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Things to do & Location

Playa del Carmen is a charming, cosmopolitan beach town located less than 40 miles (60 km) south of Cancun in the heart of the Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It’s the ideal setting to relax and enjoy an authentic Mexican vacation in a city that has maintained a true Caribbean atmosphere. Everything in Playa del Carmen is within easy walking distance, and no matter where you go, the turquoise Caribbean Sea is never more than a few steps away.

Playa del Carmen is known for its tranquil beaches, gourmet dining, world-class shopping, and proximity to many of Mexico’s most significant Mayan ruins. You’ll find visitors of all nationalities enjoying 5thAvenue, the vibrant pedestrian shopping hub that hosts countless restaurants, bars, and shops, along with live music, shows, and discos at night.

Hop on a ferry to visit the island of Cozumel, swim with dolphins or visit one of over 100 cenotes for an unforgettable diving adventure. You can even go deep-sea fishing with a fisherman in front of Playa Palms, and there are several nearby restaurants that will cook the fish you catch, any way you like.

Whether it’s snorkeling, surfing, ocean kayaking or touring nearby Mayan ruins, lthe dedicated staff at Playa Palms Boutique Beach Hotel are pleased to help arrange all of your adventures.

Playa Palms Boutique Beach Hotel

1st Avenue Bis | Between 12th and 14th North St.
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo | 77710 Mexico

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Chichen Itza

Two and a half hours from Playa del Carmen, Chichen Itza was one of the largest Mayan cities from 600 to 1000 A.D. Today, it is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico. Witness its natural beauty and learn about the mythical history of this ancient city.


The significant archeological site of Coba is just two hours from Playa del Carmen. This vast Mayan city remains only partially excavated, and its temples and pyramids rise up from the living jungle surrounding it.


Just an hour from Playa del Carmen, Tulum is a well-preserved “walled city” that overlooks the Caribbean Sea. It was one of the latest settlements built by the Mayans, and it served as a port for the grand city of Coba.

Ek’ Balam

Two hours and forty-five minutes from Playa del Carmen, Ek’ Balam is infrequently visited by tourists. Its name means “Black Jaguar,” and the site features twin pyramids and a large structure with a 5-meter jaguar’s mouth as its entrance. From Ek’ Balam, both Coba and Chichen Itza are visible.


The ferry to the island of Cozumel is just a seven-minute walk along the beach from Playa Palms. Visit this jungle island to enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving in its coral reefs, or stop by select sites to swim with the dolphins.


This Mayan archeological site and natural aquarium is a haven for snorkeling, shaped by limestone formations and home to thousands of tropical fish. Located only 40 minutes from Playa del Carmen, Xel-Ha is an ideal day trip.


Only 5 miles from Playa del Carmen, Xcaret is a world-famous eco-archeological park that features Mayan ruins, a pristine beach, and a plentiful array of wildlife, including jaguars, turtles, deer, manatees, tropical birds, butterflies, and even bats. Snorkel through its famous caves and underground river, swim with the dolphins, or relax in its temazcal – a Mezoamerican sweat lodge.

Playa Palms is ideally located in the heart of Playa del Carmen just 45 minutes from the Cancun airport.

The hotel is situated directly on the Caribbean, only one block from famous 5th Avenue restaurants, shops, and bars. At Playa Palms, you can enjoy your relaxing beachfront getaway, while being in the heart of Playa del Carmen.