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Sightseeing in Playa del Carmen - what to see. Complete travel guide

Even a few decades ago Playa del Carmen was one of numerous fishing villages – a totally unremarkable and secluded place. The reason for the sudden growth in the number of newcomers was in divers who found this place while moving from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel Island. The vacationers were so amazed by the quiet picturesque coast that they decided not to return to noisy resorts. Every year the number of tourists increased and that triggered the start of building of hotel complexes, restaurants and entertainment centers.
The resort of Playa del Carmen offers its guests numerous exciting landmarks and sights which exploration will add to the emotions and impressions of a vacation in Mexico. A major part of … Open
The 5th Avenue is considered the central street of the town. All main shopping and entertainment centers, as well as hotels, new restaurants and bars are located here. During you walk you can dine in one of the local restaurants where you will be offered to try traditional Mexican dishes, or choose souvenirs in one of the local shops.
The resort is also famous for its nightlife. Sunset means the opening of numerous coastal cafes, bars and nightclubs that attract tourists. Many restaurants work all night long. When it comes to discos and nightclubs, the selection of these facilities is really great. The fans of Latin music, electronic music and even retro music will surely find here a good place for rest. People, who like good old tunes, should visit Blue Parrot bar, where they will hear all their favorite songs of the 80s. Music lovers, who prefer modern music styles, will find much fun in Deseo club that features not only an excellent selection of music, but also very original design. Finally, Mambo Cafe is a wonderful choice for those people who want to listen to live music. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Beach recreation and hiking through scenic nature areas are still the main leisure activities among travelers visiting Playa del Carmen. The resort is rich in exciting breath taking … Open
When it comes to excursions, tourists are traditionally offered to attend tours to Mayan ruins. Visitors are also welcome to visit the amazingly beautiful botanical gardens or make a walk in a rainforest. Playa del Carmen is a true paradise for beach lovers and divers.
The famous sight of the resort is Rio Secreto underground caves, the discoverer of which was a simple local farmer. While working in the field, he noticed a small depression, which turned out to be the entrance to a large and incredibly beautiful cave. The unique natural attraction was discovered in 2007. A distinctive feature of the caves is the wonderfully beautiful river flowing along its bottom. Tourists are allowed to explore the cave exclusively in special wetsuits. During the tour, they can admire many wonderful stalactites and stalagmites.
1. The rainiest season o f the year in Playa del Carmen is considered to be autumn. During the fall months a plan of a vacation may be interrupted with severe rainfalls. Tourists looking for … Open
Not far from the natural attractions is an interesting historical site - the ancient Mayan city of Tulum. Several buildings and sculptures have survived oin this place. Although they date back a thousand years, the very ruins of ancient structures can leave a lasting impression. Usually, these two tourist attractions are visited within a single tour.
Guests of the resort have the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful national parks in Mexico - Xcaret. This miniature park is notable for both natural and historical sights. Maya ceremonial buildings and temples were discovered here. In the same park, you can explore several beautiful karst caves, there are many rare species of animals and birds in the reserve. Almost every day the nature reserve hosts interesting thematic events and performances dedicated to the national culture.
The Playa del Carmen resort offers its guests more than five hundreds of gastronomy destinations of different trends to enjoy so even the most sophisticated gourmands will find a proper … Open
No less interesting is the Xel-Há aquatic theme park that is sure to appeal to hiking lovers. Several hiking trails are laid throughout the park area. Following the route, you can admire the magnificent mountain scenery, descend into deep valleys, and see waterfalls hidden in the secret corners of the reserve. A significant part of the park is occupied by the jungle where you will see the most beautiful parrots in the world.
Beach Fans of historical sites will be offered a tour of the ancient Mayan city of Coba. The very first buildings were erected in this place as far back as the 3rd century, while most of the surviving structures date back to the 9th century. One of the main landmarks of the ancient city is the 42-meter-hight El Castillo. Anyone can freely reach the top of the pyramid.
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Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Playa del Carmen
♥   National Park 'Arrecifes de Cozumel' , 17.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Laguna de Chancanaab' , 20.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Arrecife de Puerto Morelos' , 33.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Tulum' , 58.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   City Park 'Loma Bonita' , 63.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Playa del Carmen from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Ox Bel Ha

From the series “Largest and Most Branched Caves on Earth”
Almost all Ox Bel Ha runs are under the water. Some underground currents are directly connected with the Caribbean. At present the divers have studied about 100 km of the underground galleries. It was found that these great underground currents affect the formation of landflora and fauna. The variety of exotic plants and animals in the coastal regions is due to the subterranean underground caves. … Read further

Alux Restaurant-Bar

From the series “The Most Extraordinary Bars and Café on the Planet”
The main disadvantage of the bar, according to the visitors' opinion, is wet and thick air. The underground cavern is 10 meters under the ground. To get there the visitors have to overdo a special stone ladder. Special conditioning systems were set there up to make the optimal ventilation. It is impossible to use modern powerful air conditioning systems in the cave, they can destroy it. … Read further
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