Looking for a change of pace from Cancun’s busy strip? Then, Playa del Carmen is the place to be! While it’s no longer the small fishing village is was until the 1980s, Playa (as the locals call it) is still definitely more laid back than nearby Cancun. Less than an hour from Cancun’s International airport, and only a ferry ride from Cozumel, Playa has become a busy vacation hot spot.
The clear turquoise waters and white sand beach, is filled with beach volleyball, sunbathers and beach bars, along with numerous hotels and resorts.
Just up from the beach is Quinta Avenida or 5th Aveunue, Playa’s main drag. This street is a see-and-be-seen spot. Spread along the avenue are mutli-coloured shops, restuarants, bars, cafes, hotels and nightclubs. While strolling along here you almost feel like you could be somewhere in Europe- but with tastier Mexican dishes!
Looking for the less touristy side of Playa del Carmen? All you need to do is head a few blocks away from 5th Avenue. Suddenly, the delicious homemade tacos drop from 80 pesos or more down to 10 pesos, the beer to 15 pesos and the crowds of people almost disappear.