A coastal resort town located along the Caribbean Sea in the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen is one of the most desired tourist destinations in Mexico. Originally a small fishing town, it is now one of the most popular tourist destinations for Canadians seeking a place to relax and soak up the sun.
The area is filled with high-quality all-inclusive resorts, and if you plan to venture off your resort, there is plenty to see and do. Only a short drive from Cancún’s international airport, it’s easily accessible to travellers.
Attractions and travel tips...
The third largest city in Quintana Roo, Playa del Carmen provides travellers with easy access to many of the region’s top tourist attractions, as well as Cozumel, Cobá and Tulum. When you are not on the beach or enjoying a drink by the pool, you can take the ferry to Cozumel and check out the shops and restaurants on Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue). A popular stop for cruise ships, the area can get very busy, so it’s a good idea to visit the most popular spots before the large crowds arrive.
If you are interested in water activities, Cozumel has world-class snorkelling. If you enjoy diving or snorkelling, check out the great reefs in the areas, where you can see sea turtles, rays, eels and colourful corals.
If you want to plan an excursion or two during your stay, consider visiting the Xcaret Eco Theme Park, Cobá Mayan Village, Cenote Chaak Tun, Boca Paila, the underground river Sac Actun, Tulum Mayan ruins and Muyil ruins.
To save money on the cost of excursions, shop around online and book your excursions as part of your travel package. Often, the cost of tours is more expensive if you book them at your resort.
While the region is considered safe, it’s still important to be aware of your surroundings at all times and watch out for pickpockets in busy tourist areas.
Travel insurance for Playa del Carmen
Even though Playa del Carmen is primarily a resort area, tourists still need to take precautions. One of the most important ways to protect yourself is to get travel insurance for your winter vacations to Mexico. You never know when you could fall ill, injure yourself or have your trip interrupted by a tropical storm. When you have travel insurance with Blue Cross, you get the travel assistance you need wherever you travel.