Playa del Carmen

“Playa” to the locals, this beach resort town is the gateway to the Mayan Riviera for sun-tanned Europeans, spring-breakers, and telenovela fans everywhere.

Playa del Carmen used to be a quaint fishing town you’d pass from the airport to flashier destinations like Cancun and Tulum. In fact, its first inclinations toward tourism began with a simple ferry out to world-famous scuba destination, Cozumel. Today, this town is a resort destination on its own merits, the third-largest city in Quintana Roo, and a thriving cruise port. Plus, it’s home to all the excitement of a telenovela. Fans of Peregrina will recognize this as the location of their favorite daytime drama in the Spanish language.

If you’re wondering what to do in Playa del Carmen, head to Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue. This cobblestone pedestrian corridor spans 20 blocks and offers everything a traveler or an adventurous local could desire. Restaurants featuring delectable seafood, shops hawking souvenirs and fine goods alike, and bars and clubs that run the gamut from beat-thumping dance spots to beach-front, Margaritaville-style cocktail lounges. There’s no question, the nightlife in Playa del Carmen is hoppin’ until the wee hours of the morning.

Looking for things to do in Riviera Maya that allow you to enjoy nature? Stick around for a scuba dive instead of taking the ferry to Cozumel. This place has gorgeous reefs that rival its more famous neighbor. Not certified? You can take care of that right here, too. Of course, snorkeling, swimming, and surfing—they’re all just as rewarding and require no paperwork at all.

For even fewer hassles on your getaway, book Travelocity’s Playa del Carmen vacation packages. They’re easy on the wallet, and easy on your typing fingers. You’ll need those in tip-top shape for taking selfies on the beach. Travel on, and travel easy.