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Playa del Carmen is a Mexican town located on the Caribbean coast in the northeastern part of the state of Quintana Roo. Its ancient name is Xaman-Ha which means place where the waters of the north arise. From here the Maya sailed to pay homage to the fertility goddess, Ixchel, on the island of Cozumel. It is the capital of the municipality of Solidaridad. Being one of the places in the world with the greatest rate of demographic growth, it is very interesting to observe its development. In 2003 the population amounted to about 49,000 inhabitants but in 2005 had already reached the 100,000 and in the 2012 179,000 and in the 2013 196,000. With a growth rate of more than 20% per annum The population now points to the 205,000 inhabitants for the 2014 and is composed of Mexicans from every country and foreigners from over 40 countries of the world, and among them many Italians, the most numerous , after the Argentines and Mexicans. The work opportunities and the pleasant climate all year round, in addition to the beauty of the Caribbean Sea, have transformed this fishing village into the epicenter of an unparalleled tourist development in the world. With it came the infrastructure, health care, department stores, and a type of residential housing often luxury. Although there are many great and huge hotel facilities (often with entertainment) so-called all inclusive, the dozens of small and charismatic hotels, Posadas, b in Playa del Carmen, convey to the visitor the charm of the small village, while a Endless series of bars, and the excellent restaurants with all types of culinary and local tasting on the Fifth Avenue and in the Parellele and intersecting streets, the pedestrian artery, are offered as a fashionable alternative to the many typical restaurants and Taquerias easily accessible by cheap taxis.
Unlike Cancun, a favorite destination for North American tourists, located about 65 km further to the northern, Playa del Carmen is not possible to build buildings taller than 13.5 metres. The Treaty of free trade entered into force since 1994 allows you to buy or build even to foreigners through specific rules of FIDEICOMISO. Also for this currently Playa del Carmen is the most successful and commercial resort of the so-called Rivera Maya. If Cancun is defined as a small Miami and Tulum is a most welcome resort to ecological tourism, moreover dearest, Playa is perfectly connected with any archeological site or ecological tour of the peninsula, and the informal style of its nights makes it more Pleasant stay even to the youngest visitors. Certainly it is no longer the fishing village of the time, but it is still a cauldron of cultural initiatives, a multi-ethnic laboratory where every more rosy forecast of improvement is always exceeded, year by year. From Playa del Carmen sails the ferry to Cozumel, Mexico's largest island.
The Riviera Maya is a spectacular coastline overlooking the Caribbean Sea and is the place of fun, crystal clear sea and white beaches. The Riviera Maya is composed of many places, among the most important are: Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal/Tulum to Cancun.
The Mayan Riviera leaves from Cancun. Cancun has become a seaside resort in the ' 70, today this city of the Riviera Maya is one of the most famous holiday centers of millions of tourists. Cancun appears to the visitor on the road, divided into two parts: the hotel zone where there are many high-level hotels surrounded by many nightclubs and beautiful beaches of fine sand.
In the central area of the Riviera Maya, is Playa del Carmen, one of the best destinations not only for those who choose a holiday in the Caribbean, but also for those who wish to live and work. The heart of Playa del Carmen is its Fifth Avenue, the main street that overlooks restaurants, clubs and shops. On the white beaches of this area of the Riviera Maya you can practice a lot of sports from snorkelling to kitesurf, from the beach rides to the parachute launch.

The Riviera Maya is bordered by Cancun and the city of Akumal/Tulum. This is the only center that the Mayan civilization decided to locate on the sea. In Tulum is famous the archeological site that is located at the peak of the Caribbean Sea. Akumal is a small town that is a few kilometres from Tulum; Here every year the large sea turtles decide to lay their eggs. The Mayan Riviera of Cancun and Akumal is characterized by large palm trees that line the white beaches of the area and the cobalt blue of the Caribbean Sea.
The Riviera Maya is the ideal destination for those who want to spend a holiday, or all life, in one of the most heavenly seaside areas of the Caribbean Sea and who loves to do excursions and tours to discover ancient civilizations like the Mayan one.
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