Playa del Carmen, located in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, is one of the up-and-coming tourist destinations in the country. Founded by Spanish settlers, there is a very European feel to the city (as well as the architecture). It is not as overcrowded as nearbyby Cancun, but it has many of the same amenities. So if you are looking for some fun in the sun, you might want to think about skipping Cancun and heading to Playa del Carmen.
The Yucatan peninsula once served as the home for the mighty Mayan empire and there are still some ruins scattered throughout the city of Playa del Carmen. Head out to Xcaret, where you will be able to hike through some of the very ruins these ancient warriors once inhabited. The sad thing, though, is that these ruins are not well kept and many of the structures have been destroyed to build additional tourist attractions. Despite these downfalls, there are still plenty to marvel at while walking through the buildings of this once great empire.
Dive and Swim
Playa del Carmen is one of the best locations for snorkeling in all of Mexico. Surrounding the area are offshore reefs that support an abundance of oceanic wild life. There are also nearby underwater caves that you can explore (although it is best to be a certified scuba diver before making this trip). On the top side of the water, there are safe diving locations scattered throughout the beach for those not wanting to venture too deep into the underwater realm.
There are several different places in Playa del Carmen where you can rent a bike and go for a ride. You can take the bike up to the ancient Xcaret, although it is a bit of a jaunt. If you would rather stay in town, you can ride around Xel-Ha, which is perfect if you are looking to take in a little local culture as well as a few of the natural paths through the surrounding forest. There are even a few nearby caves you can explore, although it is recommended to leave your bike on the outside before venturing in.
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