Originally named Xaman-Ha (waters of the north) by the ancient Maya, modern day Playa del Carmen is the heart of the Riviera Maya. Located on the azure waters of the Mexican Caribbean, just 40 miles (60 kms.) south of Cancun, Playa, as it is now colloquially known, is the perfect base of operations from which to explore the incredible sites of this fascinating region. Famous for its pristine beaches, clear blue waters, and Caribbean lifestyle, Playa del Carmen is a place for those in search of an extraordinary vacation destination. The friendly people, a vibrant indigenous culture, and remarkable biodiversity all contribute to a unique travel experience that you will stay with you long after your suntan fades.
Once a quiet seaside fishing village, Playa del Carmen has doubled its population in the past decade, attracting new residents from around the globe. Europeans, South Americans, Americans and Canadians have discovered this little slice of paradise, and have set up permanent homes as well as a myriad of internationally influenced businesses.
By day, visitors can enjoy pristine white sandy beaches, significant archeological sites, incredible diving, and the Yucatan’s unique underground river system. When the sun dips below the palms, venture out in search of trendy eateries, bars, and restaurants and experience the city as it comes alive at night. The unique mix of jet-setters, backpackers, archaeological experts, dive junkies, and young hipsters makes Playa del Carmen an eclectic and interesting place, one you will want to explore time and time again.
So come and enjoy everything Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya has to offer; you will not be disappointed!