Playa del Carmen

For a long time, Playa del Carmen was an inhospitable land, although it was not completely uninhabited. Some archaeological vestiges show that there was human presence in this region about 13 thousand years ago.

Known as Xaman-Há by the Mayas, this zone stayed relatively empty, isolated from the wars and social troubles suffered by rest of the country during the Spanish conquest.

At the beginning, this area was occupied by a small group of fishermen that placed an altar to the Virgen del Carmen on site. There was also another small community of chicleros (people who extracted natural chewing gum from the local trees) settled here. This second community opened up the trade routes by land and by sea to transport and sell natural local chewing gum to the Cozumel Island and to other nearby regions.

By the end of the XX century, with the consolidation of the Quintana Roo State, this area started to grow rapidly: from 50 local inhabitants in 1918 to 300 thousand in 2017. Currently, the city of Playa del Carmen is the second most visited tourist destination of the Riviera Maya and offers a huge variety of activities to entertain visitors.

Attractions

The main attractions of Playa del Carmen are its beaches and the turquoise blue color of its Caribbean Sea water. This city, also known simply as ‘Playa’ by locals and tourists alike, offers other attractions to enjoy during the day and, for the night, it features bars, restaurants, boutiques and several malls.

Walk along the Fifth Avenue

Myko Hotel is situated within walking distance from the Fifth Avenue, the most famous street in Playa del Carmen. It is well-known for its multiple internationally recognized retail stores, its local art galleries, its restaurants and bars. The Fifth Avenue is an absolutely essential walk for all visitors. Its music, its people and its great atmosphere make any tourist fall in love with it.

Discover Xcaret

More than an eco-park, Xcaret is a large set of astonishing and exciting experiences. On its premises you are going to find culture, tradition, adventure and entertainment. Its activities go from observing turtles to diving into the natural well, and swimming in the wild river.

Visit Cozumel

It is one of the largest islands of Mexico and the second most populated one. Cozumel is the first land in the whole country that witnesses the sunrise every day. This island offers several attractions to tourists like visiting natural reservation areas, going to archaeological sites, shopping at internationally recognized retail stores, eating in authentic restaurants, and attending local museums.

Explore Chichén-Itzá

An important part of visiting the Mayan Riviera is to learn about the impressive ancient civilization that established itself on these territories thousands of years ago: the Mayas. You are able to visit archaeological sites like Chichén-Itzá, which was the capital of this empire and it is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World since 2007.

Enjoy the Cenote Azul

Cenotes are one of the biggest attractions of this region. Some of the most interesting features of these places are their crystal clear waters and that, by their location, they invite people to a deep connection with nature. The Cenote Azul is one of the most renowned ones and must be visited during your stay in the Mayan Riviera. This place opens up its doors at 8:00 am so that you can enjoy a spectacular day.