The popular coastal city of Playa del Carmen is located in Mexico's Quintana Roo state, along the Caribbean Sea. It is about 70 kilometres away from Cancún - another popular tourist destination in Mexico - and can be reached by approximately an hour's drive. Playa del Carmen offers a more relaxed atmosphere than its neighbouring resort cities and offers somewhat smaller but more peaceful boutique lodgings with a hint of a European influence. r\n
It is best known for its silky stretches of sandy beaches, which are home to most of the best hotels, resorts and accommodation options in the area. The tourist area also offers a wealth of shopping boutiques selling tourists a variety of souvenirs ranging from garments to hand-made jewellery to trinkets. Two large shopping centres - Centro Maya and Plaza Las Americas - are located on the outskirts of town and can be visited by travellers who wish to avoid the haggling associated with few of the smaller shops around the area. r\n
Attractions in the city include the Coba Mayan Village, Ek-Balam Mayan Ruins - a Yucatec-Maya archaeological site, Cenote Chaak Tun - a cave complex with spectacular stalactite formations, the Riviera Art Gallery and the Quinta Avenida - a popular street housing numerous shops, boutiques and eateries.
The airport closest to Playa del Carmen is the Cancún International Airport - located about 55 kilometers away. The Cancún International Airport is the second busiest airport of the country, serving several airlines and millions of passengers every year. It currently has three terminals and plans are being made to add a fourth terminal in the near future.
Though Halal food in Playa del Carmen is quite scarce, there are plenty of restaurants in the city serving vegetarian and seafood dishes. However, Muslim travellers should note that animal fat is used in the preparation of most food - even vegetarian dishes - and it is highly recommended that you enquire with restaurants about the preparation of food. A pure vegetarian restaurant - 100% Natural - can be found along 5th Avenue in the city, which is not hard to miss. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available at the Kaxapa Factory restaurant, betwen 10 and 15 Avenues.
No known mosques in Playa del Carmen are available. It is best to make use of the privacy of your room or accommodation option during prayer times.