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Playa del Carmen travel pictures

Enjoying the sun on the beach of Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is a small town on the coast of the Caribbean sea in Yucatan. It is a popular place in Mexico to visit. The main attraction of Playa del Carmen is its beach which is also the main reason for visiting this place.

The town itself is a collection of shops, restaurants, bars and hotels. It basically has no interesting sights to see, but it does have plenty of places to relax. The beach is one of the best in Mexico as the sand is white and the water is crystal clear. The beach is not overcrowded meaning that there is enough space to roll out your towel and go for a swim. The water also allows for some sports or activities such as paragliding. 

The main difference with nearby Cancun is that is doesn't have the wild nightlife some may be looking for. Still, it does have several nice bars and restaurants and there is enough to keep you entertained in the evening.  

For day trips there are several possibilities. The most popular one is to catch a ferry to Cozumel to visit the island or go on a diving or snorkeling trip. It is possible to book these snorkeling tours on arrival as many tour operators offer a trip both in the morning and in the afternoon. An alternative option is to visit the ancient Maya temples of Uxmal, Tulum or Chichen Itza.

As it is part of the Caribbean, temperatures are very comfortable and will be so during most of the year. The only months to avoid are those from June until September as it can be very humid and this is also the time that hurricane season occurs. For those looking for a winter break, Playa del Carmen is a perfect option.


Playa del Carmen photo gallery

 
The town seen from the sea.

The town seen from the sea.

 
Hotel near the beach.

Hotel near the beach.

 
A large hotel.

A large hotel.



The photo albums of Mexico 
include: Agua AzulChichen Itza
Tulum and Uxmal.


 
Resorts.

Resorts.

 
View from the ferry.

View from the ferry.

 
Blue water.

Blue water.

 
An idyllic beach.

An idyllic beach.

 
Crystal clear water.

Crystal clear water.

 
View of the beach.

View of the beach.

 
First views of Playa del Carmen when arriving by boat.

First views of Playa del Carmen when arriving by boat.

 
The ferry terminal.

The ferry terminal.

 
Arrival point for the ferry.

Arrival point for the ferry.

 
One of the many roads that lead to the beach.

One of the many roads that lead to the beach.

 
Chairs for sunbathing.

Chairs for sunbathing.

 



A refreshing jump into the water.

A refreshing jump into the water.

 
Sunbathing.

Sunbathing.

 
Typical view when walking along the waterfront.

Typical view when walking along the waterfront.

 
Small boat in a clear environment.

Small boat in a clear environment.

 
The sun reflecting on the water.

The sun reflecting on the water.

 
Walk along the beach.

Walk along the beach.

 
Clear water.

Clear water.

 
Boat in the sea.

Boat in the sea.

 



Wooden pier.

Wooden pier.

 
A palm tree and white sand.

A palm tree and white sand.

 



Tower looking out over the surroundings.

Tower looking out over the surroundings.

 



Beach bar.

Beach bar.

 
Lonely palm tree.

Lonely palm tree.

 
Classic Caribbean view.

Classic Caribbean view.

 
Perfect beach scenery.

Perfect beach scenery.

 



Quiet part of the beach.

Quiet part of the beach.

 



Empty patch in the sand.

Empty patch in the sand.

 
Life guard seat.

Life guard seat.

 



Restaurant.

Restaurant.

 



Relaxing on the beach.

Relaxing on the beach.

 
Trees that provide some shades.

Trees that provide some shades.

 



Small podium.

Small podium.

 
Palm trees on a small square.

Palm trees on a small square.

 
A place to get a refreshing drink.

A place to get a refreshing drink.

 
Tourist shop.

Tourist shop.

 



Plants growing on a building.

Plants growing on a building.

 
Ambar Mexicano.

Ambar Mexicano.

 



Restaurant.

Restaurant.

 
One of the streets in town.

One of the streets in town.

 



Tattoo shop and body piercing.

Tattoo shop and body piercing.

 
Souvenir shop.

Souvenir shop.

 
One of the many restaurants.

One of the many restaurants.

 
Another place to fulfill your shopping needs.

Another place to fulfill your shopping needs.

 



Open restaurant.

Open restaurant.

 



The main street running through the town.

The main street running through the town.

 
Shops that sell souvenirs.

Shops that sell souvenirs.

 



Sunset view.

Sunset view.


Internet sites with travel information about Playa del Carmen

As with many resort town, there is that much information about Playa del Carmen. Wikipedia contains some general information and the pages of Wikitravel are useful as well. Flying in to Playa means landing at Cancun airport and then traveling onward. For those who are already in Mexico, check the buses of ADO bus or check Ticketbus. For some general tourist information have a look at the Lonely Planet or read the experiences from fellow travelers at Virtual tourist.


Suggested photo albums on Mad Planet Earth

Pictures of the island Cozumel which is a ideal spot for diving and snorkeling. Photo album of the Maya ruins and beaches of Tulum. Photo album of Merida, an historical city in Yucutan. Las Vegas gallery with travel images including the Fremont street experience, the Bellagio hotel, the Venetian hotel, Caesar's Palace and the Mirage hotel.


Last update: 05/08/2013