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4 Things to do in Playa del Carmen

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The best things to do in Playa del Carmen for an extraordinary vacation!

When you stay at Sandos Caracol Eco Experience Resort or Sandos Playacar Beach Experience Resort, you’ll find all kinds of exciting things to do just minutes away. Indulge in an unforgettable beach vacation in paradise with the all inclusive plan available at our two Riviera Maya resorts, and make time during your stay to get out and explore the top Playa del Carmen attractions in the area.

The city of Playa del Carmen sits along a white sand beach in the very heart of the Riviera Maya. What once was a small fishing village has now evolved into a colorfully charming travel destination filled with shopping, activities, nature and some of the best dining in Mexico. Sandos Caracol and Sandos Playacar are both just 5 minutes away from the heart of town, where you’ll find most of the top activities. This stunning beach destination has endless things to do, but there are a few Playa del Carmen attractions that stand out above the rest:


Playa del Carmen attractions

1. 5th Avenue

Fifth Avenue IS Playa del Carmen. This lengthy pedestrian street is the heart and soul of the city, running parallel to the beach. A central location just one block from the Caribbean Sea makes it easy to spend a day switching between time on the beach and strolls along 5th Avenue. Here, you’ll find an endless row of brightly colored souvenir shops, small bars, local restaurants, charming cafés and numerous ice cream shops, creating an eye-catching scene to explore during your next vacation. You could spend hours perusing this lovely avenue, one of the most iconic Playa del Carmen attractions.


Playa del Carmen sunset

2. Parque Fundadores

Meaning “Founders’ Park”, this town square is situated at the southern end of 5th Avenue, between the street and the beach. The square itself isn’t much to look at, but it’s home to many of Playa del Carmen’s top cultural events. Every day, you can enjoy several Papantla Flyer performances, an ancient Mexican ritual where men climb to the top of a pole then swing down to the ground in a fascinating rain dance. Parque Fundadores also has a popular social scene, with a beautiful chapel, street carts selling local fruit, a large playground and a beach area where locals gather to watch the sunset.


Playa del Carmen beach

3. The Beach

The city of Playa del Carmen has several miles of white sand beach lined with restaurants, beach clubs and chic condos. Whether you’re in the downtown Playa del Carmen area or in the exclusive Playacar area, you’ll find gorgeous beaches by the Caribbean Sea, perfect for swimming, kitesurfing and jet skiing.


Alux cave restaurant Playa del Carmen

4. Unbelievable Restaurants

In recent years, Playa del Carmen has become a destination known for its cuisine, offering a wide variety of international options. In this dynamic city, you’ll find endless restaurants with beautiful locations for an unparalleled dining experience on your next vacation. Enjoy an unforgettable dinner on the beach, along 5th Avenue, in a charming tropical garden or even inside a natural cavern! If you want to visit one of the best restaurants in Playa del Carmen where you can enjoy fresh seafood and amazing cocktails then head to NAU.

Book your stay at Sandos Playacar Beach Experience Resort or Sandos Caracol Eco Experience Resort for a vacation close to these unbelievable Playa del Carmen attractions! It’s sure to be a trip you’ll never forget.

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