Diversity is the key word when describing the town of Playa del Carmen. What started as a sleepy little fishing village has over the past decade blossomed into a popular vacation destination for people wanting to experience the beauty and splendor of the Mexican Riviera. In Playa del Carmen you will find small, family owned hotels sharing the popular beach areas with luxury, all inclusive resorts. You will find elegant restaurants offering international foods prepared by top class chefs rubbing elbos with local taco stands where you can grab authentic tacos on the go. You will find modern shopping areas offering internationally known brands, and local handicraft stores when you can barter for the best deal on hand made silver, pottery, leather goods or hand made hammocks.<br><br>
There is something in Playa del Carmen for everyone, regardless of interest or budget. And because Playa itself has retained the small town atmosphere, you are able to walk to most of the town's attractions.