PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Playa del Carmen has come a long way from it's sleepy beginnings as a gateway to Cozumel. Located just 42 miles (68 kilometers) south of Cancun, Playa del Carmen is now a resort destination on it's own. The added flavor of having Cancun and Cozumel an hour away only adds to it's appeal.
White sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and a relaxed lifestyle make this a popular stop for those who want to enjoy the real Mexico. Playa del Carmen offers everything from inexpensive campgrounds to first class hotels, and eating establishments from funky taco stands to more exotic restaurants.
The main pedestrian walkway running through town is Avenida Quinta, and offers everything from shops and restaurants to e-mail access. Mariachi and marimba bands often wander through the streets, adding even more flavor to this special town. Looking for a slower pace than Cancun? Welcome to Playa del Carmen!
HOTELS AND LODGING
Staying in Playa del Carmen is getting easier each year (although not necessarily any less expensive!). After many years of offering only small and funky hotels, the upper end has finally discovered this little beachside hideaway!
CASA TUCAN HOTEL
Telephone / Fax 011-52 (998) 880-1645.
Located on Avenue 5 in Playa del Carmen.
Rooms and cabanas / fans / balconies / restaurant / bar / private baths / tropical garden setting / one block to beach.
CASTILLO VERDE HOTEL
Telephone / Fax 011-52 (998) 873-0990.
Located on Calle 26 in Playa del Carmen.
Fans / hammocks / kitchenettes / private baths with hot water / terraces / BBQ area / steps to beach / Swiss management.
CLUB HOTEL RIU TEQUILA RESORT
German all-inclusive golf and beach resort. If you understand German you can check out their web site!
CONTINENTAL PLAZA PLAYACAR
Telephone (800) 882-6684.
011-52 (998) 873-0100.
Fax 011-52 (998) 873-0105.
Located on the highway at km. 62.5 in Playa del Carmen.
Number of rooms and suites: 180.
Air conditioning / satellite television / pool / tennis court / golf course / restaurant / lobby bar / safety deposit boxes / private terraces.
JULIA ROOM RENT
Telephone / Fax 011-52 (998) 873-1211 * 011-52 (998) 873-0556.
Located on Calle 6 in Playa del Carmen.
Kitchenettes / fans / terraces / parking / 3 blocks to beach / cheap car rentals.
PORTO REAL RESORT & SUITES
Telephone 011-52 (998) 873-4000.
Fax 011-52 (998) 873-4099.
Located at #1 Constituyentes in Playa del Carmen.
Number of rooms and suites: 203.
Air conditioning / in room safes / telephones with voice mail / satellite television / private balconies / 2 restaurants / pool / snack bar / lobby bar / Kid's Club / travel agency / car rental / babysitting / all-inclusive options.
TROPICAL CASA BLANCA HOTEL
Telephone / Fax 011-52 (998) 873-0057.
Located on Calle 1A Norte in Playa del Carmen.
Pool / hot water / walk to beach / fishing trips.
LA ESTANCIA HOTEL
Telephone 011-52 (998) 873-1236.
Fax 011-52 (998) 873-0852.
Located on Calle 12 in Playa del Carmen.
Hot water bathrooms / fans / hammocks / laundry / parking.
LAS QUINTAS HOTEL SUITES
Telephone / Fax 011-52 (998) 873-0120.
Located on Avenida Juarez in Playa del Carmen.
Cable TV / hot water / pool / kitchens / parking / walk to beach.
POSADA LAS IGUANAS
Fax 011-52 (998) 873-0450.
Located on Avenida 5a at Constituyentes in Playa del Carmen.
Restaurant / fan / bath with hot water / hammocks / one block to beach.
Telephone 011-52 (98) 76-2364.
Located on Calle 24 in Playa del Carmen.
Private baths / hot water / fan / kitchenette / hammocks / Jacuzzi / speak German-French-Russian.
POSADA LAS ONDINAS
Telephone / Fax 011-52 (98)80-1645.
Located on Avenida 10 in Playa del Carmen.
8 cabanas / private baths / hot water / fan / balcony / restaurant / bar / safe deposit box / two blocks to beach.
SAN ANGEL HOTEL
Telephone / Fax 011-52 (98) 80-1645.
Located between 10 Avenue and 5 avenue in Playa del Carmen.
18 rooms / suites with Jacuzzis / air conditioning / cable TV / private baths / hot water / pool / restaurant / bar / one block to beach.
There's plenty to do in Playa del Carmen, including laying on the beautiful beach and doing absolutely nothing!
Playa del Carmen plays an important roll as a transportation hub for the Mayan Riviera. Because of it's key location directly across from Cozumel, Playa offers many transportation options, including ferry service and car rentals.
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