"PLAYA DEL CARMEN" Top 5 Page for this destination Playa del Carmen by Maria_75

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This was originally a small fishing village south of Cancun, but the last years has transformed it into a bustling tourist resort. I think Playa del Carmen is a great base for exploring all of the interesting places on the Mayan riviera and the Yucatan peninsula. It is smaller, quieter and more charming than Cancun which lies just one hour north. But it is bigger and more touristy than Tulum one hour south, and it's just a short boatride from the island Cozumel which offers some of the best snorkelling and scubadiving in the world. To the magnificent site of Chichén Itzá it's a 3 hours drive, but it's definetly worth a trip!

The beaches can be a bit crowded some places, but walk a little bit to the north and you can have the beach all to yourself. The "5th avenue" can be too touristy, but a few blocks away from the beach you can find small and charming mexican shops and restaurants. This little city has so much to offer if you want it.

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  • Last visit to Playa del Carmen: Nov 2004
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  • Feb 12, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    thanks maria very good info.keep up thr good work..joey

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    Aug 4, 2005 at 3:44 PM

    Nicely done pages!

  • manuelEB's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2005 at 4:28 AM

    You are an expert on Yucatan Peninsula. Great pages!

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    Jan 3, 2005 at 5:45 PM

    Maria great recommendation to warm me up when it is so darn cold here in Labrador today, I don't know what its like in Oslo these days but -40 here consistently this week. The blue water and great beaches of Playa del Carmen were just what I needed, hehe

  • Dec 19, 2004 at 11:13 AM

    I'm going there soon, so thanks for good info!

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    Dec 12, 2004 at 9:42 PM

    Very nice page :)


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