Playa del Carmen is known for its beaches, restaurants and shopping. But there is more to the Mayan Riviera than ocean, sand and margaritas on the beach. Whether you are looking for a beach vacation overlooking the Mexican Caribbean, an adventure in the jungles and cenotes of the Mayan Riviera or a historical and educational destination that leaves you with a greater understanding of the Mayan ruins, Chichen Itza, Ekbalam, Coba and Tulum Playa del Carmen is a great vacation place that is can provide all of this.
Blue waters, white beaches, coral reefs and tropical fish. Playa del Carmen is exactly as you see in brochures. The draw are the beaches that provide a variety of experiences both on land and under the ocean. Beach clubs provide a gathering place for visitors who share stories and swap information. Others find secluded beach places where they can read a book or spend priceless time with their family or partner. For scuba divers and snorkelers, the Mesoamerican reef located off the shores of Playa del Carmen, provides endless amounts of underwater adventures with turtles, tropical fish and unique coral species.There is over 130 kms/80 miles of beach to be enjoyed and explored and 15 dive sites to be see.
For the adventurous or curious, the Mayan Riviera has thousands of kilometers of jungle inland that is home to the fresh water pools and caves, cenotes (say-note-tay). It is easy to explore the jungle around Playa del Carmen with local tours or on your own. And you can cool off in the fresh water cenotes and caves that locals have explored and mapped, all 750 kms making it the longest fresh water cave system in the world. Build your adventure on land, or in the water as a snorkeler or diver, witnessing thousands of years of natural beauty that is primarily untouched by humans. This part of the Mayan Riviera should not be missed and will put a bit or a lot of adventure into your vacation.
Just 3 hours from Playa del Carmen is the 8th wonder of the world, Chichen Itza, an important Mayan site open to the public. 45 minutes from Playa del Carmen is the only Mayan ruin on the ocean, the Tulum Ruins where you can learn about the largest economic center for the Mayan population in 900 AD. Coba ruins are less known but another important archeological site that has a higher ‘castillo’ than Chichen Itza and a great view of the area. Spend a day or spend a week, navigating the different Mayan sites in an area that is preserving this indigenous culture and its traditions. With over 10 archeological sites to choose from you can spend days if not weeks investigating Mayan Ruins. Take your pick and investigate!
Right at the hotel is one of the best Mexican influenced restaurants in Playa del Carmen, Carboncitos. Enjoy a few meals with us to experience authentic Mexican food with contemporary flavors and then venture out to one of over 700 restaurants and eateries in Playa del Carmen. Part of your cultural experience is trying different flavors and having new food experiences. Whether you are in the mood for Mexican, Italian, American or Japanese, Playa del Carmen can offer you a different food experience each day. Dine on the beach or in local areas. the choice is yours. For real foodies, Taste of Playa, the Playa del Carmen annual food event, features over 40 different restaurants in one event!
Tulum is close to our heart as we also have a property on the beach that offers a unique and different experience from Hotel Cielo in Playa del Carmen. Casa de las Olas is on the beach road in Tulum and offers our guests an alternative to the Playa del Carmen beaches. Close to the Sian Kaan Biosphere, a 1.3 million hectar biosphere, guests can enjoy a tour to the south and spend the afternoon on our Tulum beach before you head back to Playa del Carmen. Let us know if you want to head to Tulum and enjoy the diversity this area of the Mayan Riviera has to offer so our staff can build a list of recommended restaurants, beach clubs and things to do for Tulum. It is more than just the Tulum ruins and a super fun day trip!