playa del carmen dolphinsPlaya del Carmen is located in the heart of the Mayan Riviera, south of Cancun, and offers a convenient base of operations for many area attractions. In Playa del Carmen you can scuba dive, snorkel, ski, sail, rent a boat or mo-ped, para-glide, hot-air balloon, horseback ride, and take your choice of several jungle and eco tours. Playa’s Palancar Reef represents a “Holy Pilgrimage” to many of the world’s wall diving enthusiasts.

Besides the ubiquitous native festivals and holidays, the larger resorts have theater and stage shows nightly. Although no longer a small fishing village; you can still walk from one end of Playa to the other in less than half an hour (with time-out for a Dos XX along the way). The laid-back “Bohemian” hippness has attracted large numbers of expatriot Americans and Europeans to settle here. “Playacar” has become a vibrant avant-guard artists’ community.

Forsaking the pressures of more conventional occupations, these well-tanned newcomers operate small hotel and bungalow rentals, beachside bars, diving shops, and fishing charters, and indulge in a bit of e-commerce.

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