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Holidays in Playa Del Carmen

Playa Del Carmen is situated on the palm-speckled Caribbean coast of Mexico. The resort attracts sun-worshippers to its picturesque beaches, complete with powdery, white sand and some of the best diving on the Riviera Maya. The coast is the perfect jump-off for boat trips, and the cosmopolitan Quinta Avenida provides an exciting mix of boutiques, markets, restaurants and nightlife.

28 °C

June and July for hot and sunny beach weather.

10 hours

Cancun International Airport (CUN).

Spend sunny days on the prettiest beaches on the Riviera and experience the famous shopping and dining on Quinta Avenida when you book your Thomas Cook holiday to Playa Del Carmen.

Recommended offers in Playa Del Carmen

Dreams Riviera Cancún Resort & Spa

Riviera Maya, Mexico

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Exciting kids' club
  • Seven restaurants
  • Whirlpool bath in every room

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 4840 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

From

£1450

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

Riviera Maya, Mexico

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Fabulous beachfront location
  • Just 8km from the Mayan ruins
  • 10km from the popular Tulum ancient city site

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 2926 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

From

£1496

Excellence Riviera Cancún

Riviera Maya, Mexico

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Chilled and romantic atmosphere
  • Beautiful white-sand beachfront location
  • Stylish interiors

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 10136 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

From

£1731

HARD ROCK HOTEL RIVIERA MAYA – HEAVEN

Riviera Maya, Mexico

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Exclusively for adults
  • Up to $3600 resort credit
  • Unlimited a la carte dining and premium brand drinks

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 5098 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

From

£1775

THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen

Riviera Maya, Mexico

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Exclusively for adults
  • On the beach in Playa del Carmen
  • Five a la carte restaurants and premium brand drinks

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 13876 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

From

£1792

Playa Del Carmen’s sun-soaked coast is the heart of the resort, where you can choose the perfect spot on a long stretch of silky white sand or plan a diving excursion out to sea. The water sports available are excellent, or you could charter a catamaran for a more relaxed way to experience the coast. Visitors with a sense of adventure can head out into Playa Del Carmen’s lush surroundings for tours in the nearby reserves, famously home to rare species of wildlife. After dark, the buzzing Quinta Avenida becomes nightlife zone with an exciting choice of restaurants, bars and clubs to spend the warm evenings in.

Playa Del Carmen is all about the beach, a stretch of white sand sweeping off into the distance. The sand melts into the pure Caribbean waters, against the backdrop of palm trees. To the north are the most popular beach areas, well-stocked with sun beds, umbrellas and close to a line-up of bars and restaurants. Snorkelling and diving are favourite Playa Del Carmen activities, with the many cenotes (natural sinkholes) popular for their crystal clear visibility and large reefs to explore. The resort also provides a top choice of water sports, including jet skiing and banana boat rides.

Playa Del Carmen is one of the shopping capitals of the Riviera, from unique handicrafts and local specialties to high-end boutiques. The bustling Quinta Avenida is the best place in Playa Del Carmen to shop, where you can pick up handmade jewellery, clothing and folk art as well as the area’s famous specialty tequila. Quinta Avenida is also a nightlife hotspot, with a range of live music bars, clubs and lounges. There are restaurants serving up fresh seafood and endless international options, and grabbing some Mexican street food during the day is not to be missed – try tasty poblana tacos.

Playa Del Carmen’s breathtaking scenery provides a wealth of adventure eco tours. The resort is close to a national park and wildlife biosphere rife with dolphins, crocodiles and rare birds, which provide exciting wildlife-spotting trips by land, sea or underwater. The lush mangroves of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve are also home to a large jaguar population. Sailing trips are big attractions in Playa Del Carmen, from deep-sea fishing charters to dolphin-spotting trips and gentle catamaran cruises, where you can enjoy lunch on deck and head to the best snorkelling spots on the coast.

Recommended offers in Playa Del Carmen

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya, Mexico

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Exclusively for adults
  • Five á la carte restaurants for dinner
  • Swim with turtles from the beach

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1112 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

From

£1128

THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen

Riviera Maya, Mexico

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Exclusively for adults
  • On the beach in Playa del Carmen
  • Five a la carte restaurants and premium brand drinks

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 13876 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

From

£1277

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraiso

Riviera Maya, Mexico

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Indulgent butler and concierge service
  • Stunning, elegant design and interiors
  • Perfect romantic atmosphere for honeymooners

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 5191 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

From

£1302

PLAYA DEL CARMEN IS BEST FOR...

Beach lovers: Playa Del Carmen’s immaculate golden beaches are some of the finest in the Riviera, fringed with palms and a clear, blue shore.

Couples: Playa Del Carmen is perfect for two, spending days on the beach and evenings wandering the vibrant waterfront at sunset.

Adventurers: From scuba diving off the coast to excursions in the nearby biosphere, there are lots of options for those seeking adventure.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Playa Del Carmen is Spanish

Currency: The currency used in Playa Del Carmen is the peso 

Local time: Playa Del Carmen is 6 hours ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Cancun International Airport (CUN).

Flight time from UK: Approximately 10 hours

Tourist Information: Further Playa Del Carmen tourist information can be found at www.visitmexico.com

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Playa Del Carmen


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Average of 28 °C in summer.

Best time to visit: June and July for hot and sunny beach weather.

The weather in Playa del Carmen is typical of Mexico’s tropical climate, which experiences warm temperatures all year round. The summers kick off as early as April, with temperatures hovering in the high 20s (°C) and creeping even higher in June and July.


GETTING AROUND

By colectivo: A colectivo is a mini bus that operates like a shared taxi, picking up multiple passengers and taking you where you like. A colectivo is a good option for longer journeys to neighbouring resorts like Cancun.

By taxi: Taxis are readily available in Playa del Carmen, and are reasonably inexpensive. They will usually operate on a fixed fare, so check the price before you jump in.

By bus: Buses are a cheap way to get around and are very frequent in Playa del Carmen, departing from the resort’s bus station in the town. You can also use buses for transfers to Cancun Airport and nearby cities like Cancun.


EVENTS

BPM festival: The BPM Festival is a huge electronic music festival held every January. The festival runs for 10 days, showcases big-name DJs and events day and night in venues across the resort. The BPM Festival is in its sixth year and has hosted dance music acts from all over the world.

Jazz festival: If dance music isn’t your thing, Playa Del Carmen also hosts the annual Riviera Maya Jazz Festival. The festival takes place for three days in November right by the beach, and features renowned international jazz musicians.


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