Playa del Carmen Local Area Guide

Playa del Carmen is located at the heart of Mexico’s Mayan Riviera just 50km south from Cancun’s International Airport. Playa, as the locals call it, has a strategic location, so you can enjoy and explore the fascinating sites that surround this magical region.

Whether you are here to relax and unravel, or to immerse yourself in the abundance of cultural or adrenaline filled activities, the possibilities are endless and will definitely exceed your expectations.

The Mexican Caribbean coastline is catalogued as World Class for its transparent waters and extensive marine life, as well as its powdery-soft, white sand. BRIC International offers budget-friendly and high-end vacation homes along these breathtaking shores and throughout this enchanting city.

Almost all activity takes place around Playa's 5th Avenue, a pedestrian walkway decorated with restaurants, sidewalk cafes, bars, handicraft stores, and boutique shops. It is on this lively cobblestone street, where people from around the world come together to indulge in great food, drink and entertainment options. This vibrant culmination of multinational residents and visitors, is where Playa del Carmen’s hip, cosmopolitan atmosphere originates from.

The multicultural fusion is reflected in the gastronomy, which mixes regional ingredients within its international dishes. Renowned chefs speckle this vast dining district and offer exquisite samplings from a variety of ethnicities.

The paradise-like settings are exceptional from sipping cocktails at a quaint beach bar or an eclectic lounge, to being awed by sensational live music and top-notch DJs, to dancing salsa oceanfront under the palm trees. The opportunities for fun and memorable nights abound!

If you are unfamiliar with Mexico’s most famous avenue, be sure to ask us at Bric Vacation Rentals for our list of where to eat and what to see! Our professional team can suggest local and favored hotspots and is here to see that you experience all that makes Playa del Carmen the ultimate beach destination!


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You could fill every day for the next month "doing" excursions of one kind or another all around Playa del Carmen. Most of them are so cool, you`ll probably want to do them twice. So if your a little bored sitting on the beach and baking in the sun and looking for a little is our list of recommended tours and excursions:


In Playa del Carmen you can just stroll along the beaches and take a seat on the sand whenever your find "your" perfect spot. Here is our take on the beach scene and some pretty good suggestions in Playa del Carmen and around!


Just off the over 100 kilometers of pristine, Mayan Riviera coastline, lies the Mesoamerican Reef System, the second largest barrier reef system in the world. In between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, await warm, translucent waters, perfect for divers and snorkelers who wish to explore the vibrant and fascinating marine life which live in the underwater world within the Caribbean Sea. Read on for our recommended list of top dive and snorkel centers in the city.


Top Restaurants in Playa del Carmen-

Visiting a new city and having to decipher the local gastronomy scene can be overwhelming, especially in Playa del Carmen! Our dining, shopping and entertainment district, the famous 5th Avenue, is lined with hundreds of restaurants to choose from. To assist you in the decision-making process, we have put together a list of our staff favorites located on or near ‘La Quinta’ (as the locals call 5th). From Italian to Asian to authentic Mexican and more, this list offers the best options for dining out in Playa.

Each eatery on the list receives our seal of approval!

If you see our badge, you can rest assured we have tested them out. Buen provecho!


The most reliable and cost efficient way of getting from Cancun International Airport to your Vacation Rental in Playa del Carmen is the PRIVATE shuttle service offered through BRIC Vacation Rentals. You`ll be met by our driver upon exiting the airport and will be taken directly to your property in Playa del Carmen. Click here for details and other options.


All along the heavenly stretch of Mayan Riviera coastline, you will find some of the most challenging and scenic golf courses in the world. Palm-fringed fairways and pins overlooking the Caribbean Sea are normal sights you will come across while out on the links in this region. The best part is, that you can golf year round in this part of the continent!