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Located an hour’s drive down the coast from Cancun, Playa del Carmen draws a laid-back crowd with luxury resorts, white-sand beaches, and international vibes. Mayan ruins, offshore islands, and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef provide plenty of opportunities for outdoor exploration, while the town''s 5th Avenue is a shopper''s paradise and cultural hub with high-end stores, a vibrant nightlife, and heritage attractions—including the Frida Kahlo Museum and the Gastón Charó Gallery.

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