Semana Santa in PDC
The city of Playa del Carmen is nestled in the centre of the gorgeous Mayan Riviera, between bustling Cancun and tranquil Tulum. When you visit Playa, you’re conveniently close to all the action and near some of the most beautiful beaches on earth!
A winter getaway is great, but lots of people prefer a trip to Mexico in March to really kick off their spring. This year, Semana Santa (Holy Week) is March 20-27.
Other than New Year’s, this is the liveliest time to be in Playa! The city really comes to life, and you’ll get the best array of entertainment and dining options. Plus, the weather is fantastic: plenty of hot, sunny, paradisiac days perfect for beaching it up.
No matter your age or vacation style preference, there’s really something for everyone here…no exaggeration.
Families will love the eco-adventure parks and free public beaches with shallow crystal-clear water. Bring your own snorkel gear and floaty toys and enjoy some sunny time off with your kids. The waterpark in Cancun makes for a great day, or check out Crococun Zoo near Puerto Morelos.
Unlike Cancun or even Tulum, Playa’s beaches are super accessible. 5th Avenue runs parallel with the water, and nearly every street runs smack dab into the ocean. There are two wheelchair-friendly beaches with free amenities as well (one downtown off Juarez, and another in the north end of town). All the beaches in the area are public property, which means you can stretch out a towel on the sand and enjoy the sun pretty much anywhere!
Foodie travelers have hundreds of restaurants to delve into; ranging from award-winning gourmet cuisine to fresh seafood and street tacos. Click here for some of our favorites! Eager to draw people in, new restaurants pop up in March and established places do their best to impress. March is high season and everything is open and in fine form. Security and police presence are also amped up in high season to keep up with the greater influx of visitors.
Looking for a unique experience? When you visit in March, make the day trip to the archaeological site of Chichen Itza to see the Spring Equinox display on the Mayan ruins! It’s memorable to say the least.
For you Spring Break partyers, there are beach dance parties day and night, featuring world-renowned DJs. This year check out Mayan Madness, an electronic music festival near Tulum. A little closer to home, at Mamita’s (the most stylish beach scene in Playa), there’s a 3-day dance party that runs from March 24-26. For more info click here.
It’s a busy time of year for the area, so expect fuller stores, restaurants and beaches. Planning your day a bit, giving yourself a little more time to get around, and even making reservations at your favorite dinner spot are good ideas.
Written by Kelly Gislason