This bustling Downtown district, built around the gorgeous Parque de las Palapas, is brimming with exciting craft stores and delectable taco stalls, and is the thrilling heart of Old Cancun. Shop 'til you drop at the Plaza Las Americas, or absorb the sumptuous local culture at the vibrant open-air Market 28. For an authentic Cancun night out, head to Yaxchilan Avenue, where the locals party into the early hours.
With the soft golden sand of the sprawling Hotel Zone beach between your toes and the soothing Caribbean Sea breeze in your hair, you'll get why Cancun is one of the world's great playgrounds. Dance the night away down Boulevard Kukulcan to everything from pulsating R&B to flamboyant local salsa, or snorkel in the breathtaking reefs out to sea. If you can drag yourself from the beach, that is.
A crisp, white enclave of tranquil coastline surrounded by rippling seas, Isla Mujeres is a relaxing tonic to the bustle of Cancun. The Underwater Sculpture Museum, where eerily detailed stone figures line the seabed, is a must for divers and art-lovers alike, while the impressive Mayan monuments at Punta Sur will delight history-buffs. And to experience the breathtaking local wildlife, take a dolphin tour off Playa Norte beach.
The idyllic beach neighborhood of Playa Mujeres, lined with all-inclusive resort hotels and surrounded by baby-blue seas, is a soothing paradise just 20 minutes from Downtown Cancun. Have fun on dry land with 18 holes at the sumptuous Greg Norman-designed Playa Mujeres Golf Course, which boasts some of the most pristine greens and incredible views in Mexico, or pop down to Lopez Portillo Avenue for the freshest local seafood.
This charming residential district is a relaxing retreat from the 24/7 buzz of Downtown Cancun. Delve deep into the rich history of Mexico at the El Meco Ruins, where Mayan stone pyramids still stand, and then catch a ferry over to Isla Mujeres island from the Puerto Juarez Pier. Or simply stroll down the pier, stare out across the shimmering Caribbean Sea and let all your troubles melt away.
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"Nice, clean and comfortable!"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Aug 28, 2012
Although this hotel was a little far away from the main restaurants and shops in Playa del Carmen, it's still within walking distance (about a mile). The place is behind a locked gate, which you have a key to, for added safety. There is a nice courtyard. The bed was comfy and the kitchen suite was nice- dishes are included, as is a mini fridge and burners. The hotel staff doesn't speak much English, but a sign in the room said that they could get you in touch with the owner if needed. She does speak English. I think they have laundry services too. Nice place. It's definitely worth brig farther away because this place is much cheaper!