A little over an hours drive south of Cancun, you reach the area Playa del Carmen, and yet a half hour more Tulum. This is in our humble opinion the places you what to go, when heading towards Riviera Maya.
Playa del Carmen is originally a small fishing town, and the home of the ferry to Cozumel. 15 years ago Playa was a sleepy village, where only a few tourists was chilling in the hammocks in the shades. Nowadays undergoes a rapid development over the past years, with many new luxury residential buildings, hotels, restaurants, boutiques etc. Playa del Carmen is said to become an cultural and economic stronghold for the Yucatan peninsula, and the “new kid in town” as an more charming and original alternative to Cancun. In addition to the development the area Playacar just south of Playa is continuous renovated and expanded.
The city planners have taken initiative and have begun making the original town mores pedestrian friendly with a 4 km foot and bicycle path along the 10 th avenue. Furthermore a new international airport is planned between Playa and Tulum
Tulum Pueblo has been the quite village a few km’s away from the world famous archaeological site, with only a few shops and simle cabanas on the beach. Today this area is populated by over 40 small hotels, offering eco-accomodations in the most rustic way you can imagine. Zone Hotelera Tulum is all about getting back to the basics and the roots of you life, while chilling on the beach or doing yoga. But if you are looking for a boheme place to stay, side by side with the local fishermen, you should check out this area. Needless to say, we chose to stay elsewhere during our time in Tulum.