You probably know about Playa del Carmen as having some of the best beaches in Mexico.
If you’re ready to grab one of the best beachfront resorts in Playa del Carmen, scroll down the page to see where you’ll be staying when you visit.
Once you’ve got your lodging taken care of, the next thing on your agenda will be finding things to do in Playa del Carmen.
And there are a lot.
Let’s get you familiar with some of them.
Things to Do in Playa Del Carmen
There’s no shortage of things to do in Playa del Carmen including activities like:
- 5th Avenue AKA Quinta Avenida
- Visiting Xcaret
To make it easier to enjoy these activities, we’ve put a link to the tour guides for you to check pricing and to book your excursion.
Some of these activities are self-explanatory. For the ones that aren’t, let’s get into a little more detail.
5th Avenue AKA Quinta Avenida
5th Avenue (also known as Quinta Avenida) is admittedly a tourist trap. But so is Times Square in New York and Reading Terminal in Philadelphia. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check them out.
The same is true for Quinta Avenida.
It’s a 5-mile pedestrian-only walkway that goes straight through the heart of the downtown of Playa del Carmen.
So when you take a visit there, make sure to give yourself a decent amount of time to soak it all in.
Of course, you’ll find places to purchase souvenirs and go shopping.
But you’ll also want to take in the local eateries and drinking establishments lining the street.
If you’re new to vacationing in Mexico, you may not have heard of Xcaret. Or you may have seen it but weren’t sure exactly what is was.
Think of it as a combination of 6 Flags and Disneyland in Mexico.
It’s a water park with over 50 natural and cultural attractions. You can zipline, kayak, canoe, visit the Mayan ruins, go off-roading… the list is almost endless.
If you think you’d like to add some of these activities to your itinerary, these links will give you discounts to these attractions at Xcaret.
Best Beach Resorts in Playa del Carmen
Now that you know what activities Playa del Carmen has, it’s time to book that all-inclusive beach resort to use as a base of operations.
Here’s our hand-picked list of places we think you’ll enjoy staying at during your vacation in Playa del Carmen.
Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya
Banyan Tree Mayakoba
BlueBay Grand Esmeralda
El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort
Grand Riviera Princess
Grand Sunset Princess All Suites Resort
Grand Velas Riviera Maya
Hacienda Tres Rios Resort & Nature Park
Hotel Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique
Hotel Xcaret Arte
Hotel Xcaret Mexico
Iberostar Grand Paraiso
Iberostar Paraiso Beach
Iberostar Paraiso Del Mar
Iberostar Selection Paraiso Lindo
Iberostar Selection Paraiso Maya Suites
Mahekal Beach Resort
Ocean Maya Royale
Ocean Riviera Paradise
Palafitos Overwater Bungalows
Palmaia – The House of AiA
Paradisus La Perla – Adults Only – All Inclusive
Paradisus Playa del Carmen
Platinum Yucatan Princess – Adults Only
Residences At the Fives
Royal Hideaway Playacar
Secrets Moxche Playa del Carmen
Senses Riviera Maya by Artisan
Sunset Fishermen Beach Resort
The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences
The Reef Coco Beach
The Reef Playacar
Thompson Beach House
Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya
Viceroy Riviera Maya
Viva Wyndham Maya – All Inclusive Resort
Wyndham Alltra Playa del Carmen
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