PLAYA DEL CARMEN 2018

Playa del Carmen is a very active city day and night. Like its neighbor Cancun, Playa del Carmen is making itself a name in the world of party and nightlife. The city has absolutely nothing to envy to its neighbor, and stands as a growing scene in this environment. The central square is located between the seaside and Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue in English). Quinta Avenida is a long avenue dotted with bars, restaurants shops and nightclubs of all kinds. This is the street « where everything happens ». All along this avenue, in the parallel streets between the sea and this avenue, you will find an incalculable number of bars and clubs.
 

THE MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Chichen Itza
You can not miss one of the seven wonders of the world when you are visiting Playa del Carmen. The occasion might not represented itself twice so it is strongly advised to go see this jewel of the Mexican civilization between two nights out. Chichen Itza is a city lost in the middle of the Yucatan Forest, 2 hours drive from Playa del Carmen. You can book this tour directly on site at your hotel (if possible) or in the streets of Playa del Carmen, where their are plenty of sellers. Several choices are possible for you (with or without lunch, with detour in the famous Cenote of Ikk Kill or not).
Cozumel
Cozumel is a paradise island located just in front of Playa del Carmen, accessible by boat in just 35 minutes, with rotations all day long until the evening. The island of Cozumel is an amazing excursion especially since the only cost is the round trip transportation (about 220 pesos - 10 €). The island is considered as one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, full of charm and authenticity. It's the perfect choice to get away from the noise and activity of Playa del Carmen. Here you will find the ideal place to rest on one of the many beautiful beaches of Cozumel. It is also known for having one of the most beautiful seabed of the Caribbean.
Tulum
The archaeological site of Tulum is an ancient city Maya located 45 minutes from Playa del Carmen. It has the distinction of being the only one located by the sea. Tulum offers without a doubt the best photo spot of the whole region, and it’s known worldwide. The vestige of a temple, at the edge of a cliff, along its turquoise water. The color mix is impressive. For the historical part, it is here that the Mayans saw for the first time the Spanish explorers ships. You will also have the opportunity to take a dive, just below the temple, in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Xcaret
Xcaret is now a must see in the region, located only 6 km from Playa del Carmen. Indeed, Xcaret is both a natural reserve, archaeological site and amusement park where activities abound. This is the flagship place where you can go swim with dolphins. It is also possible to feed sharks in the Caribbean Sea. Stroll through the tropical jungle between sacred Mayan trees and relics, you will arrive at the park's flagship attraction. An impressive underground river 800m long, where swimming is allowed. An incredible experience in crystal clear waters and underground caves where light pierces the walls. Excursion possible from your hotel or vendors in the streets of Playa del Carmen.

MAIN EVENTS IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN

The biggest event of the city? This is of course the Spring Break, just like in Cancun which takes place from the end of February to the beginning of April. It is the peak of the season in the city, with parties all day long. Many international DJs take control of turntables in the main clubs. The BPM Festival generally takes place during the month of January and is presented as being one of the biggest festival in the world. It takes place on the beach, in nightclubs and extends a total of 10 days, bringing together more than 350 artists.

THE LARGEST CLUBS IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Just like Cancun, Playa del Carmen is forging a reputation in the world of Clubbing. But this time, the city offers a better authenticity compared to Cancun. No big building, plunges through its cobblestone streets full of bars and clubs. Playa del Carmen has nothing to envy in terms of its infrastructures. The advantage, like Cancun, is that it's just as crazy, even outside of Spring Break period. There will always be an air of Spring Break once night falls. Here are some examples of clubs in the city :
The Coco Bongo
If Coco Bongo is the best-known club when it comes to Cancun and its nightlife, well you have to know that a replica is also present in Playa del Carmen. Indeed with a capacity of nearly 1800 people, Coco Bongo is the master in terms of entertainment and has nothing to envy to Cancun. It's a club that combines music and awesome shows all night long. You won’t know where to look and you will not regret your night at Coco Bongo. You will enjoy the Open Bar throughout the night between Latin and electronic music, all in front of a show of French cancan and acrobats.(Open daily from 22:30 to 04:00, except Sunday evening)  (Ouvert tous les jours de 22h30 à 04h00, sauf le dimanche soir)
The Palazzo
Like the one in Cancun, the Palazzo has the same decor and is a must see. It is one of the biggest nightclubs in Playa del Carmen. This is the favorite club for fans of electronic music. An irreproachable sound quality with exceptional light shows, that’s is the perfect combination to spend a good evening. Between CO2 canons and gogo dancers, you will not regret your night at the Palazzo.
The Vaquita
You can not miss the decorations from the street. Small, and open to the street, it has one of the hottest ambiences of Playa del Carmen. Gogo dancers on stage and confetti all along the evening. Entrance with Open Bar and open daily from 22:00 to 04:00.
The Mandala
The Mandala Club Playa del Carmen is one of the hippest clubs in the city. The club is open to the street, like the one in Cancun. The property is decorated in an Asian style and has three dancefloors on three different levels. Regarding the level of the service? Gogo dancers and CO2 canons and great music mixes! The club is open Thursday to Saturday from 22:00 to 05:00
The Mamita's Beach Club
Yes daily parties are also possible in Playa del Carmen, at the Mamita's beach club for example, one of the clubs open during the day on the beach. It welcomes every year the DJs of the Spring Break and the BPM festival. You can find numerous bars inside, all more crazy than each other. Among them is for example the Tequila Barrel, a bar that offers more than 70 different types of Tequila, and whoever dares to dance on the bar, will be offered a shot, worth a try…

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Mexico, cradle of the Maya and Aztec civilizations is known worldwide for its historical appeal but not only. Mexico has many other assets. It is often presented as a paradise on earth but ruined by a bad reputation linked to banditry. This is absolutely not the case of the Quintana Roo Region and Riviera Maya, where you will not find more welcoming than the people of Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Here are some tips and information for your next vacation:
The climate
In Playa del Carmen, you will never be cold, no matter the time of year, even in the evening thanks to the tropical climate of the country. A hot and humid season from May to October leave room to a dry season from November to April. The temperature is around 30 degrees throughout the year.
Language
The language spoken in Mexico is obviously Spanish but you will have no difficulty yourself understood in English.
Change
The currency used in Playa del Carmen is the peso. However, you can also pay in dollars, both currencies are accepted in the city of Playa del Carmen. (Tip: favor the peso, prices are generally more expensive in dollars than in pesos) Avoid if possible exchanging your money at the airport, the exchange rate is often better in hotels (if possible) and banks.
1 € = 22 pesos / 1 $ = 19 pesos (rate at the beginning of November 2017)
To make a call
From Mexico to France: 00 33 + 1 + telephone number
From France to Mexico: 00 + 52 + 998 + telephone number

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