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 Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico Information
Tom Ogg

Language and Currency
What is Playa Del Carmen Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?

Playa Del Carmen Port Reviews

Language and Currency

The official language of Playa Del Carmen is Spanish and the currency is the Mexican Peso, however some English is spoken and dollars are widely accepted.

What is Playa Del Carmen like?

Playa Del Carmen was once a sleepy little village on the Mayan Peninsula, however it has been discovered *primarily by Europeans) and has grown considerably over the last decade. The town is still quite quaint with its shopping streets, beaches and palapa restaurants. Playa Del Carmen is located about 40 miles south of Cancun and about ten miles north of Xcaret.

What is the weather like?

Playa Del Carmen is blessed with warm weather the year around. Be sure to wear a high spf rated sun screen if you are going to spend some time on the beach.

Where does the ship dock?

Playa Del Carmen is a tender port and the ships anchor quite a ways from the tender dock so expect a long ride. The dock is right downtown in Playa Del Carmen and one can walk from the tender to everything Playa Del Carmen offers.

Where is the shopping?

Playa Del Carmen's shopping area is located on 5th Avenue and goes for blocks. This is where you will find just about anything you could want.

What is there to buy?

Local arts and crafts, blankets, wood carvings, hammocks, panama hats, onyx carvings and collectibles (check out the chess sets) and lots more.

What is there to do?

Most folks are content to simply enjoy Playa Del Carmen's wonderful shopping, restaurants and beaches. There is a ferry to Cozumel (about 12 miles across the channel) that operates every 30 minutes or so. Try to take the ferry equipped with jets as it will cut the time to Cozumel in half. Also, a visit to Xcaret is well worth the effort to get there. You can simply grab a taxi from Playa Del Carmen and pay at the general admission gate to get in.

If you are not calling on Cancun and have not been there, then by all means try to visit this wonderful resort. There is a bus from the main bus station in Playa Del Carmen that operates up to Cancun (if you are on a budget) or you can negotiate for a taxi to take you and spend the day with you.(about $100 or so)

Is there anything of “Don’t Miss” quality?

If you have not been to Xcaret, then by all means I would assign it a "Don't Miss" quality.

Are there any great restaurants or bars?

Yes, The Blue Parrot Restaurant (on the beach in the hotel with the same name) and the attached bar, the Dragon Bar are legendary. It offers live music every day and is party central in Playa Del Carmen. There are also several excellent restaurants to enjoy while people watching.

 Port Reviews

  • Aylene,

    Playa del Carmen was absolutely beautiful. The small port area was surrounded by shops that reminded me of nicer shopping areas in Miami. There were fountains more

    8 users found this review helpful.
  • Tim and Dixie Herll,

    The beaches there are beautiful. We walked up and down the beaches with our sandals in our hands and enjoyed the soft sand. We had bought calling cards before more

    4 users found this review helpful.
  • Jack &,

    ; Melissa LoucksWe docked in Calica, but went to the beach at Playa del Carmen which was unbelievable. The water was as clear as our swimming pool, the sand more

    5 users found this review helpful.
  • Kathy Anders,

    The first port that we went to was Calica/Playa del Carmen. Calica is nothing more than a quarry, and DON'T buy from the sellers in the tents there. They are way more

    9 users found this review helpful.
  • Jeff Strader,

    In Calica/Playa Del Carmen, we took a cab to the downtown/beach area. Calica is a no frills port so you have to take a cab to Playa Del Carmen (which is nice). more

    5 users found this review helpful.
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