When staying at Playa del Carmen
, do not miss the
- Great Mayan Reef:
Parallel to the coast of Quintana
Roo and at 300 metres from the seashores, extends a long wall of
coral reefs that is the second largest in the planet. It starts
at Catoche Cape and continues through Belize and Guatemala.
The reefs are 100 metres away from the seashore at Playa
. They hold abundant flora and fauna and work
as a barrier against the surf, softening it and forming peaceful
natural pools where aquatic sports such as scuba diving and snorkelling
can be learned and practiced.
- Playacar Complex:
It is the most important tourist
centre of the Mayan Riviera. There are elegant and exclusive hotels,
spacious residential areas, commercial zones and a golf course,
within its 320 hectares.
Its architectonic features are inspired on native designs, with outstanding trunk beams and palapas (sunshades made of wood and palm leafs). An eco-tourist concept seeking to preserve the forest environment of its surroundings has been imposed in all of its installations.
But the modern and comfortable tourist infrastructure is not the only attraction. There are Mayan archaeological vestiges at Playacar, along with the splendid aviary of Xaman-Ha, an important reserve in which it is possible to admire flamingos, storks, macaws and cranes, amongst other species, in their natural habitat.
The complex is located very close to the urban centre of Playa
and at 60 kilometres from Cancun.