Playa del Carmen, also called “Playa” by the locals, is a beautiful
beach-side city located on the coast of the Caribbean Sea and in the heart of the Mayan Riviera. The city is about 45 min south of famous Cancun and about 4 hours north of the Belize-Mexico border.
Playa del Carmen is named for “Our Lady of Mount Carmel“, who is the patron saint of Cancún. The first recorded visitors to the beaches of what is now Playa del Carmen came during the Early Classic Period (a.d. 300-600) of the Mayan civilisation. Then called Xaman-Ha, or “waters of the north,” Playa del Carmen was a rest stop of sorts for travellers making their way from the great cities of the Mayan world to the island of Cozumel.
Playa used to be a small and very quiet Fishing village only crossed by tourists to reach the famous Scuba Diving reefs in Cozumel Island.
Today, Playa del Carmen is the main city of the “Riviera Maya” with hourly ferries crossing to Cozumel, Cruise Ships stopping at Calica on their way to Central and South America and the world famous “Quinta Avenida“, a 60 blocks long Pedestrian walkway with hundreds of Restaurants, Shop, Bars, Night clubs……etc, a block away from the beach.
Just south of the main urban area is “Playacar“, a residential and tourist development where most of the All Inclusive Resorts will be found. PDC Kiteboarding is located on the beach of the Southeast all inclusive Resort of Playacar Hotel zone, the Sandos Playacar Resort.



This is the hottest time of the year in Playa, especially mid-July to August. During these months Playa fills up and the beaches are full of vacationers mostly from Europe. Summer is also the rainy season but rain is usually quiet short. Quite often you are happy it rained as it tends to cool things down a little, at least for a short while.

This is the most quiet time of the year after summer time and before Winter High season. The air temperature is falling but the water stays warm and enjoyable.
This is also the hurricane season, from June till November, and Tropical storms are expected on the Atlantic coast so keep an eye open on the weather forecast.

This is the best time of the year to come and visit Playa del Carmen. Weather is perfect and you can expect 4/5 days a week of perfect wind condition for Kiteboarding. At this time of the year start the “Nortes” as we call them, some North cold front coming from the USA and bringing us each time 2 or 3 days straight of North wind blowing 25 to 35 knots. Those days, PDCK organises and takes you to our second location: The Lagoon of Isla Blanca.
This is the time of the year when you get the less amount of day light.



Here are some recommendation for downtown hotels, private condos and all-inclusive Resort but please contact us for customised vacations:

Sandos Playacar Beach Resort is PDCK home spot. Very nice/ clean All inclusive Resort located at the Southeast part of Playacar Hotel zone.
This 5 star beach front all-inclusive has 4 swimming pools, 4 restaurants, 4 tennis courts, kids club & great water sports. Some rooms are beach front and all have AC, Satellite TV, phone, mini- bar, a balcony and more. There’s a disco, beach bar and.

Iberostar Tucan/Quetzal Resort located right next door of “Playa del Carmen Kiteboarding” School. A stay at the five-star Iberostar Quetzal will make you feel as if you’re a member of an archaeological expedition to the jungle. Yet naturally, you’ll also be surrounded by all the opulence and comforts you would expect in a luxury hotel. The very best in leisure, culinary and sports facilities, and much more besides, to make this the holiday of your lifetime.

Riu Palace Riviera Maya – in Playacar Hotel zone, make your choice as there is 5 different RIU Resort in this area. About 10 min beach walk from the Kiteboarding School. Disfrute del paraíso y de un servicio de primera clase en el Hotel Riu Palace Riviera Maya (Todo incluido 24 horas), en Playa del Carmen. Aquí descubrirá un auténtico oasis tropical. Recordará para siempre momentos inolvidables vividos en nuestro lujoso Resort, situado sobre una preciosa playa de arena blanca y bañado por un mar de aguas cristalinas.

Riu Yucatan – Playa del Carmen Beach Front all-inclusive Resort. Located on the beach in Playacar, adjacent to Playacar’s 18 hole golf course, just 10 minutes walk from Playa del Carmen’s main tourist areas. Enjoy restaurants, bars, theme nights, great beach & beach services, in-room mini-bar and liquor dispenser, double rooms and suites.

Viva Wyndham Maya – Playa del Carmen Beach Front All-inclusive Resort. More beach front all inclusive bliss on Playacar beach, one of the best around. Enjoy comfortable air conditioned suites, restaurants, bars, water sports, Spa, gym, and services at the sister resort Viva Wyndham Azteca just down the beach.

Riu Playacar – Playa del Carmen Beach Front All-inclusive Resort The Riu Playacar is a colourful Caribbean style resort, located opposite a lovely white sandy beach surrounded by lush tropical gardens, just 15 minutes from the heart of Playa del Carmen. Enjoy 2 pools, sports, entertainment and delicious dining.

Riu Lupita – Playa del Carmen Ocean View all-inclusive Resort. Hotel Riu Lupita offers its guests a wide range of services, including the Renova Spa with different treatments, and the Cozumel Beach Club, located on the beach. Enjoy a Double or Family room, AC, mini-bar, 2 pools, spa, land & water sports.

The Reef Playacar Resort – Playa del Carmen Beach Front all- inclusive Resort. This resort is on a gorgeous white beach within easy walking distance to central Playa del Carmen. Enjoy accommodations w/ AC amidst lush tropical gardens, 2 pools, full water sports, restaurants, nighttime shows, activities & 5 bars.

The Royal – is a luxury AAA Four-Diamond Playa del Carmen Beach Front all-inclusive Resort. The Royal is a true 5 Star beach resort with luxury to spare. Many services, activities, SPA, fitness centre, water sports, restaurants, bar/lounges, swimming pools, beach pavilions, wide fine sand beach, convenient location, superb room/suites.

Hotel Marina El Cid – Puerto Morelos Beach Front all-inclusive Resort. El Cid is a marina/condo/hotel/all-inclusive resort all rolled into one, with water sports: scuba, snorkel, fishing (marina on site). El Cid’s is 1 mile south of Puerto Morelos centre. Great beach, huge pool, excellent dining, adventure excursions.



Here are some recommendation for downtown hotels, private condos and all-inclusive Resort but please contact us for customised vacations:

Hotel La Rana Cansada, on Calle 10 between Ave 5 and Ave 10. This is a boutique hotel with a Mexican flavour that has offered guests a personal touch to their stay since 1984 in the heart of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. , On Calle 24 between Ave 5 and Ave 10. Very nice and reasonably priced hotel about 3 blocks from the beach in the North end of Playa. Located on a quiet street, but just off busy 5th Avenue with all the action.

Hotel La Tortuga. A fantastic little hotel renowned for great staff & service.

Playa Palms Beach Hotel, 1st Av. Bis, Norte Entre 12 y 14,  (+52) 984-803-3908. Offers air-conditioned rooms, all of which have Internet connection, cable TV, and mini-bar. Some of its amenities include swimming pool, beach lounges, and gym.

Hotel Posada Mariposa is a boutique style hotel located on Playa Del Carmen’s world famous 5th Avenue. Within walking distance to the beach.

Mosquito Blue is a gorgeously styled upper-range option with meandering pools, a reading library and old world charm to spare.

Hostel Playa is a nice hostel with comfy beds and big kitchen 4 blocks away from the 5th avenue.

Gecko Hostel is located on Ave 10 between Calle 4 and Calle 6.



Here are some recommendation for downtown hotels, private condos and all-inclusive Resort but please contact us for customised vacations:

Vimexcondos offer a wild variety of condos in Playa del Carmen from luxurious condos to tight budgets travels.

Locogringo offer a wild variety of condos in Playa del Carmen from luxurious condos to tight budgets travels.



You will not have any difficulties to have a drink! There is plenty of bars downtown and on the beach. Some of them offer very good live music, Fusion Bar, Pinche Gringo, Zenzi……, etc. Night Clubs are mostly located on Calle 12 between Ave 10 and the beach. This is the place to go and party hard.



There is over a 100 of Restaurants in Playa with all kind of flavours and price range.

La Cueva del Chango Calle 38, between 5th Ave. and the beach, offers contemporary Mexican cuisine in a beautiful ‘jungle garden’ setting. We particularly recommend you to go for a real refreshing Breakfast, but they also serve Lunch and Dinner.

Babes Noodles and Bar – very popular Swedish owned restaurant bar serving Thai-style noodles,. Two locations: Calle 10 between 5th and 10th, and 5th Ave. between calle 26 and 28.



The closest airport to Playa del Carmen is the Cancún International Airport.

  • Buses can be taken directly from the Cancún International
    Airport for around US$10. To get to the ADO BUS, veer right after exiting the main terminal and walk about 200 yards. Purchase a ticket (buying it in Pesos will save you a few dollars) right before exiting the terminal. Rental cars and one- way transfer services are also available.
  • Private Transfers are convenient way to get from Cancún’s International Airport to your Hotel, condo, or beachfront home in Playa Del Carmen or Playacar. Price depends on how many people you are and how much luggage you are carrying with you. Please contact us prior to your arrival and we will arrange the cheapest Private Transfer for you.


By foot: Playa is still pretty small and you can walk from Avenida Juarez to Avenida Constituyentes in about 10min.
Pedestrian 5th Avenue is your best option if you are planning to walk as no motorised vehicles are allowed. You’ll also be walking a block away from the beach, beach clubs and crystal clear Caribbean water.

By Taxi: There are plenty of taxis in Playa and they will pick you up/ drop you off anywhere you wish.
“In town” ride will cost you about 1.5USD, and all the way down to Playacar Hotel zone for about 5 USD.