Playa del Carmen, or just “Playa” as it is also commonly referred to by locals, is a coastal resort town in Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Approximately 70 km south of Cancun (around 50 min driving) and 20 km west of Cozumel, it is at the center of the Mayan Riviera and offers a more relaxed atmosphere, smaller boutique lodgings, and a distinct European flavor. It is also 65km or around around 45min from Tulum, an area filled with beaches and ancient Mayan ruins.
The closest airport to Playa is the Cancún International Airport. Playa del Carmen is 50 minutes by cab from Cancun, so please keep this in mind if you book accomodations in Cancun! (You will be far away.)
Because the layout of downtown Playa is a rectangular grid, getting around is very easy. Playa is pedestrian friendly town and you can basically walk to everything. The main north-south pedestrianized street, 5th Ave, does not allow cars except in the early morning hours. On 5th Avenue are many hotels, restaurants, and small shops. The north-south thoroughfare Avenida 30, five blocks west of 5th Ave, is where the large stores are located. To walk from the town square, El Zócalo, and Avenida Juarez to Avenida Constituyentes takes only about 10 minutes.
Below is a link for a map of Playa. The week’s wedding activities will be taking place in downtown Playa, very close to Kool Beach Club (click on image below.)
For travel information, please see the following links below from various states’ tourism departments: