Playa del Carmen, our neighbor to the north, often provides a bit of bigger-city flavor for our guests. With recently improved roads, Playa del Carmen is now only 45 minutes away and is a great place for dining and shopping.
Ronald Pedactor of Hidden Worlds, a Family Cenote Adventure Park often writes about his love for this area and his livelihood. Below we have included several excerpts from his post in Article Squeeze. It describes the many things to do while in Playa del Carmen. We differ in opinion with this writer only in the fact that today’s Playa Del Carmen we feel is a diverse, bustling city and is quite different from the relaxing feeling you get while staying in quiet, nearby Tulum.
Finding Adventure in Playa del Carmen
If you are looking for a place to vacation that offers tropical beauty, relaxation, plenty of tourist sites, and non-stop adventure, Playa del Carmen is the place for you. It is a beautiful city on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, in the northeast of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.
There are nine municipalities, which make up Quintana Roo. Playa del Carmen sits in the seat of the Solidaridad municipality.
The city is rapidly growing, due to its beauty, and economical growth. In 2005, the population had swelled to over 100,000 people, and it continues to grow. It is the third largest city in Quintana Roo, falling right after Cancun, and Chetumal. The bustling city is named for “Our Lady of Mount Carmel,” who is the patron saint of Cancun.
The beaches saw their first visitors in the Early Classic Period (about 300-600 a.d.) of the Mayan Civilization. This city was settled and called Xaman-Ha, which means “waters of the north.” It quickly became a rest stop for the world’s travelers, making their way around the great Mayan cities to the famous Island of Cozumel. Because of its easy, coastal location, it grew in popularity and percentage of residence. The lowlands of the peninsula, which make up the coast, were still heavily populated with descendents of the fallen civilization, when the Spaniards arrived.
Originally a fishing town, heavy tourism began when a passenger ferry service started to take people to Cozumel, which is famous for its scuba diving and snorkeling. As people passed through on their way to other places, they realized what a treasure this small town had become.
It was gorgeous, relaxing, quiet, and surrounded by breathtaking beaches, which boasted rich turquoise-colored waters. It was a heaven away from the crowds of Cancun, and more popular hot spots at the time.
One of the reasons this city has thrived is because of the government’s dedication to maintaining its small town fishing village charm. It will forever be an artist’s community, and a place of relaxation.
Ronald Pedactor has worked in the tourism industry for 12 years and has written hundreds of articles relating to recreation and vacation spots, especially Playa del Carmen activities.
If you are interested in exploring cenotes while in Tulum, check with Julie upon arriving at Posada Yum Kin. She will help you plan your trip to Hidden Worlds or other adventure-based businesses in the area.
Posada Yum Kin is an eco-friendly, 9-unit, boutique hotel in Tulum, Mexico and features fully-equipped kitchens, a new pool and complimentary breakfasts. It possesses a ‘real Mexico’ atmosphere, but fully concentrates on luxury, while offering a little bit of condo convenience.