This easygoing resort town in Mexico is thirty miles south of bustling Cancun and serviced by Cancun's International Airport, which is just 45 minutes away. Playa del Carmen boasts a number of championship golf courses, and visitors often take advantage of excursions to the nearby ancient Mayan ruins or a ferry ride to the island of Cozumel. Water lovers enjoy swimming with dolphins at Xcaret, a large park and recreational nature preserve, as well as world class diving and snorkeling at the offshore Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Playa del Carmen hotels are not the high-rise spectacles you'll find in other tourist spots. Instead, they're low-rise buildings that reflect the slower pace the region. Although this beachside city has become one of the fastest growing areas in Mexico, Playa still maintains its coastal cool by mixing European chic with authentic Mexican culture in an effortlessly luxurious way.
The hotels and resorts on this page have been divided into two groups. Immediately below are the all-inclusive Playa del Carmen resorts, where lodging, meals, activities and more are rolled into one price. Traditional hotels and resorts are listed second.