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Guidebook for Playa del Carmen

Richard

Guidebook for Playa del Carmen

Food Scene
They don´t serve Fast Food, ONLY FRESH FOOD! "We are a Unique Mexican Restaurant, where we create our food at the moment to mantain the quality of our distinctive flavor, with an exclusive Bar Service easy to locate."
Las Hijas de la Tostada
They don´t serve Fast Food, ONLY FRESH FOOD! "We are a Unique Mexican Restaurant, where we create our food at the moment to mantain the quality of our distinctive flavor, with an exclusive Bar Service easy to locate."
Best Italian restaurant in your neighborhood
Casa Sofia
Best Italian restaurant in your neighborhood
After a good day on the beach, choose something good from our well design menu, ceviche, aguachile, cocunut shrimp, hamburguers, sandwiches and a big selection of salads. We also offer to you blackened tuna, horseradish salmon or pastas and currys.
Zenzi
After a good day on the beach, choose something good from our well design menu, ceviche, aguachile, cocunut shrimp, hamburguers, sandwiches and a big selection of salads. We also offer to you blackened tuna, horseradish salmon or pastas and currys.
Nr. 1 bakery in the luxury private gated community of Playacar. Large selection of breads, patisserie, cafe and much more
LABRIOCHE de Playa - Playacar
12 Paseo Xaman - Ha
Nr. 1 bakery in the luxury private gated community of Playacar. Large selection of breads, patisserie, cafe and much more
A cavern with more than 10000 years old waiting to give you magic evenings. haute cuisine of contemporary and international Mexican author served in one of the most impressive scenarios of Mexico and the world
Alux Restaurant Bar and Lounge
Mz 217 Lt2 Av Benito Juárez
A cavern with more than 10000 years old waiting to give you magic evenings. haute cuisine of contemporary and international Mexican author served in one of the most impressive scenarios of Mexico and the world
Best french Bakery in Playa del Carmen. With fantastically fine croissant, best freshly brewed cafe and fresh orange juice.
Chez Céline
Best french Bakery in Playa del Carmen. With fantastically fine croissant, best freshly brewed cafe and fresh orange juice.
Drinks & Nightlife
To discover the festive and fun side of Mexico, everyone’s invited! At Xoximilco, a night of party in Cancun and Riviera Maya becomes a great celebration of the traditions, culture and folklore of Mexico. From the second you arrive, Mexico’s essence presents before you with a Mexican carnival with games, snacks and a musical surprise to start an evening full of emotions. On Tuesdays and Fridays, the ‘90s are back in a retro night with a musical collection of unforgettable songs to sing and dance to the rhythms of the past.
Xoximilco
To discover the festive and fun side of Mexico, everyone’s invited! At Xoximilco, a night of party in Cancun and Riviera Maya becomes a great celebration of the traditions, culture and folklore of Mexico. From the second you arrive, Mexico’s essence presents before you with a Mexican carnival with games, snacks and a musical surprise to start an evening full of emotions. On Tuesdays and Fridays, the ‘90s are back in a retro night with a musical collection of unforgettable songs to sing and dance to the rhythms of the past.
An experience that can only be uderstood when lived. So come play and see, hear, taste, and feel what Coralina Beach Club is like.
Coralina Daylight Club
S/N Calle 26 Nte
An experience that can only be uderstood when lived. So come play and see, hear, taste, and feel what Coralina Beach Club is like.
Nr. 1 Party Beach Club in Playa del Carmen Live music / Dj / pool and much more
Mamita's Beach Club
Nr. 1 Party Beach Club in Playa del Carmen Live music / Dj / pool and much more
LIVE SALSA MUSIC Located on the most famous avenue in Playa del Carmen, Santino will be the favorite place for those who are looking for live bands.
Santino Bar
152 Calle Quinta Avenida
LIVE SALSA MUSIC Located on the most famous avenue in Playa del Carmen, Santino will be the favorite place for those who are looking for live bands.
Located just one block from the famous 5th Avenue, Playa del Carmen Coco Bongo is surrounded by colorful Caribbean style buildings, several international restaurants and the carefree vibe feature offered by this paradise in the Riviera Maya. All the tranquility disappears once you've crossed our doors... Feel the high voltage power while you are surprised with acrobats flying across the room and exciting tributes to the great figures of music. A place to dance, be amazed and to be part of the show.
Coco Bongo
10 Calle 12 Nte
Located just one block from the famous 5th Avenue, Playa del Carmen Coco Bongo is surrounded by colorful Caribbean style buildings, several international restaurants and the carefree vibe feature offered by this paradise in the Riviera Maya. All the tranquility disappears once you've crossed our doors... Feel the high voltage power while you are surprised with acrobats flying across the room and exciting tributes to the great figures of music. A place to dance, be amazed and to be part of the show.
Mandala Nightclub is the favorite spot to enjoy Playa del Carmen’s nightlife. Located in the heart of Playa, at the famous 12th Avenue and considered one of the chicest spot in town, Mandala is frequented by Cosmopolitan people who love to celebrate until dawn. Its two levels decorated with an Asian style, the best music selection and exceptional service make Mandala Playa a magical place, which will transport you to a new level of fun. The atmosphere at this club is incomparable and the energy that radiates is contagious, here everyone has fun without exception.
Mandala Playa del Carmen
Mandala Nightclub is the favorite spot to enjoy Playa del Carmen’s nightlife. Located in the heart of Playa, at the famous 12th Avenue and considered one of the chicest spot in town, Mandala is frequented by Cosmopolitan people who love to celebrate until dawn. Its two levels decorated with an Asian style, the best music selection and exceptional service make Mandala Playa a magical place, which will transport you to a new level of fun. The atmosphere at this club is incomparable and the energy that radiates is contagious, here everyone has fun without exception.
Getting Around
Ferry to Cozumel. Every half hour. 10 minutes walk from Villa Pearl. 15 minutes walk from Villa Mariposa.
Playa del Carmen-Cozumel Ferry Dock
Ferry to Cozumel. Every half hour. 10 minutes walk from Villa Pearl. 15 minutes walk from Villa Mariposa.
ADO Terminal Turistica Playa Del Carmen
Sitio de transporte colectivo
25 Calle 2 Nte
Avis Renta de Autos
Taxi Playa Del Carmen
248 Av Benito Juárez
Sightseeing
Come with us on a magical journey through the crystal museum that is Río Secreto, where the history of our planet is written on the myriad geological formations, and where floating in its clear fresh water your life will change forever. Río Secreto could very well be one of the great world wonders. Experience this stunning underground river with thousands of dramatic stalactites and stalagmites. It's like stepping back in time to witness something mysterious and truly spectacular.
Río Secreto
Come with us on a magical journey through the crystal museum that is Río Secreto, where the history of our planet is written on the myriad geological formations, and where floating in its clear fresh water your life will change forever. Río Secreto could very well be one of the great world wonders. Experience this stunning underground river with thousands of dramatic stalactites and stalagmites. It's like stepping back in time to witness something mysterious and truly spectacular.
Everyone always wonders what there is to do in Playa Del Carmen and what the “must sees” are. When visiting you must see 5th Avenue Playa Del Carmen or “Quinta” as it is called by locals. This pedestrian street runs parallel to the beach and has the bulk of tourist attractions including shops, restaurants, and street entertainment.
Fifth Avenue
Everyone always wonders what there is to do in Playa Del Carmen and what the “must sees” are. When visiting you must see 5th Avenue Playa Del Carmen or “Quinta” as it is called by locals. This pedestrian street runs parallel to the beach and has the bulk of tourist attractions including shops, restaurants, and street entertainment.
Gran Cenote – One of the Best Places for Cave Diving & Snorkeling Gran Cenote might not be the most popular cave diving site near Tulum. But with stunningly clear waters through which amazing light shines from above, a plethora of beautiful lirios and other plants lining the cavern and it being home to turtles, bats, small fish and other marine wildlife, it is easy to see why it still attracts so many visitors. Sometimes called a “garden cenote” by those who see it, the beautiful environs make it a great place to relax and cool off as well as to explore while snorkeling or cave diving. It’s a simply unmissable cave diving experience if you are on the Yucatan Peninsula. It has both attractive
Grand Cenote
Gran Cenote – One of the Best Places for Cave Diving & Snorkeling Gran Cenote might not be the most popular cave diving site near Tulum. But with stunningly clear waters through which amazing light shines from above, a plethora of beautiful lirios and other plants lining the cavern and it being home to turtles, bats, small fish and other marine wildlife, it is easy to see why it still attracts so many visitors. Sometimes called a “garden cenote” by those who see it, the beautiful environs make it a great place to relax and cool off as well as to explore while snorkeling or cave diving. It’s a simply unmissable cave diving experience if you are on the Yucatan Peninsula. It has both attractive
Cenotes are an amazing part of our eco system in the Riviera Maya and something that will make your vacation here special. Since many people want to visit one when in the area we recommend this cenote because it is only about 18 minutes south of Playa Del Carmen
Jardin del Eden Cenotes
Cenotes are an amazing part of our eco system in the Riviera Maya and something that will make your vacation here special. Since many people want to visit one when in the area we recommend this cenote because it is only about 18 minutes south of Playa Del Carmen
From the top of Coba’s ancient pyramid, the jungle looks like a living green carpet. The Mayan Ruins of Coba are one of my favorite archaeological sites in Mexico’s Yucatan.
Coba Pyramid
From the top of Coba’s ancient pyramid, the jungle looks like a living green carpet. The Mayan Ruins of Coba are one of my favorite archaeological sites in Mexico’s Yucatan.
Relive the story of legendary Chichén Itzá and experience Mayan culture up close Bring your expeditionary spirit and let yourself go on this journey to the most iconic archaeological sites of the Mayan world. Meet one of the new wonders of the world at Chichén Itzá.
Chichén Itzá
Relive the story of legendary Chichén Itzá and experience Mayan culture up close Bring your expeditionary spirit and let yourself go on this journey to the most iconic archaeological sites of the Mayan world. Meet one of the new wonders of the world at Chichén Itzá.
Each Mayan city had a specific purpose, and Tulum was no exception. It was a seaport, trading mainly in turquoise and jade. As well as being the only Mayan city on a coast, Tulum is one of the few protected by a wall. Made of limestone, the 784-meter wall encloses the site on three sides, is seven meters thick, and varies between three and five meters in height. No doubt this fortification helped preserve the seaport. The visitors are greeted by a field of gently rolling hills. Black and gray stone outcroppings, which were once buildings, dot the sun-baked landscape. Tulum can spark the imagination. Given that the seaport what once a link with the outside world, can there any clues as to
Ruinas de Tulum
Each Mayan city had a specific purpose, and Tulum was no exception. It was a seaport, trading mainly in turquoise and jade. As well as being the only Mayan city on a coast, Tulum is one of the few protected by a wall. Made of limestone, the 784-meter wall encloses the site on three sides, is seven meters thick, and varies between three and five meters in height. No doubt this fortification helped preserve the seaport. The visitors are greeted by a field of gently rolling hills. Black and gray stone outcroppings, which were once buildings, dot the sun-baked landscape. Tulum can spark the imagination. Given that the seaport what once a link with the outside world, can there any clues as to
You're going to fall in love with Isla Mujeres a place where time passes slowly and your dream vacation becomes a reality. Isla Mujeres is a beautiful, peaceful paradise just across the Bahia de Mujeres (Bay of Women) from Cancun Mexico. Isla Mujeres is more laid-back and tranquil than Cancun, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to do, it just means you can do nothing at all or fill your day with water sports, shopping, exploring and drinking in that special atmosphere that is Isla Mujeres. Known for beautiful white sand beaches, calm crystal clear turquoise waters and the friendliest locals in the Mexican Caribbean. Isla’s diversity, from the fisherman, artists and musicians to div
Isla Mujeres
You're going to fall in love with Isla Mujeres a place where time passes slowly and your dream vacation becomes a reality. Isla Mujeres is a beautiful, peaceful paradise just across the Bahia de Mujeres (Bay of Women) from Cancun Mexico. Isla Mujeres is more laid-back and tranquil than Cancun, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to do, it just means you can do nothing at all or fill your day with water sports, shopping, exploring and drinking in that special atmosphere that is Isla Mujeres. Known for beautiful white sand beaches, calm crystal clear turquoise waters and the friendliest locals in the Mexican Caribbean. Isla’s diversity, from the fisherman, artists and musicians to div
The natural beauty has been bringing visitors to the island for many years beginning with the Mayans. During the Mayan civilization, Cozumel was known as the fertility island and rightfully so, as the nature is plentiful. Then in the 1960s, Frenchman Jacques Cousteau found the treasure that keeps bringing people back, the SPECTACULAR coral reefs. The natural beauty of Cozumel offers sightseers everything from beautiful white sand beaches, turquoise water, untamed jungle, glorious coral reefs and diverse cultural experiences.
Cozumel
The natural beauty has been bringing visitors to the island for many years beginning with the Mayans. During the Mayan civilization, Cozumel was known as the fertility island and rightfully so, as the nature is plentiful. Then in the 1960s, Frenchman Jacques Cousteau found the treasure that keeps bringing people back, the SPECTACULAR coral reefs. The natural beauty of Cozumel offers sightseers everything from beautiful white sand beaches, turquoise water, untamed jungle, glorious coral reefs and diverse cultural experiences.
Parks & Nature
The appropriately named Playa Paraíso, which translates as Paradise Beach, is another of Tulum’s most Instagram-ready spots. This majestic, untouched stretch of sand is surrounded by looming palm trees and rugged cliffs. A popular place for yoga enthusiasts and iguanas, the beach is large enough to ensure that it’s never overrun with people. There are also plenty of restaurants on site to buy food and cocktails and boats offering snorkeling excursions in the warm sea.
Playa Tulum
The appropriately named Playa Paraíso, which translates as Paradise Beach, is another of Tulum’s most Instagram-ready spots. This majestic, untouched stretch of sand is surrounded by looming palm trees and rugged cliffs. A popular place for yoga enthusiasts and iguanas, the beach is large enough to ensure that it’s never overrun with people. There are also plenty of restaurants on site to buy food and cocktails and boats offering snorkeling excursions in the warm sea.
AKUMAL SNORKELING We set out from Playa del Carmen a little later than we had expected, arriving at Akumal around 10:45am. In retrospect, we should have gotten there earlier. The layout was pretty obvious, except for figuring out where to access the beach (hint: you go through the dive shop; see instructions below). Snorkeling with turtles in Akumal is easy. The small bay is protected by a reef. Big waves can’t penetrate the bay, so it is perfect for snorkeling.
Akumal Beach
AKUMAL SNORKELING We set out from Playa del Carmen a little later than we had expected, arriving at Akumal around 10:45am. In retrospect, we should have gotten there earlier. The layout was pretty obvious, except for figuring out where to access the beach (hint: you go through the dive shop; see instructions below). Snorkeling with turtles in Akumal is easy. The small bay is protected by a reef. Big waves can’t penetrate the bay, so it is perfect for snorkeling.
Woodward Riviera Maya SHRED. SKI. BOARD. ROCK. This isn’t your everyday kind of paradise. This is Woodward and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. This 29,000 sq. ft. shrine to lifestyle sports is built for thrills, and uniquely designed for all skill levels. GET IN ON THE ACTION
Heaven at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Woodward Riviera Maya SHRED. SKI. BOARD. ROCK. This isn’t your everyday kind of paradise. This is Woodward and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. This 29,000 sq. ft. shrine to lifestyle sports is built for thrills, and uniquely designed for all skill levels. GET IN ON THE ACTION
Challenge your adventurous heart! At Xplor you’ll fly through the sky on zip-lines, drive amphibious vehicles in the Mayan jungle, paddle with your hands aboard rafts, walk in ancient caverns and caves deep inside the Earth, and swim in an underground river. At Xplor Fuego, the night comes to life so you can enjoy the same experiences as in the day, but ignited by the fire that will guide your way through all the adventures of the Park. Day or night, it’s always adventure time at Xplor!
Xplor Park
Challenge your adventurous heart! At Xplor you’ll fly through the sky on zip-lines, drive amphibious vehicles in the Mayan jungle, paddle with your hands aboard rafts, walk in ancient caverns and caves deep inside the Earth, and swim in an underground river. At Xplor Fuego, the night comes to life so you can enjoy the same experiences as in the day, but ignited by the fire that will guide your way through all the adventures of the Park. Day or night, it’s always adventure time at Xplor!
Enter the fantastic world of Xenses! Come and spend very special moments at Xenses, a half day park with activities and fantastic scenarios to arouse your senses to the fullest. Inconsensible Circuit Discover… a nonsensical Mexican Town that will test your balance, a fast descent on a Slip slide, a Bird Flight zip-line, and a Natural Xpa with activities like being covered in mud, floating in a salt river, and purifying your skin with potent streams of water. Consensible Circuit Live… a tour through different ecosystems in pitch black darkness, a walkway to experience what it would be like to be a giant or a dwarf, a little piece of Eden to interact with nature, the inside of the Earth amon
Xenses
Enter the fantastic world of Xenses! Come and spend very special moments at Xenses, a half day park with activities and fantastic scenarios to arouse your senses to the fullest. Inconsensible Circuit Discover… a nonsensical Mexican Town that will test your balance, a fast descent on a Slip slide, a Bird Flight zip-line, and a Natural Xpa with activities like being covered in mud, floating in a salt river, and purifying your skin with potent streams of water. Consensible Circuit Live… a tour through different ecosystems in pitch black darkness, a walkway to experience what it would be like to be a giant or a dwarf, a little piece of Eden to interact with nature, the inside of the Earth amon
Xcaret is the nature park in Playa del Carmen where you and your family will live Mexico in more than 50 natural and cultural attractions. Swim in underground rivers that come from the heart of the earth. Look closely at the inhabitants of the Aviary, the Coral Reef Aquarium, and the Butterfly Pavilion. Also, eat delicious Mexican and international dishes, discover Mayan ruins, and be thrilled by the incomparable Xcaret México Espectacular presentation. Enjoy the wealth of Mexico in the most emblematic park of Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya.
Xcaret
Xcaret is the nature park in Playa del Carmen where you and your family will live Mexico in more than 50 natural and cultural attractions. Swim in underground rivers that come from the heart of the earth. Look closely at the inhabitants of the Aviary, the Coral Reef Aquarium, and the Butterfly Pavilion. Also, eat delicious Mexican and international dishes, discover Mayan ruins, and be thrilled by the incomparable Xcaret México Espectacular presentation. Enjoy the wealth of Mexico in the most emblematic park of Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya.
Regarded as one of the world’s greatest Natural Wonders, Xel-Há provides one of the best experiences in the heart of the Riviera Maya. Practice snorkeling and see hundreds of colorful fish and a great diversity of marine species that inhabit its cove and cenotes. At this All Inclusive Park you can enjoy water activities, ecological attractions, restaurants and the best scenery to admire while you relax in a hammock or stroll the nooks and crannies of Xel-Há. Come and immerse yourself in one of the cenotes, lagoons or caves, and enjoy the aquatic zip-lines you’ll only find at Xel-Há.
Archaeological Site of Xel-Há
Regarded as one of the world’s greatest Natural Wonders, Xel-Há provides one of the best experiences in the heart of the Riviera Maya. Practice snorkeling and see hundreds of colorful fish and a great diversity of marine species that inhabit its cove and cenotes. At this All Inclusive Park you can enjoy water activities, ecological attractions, restaurants and the best scenery to admire while you relax in a hammock or stroll the nooks and crannies of Xel-Há. Come and immerse yourself in one of the cenotes, lagoons or caves, and enjoy the aquatic zip-lines you’ll only find at Xel-Há.
The gently sloping white Caribbean sand beach with crystal clear turquoise water is perfect for children of all ages. (no rocks and stones) 1,2 miles Beach
Playacar Beach
The gently sloping white Caribbean sand beach with crystal clear turquoise water is perfect for children of all ages. (no rocks and stones) 1,2 miles Beach
Sian Ka'an unesco world heritage In the language of the Mayan peoples who once inhabited this region, Sian Ka'an means 'Origin of the Sky'. Located on the east coast of the Yucatán peninsula, this biosphere reserve contains tropical forests, mangroves and marshes, as well as a large marine section intersected by a barrier reef. It provides a habitat for a remarkably rich flora and a fauna comprising more than 300 species of birds, as well as a large number of the region's characteristic terrestrial vertebrates, which cohabit in the diverse environment formed by its complex hydrological system.
Sian Ka'an
Sian Ka'an unesco world heritage In the language of the Mayan peoples who once inhabited this region, Sian Ka'an means 'Origin of the Sky'. Located on the east coast of the Yucatán peninsula, this biosphere reserve contains tropical forests, mangroves and marshes, as well as a large marine section intersected by a barrier reef. It provides a habitat for a remarkably rich flora and a fauna comprising more than 300 species of birds, as well as a large number of the region's characteristic terrestrial vertebrates, which cohabit in the diverse environment formed by its complex hydrological system.
Arts & Culture
An Experience for the Senses JOYÀ, the first Cirque du Soleil resident show in Mexico, combines culinary and performing arts in an intimate theater setting to engage the audience's five senses. Drawing on Mexico's history and heritage, JOYÀ tells the story of an alchemist and his granddaughter embarking on a quest to uncover the secrets of life. Don't miss the opportunity to taste extraordinary dishes and live an unforgettable night exclusively at the Cirque du Soleil Theater at Vidanta Riviera Maya. JOYÀ, a thrilling, whimsical show in which joy, courage and friendship conquer all!
Teatro Cirque du Soleil
An Experience for the Senses JOYÀ, the first Cirque du Soleil resident show in Mexico, combines culinary and performing arts in an intimate theater setting to engage the audience's five senses. Drawing on Mexico's history and heritage, JOYÀ tells the story of an alchemist and his granddaughter embarking on a quest to uncover the secrets of life. Don't miss the opportunity to taste extraordinary dishes and live an unforgettable night exclusively at the Cirque du Soleil Theater at Vidanta Riviera Maya. JOYÀ, a thrilling, whimsical show in which joy, courage and friendship conquer all!
Shopping
Grocery Store, Barber, Beautician, Nail Designers, Clothing Stores, Cinema and much more
Centro Maya Shopping Mall
Grocery Store, Barber, Beautician, Nail Designers, Clothing Stores, Cinema and much more
Shopping, Souvenir Shops, Restaurants, Starbucks, Tourist information and much more
Plaza Playacar
Shopping, Souvenir Shops, Restaurants, Starbucks, Tourist information and much more