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Playacar Holidays

Conveniently tucked underneath Playa Del Carmen, this lavish resort is perfect for couples looking for private beach getaways in an exclusive tourist community.

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A romantic resort

The luxury all inclusive hotels, gorgeous white sands and clear blue ocean are just some of the perks included with Playacar holidays.

The resort is famous for the top quality 18-hole championship golf course as well as being home to some great shopping facilities, restaurants and bars.

Quick Tips

  • Roman Catholic
  • Mexican Peso
  • Spanish
  • GMT -6

A beautiful continuous beach

Playacar is a resort with a beach running along its entire length meaning that all visitors can find room to enjoy some secluded space in the scorching sunshine. Not all of the space is accessible though because certain sections of the beach are reserved exclusively for use by guests from certain adjacent hotels.

The days can be spent idly lazing on the sand or you can enjoy the water sports offered on the striking Caribbean Ocean. Jet skiing, windsurfing, snorkelling and deep sea diving are just some of the aquatic excitement which can be enjoyed off the quiet coast.

For more beach and water activities in a livelier atmosphere, the Playa Del Carmen resort is a short 3km trip north where you can enjoy the fuller coast line with restaurants and bars located a short dash from the shore.

Scenic adventures

Holidays in Playacar will let you enjoy the history which encompasses the area of the Yucatán Peninsula. As well as being a popular modern tourism region, Mayan history can be explored across the miles of ruins and temples found inland.

The better known archaeological sites such as Chichen Itza, Tulum and Uxtal provide fascinating days out exploring an ancient culture and all are easily accessible via taxi rides or coach trips, never taking more than a couple of hours to reach.

To discover more awe-inspiring views of the world take the hour boat ride out to Cozumel. This island, which you can reach via the Playa Del Carmen dock, offers opportunities to dive and explore stunning ocean scenery around the Caribbean's colourful coral reef. Whether snorkelling, scuba diving or riding a mini motorised submarine, you'll find the shores around this island brimming with exotic ocean life.

Hotels and bars

Since this resort is mostly filled with all-inclusive hotels, you'll want to take advantage of the free drinks offered by your accommodation before heading to the exciting nightlife that is shared by Playacar and neighbouring Playa Del Carmen.

You can sample a wild night out with shots of tequila and Spanish salsa music along the beachside bars and restaurants of the resorts. Alternatively you could take the time to chill by the ocean or even in town with a glass of sangria while being serenaded by a traditional mariachi band.

Many Playacar hotels are adult only accommodations meaning that the evening entertainment offered provides a more relaxed atmosphere where couples can enjoy their nights free of responsibility.

Retail options

Shopping is taken care of in your resort by the Plaza Playacar, a Mexican-Colonial style mall that offers local products such as jewellery, clothes and handcrafted ornaments. Be prepared to stand firm though and haggle for a price that suits you, even with the smaller products like snacks and souvenirs.

More option are provided in the larger resort of Playa Del Carmen where you can find pretty much anything you want from Mexican retail to Americanised stores and internationally recognised brands.

A variety of dining choices

If you feel like finding an alternative to the all-inclusive options offered by your hotel, there are fantastic restaurants available all over the Playacar and Playa Del Carmen region. To keep things varied, many of the larger hotels offer numerous restaurants on site for your convenience.

A short walk around the Playa Del Carmen streets will ensure you find a delicious meal to satisfy any craving. Popular restaurants include the famous Mexican-themed chain Senor Frogs, the aviary surroundings in Xuläm Restaurant and several outdoor cafés which line the streets and beaches of the resort.

Getting there

From Cancun Airport it will take just over an hour's drive to arrive in the resort of Playacar, travelling 70km down the Yucatán Peninsula.

This resort is essentially an extension of the Playa Del Carmen resort which is always easy to reach via public transport or a half an hour walk.

Playacar holidays offer an air of exclusivity that is unmatched along the east coast of Mexico. Luxurious surroundings, private beaches and high class restaurants, holidays in Playacar can be the romantic getaway that you and your loved one have been craving for years.

Best time of year to visit

Average temperatures in Playacar drop to 23C in January while staying at an average of 28C from May to September.

The months from October to December are annually the driest though if you don't want to contest with sporadic downpours interfering with your tanning session. So with the weather conditions at their calmest, who could say no to a Christmas in the Caribbean?

Intended for use as a quiet getaway, the resort doesn't attract the party animals visiting for Spring Break so it could be a secluded haven in March and April.