Playa Del Carmen is right in the middle of the world known Riviera Maya, which runs from south of Cancun to Tulum and the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve. The Riviera Maya, also known as the Mayan Riviera, is a tourism district following the coastal Highway 307 which parallels the Caribbean coastline of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, located on the eastern portion of the Yucatan peninsula.
The major attractions throughout the Riviera Maya are coastal and reef aquatic activities dependent on the coastal water and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, which begins near Cancun and continues along the whole length of the Riviera Maya continuing southward to Guatemala. This barrier reef system is the second longest in the world.
Originally a small fishing town, Playa del Carmen, or just “Playa” as called by the Locals, became a world famous Scuba Diving destination and rapidly developed over the past few years with many new luxury residential condominium buildings, restaurants, boutiques and entertainment venues.
Activities at the most visited locations include Jet skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming in cenotes, swimming with dolphins, zip lining, horse riding, sailing, guided jungle tours and recently kiteboarding.