Best Areas to Stay in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Where to Stay in Playa del Carmen – A guide to the tropical paradise of Quintana Roo

Playa del Carmen is located in the heart of the Riviera Maya.

It is a cosmopolitan destination that is filled every year with travelers from all over the world, who arrive in search of of tropical climate and Caribbean beaches.

Located in the state of Quintana Roo, in southeastern Mexico, on the Yucatan Peninsula, Playa del Carmen has dreamlike beaches, lovely landscapes and is close to parks and archaeological sites.

From Playa del Carmen, you can also make several excursions to visit places such as Tulum, one of the most important sites in the Mayan culture.

The beaches in the area stand out for having few waves and for their white sand. While, during the day, they are the favorite space to sunbathe and rest, at night, they are chosen to carry out international festivals and parties.

Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue), a pedestrian area of more than 4 kilometers full of cafes, bars, restaurants, and craft shops is one of the main arteries of Playa del Carmen.

The climate of Playa del Carmen is warm and humid most of the year, so it can be visited practically during any season.

Playa del Carmen is reached by the Cancun International Airport, about 45 minutes by car from the city.

Getting around Playa del Carmen is possible through three bus routes, vans, rental cars, and taxi lines.

However, Playa del Carmen is a relatively small city, so it can be explored on foot, as long as you are resistant to heat.

The best area to stay in Playa del Carmen is the City Center for being the heart of the city, with hotels of all categories and many leisure options See accommodation in Playa del Carmen City Center.

The best areas to stay in Playa del Carmen

1. Our favorite area: Playa del Carmen City Center

Playa del Carmen City Center revolves around La Quinta, a very safe and busy pedestrian avenue where a large number of restaurants, bars, spas, shops, cafes, and boutiques can be found.

In the City Center, there is also the Founders Park, where Mayan dance shows are held, in addition to the Chapel of Carmen, a small church that, inside, has a glass window overlooking the sea.

Events such as jazz and electronic music festivals can also be enjoyed in Playa del Carmen City Center.

Also, here, you’ll find the main bus and sea terminals, so it has the best connections in the city.

The City Center is the best area to stay in Playa del Carmen, with a wide variety of hotels for all tastes and budgets.

Best areas to stay in Playa del Carmen - City Center

Best areas to stay in Playa del Carmen – City Center

Accommodation in Playa del Carmen City Center - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Playa del Carmen City Center – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Playa del Carmen:

  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Heart of the city
  • Great public transport connections

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Myko Playa del Carmen

El Hotel Myko Playa Del Carmen se encuentra en Playa del Carmen, a 2,6 km de la estación internacional de autobuses ADO, y ofrece piscina al aire libre, jardín y terraza. Este establecimiento se encuentra a poca distancia de lugares de interés como el Kool Beach Club.

from US$54
Budget

Maya Vacanze Playa Aventura

El Maya Vacanze Playa Aventura es un edificio de colores típicos mexicanos situado a 5 minutos a pie de la famosa 5ª Avenida, sus discotecas y locales de ocio. Las habitaciones son alegres y disponen de WiFi gratuita, aire acondicionado, ducha y baño privado.

from US$24
Luxury

Marquee Playa Hotel

El Marquee Playa Hotel se encuentra en Playa del Carmen, a 1,1 km de la estación internacional de autobuses ADO, y ofrece terraza y bar. Entre los lugares de interés cercanos al establecimiento se incluyen la terminal marítima de Playa del Carmen y el Kool Beach Club.

from US$124

 

 

 

2. Playacar I

Playacar I is the private neighborhood next to the beach that is especially notorious for hosting some Mayan ruins.

It is located at the southern end of Playa del Carmen, between the end of the city and Playacar II, in a closed and luxurious area with many trees and green spaces.

Playacar I, although small compared to other urbanisms, allows residents to be a few blocks from the beach, with very exclusive villas near the sea and close to the City Center.

Here, you can rent water scooters and easy-to-use motorboats, which guarantee fun rides and excellent views of the shore and the ferry terminal.

Although the costs of accommodation in Playacar I are high, some choose it for having all-inclusive hotels that make it one of the best areas to stay in Playa del Carmen.

Where to stay in Playa del Carmen - Playacar I

Where to stay in Playa del Carmen – Playacar I

Accommodation in Playacar I - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Playacar I – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Playa del Carmen:

  • Near the City Center
  • Luxury hotels
  • Beach access

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Casa Blanca

This property is located in the prestigious residential neighborhood of Playacar, just 50 meters from the beach and a 7-minute walk from the Playa del Carmen ferry dock.

from US$79
Budget

Casa María

Casa Maria is located in Playa del Carmen and offers a private beach area and free WiFi. The units feature a balcony, air conditioning, a TV and a bathroom with free toiletries.

from US$34
Luxury

Sunset Fishermen Beach Resort

Sunset Fishermen Beach Resort All Inclusive, located in Playa del Carmen, offers a restaurant and free private parking. The rooms have a TV and a private bathroom with a bath or shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries.

from US$109

 

 

 

3. Playacar II

Playacar II is located south of the main urban area of Playa del Carmen. It was built around a golf course, where exclusive villas, hotels, and resorts with a five-star rating stand out.

Somewhat away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Playacar II offers quiet streets that are suitable for sports, as well as big malls for shopping enthusiasts.

Another aspect that attracts a lot of attention in this area is that there are Mayan ruins visible on the sides of the road, which creates an interesting contrast while enjoying the beach, the sun, and its peaceful atmosphere.

Playacar II also has bars, restaurants, cafes and the possibility of outdoor activities such as golf, yoga and water sports.

This neighborhood stands out among the best areas to stay in Playa del Carmen for its all-inclusive resorts that are the dream of the most demanding travelers.

Best areas to stay in Playa del Carmen - Playacar II

Best areas to stay in Playa del Carmen – Playacar II

Accommodation in Playacar II - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Playacar II – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Playa del Carmen:

  • Peaceful area
  • Luxury area
  • Great bars and restaurants

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Eurostars Hacienda Vista Real

    Eurostars Hacienda Vista Real is an elegant establishment located in Playa del Carmen. It has tropical gardens, lakes and a golf course within the gated community of Playacar. The ferry terminal that goes to Cozumel is 12 minutes away by car.

    from US$60
 

 

 

4. Mayakoba

Mayakoba is defined as an oasis of tranquility and luxury in the Mexican Caribbean, combining the beauty of its landscapes with gastronomic excellence, as well as cultural activities and sports.

Mayakoba is a popular area among visitors for the points of interest it houses, as well as for its convenient location 8km from the City Center and 40km from Cancun International Airport, its closest airport.

Among the endless attractions nearby are El Camaleón golf club, Maroma Beach and Mamitas Beach Club, as well as the Guadalupe Church.

This area has natural spaces such as the Xcaret ecological theme park, lagoons, jungle, and beaches, as well as restaurants that serve a great gastronomic variety inherited from the Mayan culture.

Among the best areas to stay in Playa del Carmen, Mayakoba stands out for hosting luxury hotels and fabulous resorts, as well as endless entertainment options.

Where to stay in Playa del Carmen - Mayakoba

Where to stay in Playa del Carmen – Mayakoba

Accommodation in Mayakoba - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Mayakoba – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Andaz Mayakoba – a concept by Hyatt

    The exclusive Andaz Mayakoba is located in the private complex of Mayakoba, in Playa del Carmen, and offers 2 outdoor swimming pools and a private beach area. The complex has a spa center, sauna and 4 restaurants.

    from US$329
 

 

 

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