Why should I stay in Playa del Carmen?

With just a couple of months into 2023, are you already planning your next vacation? (or at least dreaming of it). And you’re not the only one. We can assure you, there’s no better time to start planning than early. So the question has risen, why should I stay in Playa del Carmen? Why is this specific destination so popular? Well, search no more, here, we’ll tell you exactly why. 

You may be looking for the ideal accommodation, the perfect outdoor activities, or even eco-friendly traveling options. Playa del Carmen has something great to offer each visitor. From party scenes to relaxation beyond comparison. Without further ado, here are the reasons why you should stay in Playa del Carmen.

palafitos bungalows in playa del carmen
Palafitos Bungalows in Playa del Carmen

Is Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya?

One of the most popular questions, if not the most popular, that rises to the surface as people plan their trip to the Mexican Caribbean is if Playa del Carmen is in the Riviera Maya. The easy answer is yes. Playa del Carmen is part of the many towns and amazing destinations within the Riviera Maya. The Riviera Maya is a stretch of Caribbean coastline on Mexico’s northeastern Yucatán Peninsula. On that coastline, you’ll find Playa del Carmen.

Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen

Another requested question regarding vacationing in Playa del Carmen is “how to get to playa del Carmen?”. As there are a couple of options to get to Playa del Carmen, here’s what we recommend.

First, you need to know that, at least for now, Playa del Carmen doesn’t have an airport. For that reason, you’ll need to book your flight to Cancun Airport a couple of months in advance. And just as you’ll be landing at the Cancun International Airport, you’ll need a safe, comfortable, and trusty way to get to your destination. Here’s where we come in. At Cancun Airport Transportation we offer private Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen transportation. You can check out our different types of transportation vehicles and rates. 

Booking private transportation before traveling will save you a lot of trouble when trying to find a shuttle to Playa del Carmen in the middle of the airport’s chaos.

Cancun Airport transportation to Playa del Carmen
Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen


Reasons to visit Playa del Carmen

Now, back to what we are here for reasons why you should visit Playa del Carmen. Here are some highlights of the reasons why people adored Playa del Carmen. These insights come from locals, regular tourists, and first-time visitors in Playa del Carmen.


There’s something quite relaxing about walking and people-watching. In Playa del Carmen you’ll find Fifth Avenue (Quinta Avenida), quite different from the one you’re thinking of, there are no big screens and street lights. Although, you will find many boutique stores, high-end restaurants, souvenir stores, as well as street tacos, and people selling fruit with chili!

Fifth Avenue in Playa del Carmen
Fifth Avenue in Playa del Carmen

Walking in this big and iconic pedestrian street in Playa del Carmen is a nice activity to do after a long day. And the fact that it’s parallel to the shore, allows you to walk down to the beach and see the sunset.

Party scene

Once the sun has set, you can head down to the party scene of Playa del Carmen. There’s truly nothing like it. From laid-back bars to full party-mode places. Playa del Carmen’s party scene is known for the fun, great music, and international atmosphere! You can prepare for a great night out with friends in the best places to party in Playa del Carmen.


Most of Playa del Carmen’s restaurants, spas, and attractions have recognized the eco-friendly factor. Eco-friendly means that you can find spaces, products, events, and services that have been designed to have little or no harm to the environment.

Day-trip to Cancun

A great thing about staying in Playa del Carmen is its proximity to Cancun! You can take an ADO early in the morning and spend the day at the beach in Cancun or grab a bite in some fancy restaurant. You can check out our previous entry on “Eco-parks between Cancun and Playa del Carmen”, and how to get from Cancun to Playa del Carmen.


One of Playa del Carmen’s best-hidden treasures is cenotes. Cenotes are natural sinkholes connected to underwater rivers in which most of the time, you can swim in them! Playa del Carmen is in the middle of the Riviera Maya, remember? Which is the hotspot for cenotes in Mexico. Cenotes come in all shapes and sizes as well as prices, you can see further into this by checking out our blog on cenotes near Playa del Carmen.

Cenote Azul in Playa del Carmen
Cenote Azul in Playa del Carmen