There's one main beach at Playacar, although most of the hotels have their own private beaches, or at the very least, beachfront access. This stretch of coast is known as Mexico's Mayan Riviera for good reason – holidaymakers get guaranteed sand, sunshine and fine dining.
Even if you hotel doesn't have its own strip of beach, you won't be disappointed with the public version. With clean, white sand it's a relaxing spot to stretch out and sunbathe and the beach here is quieter than those closer to Playa del Carmen. The water is calm and clean with few watersports, although the beach itself is wide enough to set up a volleyball game. There aren't many facilities nearby but with such close proximity to the All Inclusive hotels you don't need any.
Further afield guests benefit from easy access to Playa del Carmen with its lively beach and activities galore. This part of Mexico is also home to some stunning marine reefs so is a good spot for scuba diving or snorkelling if you can't help but explore those ocean depths. Nearby Cozumel Island has the world's second-largest coral reef, complete with turtles.
High-end restaurants and glitzy bars
As you'd expect in an exclusive holiday resort, you'll find a broad range of international dining options in the cafes and restaurants. Even if you're All Inclusive at your hotel – and many guests to the area are – you'll no doubt want to experience the local dining scene.
You won't be a stranger to the famous Mexican cuisine and can find tacos, burritos and fajitas in most hotels. All of the local hotels have excellent bars too so guests can enjoy a well-earned tipple whilst enjoying views of the Caribbean Sea. If you want to eat out your best bet is to head into Playa del Carmen where you'll find restaurants centred around 5th Avenue and the beachfront. Nightlife is rocking too with L'Ambassade, Palazzo Disco and Abolengo heading up the dancing.
The food in Playa del Carmen is top quality too, drawing on Mexican, American, European and Asian influences. You'll be able to find fine dining in the evening and a Full English for the morning after, with plenty of options for fussy eaters. Some of the best restaurants include La Famiglia, 500 Gramos Grill, La Senda and NAU. Tuck in!
There's so much to see in this part of Mexico you're sure to want to explore. A big part of this venture of discovery is getting to grips with the Mayan history, which harks back to the 6th Century AD.
The pre-Columbian Mayan walled city of Tulum was once a major port for the ancient city of Coba. It's the closest Mayan site to Playacar with a beach and restaurants that can entertain you all day. Chichen Itza is another site, more recognisable than Tulum but a couple of hours away by coach.
Other top things to do include the ecological waterpark, Xel Ha, adventure park Xcaret, and Cenote Chaak Tun caves. The latter is obviously best for adults while the others appeal to family members of all ages. Cenote Chaak Tun consists of two, relatively unspolit caves, with some of the most impressive stalactite formations you are ever likely to see. Cancun is also only an hour away if you fancy visiting the area's party capital, and with last minute deals to Mexico available all year round you won't struggle to see it all for an affordable price.