If the nightlife of Playa del Carmen is not enough for you, take a trip to Cancun, which is just 40 miles or so north on Highway 307. The city is famous for its nightclub scene and you will find all sorts of dance bars, discos, live shows and festivals. All tastes and all ages are catered for and you will find DJs playing everything from salsa to reggae, rock and techno.
Distances to Cancun
- From Playa del Carmen: 44 miles, about 1 hour 8 minutes
- From Riviera Maya/Grand Velas: 41 miles, about 1 hour 5 minutes
If peace and quiet is more your thing, head south on Highway 307 to Chemuyil, home to one of the most beautiful beaches on the Mayan Riviera. It is far less crowded than other resort towns on the Riviera and more remote but is easy to reach when you rent a car. There is a lovely hiking trail running along the coast behind the beach and the restaurants specialize in affordable local cuisine. The beach is protected by a reef and the calm waters are great for snorkeling or paddling in a canoe.
Distance to Chemuyil
- From Playa del Carmen: 28 miles, about 35 minutes
- From Riviera Maya/Grand Velas: 33 miles, about 45 minutes