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Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, or just "Playa" as it is also commonly referred to by locals, is a coastal resort town in Quintana Roo on the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. Approximately 70 km south of Cancún and 20 km west of Cozumel island, it is at the center of the Mayan Riviera and offers a more relaxed atmosphere and smaller boutique lodgings.

30km

20.63333-87.08161

Cancún

One of the worlds most popular and famous beaches, known for its clear Caribbean waters, its lively party atmosphere, and its wealth of recreational facilities. During the U.S. college Spring Break (mid-Feb to the end of March) it is noted for drinking, sunburns, and debauchery.

35km

21.17429-86.84656

Cozumel

Cozumel is a Caribbean island just off the Yucatán Peninsula in southeastern Mexico. It has great diving, nice people, safe streets, and prices comparable to other Mexican tourist destinations. The diving is the main draw to Cozumel; if you prefer white sandy beaches then other nearby destinations would be a better bet It was badly battered in 2005 by Hurricane Wilma, but, with few exceptions, has been completely repaired.

43km

20.42-86.92

Tulum

Mayan coastal city with spectacular Caribbean vistas. Dates from late Mayan period.

63km

20.41667-87.3

Valladolid (Mexico)

Valladolid is a small city in the state of Yucatán. Located about a 45 minute drive from the (lesser-used) east entrance of Chichén Itzá, it offers an alternative base for the ruins, while having its own charms as well -- although further from the ruins than the town of Piste, Valladolid is less tourist-oriented and has more historic charm.

146km

20.689444-88.201667
Sights

Xcaret

Maya civilization archaeological site on Yucatán Peninsula

37km

20.57805556-87.11916667

Muyil

113km

20.07777778-87.61527778

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Puerto Morelos

Mexico
Puerto Morelos is a town in Quintana Roo on the Yucatán Peninsula, about 20 km south of Cancún. It is a fishing village, and a resort and diving destination. It is roughly halfway between Cancún and Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. The pier in the center of town hosts snorkel and sport fishing boats while yachts dock in a man-made harbour just south of town. The village used to be the embarkation point for the car ferry to Cozumel, but that now leaves from Calica, a major port south of Playa del Carmen.

Personal note

To get here is slightly confusing. I took a bus to Cancun, and after watching the signs got off on the side of the road (not a proper bus station). From here I grabbed a cab and took a 10 minute ride down to the town itself which is off the main highway. I hear you can walk this, but there are crocodiles in the marshes you walk past.

Going back to Cancún is easy. You just get the taxi back to the highway. A small ticket booth sells tickets to Cancun and the airport which leaves from the same side of the road.

The town itself is very pretty. It's small and quiet with one single tourist attraction other than the beach - a lighthouse that leans due to being hit by a hurricane.

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Climate

Average temperatures

Jan

28.2°C18.4
Precipitation: 78.6 mm

Feb

28.6°C18.2
Precipitation: 45.2 mm

Mar

29.7°C20
Precipitation: 42.3 mm

Apr

31.2°C22.2
Precipitation: 54 mm

May

32.3°C23.3
Precipitation: 102 mm

Jun

32.4°C23.7
Precipitation: 138.3 mm

Jul

33°C23.8
Precipitation: 90.3 mm

Aug

33.3°C23.3
Precipitation: 126.7 mm

Sep

32.3°C23.3
Precipitation: 187.1 mm

Oct

31.2°C21.9
Precipitation: 184 mm

Nov

29.7°C20.4
Precipitation: 98.8 mm

Dec

28.4°C19
Precipitation: 74.7 mm
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