Former fishing village invested in the mid-1980s by tourists fleeing the rush of Cancún, Playa del Carmen has since become a seaside resort itself very tourist in the heart of a small tropical paradise. Located on the Caribbean Sea, in the Yucatán Peninsula, the destination offers fine sandy beaches and all the nautical and festive pleasures of a site dedicated to tourism. Take your travel guide with you. The beauty of the seabed delights scuba diving enthusiasts. The Yucatán Peninsula is home to a very rich flora and fauna. The municipality is divided into three distinct areas: the tourist area, to the south, a large beach lined with hotels and a golf course, the residential town, around Fifth Avenue where bars, restaurants and shops line up, and the Mexican town. And if you have the courage to leave the beach, the many tour operators offer their packages of activities, visits and excursions: Xcaret Eco Park water park, archaeological sites in XelHa, Tulum or Cobá, Cancún, another very touristy town on the peninsula, Sian Ka'an nature reserve, or Chichén Itzá, an ancient Mayan town. Finally, Playa del Carmen is the gateway to the island of Cozumel just across the street.

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When to go to Playa Del Carmen?

When to leave for Playa del Carmen? The year is divided into three periods in Mexico, so in Playa del Carmen. The best period, ideal to benefit from preferential rates, is from April to June and then from September to November. The intermediate period is due to the school holidays in July and August. The tourist boom period extends from December to March or April, depending on the dates of Holy Week. A high number of visitors means higher prices and necessary reservations, but also a wider choice of activities for tourists. Mexico is a very festive country. Many religious and popular festivities take place there every month. For the National Independence Day, September 15-16, throughout the country, the scene where Miguel Hidalgo called for an uprising in 1810 is repeated. For the Feast of the Dead, on November 1st and 2nd, all families celebrate their dead, nothing to do with All Saints' Day, it is a joyful and colourful celebration. Every year in January, in Playa del Carmen, it is the BPM Festival, a famous electronic music festival

How to go to Playa Del Carmen? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Mexico is a huge country and it is impossible to discover it in one trip. Tour operators mainly offer stays of about ten days around a theme (Mayan culture, Aztec sites...) or a region (the Pacific, Yucatán, Chiapas, the capital and its surroundings).

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Well served, Mexico is a generally safe country for solo travellers. The wave of violence linked to drug cartels and social repression generally spares tourists; neither criminals nor the state wants to attract too much publicity. However, tourists can be easy prey, especially in the subway, taxi or street at nightfall. The ordinary rules of caution should be observed: do not display your camera, "banana" or wallet.

It is very easy to travel by plane in the country, most cities being equipped with an airport. There is also a very good long-distance bus network at low prices. However, depending on the route, to save time on the plane and avoid long hours on the bus, the plane is often more interesting. Note: with the emergence of low-cost airlines on some routes, air and bus fares are sometimes identical

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Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

When to leave for Playa del Carmen? The year is divided into three periods in Mexico, so in Playa del Carmen. The bes...
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Weather forecast

Playa del Carmen like the rest of Yucatán has a tropical climate with a rainy season that sees 90% of rainfall fall...
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Budget

Although much more expensive than Guatemala and Honduras, Mexico remains a relatively cheap country despite inflation...
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Formalities

EU nationals do not need a visa to travel to Mexico and therefore to Playa del Carmen. The only formality to enter Me...
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Health

To go to Mexico and therefore to Playa del Carmen, it is recommended to be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, po...
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How to travel by yourself?

Well served, Mexico is a generally safe country for solo travellers. The wave of violence linked to drug cartels and...
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How to get organized?

Mexico is a huge country and it is impossible to discover it in one trip. Tour operators mainly offer stays of about...
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Getting around

It is very easy to travel by plane in the country, most cities being equipped with an airport. There is also a very g...
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