Playa del Carmen is a city that is situated on the coast of the Caribbean Sea and is located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The city is located forty-nine feet above sea level and has a population that exceeds one hundred thousand people. The city can trace its history back to the Mayan Empire, when it was called Xaman Ha. This city was a way point for travelers heading from the cities of the Mayans to the island of Cozumel. After the fall of the Mayan Empire, the area was still populated with the descedents of this great civilization. During the sixteenth century, the Spaniards arrived and used the area for growing a fiber called sisal, which was used to make rope at the time.
Today, Playa del Carmen is a tourist destination that contains beaches that rival those of Cancun, without the huge crowds. It also has many great places where visitors can scuba dive and swim. Playa del Carmen is also a major stop for many of the cruise ships that cruise the Caribbean. The city has retained much of its charm as a fishing village, and the local government has taken steps to assure that it remains that way by enacting ordinances that restrict the height of new construction to three stories.
A popular attraction in Playa del Carmen is Scuba Libre. It was opened in 1998 and it currently operate two dive centers, one which is situated in the middle of the city and the second one is situated in the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort and Spa, just four miles north of the city. This dive center is a Gold Palm Resort and an active member of the Riviera Maya Association of Dive & Water Sports Operators. The dive instructors here are certified and experience with every diving scenerio. The dive school gives individual dive instruction course that are available in English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch and Italian. The dive center also leads exhibitions with the skilled instructors leading the groups. Scuba Libre is fully equiped to handle every dive scenerio and features boats which are fully customized for that purpose.
Other popular attractions and activities in Play del Carmen include Reef Quest Divers, Mexico Blue Dream, Playa Scuba, The Jungle Place, Diversity Diving, Rancho Baaxal, Rio Secreto Reserva Natural, Veronica’s Massage, Yucatreks, Xplor, Alltournative Off Track Adventures, Xcaret Eco Theme Park, Playacar Golf Club, Itza Spa, MMCinemas, Boca Paila, UltraMar Ferry, Chac Mol, Xaman Ha Aviary, Cavernas Chaaktun, Sabai Spa, Morph Kiteboarding and Phocea Caribe International Dive Center. The city is also home to a number of bars, clubs, restaurants and hotels. Restaurants and bars in the area include Senor Frog’s, El Asador, Yaxche, Restaurant la Vagabunda, Media Luna Restaurant Bar, la Parrilla and La Palapa Hemingway Restaurant. Popular hotels in the area include Hotel Sandos Playacar Beach Resort & Spa, Club Hotel Riu Tequila, Hotel Iberostar Quetzal, Club Hotel Riu, Hotel Hacienda Paradise, Hotel Las Palapas and Hotel RIU Playacar. Play del Carmen is also home to numerous beaches and resorts.