Playacar is an upscale development located immediately south of the city of Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya. This gated community is home to some major all-inclusive resorts, such as Iberostar Tucan and Iberostar Quetzal, Riu Playacar, Royal Hideaway Playacar, Occidental Allegro Playacar, Sandos Playacar and Playacar Palace.
In Playacar there is a world-class 18 hole golf course designed by Robert von Hagge, and a shopping mall, Plaza Playacar. The Xaman-Ha Aviary is also located within Playacar, and contains 200 animals of 45 different species, besides birds they also have butterflies, iguanas and small mammals.
Playacar has a wonderful stretch of white sand beach, particularly since the 2009/2010 beach restoration project. In calm weather the water is excellent for swimming, but it can get choppy when it's windy. A system of beach warning flags will alert you to water conditions.