Laid-back Playa del Carmen is like a mini-version of Miami without the attitude, the frenzy, or the crowds.
Honeymoon couples who enjoy nightlife and culture in addition to beautiful beaches will love the area. Couples looking for a mix of beautiful beaches and regional culture will like the picturesque beach town of Playa del Carmen. This destination is located in the center of the Riviera Maya, an easy hour-long, $50-$60 cab ride from Cancun International Airport.
Since Playa del Carmen is a stop for many cruise ships, it does get crowded during the day, but never to the point that it would be confused with tourist-favorite Cancun.
For dinner even the finest restaurants are easy to get into without a reservation. Bars and clubs get filled late; midnight is even too early for some. But it is more than worth it to stay up to people-watch or dance the night away at hot clubs.
The area's many boutique hotels or rental properties are a good choice for those who shy away from large, all-inclusive resorts. Most are situated along or right off bustling Fifth Avenue, the town's pedestrian-only main road and a short walk to the white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Couples who appreciate nightlife can check out Playa del Carmen's happening nightlife, which offers everything from karaoke bars to samba clubs to cocktail lounges.