At the southern end of Playa del Carmen lies a private and upscale development area called Playacar. It was designed with the intent of establishing a sophisticated environment in a laid-back tropical setting. This gated neighborhood houses large and all-inclusive hotels, spas and resorts; a magnificent 18-hole, par 72 golf course designed by renowned architect Robert Van Hagge; an aviary; a number of interesting Mayan ruins; some private homes and condominiums; and a hodgepode of shopping malls, restaurants, bars, clubs and discos. This secured community is fairly new and is divided into two areas: the oceanfront Phase One and Phase Two along the golf course.
Aside from the beautiful white-sand beaches and luxurious atmosphere, another Playacar treasure that is definitely worth mentioning would be the Xaman Ha Tropical Bird Aviary. Around 60 or so species of birds, ranging form the common to the extraordinary, populate the place and live in harmony with one another, with a variety of other animals, and with the rest of their surroundings. This open-aired, cageless habitat endeavors to replicate the natural environment of its inhabitants while at the same time providing them with shelter and protection from harm. This is a good place to go to if you just feel like exploring or observing nature.
If are feeling more adventurous though, you can always try out the world-class fishing, a game of golf, snorkeling and scuba diving, numerous watersports, a bit of tennis or ancient Mayan archaeological sites. Time is never enough for the countless things to see and do in Playacar.
Playacar's main entrance is situated just north of Juarez off Highway 307. From Playa del Carmen, you can go into Playacar either by walking along the beach or by passing through the mall.