Playa Del Carmen Mexico

Coming to Playa Del Carmen Mexico? Are you looking to visit on vacation or are you thinking to move to Playa Del Carmen? We wanted to provide you with the best information for you.  Daily we are on the ground and out discovering things for you. We have a passion for traveling and like to give you the insider information that will make for the best vacation or life in Playa.

Where is Playa Del Carmen in Mexico?

Playa Del Carmen is in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. This is the part that curves on the eastside of the country.

Playa Del Carmen is in the Riviera Maya. This is a stretch of coast that is home to some of the best beaches in Mexico. To our north is Cancun. This is where you most likely will arrive. Cancun Airport is the main arrival point for people visiting the area. We are about 45 minutes south of Cancun and Cancun Airport.

Tulum is to our south. Tulum is about 40 minutes away down the 307 Highway.

There is so much to access from Playa! There are Mayan ruins, colonial cities and all the Riviera Maya beaches! We are in a great location to explore.

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The beach in the center of Playa Del Carmen Mexico.

What is Playa Del Carmen all about?

Many people love Playa Del Carmen because it is a seaside town. It is more European feeling than cities like Cancun. What once was a small fishing village has grown into an international city today. Playa is very cosmopolitan and international at the same time it can have a small town feel.

The center of town is very walkable. There is one main pedestrian street that parallels the beach. This is called 5th Avenue. There are about 22 blocks to see here. This is where people love to walk and shop. There are also many restaurants and things to see on this street. You can read more about 5th Avenue in our guide here.

See also our Ultimate Shopping Guide to Playa Del Carmen here. This will give you a nice overall view of where to shop and what to expect.

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Golden morning by Park Fundadores.

Playa Del Carmen Weather for your trip

You will be pleased to know that we have great weather year round here! In fact it is the main draw for most people. We have a yearly average temperature of  77 Fahrenheit.

The sea is warm year round and you can swim anytime of the year here. That is what makes it so easy to be outside all the time and really explore the Rivera Maya.

For more on weather including when it rains and what the best months are, see our guide here.

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A perfect weather day for the beach in Playa Del Carmen.

Playa Del Carmen Hotels

There are over 40,000 hotel rooms in the area! So that lets you know there are a lot of options for you.

You can find older motels and hotels in Playa Del Carmen. There are also new and trendy hotels that rival great cities in the world. With so many hotels to choose from, we made a hotel guide. This way you can choose from just the best hotels.

If you are looking for a hostel, we narrowed that down in this article on the best hostels in Playa Del Carmen.


Playa Del Carmen All inclusive Resorts

In the center of Playa Del Carmen there are just a few all inclusive hotels. Most are outside of town because in the center you have so many restaurants and things to choose from you don’t really want to be trapped on a hotel property.

Most all inclusives in Playa Del Carmen are in the Playacar section. This is a private neighborhood on the south end of town. If you want access to go shopping and still have the comforts of the all inclusive hotel, this area might be good for you.

To see what are the better all inclusive hotels to stay in, we compiled a guide for you. This hotel guide is for all the Rivera Maya and is broken down in sections.

If you are trying to choose between an all inclusive hotel or a hotel, see our article here.

Playa Del Carmen’s Best Restaurants

With so many tourist coming there are a lot of restaurants to fit your needs. There are also a lot of people from around the world that have moved here and opened restautants. This gives a great variety to choose from! You can find everything from tacos to Italian and vegetarian to Venezuelan.

Some of our popular guide are our where to eat guide. We talk about where we would eat in one week in Playa Del Carmen.

The Cheap Eats guide tell you where to eat under 100 pesos. Our restaurant guide gives you reviews and a list of all the restaurants.

We have tons of more guides to food and restaurants. You just need to search in the search box and enter anything you are looking for. Chances are we have written about it! If not, send us a message and we will.

Nightlife in Playa Del Carmen

One of the more popular things to do in Playa Del Carmen is going out. Nightlife is pretty world class if we say so ourselves. There is about a different bar or club for whatever you are looking for. There is such a variety of bars we wrote a guide to bars. You can find where the bars are and what each one is like.

If you are looking to go our to a club then see our club and nightlife guide here. You can find all the places to go out at night.

Playa Del Carmen Tours, Activities and Excursions

When you come to Playa Del Carmen you no doubt want to go on some tours or experience some activities. We have you covered with many guides for you.

If you are looking for a tour or excursion, see our very thorough guide complete with an interactive map. You can see where these tours are and read more about them. Here is our guide to tours with the map.

If you are looking for some activities in Playa Del Carmen see our guide here.

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Rappelling into Cenote Maya.

Living in Playa Del Carmen

If you are considering moving to Playa Del Carmen then we have you covered. We love helping people discover the best places to live and what it is like here.

Playa is already home to several thousand expats from around the world. Some people live year round and some live here a few months a year.

Mexico is growing in interest from many people around the world as a place to move to. Not only for people looking to retire but also for an increasing amount of younger people. We wrote an article you might want to read, it is about why Mexico is such a great place to visit and live in now.

We have a lot of information under our “expats” tab on the page. Search through this and hopefully this will be helpful to you.

Top Reasons to Move to Playa Del Carmen

  1. It is beautiful! With turquoise seas and palm trees, it is like a paradise.
  2. Warm and welcoming people. Mexicans are very welcoming.
  3. Lower cost of living. As people age we all have to think about our budget. There are some things that cost a lot less in Mexico and some that are similar or slightly more then where you might live. See our article on the cost of living in Mexico here.
  4. Easy to get to and from. Playa Del Carmen is an easy flight from the US and Canada. This makes it easy to go and visit friends and family. It also makes it easy for people to come and visit you! Cancun Airport is very easy to get to. There are also many international and domestic flights available at reasonable cost.
  5. There is great accessibility to many cultural activities and destinations in the Yucatan Peninsula.
  6. Playa Del Carmen is a modern city in Mexico and can offer you more comforts. You are able to have modern conveniences, nice neighborhoods and still have access to the small towns and quiet life.

Playa Del Carmen Real Estate

If you are thinking of moving to Playa Del Carmen you might be looking to invest in a property. It can be a task to get to know the market. We have taken some of the work out of it for you. We have written a handy guide to real estate. Best of all we are not a real estate company and don’t try sway you in any direction. We just wrote it to be helpful.


We hope you get to come and visit Playa Del Carmen. We also hope with the use of our guides and article you are able to discover the best of Playa Del Carmen. Here in Mexico we will be working hard here to continually cover new places and write more guides.

If you are moving to the area or thinking of it, we hope we get a chance to meet you here! Let us know if you have questions. We love helping people get to know the area and how things work.

Happy travels from everyone here at

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A beautiful day at the beach in Playa Del Carmen Mexico.


  1. This is great information for visiting the area. We have been planning a trip to mexico for two years now and are looking forward to the next time already. The sun and beaches are great plus our kids love Xcaret, so we are sold on the area. Now with the exchange rate, it is even more affordable to visit.

  2. Do you have any articles or recommendations on hiring/using a property management company? My MIL owns a home, but only comes a few times a year and is looking for a reputable one that handles all her property needs. Thanks

    • Hello

      There are always new companies starting and it is hard to keep up with them. One tip is to get some references, then look at the properties the company manages. Look at the reviews, there will always be some negative revies, but overall, how is the company doing? You can get some references from the Facebook groups of expats in the Playa or Riviera Maya areas. North American Standard is a popular one, but sometimes depending on location and details of your condo, they are not looking to add more.

  3. I planned a solo vacation to go to Mexico for the first time. I started my Mexico vacation in Puerto Morelos at an all-inclusive resort. While at the resort I found out about Playa Del Carmen. I was trying to decide if I should go to Playa Del Carmen not having done any research. Two days before check out of the resort I landed on your website. While overlooking the Riveria Maya from my balcony sipping a mojito, I scoured your website for information and decided to head down to Playa Del Carmen.
    I spent 5 days in Playa Del Carmen in January 2023. The articles and guides regarding safety, nightlife, nightclubs and bars, the beach, shopping and transportation are spot on. I really enjoyed every day in Playa Del Carmen with the recommendations from your site. landing on your website helped me get the information I needed to be adventurous! I do plan to go back to Playa Del Carmen and note the time for low season rates. Please continue creating valuable content!

    • Thank you for reading the website. We like to give people practical and honest assessments of things. We hope you get to come back again.

    • Hello

      We still do not have a date from the city. We will post it on Facebook once we hear something. It is normally very late and we tell them that people like to plan ahead, but each year it is very late announcement.

  4. Is Aventura Mexicana really closed? Stayed there in March 2023 and have stayed there over 20 times. What happened? Will it reopen under new name?

    • We still have not heard anything concrete. Mostly likely this will be turned into a condo building with more floors. The land is getting too valuable to keep small hotels. This has happened to the Bric hotel a couple of blocks over and a few others.

      • when you hear aything about what they plan on doing to Aventura Mexicana please advise. such a nice beautiful hotel to be torn down!

    • There are none. Great places and cheap are not going to go together. Nor are beach and massage. Massages on the beach or near it are going to be for tourists that don’t really know what a good massage is. The best massages are in establishments that have a good reputation. Many places on 5th or the beach will rent a hotel room or space and just hire people to put hands on people. You might get some good massages in Tulum on the beach, but they will be expensive. Into Beach club between 4th and 6th might be your best bet for something on the beach and not too casual in quality.

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