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The Complete Playa Del Carmen Information Resource

…Written By a REAL Person Who Lives Here…

I knew, from the moment that I arrived in Playa Del Carmen…There was something different about this city.

It had both character and class. Most cities in Mexico don’t.

I started writing about it.

I started taking photographs.

I couldn’t stop.

There were so many amazing things to see and do.

Absolutely unbelievable. I was completely blown away!

This website was born out of a deep lust to explore this city and share all that I have learned with you.

I’m not a travel agent. Nor do I work for a travel agency. I wasn’t paid to write the information you will find in these pages.

I’m a real person with a real life here in Playa Del Carmen.

Some of the things that are covered throughout this website are the following:

If you want to get really excited about your trip here, I strongly suggest that you watch the video below.

Of all the Playa Del Carmen videos floating around YouTube, it is by far my favorite.

I’ve probably watched the video a hundred times myself as I was planning for my move here. It is professionally made, captures the essence of this city, and will likely answer some of the questions that you have about your vacation.

Moreover, it’s just fun!

“So, Why Am I Hearing So Much BUZZ About This Website?” – A BIG FAT THANK YOU!

I received several emails from visitors over the last few months.

However, these were not normal emails.

They were emails telling me that that they heard about this website through a friend.

They mentioned how much they liked it.

Finally, they asked me WHY there is so much buzz surrounding this website.

I believe people from all around the world are banging on about this website for several reasons:

  • Playa Del Carmen is a kick ass place to spend a vacation/holiday
  • This website provides accurate and honest information about the city (NO BULLSH*T; NO BOWING TO “POLITICAL CORRECTNESS”)
  • When people find solid information, they talk about it
  • I poured my heart and soul into this website’s creation LONG before it was launched

Those are the real reasons this site is getting the attention it has received!

Take a look at some of the recent comments I have received from visitors:

“Excelente Rufus!! Buenas fotos y buenos reportajes!!”
Rossy - MEXICO
Rossy - MEXICO
“Hey Rufus… it’s Sharon… It’s our last day, would you like to have a drink later today?… Cheers… Sharon & Marty”
Sharon and Marty - Unknown City, NEW ZEALAND
Sharon and Marty - Unknown City, NEW ZEALAND
“Thanks Rufus… Your website is great, thanks!… Your website is so very helpful, and especially the new activity calendar… thanks so much for being there and doing what you do! I can’t wait to see beautiful Playa Del Carmen again! Will only be there for one week but planning to make the most of it and your website will definitely help me show the others the best of your beautiful home.”
Dee Jasch - Lmira, CA, UNITED STATES
Dee Jasch - Lmira, CA, UNITED STATES
“I enjoyed your story and love the website. Keep it up. Maybe when we return from Playa in September we will be able to contribute a photo and story to you. We visit the area regularly and love seeing the diversity that has accompanied the growth of the community. I always like to say “Don’t tell your friends about Playa, it will screw the place up”.”
Kevin - Highland Park, TX, UNITED STATES
Kevin - Highland Park, TX, UNITED STATES
“Just wanted to say I enjoyed your article! Love the sense of humor and tips! I bookmarked your page and will definitely check it out for my upcoming trip in November! Thank you!!!!”
Rose - Palo Alto, CA, UNITED STATES
Rose - Palo Alto, CA, UNITED STATES
“Hi Rufus!… I love, love, love this website!…Thank you :)… Thank you so much for your informative comments!… I’m having the greatest time going through your website! It is so easy to navigate… Hugs…”
Susie - Ontario, CANADA
Susie - Ontario, CANADA
“Hey Rufas, were at palladium, and heading over playa del carmen tmrw if u have time to meet up for drinks. My 18 year old son and myself. Let me know. Would love to meet you.”
Christina - Nashua, NH, UNITED STATES
Christina - Nashua, NH, UNITED STATES
“Great page and great sense of humor!”
Keven - Jacksonville, AR, UNITED STATES
Keven - Jacksonville, AR, UNITED STATES
“Hey Rufus, I love the website! I’m using it to find out information for my upcoming wedding.”
Maggie - Springfiled, MA, UNITED STATES
Maggie - Springfiled, MA, UNITED STATES
“Wow man… great website… exactly what i was looking for… you totally convinced me to scrap my resort vacation in favor of renting a car and getting a small hotel.”
Omer - Chevy Chase Village, MD, UNITED STATES
Omer - Chevy Chase Village, MD, UNITED STATES
“Hi Rufus….Just wanted to say big thanks for your site, it´s fun, informative, it really have all I need :-)”
Hanne - Ringe, DENMARK
Hanne - Ringe, DENMARK
“Thank you for this amazing Website with so much helpful Information by the way!!… Greetings from Germany”
Ralf - Mannheim, GERMANY
Ralf - Mannheim, GERMANY
“Hey there, Rufus, thanks for this info, very helpful…Thanks!”
Paulette - British Columbia, CANADA
Paulette - British Columbia, CANADA

So I just want to take a moment and say THANK YOU!

  • Thank you for visiting this site.
  • Thank you for the comments, questions, and inquiries.
  • I really enjoy hearing from every one of you!!!




Finding Playa Del Carmen On a Map

Playa Del Carmen is close to Cancun and easily accessible via the Cancun International Airport.

There are flights here from every major hub in the US/Canada/Europe, so getting here without too much time at airports is usually not a problem.


IMPORTANT: Look for Cancun International Airport when pricing tickets.

The Airport Code is CUN. (And be very careful with the spelling!)

You will NOT fly into the Playa Del Carmen airport.

It’s too small.

business jet graphicYou will first fly into Cancun and then take a 45-minute ground transfer to Playa Del Carmen.

Many first-time, inexperienced visitors are confused by this.

How do I know this? Because I was one of them! (i.e. “Where the hell is the Playa Del Carmen airport code in this list?”)

Did the same thing happen to you?


Here is a map of the area so that you know EXACTLY where Playa Del Carmen is.

Don’t forget to move the map around and zoom in and out to get a closer look at the area.

All is accurate with the map except that filthy iguana that refuses to get off my map marker.

“Get the hell off my marker you bug-eyed billygoat!”

Navigating this site

I have tried to make this site as easy to navigate as possible.

The menu near the top provides access to the most important pages.

In  addition, I have included as many pictures of Playa Del Carmen as possible.

I can still remember the day that I started investigating this city.

The first thing that I looked for was images that captured the general atmosphere of the city.

Next, I wanted to find information about the most popular activities here – not only information, but photographs of those activities as well.

Although there were many pictures of Playa Del Carmen out there, there didn’t exist one single site that satisfied my curiosity.

Consequently, on every page of this website you will find LOTS and LOTS of pictures of Playa Del Carmen!

PLEASE NOTE: Most of the pictures on this website are enlargeable. Try clicking on any of the photographs in this column to see what I mean.

I tried to make them large enough so that you could see the detail, but I also had to keep them at a reasonable size to accommodate all of the various browser resolutions and screen sizes that exist today.

I hope you enjoy them, and as importantly, I hope you share some of your own photos as well!


Playa Del Carmen Event Calendar

Believe me when I say you will have no problem whatsoever finding things to do around town.

In fact, most people here are overwhelmed by the choices.

Many groups divide themselves up during parts of their trip. For example, the men go fishing while the women go shopping.

Despite this, I put together a Playa Del Carmen Events Calendar that lists a few of the daily/weekly/yearly events visitors enjoy.

Although there is no way that I could list everything that happens on the Event Calendar, take a look at it to see if there are some things that look fun.

For every event, I have tried to include as much information as possible, including the following:

  • Map/Location of event
  • Venue contact information
  • Date/Time of event
  • Short description of the event

Also, if you are a restaurant/bar/club that offers a popular recurring activity that visitors rave about, please let me know and maybe I can add your event.

Event Calendar Graphic

Explore this site, but more importantly – COME AND EXPLORE THIS CITY!!!

Playa Del Carmen is difficult to describe in words – even when you have pictures to help you out.

The best way to experience the city is to come and visit it yourself.

I can remember walking the beaches for the first time.

It wasn’t so long ago that I was a tourist strolling along Fifth Avenue looking for souvenirs.

Since that time, I’ve fallen in love with Playa Del Carmen.

Trust me when I say that it offers more than most destinations.

With a touch of history, baby blue waters that splash along white sand beaches, and a nightlife that is extraordinary but not overwhelming, you simply can’t go wrong.

Like me, you may not want to leave at the end of your vacation!!!

I hope to see you soon, and I hope Playa Del Carmen has the same effect on you as it did me!

Lots of love…


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