Playa del Carmen is a cosmopolitan and charming beach town on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. The soft white beaches and the clear blue ocean are never more than a few steps away in this small and friendly vacation spot. Playa del Carmen’s main drag, 5th Avenue, lures the visitor with an eclectic array of restaurants, bars and great shopping.
Playa del Carmen is the perfect base camp for your Caribbean holiday. It’s situated right in the middle of what is called the Mayan Riviera, the coastal stretch between Cancun and Tulum. This area has much to offer, apart from amazing dive experiences. The beautiful white beaches that meet the beguiling Caribbean Sea, the lush jungle with its mythical flora and fauna and the hundreds of Mayan ruins of various size and shape. And of course the unique phenomenon in this area – the cenotes. The Abyss Dive Center is the perfect choice for your cenote diving experience. Many cenotes are great for snorkeling as well.
The ancient Mayan culture are noted for their amazing achievements in architecture, engineering and science. Around 1000 years ago they built impressive cities and ceremonial centers here in the Yucatan peninsula. Many monuments are still standing today.
Some of the most famous archaeological sites in the Mayan World are very close to Playa del Carmen, for example Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza. There are even small ruins in downtown Playa del Carmen and in Playacar. You will also see some ancient coastal outposts from your boat when you go diving.