Parque Los Fundadores

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen’s most iconic park is bordered by the famous Quinta Avenida on one side and by a popular local beach on the other side. Here, kids can run around on the playground or try some Mexican treats at the row of fruit stands. In the afternoons, small crowds gather under the Portal Maya statue to enjoy the sunset.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Playa del Carmen attractions

1. Museo Frida Kahlo Riviera Maya


This 'museum' is mainly info about Kahlo rather than displays of her artwork. It's also small. But if you're looking for something to do on a non-beach…

2. Quinta Avenida

0.42 MILES

Restaurants, bars, stores and craft stalls line a 2km stretch of this busy pedestrian thoroughfare.

3. Aquarium

0.47 MILES

An impressive three-story aquarium with 200 marine species and 45 exhibits. One of the few options in Playa for nonbeach days.

4. Parque la Ceiba

0.87 MILES

Two blocks west of the highway, this pretty park has play areas for kids, shady picnic spots and walking trails as well as activities such as movie…

5. Punta Esmeralda

2.41 MILES

Emerald Point has become a favorite beach among Playa del Carmen locals, set on the northern edge of the city. Here, a shallow cenote provides a calm…

6. Punta Bete

4.67 MILES

A rocky, reef-hugged point 65km south of Cancún, Punta Bete is reached by a dirt road that runs past a housing development and weaves 2.5km from Hwy 307 …

7. Paamul

10.28 MILES

Paamul, 87km south of Cancún, is a de facto private beach on a sheltered bay. Like many other spots along the Caribbean coast, it has signs prohibiting…

8. Sea Walls

11.41 MILES

Local and international artists backed by the PangeaSeed foundation created 36 large-scale public murals in 2015 to raise awareness about ocean…