Have you thought about moving away from home and becoming an expat in Playa Del Carmen? What is living in Playa Del Carmen like? We are sure you have lots of questions, so we attempt to give you a good overview of what Playa Del Carmen is like and what to expect.
What is living in Playa Del Carmen like?
Many people think about living in the Caribbean and sipping on a margarita, but what is life really like? Playa, as it is called by locals, is a very international city. Playa Del Carmen is unique in the way that it offers beach, access to so much culture and is modern. Being right in the middle of the Riviera Maya, Playa Del Carmen offers you access to many historic sights and Mayan communities. Playa also has easy access to the Cancun Airport.
Packing before you move to Playa Del Carmen
Moving in general is a lot of work, but to another country? Well, it can be a lot of work, or it actually can be quite a cleanse. It all depends on how you do it. There are two ways people pack to move.
- Take everything you want including furniture and put it in a shipping container or moving truck and bring it to Mexico.
- The second way is sell or give away most of the things you own and bring only your favorite things and clothes.
Whichever option you choose you still will need to know what is best to bring. Here is a list of things we have put together if you are moving to Playa.
Where to live in Playa Del Carmen?
Do you want a great condo overlooking the ocean? Sure, don’t we all. But reality might budget another option for you. Playa Del Carmen has a downtown and then the outlaying neighborhoods.
Your first move might be renting for a while you look around. How do you look for a place to live? What is the rental market like here? We answer these questions in our rental guide to Playa Del Carmen.
The map below will help you see where you might focus your search for living in Playa Del Carmen. We also have articles on some of the neighborhoods in the city that will help you.
Living outside Playa Del Carmen?
If you cannot find what you are looking for in Playa Del Carmen, what about the surrounding towns? Here is a look at where expats have moved to in the Yucatan Peninsula. These options might give you something to think about or reaffirm your desire for living in Playa Del Carmen. Here is also a video and article about beachfront real estate in the Riviera Maya.
Real Estate in Playa Del Carmen
If you are looking to buy a house or condo for living in Playa Del Carmen, then you will need to understand the real estate market. We have you covered in our Playa Del Carmen Real Estate Guide for you. We also have this article on recommended real estate agents in Playa Del Carmen for you. Since the buying process in Mexico is a little different, we wrote this guide for you.
Living in Playa Del Carmen might mean buying something
To answer a lot of our readers questions, we put together this video. We talk about areas to live in, what condos are like and what investors look for in real estate plus a lot more. We hope you find it helpful.
Water, Electricity, Gas, Internet and Cable TV
Getting services set up is always a challenge when you move somewhere and there will be some hiccups no doubt here. Hopefully we can take some of the mystery of how these things work and how to pay for services. Here is a primer for living in Playa Del Carmen and how to get started.
Everything about the water in Playa Del Carmen
The City of Playa Del Carmen provides water to each residence. The water is for use in your home but it is not potable. How does this water come into your home? You can see our article on how the water system works in your home here in Mexico.
Most people will use the city water for cleaning but not for drinking cooking. What is the truth about drinking the water in Mexico? See our article for a complete discussion.
Each month you will receive your water bill from Aguakan. You can pay this at Aguakan offices or at convenience stores like OXXO. For where to pay, you can see our article about Aguakan here.
Everything about the electricity in Playa Del Carmen CFE
There is one electric company for all of Mexico. This company is called CFE. Electricity in Mexico is fairly low in cost but it can get expensive if you don’t use it the best. To learn how to read your bill and keep it low, see our article here in CFE.
Everything about gas in Playa Del Carmen
Most houses and condos use gas for heating water and cooking. Many homeowners and renters have the responsibility to call and have tanks filled with gas. There are about three sizes of tanks that are common at house. Zeta gas is a service that comes to your home to fill the stationary tanks.
To order gas you can call them or order on their website. If you don’t speak good Spanish, their website is pretty easy to use, and it works well to get them to come. Their website is www.grupozeta.com
Cable TV and internet options and prices
There are two main options for cable TV and internet in Playa Del Carmen. Service is basically around 600 pesos for cable TV and internet for your home.
- Izzi (formerly known as Cablemas). www.izzi.mx
- Telmex Infinitum. www.Telmex.com
So how much cheaper be to live in Mexico?
We have a good article here that explains all the differences that you will see. For how much cheaper is life in Mexico, see our article here.
Shopping in Playa Del Carmen
Once you are living in Playa Del Carmen you will need to go shopping. You may need to go shopping for furniture and home furnishings or it just might be grocery shopping. We have you covered in our huge Shopping Guide to Playa Del Carmen. The first half is mainly for tourist and the second half is for residents.
We cover bulk stores, small markets and specialty shops in Playa Del Carmen. If you need help after reading this guide just comment on the end of it and we will find it for you.
Crime in Playa Del Carmen
Each area of the world has things that you have to know about as a resident. Living in Playa Del Carmen comes with a few things to note. While Playa is a relatively very safe area, we recommend you read our article about issues if crime that effect those living here. It is nothing shocking but just an honest look at what crime residents face most and how to avoid certain situations.
Exploring around after moving to Playa Del Carmen
Once you are settled into living in Playa Del Carmen you might want to explore a bit. We have you covered with our interactive map on places that are a day’s drive or perhaps an overnight trip. The tours and places to go guide will show you where is possible to go. We will keep adding to this as well, so it is good to bookmark it for more tips later.
Playa Del Carmen is nicely situated in the middle of the Riviera Maya. That makes it easy to go to Cancun to go shopping, Tulum to the beaches or inland to see Valladolid or other colonial town or Mayan ruin sites.
We hope we have answered some of your questions on living in Playa Del Carmen. We are sure you have more. Feel free to comment below and ask away. We love hearing from our readers. Also use to search box on this page because we have hundreds of articles too that might help answer your questions.