We have put together this travel guide to help you plan and arrange a weekend in this ecologically and culturally rich destination. There are many things to consider when you are planning to spend the weekend in Playa del Carmen. Plan your trip well, time it right, and this gorgeous beach-town will not disappoint you. Here is an example of a 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. The culinary delight is an exotic mixture of flavors, aromas, and colors unique to Playa del Carmen.
Make the most out of your limited stay by visiting the lovely beaches. Take a splash and get a very nice tan while enjoying the white, fine sand and the refreshing crystal clear waters. The most popular beaches include Coco, Chunzubul, Alejari, Shangri-la, and El Faro.
Ecological water parks are a must-visit attractions. Xel-Ha is popular among snorkelers and scuba divers, offering a great range of fish and flora. Xcaret, on the other hand, has many kinds of wildlife, from butterflies, to crocodiles, to jaguars.
Do not end your Playa del Carmen weekend without visiting archeological sites, such as Chichen Itza, Coba, and Tulum. Chichen Itza has the largest concentration of Mayan ruins in the Yucatan peninsula. Coba is a less known, but impressive site. Tulum is also one of the more popular Playa del Carmen attractions. While not as big as Chichen Itza, it is still an imposing archeological site.
Shop, shop, and shop. You only have limited time, so do your shopping very fast. 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 your last day depends on your flight schedule. Most Playa del Carmen hotels expect guests to check out by 12 noon. They normally store your luggage in the main lobby or in the room near reception if you have an evening flight. You are still allowed to use all facilities including the restaurants.