Playa del Carmen, Mexico - City of Karma
Playa del Carmen is a city located along the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico. It is a popular tourist area in eastern Mexico. Originally a small fishing town, tourism to Playa del Carmen began with the passenger ferry service to Cozumel, an island across the Cozumel Channel and world famous scuba diving destination.
Also known as "Playa"
Playa del Carmen, or just "Playa", has undergone rapid development over the past two years with many new luxury residential condominium buildings, restaurants, boutiques and entertainment venues. Currently there are plans to develop six luxury boutique hotels, several internationally recognized chain restaurants including PF Changs, Hard Rock Cafe, Ruth's Chris and the Cheesecake Factory as well as a small upmarket shopping plaza offering designer boutiques, a small cinema, luxury condominiums and the first international House of Blues entertainment venue.
Parks & attractions near Playa del Carmen
This city is of course a popular tourist destination, but also is a top connection to some of the main attractions in the Yucatan Peninsula. With numerous eco parks, fascinating attractions and historic pyramids this is one of Mexico's favorite destinations. Here are a few of the most popular sites to visit nearby Playa del Carmen.
Xcaret, Ecological park just 6 km south of Playa del Carmen.
Xplor, Eco natural adventure park also 6 km south of Playa del Carmen right next to Xcaret.
Cozumel, Island located directly infront of Playa del Carmen,only a 45 minute Ferry ride.
Tulum, Archeaological zone best known for it's Mayan ruins and pyramids located on the coast 64 km south of Playa del Carmen.
Xel-Ha, Ecological park located 10 km south of Playa del Carmen.
Sian Ka'an, Protected biosphere by the SEMARNAT y Human rights & protection part of the government known as UNESCO
5th Avenue (La quinta)
Quinta Avenida, in Playa del Carmen is slated to become a cultural and economic stronghold for the Yucatan peninsula with the development of civic venues and up-market retail. Several luxury brands are currently developing retail locations, those under construction or already open including Louis Vuitton, Carolina Herrera, Paul & Shark, Hugo Boss and Christian Dior. El Palacio de Hierro has also begun construction of a luxury department store at the corner of Quinta Avenida and Constituyentes.
Unique Caribbean destination
Playa del Carmen is located within the Riviera Maya, which runs from south of Cancun to Tulum and the Sian Ka'an biosphere reserve. Playa is a stop for several cruise ships which dock at the nearby Calica quarry docks, about six miles south of the city. The Xcaret Eco Park, a Mexican-themed "eco-archaeological park", is a popular tourist destination located just south of the town in Xcaret (pronounced "shkar-et"). Tourist activity in Playa del Carmen centers on Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue, stretching from Calle 1 norte until Calle 40, a pedestrian walkway located just one or two blocks inland from the beach. Fifth Avenue is lined with hundreds of shops, bars and restaurants. There are many small boutique hotels on Fifth Avenue as well as just off Fifth Avenue and on the beach, such as Luna Blue Hotel & Bar, Fusion Beach Hotel Bar & Grill, Deseo, Basico, Casa Ticul, Barrio Latino, La Tortuga and many others.
Playacar for your stay!
Playacar is a residential and tourist development in Playa del Carmen, just south of the main urban area. In this development most of the all-inclusive hotels, the aviary, and the golf course are located. There are two phases, phase 1 is mostly residential with a few hotels and some stores. Phase 2 contains the largest all inclusive resorts along with the golf course and a significant number of residential properties.
Weather in Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen weather boasts year round sunshine making it ideal for a vacation at any time of year. Playa del Carmen weather is tropical and humid with year round sunshine.
Languages spoken in Playa del Carmen
The official language spoken in Playa del Carmen is Spanish. Most of the Mexicans working in the tourism industry speak English and you will find that French, Italian and German are also spoken by some. Many of the local indigenous people still speak Mayan as their first language and Spanish as their second, you will often hear them speaking Mayan amongst themselves.
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