Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen
Solidaridad.JPG
Nickname(s): Playa
Playa del Carmen is located in Mexico
Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen
Coordinates: 20°37′39″N 87°04′52″W / 20.62750°N 87.08111°W / 20.62750; -87.08111Coordinates: 20°37′39″N 87°04′52″W / 20.62750°N 87.08111°W / 20.62750; -87.08111
Country  Mexico
State Quintana Roo Quintana Roo
Municipality SOLIDARIDAD.png Solidaridad
Founded 1937
Government
 • Mayor José Mauricio Gongora Escalante
Elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Population (2010[1])
 • City 149,923
 • Urban 149,923
Demonym(s) Playense
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)
Postal code 77710 y 77720
Area code(s) 984
Website www.solidaridad.gob.mx

Playa del Carmen (Spanish pronunciation: ['plaʝa ðel 'karmen]) is a city located along the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico. It is a popular tourist area in eastern Mexico. Playa del Carmen boasts a wide array of tourist activities due to its geographical location in the Riviera Maya. It has also been the destination of PGA Tour golf tournaments and the set location for various television shows.

Geography[edit]

Playa del Carmen is located within the Riviera Maya, which runs from south of Cancún to Tulum and the Sian Ka'an biosphere reserve. Playa is a stop for several cruise ships which dock at the nearby Calica quarry docks, about six miles south of the city. The Xcaret Eco Park, a Mexican-themed "eco-archaeological park", is a popular tourist destination located just south of the town in Xcaret (pronounced "shkar-et").

Climate[edit]

In October 2005 Hurricane Wilma passed directly over Playa del Carmen, remaining in the vicinity for two days and causing significant damage and a temporary drop in tourist arrivals. Fortunately most of the damage was relatively superficial and repaired within a few weeks of the storm. Hurricane Wilma arrived from the Caribbean Sea, passing over Cozumel before making landfall in Playa del Carmen. It then moved north along the Mexican coast, hitting Cancún especially hard.

Climate data for Playa del Carmen (1951–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 37.5
(99.5)
33.0
(91.4)
34.0
(93.2)
39.0
(102.2)
40.0
(104)
39.0
(102.2)
39.0
(102.2)
39.5
(103.1)
39.0
(102.2)
34.0
(93.2)
35.0
(95)
39.0
(102.2)
40.0
(104)
Average high °C (°F) 27.8
(82)
28.5
(83.3)
29.6
(85.3)
30.8
(87.4)
31.7
(89.1)
32.0
(89.6)
32.5
(90.5)
32.9
(91.2)
32.6
(90.7)
30.8
(87.4)
29.3
(84.7)
28.6
(83.5)
30.6
(87.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) 22.8
(73)
23.4
(74.1)
24.3
(75.7)
26.1
(79)
27.3
(81.1)
27.9
(82.2)
28.0
(82.4)
28.0
(82.4)
27.9
(82.2)
26.3
(79.3)
24.4
(75.9)
23.4
(74.1)
25.8
(78.4)
Average low °C (°F) 17.9
(64.2)
18.3
(64.9)
19.0
(66.2)
21.3
(70.3)
22.9
(73.2)
23.7
(74.7)
23.5
(74.3)
23.2
(73.8)
23.1
(73.6)
21.7
(71.1)
19.4
(66.9)
18.2
(64.8)
21.0
(69.8)
Record low °C (°F) 8.0
(46.4)
7.0
(44.6)
5.0
(41)
10.0
(50)
15.0
(59)
14.0
(57.2)
13.0
(55.4)
15.0
(59)
14.0
(57.2)
13.5
(56.3)
11.0
(51.8)
9.0
(48.2)
5.0
(41)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 61.2
(2.409)
50.5
(1.988)
28.1
(1.106)
51.2
(2.016)
78.1
(3.075)
153.0
(6.024)
126.3
(4.972)
126.3
(4.972)
168.8
(6.646)
284.3
(11.193)
130.3
(5.13)
73.1
(2.878)
1,331.2
(52.409)
Average rainy days (≥ 0.1 mm) 7.7 4.4 3.8 3.7 6.5 10.6 9.3 9.6 14.5 15.9 9.5 7.3 102.8
Source: Servicio Meteorológico Nacional[2]

Tourism[edit]

Tourists entering Playa del Carmen's ferry terminal
Playa del Carmen central beach 2010

Originally a small fishing town, tourism to Playa del Carmen began with the passenger ferry service to Cozumel, an island across the Cozumel Channel and a world famous scuba diving destination.

Rick Jones and marcel (founders) in 1989 at blue parrot inn.

Playa del Carmen has recently undergone rapid development with new luxury residential condominium buildings, restaurants, boutiques and entertainment venues. There are plans to develop six luxury boutique hotels[citation needed], American chain restaurants, including Hard Rock Cafe, as well as a small upmarket shopping plaza offering designer boutiques, a cinema, luxury condominiums, and the first international House of Blues entertainment venue.[citation needed] Quinta Avenida is slated to become a cultural and economic stronghold for the Yucatan peninsula[citation needed] with the development of civic venues and up-market retail. Several luxury brands are currently developing retail locations; those under construction or already open include Louis Vuitton, Carolina Herrera, Paul & Shark, and Christian Dior. The department store Liverpool has opened their Riviera Maya flagship store in Playa del Carmen. Liverpool will anchor an urban lifestyle center.[citation needed]

Tourist activity in Playa del Carmen centers on Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue, which stretches from Calle 1 norte to Calle 40. A pedestrian walkway located just one or two blocks inland from the beach, Fifth Avenue is lined with hundreds of shops, bars and restaurants. There are many small boutique hotels on and just off Fifth Avenue and on the beach.

Playacar is a residential and tourist development in Playa del Carmen just south of the main urban area. Most of the all-inclusive hotels, the aviary and the golf course are located in this development. There are two phases -- phase 1 is mostly residential with a few hotels and some stores, while phase 2 contains the largest all-inclusive resorts as well as the golf course and a significant number of residential properties. Playacar was developed starting in 1979 by Mr. Fernando Barbachano's company, Compania Impulsora Turistica de Playa del Carmen, S.A. The development was later sold to Aircoa, an American corporation, which later sold the development to SIDEK of the Martinez Huitron family and more recently sold to Mr. Ernesto Echeverria.[citation needed]


View from the ferry dock

Sports[edit]

The city is home to Inter Playa del Carmen, a football (soccer) club founded in 1999, which competes in the south group of the Segunda División Profesional, the third tier of Mexican football league system.

The OHL Classic at Mayakoba is a PGA Tour golf tournament held at El Camaleón Golf Club since 2007.

In popular culture[edit]

The telenovela Peregrina takes place in Playa del Carmen. The Real Housewives of Vancouver featured Playa del Carmen in two episodes. The Amazing Race has shot on location in Playa del Carmen. The Celebrity Mole was set in the Playa del Carmen area. UK Reality Series Geordie Shore featured Playa del Carmen.

Playa del Carmen is host to several major annual events the largest being The BPM Festival, a world famous electronic dance music festival which takes place in January each year.

Notable residents[edit]

Notable residents include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2010 census tables: INEGI
  2. ^ "Estado de Quintana Roo-Estacion: Playa del Carmen". Normales Climatologicas 1951-2010 (in Spanish). Servicio Meteorológico Nacional. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 

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