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Playa del Carmen Travel Guide


Playa del Carmen Introduction


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The small city of Playa del Carmen on Mexico's Yucatan coast is the geographic and cultural center of the Riviera Maya, one of Mexico's fastest-growing destinations. It is enjoyable for what it is, but perhaps more for what it's not.   Click here to see the full Playa del Carmen travel guide on Travel42 »

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Playa del Carmen Geography


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Playa is laid out in a grid pattern, so it's easy to navigate on foot. The main street between the highway and the beach runs west to east and is called Avenida Juarez. Banks, pharmacies and stores frequented by the locals line this street.   Click here to see the full Playa del Carmen travel guide on Travel42 »

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Playa del Carmen History


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The story of Playa mirrors the story of the northern Yucatan. For a very long time, very little happened. Fishing was the business, and few people made their way to the area. Things began to change in the mid-1970s, after the resorts of Cancun opened. More travelers began passing through Playa as they made their way down the Akumal Coast to dive, traveled to Tulum to see the ruins, or caught the ferry to the island of Cozumel.   Click here to see the full Playa del Carmen travel guide on Travel42 »

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Playa del Carmen Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Playa retains its relaxed feel in part because there aren't a lot of attractions within the town itself; visiting the beach is still the primary daytime activity.   Click here to see the full Playa del Carmen travel guide on Travel42 »

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Playa del Carmen Nightlife


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Most of the nightlife in Playa del Carmen centers on the small bars and cantinas on Avenida 5 and the larger, trendier spots along calles 10 and 12. In fact, this part of town has been dubbed the Club Zone. There are also several fun places right on the beach, where you can while away the hours after sundown swilling cool drinks and enjoying the town's relaxing atmosphere.   Click here to see the full Playa del Carmen travel guide on Travel42 »

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Playa del Carmen Restaurants & Dining


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Seafood and Yucatecan dishes are specialties in Playa del Carmen, but you can find most other cuisines as well. Prices are on par with those in Cancun, at least on the main tourist drag.   Click here to see the full Playa del Carmen travel guide on Travel42 »

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