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Why This Fall Is The Best Time To Visit This Growing Hotspot South Of Cancun

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Fall may be the quietest time for the Mexican Caribbean’s travel industry. But it’s also one of the best times to enjoy Playa del Carmen’s diverse cultural scene as well as the city’s beaches, which are in tip-top condition this year thanks to new government efforts.

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With travel to the Mexican Caribbean growing more than ever, many travelers are flocking to Playa del Carmen, and for good reason. This fall, the coastal hotspot will promote culture and local lifestyle to travelers, ensuring that there’s always something to do, even during the quieter shoulder season.

With that in mind, here’s why Playa del Carmen is one of the most exciting destinations to visit close to Cancun this fall.

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Playa del Carmen’s Culture Is Best Experienced This Fall

Situated just an hour south of Cancun, Playa del Carmen is trending as one of the hottest detentions in the Mexican Caribbean this year.

And this fall, Playa del Carmen is promoting cultural events to draw more travelers to the Caribbean destination. The city’s main avenue, Quinta Avenida, has seen extensive improvements to its safety and cleanliness, making it more pedestrian-friendly.

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Home to countless bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, Quinta Avenida is a must-see when visiting Playa del Carmen. And this year, the city’s famous avenue is more welcoming than ever before as city officials increasingly highlight the location’s unique culture.

This fall, the city is hosting a handful of large cultural events, including the Day of the Dead festivities, which are organized this year in Xcaret Park between October 30 and November 3. 

Enjoy Some Of The Cleanest Beaches In The Mexican Caribbean 

Aside from indulging in Playa del Carmen’s thriving culture, this fall is an excellent time to enjoy the coastal destination’s picture-perfect beaches. Dwindling sargassum levels as well as new government investments in beach cleanliness mean that Playa del Carmen’s white-sand shores are now in impeccable shape. 

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The latest sargassum forecast, published last week by the Quintana Roo Sargassum Monitoring Network, shows that all of Playa del Carmen’s main beaches are categorized as having low seaweed levels. 

That’s largely thanks to the hurricane season, which is pushing sargassum away from local shores, but also new investments in sargassum barriers and cleaning equipment. 

And that’s not all. This year, officials successfully resorted to one of the city’s most stunning beaches using a highly innovative method. By using sargassum seaweed and grinding it into a fine powder, environmental experts were able to re-open access to El Recodo, a popular beach that had been closed earlier this year due to excessive seaweed levels. 

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Meanwhile, six public Playa del Carmen beaches have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag distinction, which ensures optimal environmental and safety conditions.

Punta Esmeralda is one of the most popular attractions for day trip travelers from Cancun. The quaint beach, just north of Playa del Carmen’s bustling downtown area, boasts a stunning cenote that has made it one of the most Instagrammable attractions in town. 

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Playa del Carmen Surges In Popularity Thanks To This Travel Trend

As remote work becomes increasingly popular, Playa del Carmen has attracted more digital nomads than any other Mexican Caribbean destination. Boasting a handful of trendy and modern co-working facilities, excellent safety, and unparalleled work-like balance, digital nomads are flocking to Playa del Carmen in droves this year. 

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And with Airbnbs dominating the hospitality scene in the coastal destination, travelers can find excellent deals on long-term accommodations in the heart of Fifth Avenue or along Playa del Carmen’s extensive coastline.

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