Playa del Carmen, locally known as Playa, is quickly becoming the hippest place in the Yucatán Peninsula; with lively bars, chic cafés, timeshares, and all-inclusive resorts opening up all over the city.
Playa’s large ex-pat community which has been growing since the 1990s has a significant influence on the local flavor. This international influence is one of the things that make this town so different from the rest of Mexico. Nowhere else will one find such a wide variety of flavors within a few feet of each other.
The most popular spot in Playa is, Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue), a pedestrian-only street that is lined with trendy clubs, international restaurants, and cheap souvenir stands.
For more things to do in Playa del Carmen check out this guide.
For travelers who simply want to relax under the sun and swim in the crystal clear oceans by day, and then drink and dance at nightclubs until the sun comes up, Playa is the place to be. However, travelers who want to experience Mexican culture and traditions might want to skip over this once sleepy fishing town gone wild and look elsewhere.