The locals simply call it Playa, because Playa del Carmen is THE BEACH par excellence of the Mayan Riviera. Located at the heart of the Mayan Riviera, it boasts the best restaurants, hotels, shops and night clubs. What was once a fisherman’s village of 1,500 inhabitants gradually became one of the major tourist centers in the world thanks to its multiple attractions. Here go some of the most appealing things you will find:
· Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue) is the main Street of this Caribbean city. Those who thrive on shopping will find handicrafts stores alongside shops selling the most exclusive designer clothing along this avenue.
· The best restaurants of the Mayan Riviera are in Playa del Carmen: You can choose between Mexican, Mayan-Yucatan, Italian, French and Asian cuisine.
· Enjoy the intensive night life. The bars and restaurants spread from right by the beach to downtown. On the beach you are likely to encounter groups of musicians stirring up the evening with their marimba music, something that’s sure to set you dancing!
· Nature lovers will enjoy the impressive Xcaret Park, where you can find out about the programs dedicated to the conservation and reproduction of sea turtles, manatees, spider monkeys and other animal species.
· Another interesting excursion will take you to the island of Cozumel, a place that is ideal for scuba diving thanks to the coral reefs below the transparent waters.
· A short distance from Playa del Carmen you can catch excursions that will take you to Tulum (a Mayan archaeological site next to the sea) and Chichén Itzá. You can’t leave without visiting them.
“Iberostar Hotels & Resorts has two 5-star hotels in the Playa del Carmen area. Both the IBEROSTAR Tucán and the IBEROSTAR Quetzal provide All Inclusive accommodation. While staying at either of these IBEROSTAR hotels guests may enjoy all the comfort they can only find in hotels of this category: spa facilities, sports, the best cuisine and charming rooms. The facilities of these hotels are ideal for weddings and business conventions.”