Playa del Carmen may be the next destination you visit in Mexico. Its location, within what is known as the Riviera Maya, is strategic. “Playa” (as locals call it) is very close to almost all destinations and sights of Mexico. It is an ideal holiday destination. It has varied adventure activities and great cuisine. Nevertheless, its strong point are the beautiful beaches it features. But to start planning your trip you need to answer and know where is Playa del Carmen.
Where is Playa del Carmen?
Playa del Carmen is located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo on the southeast coast and is part of the tourist area of the Riviera Maya, as mentioned before. It is a city that lies on the coast of the Caribbean Sea. It has beautiful beaches on the east and Mayan jungle located to the west. Some of the nearby and touristically famous towns are Cancun, Tulum, Cozumel, Coba, Mérida and Isla Mujeres, respectively.
How to get to Playa del Carmen?
Getting to Playa del Carmen is very easy. It can be done through the most common means of transport. You can arrive by air as one of the busiest airports in Mexico and the region is just a few kilometers away, so getting by air is easy meaning you don’t need to get from Mexico City. Also, you can reach it by land through a car since Playa del Carmen is connected to other nearby destinations on Federal Highway 307 that is easily accessible. And finally, one of the best ways get to "Playa" is through cruises or other kinds of boats.
History of Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen began as a small town and fishing settlement that grew exponentially with time. Today, it is one of the largest resorts in Mexico. In 1996 it had a population of 10,000. While in 2003 it had reached a population of 49,000 inhabitants. But even before that, Playa del Carmen had a Mayan past. It was known as "Xaman Ha" (northern water) and was a crossing point for the Maya who went to the Ixchel sanctuary on the island of Cozumel. The first of the modern settlements dates back from the twentieth century that is where is Playa del Carmen today.
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