Playa del Carmen

Last Updated: 7th Jun 2012

<p>On the Caribbean coast of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/mexico">Mexico</a>, Playa del Carmen is one of the fastest growing beach resorts in Mexico – and with good reason.</p> <p>Traveling to Playa del Carmen makes for a great break after the history and city of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/merida">Merida</a>. Being in the same region of Mexico as <a href="/contikipedia/articles/cancun">Cancun</a>, the Playa del Carmen is growing in popularity because it offers the same beautiful Caribbean waters and beaches without the overt tourism and craziness of Cancun.</p> <p>Apart from the beautiful beach, the main activity occurs around Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue) where the pedestrian-only street is filled with restaurants, shopping, bars and hotels.</p> <p>Like <a href="/contikipedia/articles/cannes">Cannes</a> in <a href="/contikipedia/articles/france">France</a>, the local government has tried to maintain the original small-town feel and most of the town closes down before mid-night. There are however bars and clubs to be found in the back streets of the town as well as along the pristine white sandy beaches.</p>