What better way to spend an unforgettable vacation than surrounded by the natural beauty and laid-back vibe of Playa del Carmen!
Get ready for a fabulous experience in this charming corner of Mexico's Caribbean coast, where Mother Nature has blessed the region's beaches with their characteristic turquoise waters and cool, soft white sand.
This Caribbean oasis has endless possibilities for any traveler; even business people can close deals in casual Bermuda shorts and sunglasses. Playa del Carmen is perfect for a getaway with that special someone, featuring lots of romantic spots for an unforgettable honeymoon, vow renewal, or just to rekindle the flame.
Those traveling with the family will also find that this is the perfect place for tons of fun, as well as the ideal home base for exploring the spectacular Riviera Maya, and enjoying the variety of tours and activities. In the surrounding jungles, you'll find everything from jaw-dropping Mayan ruins like Tulum, to cenotes, caves, theme parks, natural aquariums and extreme sports. All these wonderful attractions are set in a breathtaking tropical environment and immersed in lush vegetation.
Life in Playa del Carmen flows at a different pace; here, it's so easy to completely forget the outside world. In the mornings, people run to the beach to lie out on a lounger under the sun, read a book, relax after a night out, make castles in the sand with their kids, and walk with their significant other while admiring the inviting blue tones of the Caribbean Sea. There are also all kinds of restaurants specializing in different cuisine, along with bars and beach clubs where you can order enticing snacks, refreshing cocktails and cold beers.
In the afternoons, the famous beachside Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue) draws in locals and tourists alike, with its variety of shops that sell everything from beach gear to fine jewelry from all over the country, along with boutiques from famous designer labels, perfume shops, gift shops, fast food joints, elegant specialty restaurants, bars, ice cream shops and so much more.
The hotels found here are as varied as Playa del Carmen’s visitors, and include romantic cabins with thatched roofs, simple hostels, All Inclusive resorts, luxury hotels and innovative boutique hotels.
One of the things that sets Playa del Carmen apart is the coming and going of the people on Quinta Avenida, making it a cosmopolitan destination where you can see tourists from all over the globe traveling with family, friends, a loved one, solo or even with their pets. When night falls, the people of Playa del Carmen get dressed up for a tour of the city's bars and nightclubs, where you'll find fun and excitement until the sun comes up.
So pack your flip-flops, your bathing suit and your best smile to celebrate all the December parties in Playa del Carmen and revel in the warm hospitality of Mexico's Caribbean coast. If your visit coincides with New Year's Eve, make sure to bring along your list of New Year's resolutions and get ready to ring in 2014 as you join in the immense party that transforms this destination into a sea of shouts at midnight: Happy New Year!
December in Playa del Carmen
- Tere Leetch