Playa del Carmen Travel Guide for Summer 2022

Looking for Playa del Carmen Travel Guide for Summer 2022? Here you have it. Playa del Carmen is a beutiful and bearly discovered gem in the heart of the Riviera Maya. It is located between Cancun and Tulum, so you can get the idea of how neat this city is. Only 45 minutes away from Cancun Airport, can it get any better than this? Sure it can! Besides, being so close to Cancun, it is also located right in front of one of the best Caribbean islands, Cozumel Mexico.

This summer, you don’t want to miss what Playa del Carmen has to offer. Wait no more for the perfect getaway vacation and surround yourself with culture and nature. Its crystal clear beaches with turquoise colors have no comparison. Cenotes (deep sinkholes) will enchant you with their cool waters and mysterious atmosphere. Take a swim in these magnificent and natural sites and take a look to the marine life and ancient caves. 

Playa del Carmen‘s unique nightlife will thrilled you. This city shines by itself at night, you will definitely have fun at any hour of the day, but as soon as the sun goes down the party rises. Discover in this Playa del Carmen Travel Guide the best things to do this summer if you find yourself in this paradisiacal city.

This beautiful cosmopolitan city in the Mexican Caribbean is just 45 minutes from the Cancun Airport and 55 minutes from Downtown Cancun .

To get from the Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen you can make a reservation of a Private Cancun Airport Transportation.

Private transportation is the way to go is you want an easy, stress free and even less expensive ride from the Cancun Airport. Private airport transportation is really easy to book online and you can pay through different methods like credit or debit cards, PayPal, or cash. And if you also would like a much cheaper option, there’s a Bus Station in Downtown Cancun and some public vans that take you to Playa Del Carmen.

The Quinta Avenida experience

I bet you’ve heard about 5ta Avenida in Playa del Carmen before. No, it has nothing to do with New York’s Fifth Avenue. The 5ta Avenida (Quinta Avenida) in Playa del Carmen is a pedestrian street, famous for everything it has to offer. From fashion stores to coffee shops, restaurants, and hotels. The 5ta Avenida is well known for the amazing variety of activies. Its restaurants serves food that is to die for, nightlife in Calle 12 is ready to welcome tourits from all over the wolrd and its proximity to the beach is a plus. You won’t leave this street, with 4 km (6.4 mi), there’s something for everyone. If you don’t know where to start, just buy yourself an icecream and start exploring down the street.

Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue

Get ready to swim!


Mamita’s Beach is the wolrdwide famous beach of Playa del Carmen. It’s very easy to acces and very close to most hotels. Enjoy the hottest beach clubs in town, grab a drink and get ready to swim! Mamita’s Beach is a cosmopolitan beach and one of the symbols of Playa del Carmen, a place full of music, sun, and a great atmosphere.

Mamita's Beach in Playa del Carmen

Punta Esmeralda is another public beach located on the shore of the Colosio colony. It’s very popular between locals. What makes this beach unique is that it meets with a cenote. A nice and refreshing way to deal with the heat of the Peninsula is taking a swim in its delicious waters.

Talking about cenotes… There is nothing better than spending a day swimming in a wonderful cenote in the Riviera Maya. I promise you, it will be the most relaxing day of your vacation. Visiting a cenote is a great option, not only are they thousand to choose from but they are also so affordable. Prices may vary depending on the additional services that they may offer.

Punta Esmeralda, beach in Playa del Carmen
Punta Esmeralda


Cenotes are also very close to many famous archaelogical sites, so just ask if there’s a cenote near you and I bet there’ll be one! Also, each cenote is very unique and different from each other, so if you visit one, don´t think that you’ve seen it all, the more cenotes you get to explore, the better!

Cenote Cristalino is located 20 km from Playa del Carmen, only a 20-minutes drive. The moment you arrive at Cenote Cristalino its vast vegetation, the transparency of the water and evryth8ing around it will make your yaw drop.

Entrance Fee of Cenote Cristalino is $150 MXN for adults and $100 MXN for children under 11 years old. They are open from Monday through Sunday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. By paying the entrance fee, a life jacket will be included. Take note that lockers are available but they have an extra charge of $50 MXN.

The use of regular sunscreen is not allowed in Cenotes, you may only use biodegradable sunscreen. Regular sunscreen contain chemical ingredients that alter the flora and fauna of the underground rivers. We recommend you also bring your own food since there aren’t any restaurants in the Cenote. Also, don’t forget to bring cash with you.

Cenote Cristalino in Playa del Carmen
Cenote Cristalino

Cenote Jardin del Eden is surrounded by green vegetation and trees of the region that gives the impression of being in a prosperous garden. Around the area you’ll find some palapas to rest and to enjoy the natural surroundings. This cenote is one of the largest open-air Cenotes in the Riviera Maya. Imagine a huge natural and crystal clear pool in the middle of the jungle, where you can enjoy a fantastic time either swimming, snorkeling, diving, and refresh yourself. It is located only 20 minutes away from Playa del Carmen. Pets, alcoholic drinks, smoking, and sunscreen are not allowed, so for the best experience please follow all the instructions that the Cenote may have. Do not forget your snorkel equipment or you will have to rent them, bring some cash and mosquito repellent.

Cenote Jardín del Edén in Playa del Carmen
Cenote Jardín del Edén

Snorkel in Playa del Carmen

If snorkeling wasn’t already on your summer bucket list you must add it! Snorkeling in Playa del Carmen offers different and unique underwater locations to explore. As soon as you get to the city travel agencies will offer you snorkel packages so you won´t have to worry about anything. Is fun for the whole family and and oportunity to creat everlasting memories with everyone.

To make experience the ultimate Caribbean experience don’t hesitate to stop by Cozumel. The Island of Cozumel is always a good idea and lucky us, it is a 20 minute ferry ride from Playa del Carmen. You can go on a one-day excursion or stay for a few days! It’s easy to acces and has some amazing sites to visit.

By taking a 30 minute drive you can get to Akumal and visit their incredible turtle sanctuary, their white sand beaches and snorkel on the reef.

This 2022, enjoy your Summer Vacations in Playa del Carmen and make the most of your visit to the Riviera Maya!

Snorkeling in Playa del Carmen
Snorkeling in Playa del Carmen