By Car

One of the best ways to explore the beauty of Playa del Carmen is by car. From Cancun, as you approach this exciting holiday destination, Highway 307 divides into two. You will have to turn left to Playa del Carmen. Stay to the inside lanes that head south.

Avenida Constituyentes is the first east-west artery to Playa del Carmen. This works well for you if your destination is in northern Playa. The second is Avenida Juarez, which will lead you to the city’s main square. If you stay in the outside lanes, you must continue past the city until you get to the U-turn, double back, and then stay to your right.

Avenida Juárez, the main east-west street, connects Highway 307 with El Zócalo close to the beach. It crosses a number of numbered north-south avenues that parallel the beach. Interestingly enough, all of these numbered avenues are multiples of five. La Quinta Avenida, the nearest to the exciting beach, is closed to traffic from the Calle 6 and Zócalo and some blocks beyond at night.

If you want to hire a car to get around Playa del Carmen, you will have many choices as car rental firms are all over in the city. Cars for rent are readily available at numerous locations at the north end of La Quinta Avenida Large car rental companies, such as Hertz, National, etc. are convenient. If you are on a tight budget but want to rent a car, your best bets are agencies, which offer less expensive services in general.

Hiring a car can be the best way to avoid tourist traps and explore some of Playa del Carmen’s less visited treasures.