Playa del Carmen

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In pre-Hispanic times Playa del Carmen was called Xaman Há (in Mayan language: Xaman Ha ‘, ‘Agua del Norte’) and was a starting point for the Mayans on their pilgrimage to the Ixchel sanctuary in Cozumel. The first modern settlement dates from the early twentieth century when there was a community of fishermen, coconut palm producers and gum tree. Playa del Carmen is the heart of the Riviera Maya belongs to the state of Quintana Roo and is famous for its palm-lined beaches and coral reefs; Little by little, Playa was developing in one of the most important tourist poles of the Yucatan Peninsula, driven by the development of the hotel zone of Cancun with the presence of world-renowned hotel chains and Cozumel Island recognized as one of the best destinations for recreational diving. The exploitation of Playa del Carmen was inevitable given its location 40 minutes from the Cancun airport, its wide and beautiful Caribbean beaches, the proximity to Mayan archeological sites and natural areas with cenotes, rivers and mangroves, which offers a contemporary lifestyle, exotic and cosmopolitan that contributed to its tourist growth that is today the main economic activity of Playa del Carmen which has given much work to the construction and Real Estate industry that represent the second most important industry in the municipality.

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