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About Playa del Carmen
When you plan a trip to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, there are a few different exciting vacation destinations to choose from. At the midpoint between Cancún and Tulum, you'll find Playa del Carmen. This top beach destination has evolved from a fishing village into a haven for divers, music lovers and anyone who wants to spend time lounging on idyllic beaches.
About the City
Musical performances are some of the highlights of the year in Playa del Carmen. Periodic jazz and electronic festivals bring top artists to the seaside town, creating a stimulating and fun atmosphere. Even when there isn't a major festival going on, you're never far from music and dancing in Playa del Carmen. The all-hours downtown nightlife is waiting for you at any time of the year.
There are artistic and cultural attractions throughout the city, proving Playa del Carmen has more to offer a traveler than clubs and beaches. These fascinating stops include the 3D Museum of Wonders, home to Kurt Wenner's mind-bending works that create optical illusions through perspective and geometry. The Portal Maya is a modern tribute to an ancient lineage, created by artist José Arturo Tavarez Padilla to coincide with the Mayan calendar. This ancient system of date-tracking stretches back more than five millennia.
For a stimulating evening of traditional music, gourmet dining and local history, you can step aboard a raft called a trajinera and sail down the canals of Xoximilco park. A tour guide presides over each raft, leading games among the passengers, describing local legends and giving an unforgettable course in Yucatan life.
Enjoy the Region
Staying in a modern beach-side paradise may not seem to offer much appeal for history buffs, but just outside of Playa del Carmen, there are cultural treasures that date back thousands of years. The archeological sites of Chichen Itza and Coba are within easy reach for travelers, creating a connection with the Maya civilization that ruled the Yucatan area in the precolonial times.
The combination nature preserve and amusement park Xel-Ha offers a different kind of outdoor experience near Playa del Carmen. Snorkeling and diving areas offer great chances to see what's living beneath the water in the Xel-Ha Inlet. You can come face to face with hundreds of species of fish while snorkeling in the protected cove and river areas nearby, or you can take an inner tube float down the river, passing more attractions as you go.
With sunny beaches, adventure activities and nearby glimpses into millennia of Mayan history, Playa del Carmen is loaded with attractions to enjoy.
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