Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen — Situated on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, just 42 miles south of Cancún, Playa del Carmen is a long way away from the hard-partying, spring break celebrating ways of its northerly neighbor. That’s not to say that there’s no fun to be had here, however. In addition to a wide range of water-based activities, such as boating, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, and fishing, you’ll find wonderful shopping, day spas, white-sand beaches, top-notch restaurants, eco-parks, apartment-style (oceanfront) resort hotels, zip-lining, incredible caves to explore, and the nearby Mayan ruins. This is a family-friendly, safe, and exciting destination that combines culture, history, and commercial tourism to create a memorable vacation experience within a small geographic area.

Why Go

For powdery beaches, awesome diving and snorkeling, Mayan ruins, eco-adventures, and great dining and shopping.

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