Playa del Carmen is big enough to give the best choices in culture and entertainment. But this beautiful beach-town is small enough to get around to. This popular destination bursts with intense energy and sparkling colors.

There is Mayan influence all over since the Mayan culture still thrives in the area. The Azteca influence is prominent only in a commercial sense as the Aztecas come from the northern part of Mexico, while Playa del Carmen is largely a Mayan territory. The archeological sites (Chichen Itza, Coba, Punta Laguna, Tulum, Xel-Ha, and Valladoid) are testaments of the grandeur of the Mayan culture.

The Mexican culture is also evident in Playa del Carmen cuisine: comida corrida, antojitos, tostadas, salbutes, sopes, panuchos, papadzules, quesadilla, gringa, flautas, and longaniza de Valladolid.

In addition, Playa del Carmen is a center of entertainment. Shopping has to be the area’s biggest attraction. Quinta Avenida is a pedestrian mall filled with small boutiques and malls. Haggling is expected in many shops here.

The city rocks at night. Many of the clubs and bars along Quinta Avenida feature music that ranges from reggae to traditional Mexican to salsa. The arrival of the Cubans signals a lively and colorful music scene. Bar hopping can be fun. After strolling from one bar to another, hit the city’s energetic clubs. Located on the beach, these entertainment venues will have anything from bongo bands to fire dancers performing.

Playa del Carmen is a great place to have fun. You can experience wild festivals and other local celebrations. If you are the sporty and adventurous type, you can enjoy skydiving, scuba-diving, kite-surfing, windsurfing, parasailing, deep-sea, drift diving, and many more. What’s more, Playa del Carmen is generally a gay-friendly place.