riviera Maya, which stretches from Cancn’s south end to Tulum and the Sian Ka’an ecological reserve. Playa is a port of call for various cruise ships that land at the adjacent Calica quarry docks, which are located around six miles south of the city. The Xcaret Eco Park is a prominent tourist site in Xcaret. It is a Mexican-themed “eco-archaeological park” (pronounced “shkar-et”).
Internet, Communication in Playa del Carmen
All parks in Playa del Carmen provide complimentary Wi-Fi. Most restaurants and pubs will need a minimum purchase before providing you with the password, which will vary daily. The more costly the hotel or condominium, the less probable it is that you will have free access.