Playa del Carmen is not a very big city to start with, but the city can be broken down into a few different areas.
The first area is between Avenida Juarez and El Zocalo, looking South, and AvenidaConstituyentes when looking north. This is the most touristy part of Playa del Carmen, where most of the hotels, restaurants, bars and shops are located. The post office is located in this area, on Calle 2 corner of Avenida 15, as well as the bus station, Avenida Juarez & La Quinta. Quinta Avenida, or simply La Quinta, runs along the shoreline and is a pedestrian-only walkway. It ends at the dock where boats leave for Cozumel or, again, to the AvenidaConstituyentes and after that cross, “la nueva Quinta”, a new area with more restaurants and several apartments.
South of La Quinta is an area known as Playacar. In this residential area you can find about 15 major all inclusive resorts of international chains (Wyndham, Iberostar, Riuetc) lined up next to a beautiful wide spread beach. This is also where you will find the golf course and some of the town’s biggest houses. Playacar is a gated community built in a jungle setting with the golf course crossing the road several times. An interesting area for a laid back stroll to check out the resorts and houses away from the busy Playa del Carmen. During your trip you will also pass a small archaeological site, a bird park and a small shopping mall all located in Playacar. Just outside Playacar the city’s landing strip is located. Casa Sand Castle is just before the large resorts, and only 200 meters to the beach backing onto Fase one properties. The beach in ront of Sayil is the quitest and cleanest in the area
North of 28th Street the resorts thin out and the beaches become less crowded. The farther north you go, the less crowded the beaches will be. This is also where you will find the whitest, sandiest, best beaches and a little solitude. If a limit should be to the Pedestrian walkway meant as a touristic area, should be now the cross with Calle 40.
West of downtown is a residential area where most of the native residents live. It does not cater to tourists, but is where you will find more authentic, traditional Mexican cuisine. the local food options of Avenida 30, between Calle 2 and AvenidaConstituyentes, and all the restaurants and bars between the 5th and the 30th along Calle 4, are appreciated among locals & tourists.