Playa del Carmen offers some extraordinary things to attract all generations of visitors’ interest with a wealth of culture, great beaches, beautiful ecological water parks, the Great Mayan Reef, and a combination of excellent restaurants, first-rate bars, and a colorful nightlife. This makes the beach-town a perfect long weekend getaway. Here is an example of a long weekend itinerary:
This day is a good time to sample some of Playa del Carmen’s cuisine: comida corrida, antojitos, tostadas, salbutes, sopes, panuchos, papadzules, quesadilla, gringa, flautas, and longaniza de Valladolid. Experience the Playa del Carmen nightlife, which is concentrated around Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue). It provides an entertainment world that caters for different styles and tastes.
Hit the beach. Your visit to Playa del Carmen will not be complete without visiting its lovely beaches. Enjoy the white, lukewarm, fine sand and take a dip in the refreshing glasslike waters. The beaches are bordered by enormous walls of coral reefs, appeasing the currents and lulling the waves. The most popular beaches include Coco, Chunzubul, Alejari, Shangri-la, and El Faro.
Snorkel and scuba dive at the Great Mayan Reef. It holds plenty of flora and fauna and works as a huge barrier against the surf. It softens the surf and forms peaceful natural pools, perfect for aquatic sports like snorkeling and scuba diving.
Tour to Chichen Itza, Coba, and Tulum. Chichen Itza houses the largest concentration of Mayan ruins in all of the Yucatan peninsula. Coba is a less known, but impressive site. It is rather large, having the tallest temple (140 feet) in the northern Yucatan as its major attraction. The Mayan site of Tulum is also one of the more popular Playa del Carmen attractions. While not as grand as Chichen Itza, Tulum is still an imposing site.
Do your shopping. Quinta Avenida, the main shopping street in Playa del Carmen, is open exclusively for pedestrians. Calle Corazón is a beautiful detour from Quinta Avenida.
Everything on this final day largely depends on what time your check-out time or flight. Most hotels in Playa del Carmen expect their guests to check out by 12:00 noon. They usually store your baggage in the main lobby or in a room next to reception if your flight is in the evening. You are still allowed to use all facilities including the restaurants.