Playa Del Carmen is an enchanting Caribbean beach town located in the heart of the Riviera Maya just 40 miles south of Cancun. It is a base from which the Riviera Maya can be explored. With miles of bright blue tropical waters, magical Mayan ruins, white sand beaches, and the second largest reef system in the world, it is easy to fall in love with this charming destination. This booming seaside town boasts a diverse local and international community and flare that has contributed to the thriving tourism and real estate industry.
Tourist activity in Playa Del Carmen is centered on the famous Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue). This picturesque pedestrian walkway is about 2.5 miles long and runs parallel to the beach. On it you can find miles of boutique shops and hotels, small cafes, coffee shops, bars, and international restaurants with a wide variety of flavors for even the most particular palates. There is a wide array of shops from small Mexican shops to large, well known international stores such as Hugo Boss and Armani Exchange. All main areas of Playa are within walking distance from each other and the beach.
There is no shortage of things to do in Playa Del Carmen. Activities include eco tours, eco parks such as Xel Ha, Xcaret, and Xplore, golf, scuba, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, and parasailing just to name a few. There are several beach clubs that line the coast, from local beach clubs to Señor Frogs! At night, the activity centers around Quinta Avenida with several booming local and international bars, Vegas style entertainment shows such as Coco Bongo and clubs such as La Santanera, Blue Parrot, and Mandala.
Playa Del Carmen is ideal for anyone looking to vacation, invest in a home, or retire. This quaint beach city has the unique ability to maintain it’s small town Caribbean vibe and look while growing into a thriving cultural and economic stronghold for the Yucatan Peninsula. With the increase in residential and commercial construction, job growth, and tourism, it comes as no surprise that this charming coastal city is the fastest growing community and real estate market in all of Latin America!
It is important to note, that regarding safety, residents and visitors need not worry: “The Riviera Maya (the Yucatán coast stretching south from Cancún) has little to fear beyond sunburn.” Source: http://news.travel.aol.com/2011/03/14/how-safe-is-mexico