Best of Playa Del Carmen

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Playa del Carmen
The heart of the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen is a festive seaside town well-loved by expats and foreign travelers for its tropical beaches, open-air restaurants and buzzing nightlife. You can spend the day lounging by the Caribbean or going snorkeling or diving, then cap the afternoon with live music and a fire-dancing show by the shoreline. Nearby attractions include magnificent cenotes (natural pools), Mayan ruins and adventure parks. 

Previous kimkim travelers have enjoyed hiking and swimming in the underground cavern aptly named Rio Secreto just south of town. Stretches of delicate rainforest still survive near Playa del Carmen, which can be explored on environmentally-focused birdwatching tours. The town’s urban art scene continues to turn heads. A street art tour by bike takes in some of Playa’s mural masterpieces. 
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Cancun's idyllic coastline
Family Vacation on the Yucatán Peninsula - 5 Days

Bring the whole family on this relaxing holiday on the Yucatán Peninsula. On this short but satisfying itinerary, you'll sunbathe and swim on the white sandy beaches of the Riviera Maya, spot wildlife in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, and explore the water-filled natural cave formations of  Rio Secreto.

Bacalar Lagoon
Mayan Culture & Beaches of the Riviera Maya - 8 Days

Enjoy this getaway to the Riviera Maya with a mix of cultural experiences and relaxing on the beach. Base yourself in lively Playa del Carmen as you explore Mayan ruins, swim in picturesque cenotes, and enjoy the sun, sand, and sea along the white sandy coastline of the Yucatán Peninsula.

Ancient Maya ruins of Ek'Balam
Map of Highlights of Southern Mexico: Chiapas &  Yucatán - 12 Days
Highlights of Southern Mexico: Chiapas & Yucatán - 12 Days

This family-friendly itinerary of southern Mexico combines cultural activities with plenty of natural exploration. The first half of your trip will see you exploring Chiapas' Sumidero Canyon, el Chiflón and Misol-Ha waterfalls, and the impressive ruins of Palenque. From there, you will head to colonial-era Campeche where you will pick up your rental car and tour the Yucatán: from modern Mayan communities to ancient ruins, from refreshing cenotes to the white sands of Holbox Island.

Tulum, Mexico
Map of Mayan Discovery:  Sumidero Canyon, Chichén Itzá, Tulum, and Cancun - 11 days
Mayan Discovery: Sumidero Canyon, Chichén Itzá, Tulum, and Cancun - 11 days

Get a full dose of sun and sea while learning about Mexico's rich Mayan history as you travel from the beaches of Tulum to the wonders of Chichén Itzá pyramid. This journey through a few regions of Mexico will give you ample time to relax while experiencing the country's mystical, handicraft, and culinary traditions, and seeing its significant architectural monuments.

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Yucatan Peninsula · Mexico City · Tulum · Cancun · Oaxaca · Chiapas · Valladolid · Holbox · Merida · Puerto Morelos · Cholula · San Cristobal de las Casas · Palenque · Bacalar · Chunhuhub · Uxmal · Campeche · Calakmul · Puebla · Guadalajara · Cabo San Lucas · San Miguel de Allende · Morelia · Pisté · Los Cabos · Guanajuato · Querétaro · La Paz