Destination guide

Playacar – a slice of Caribbean paradise

Perched on Mexico's sizzling Caribbean coast, less than an hour by car from Cancun Airport, Playacar is an alluringly upscale seafront community perched at the southern end of ravishing resort city Playa del Carmen. This vibrant slice of paradise is renowned for its palm-fringed, white sand beaches, turquoise waters, crumbling Mayan ruins and thrillingly cosmopolitan vibe. Playacar vacation rentals range from sleek apartments to sprawling oceanfront villas, and vacationers while away their evenings here sipping ice-cold cocktails, marveling at breath-taking sunsets and feasting on succulent fresh seafood.

Things to do

Mayan ruins around Playacar

You'll find an eclectic array of attractions near to your Playacar vacation rental. The star draw for many is Chichen Itza, the mythical pre-Hispanic city which endures to this day as a jaw-dropping archaeological site abounding in ancient ruins. If you don't fancy the 2-hour drive to the site, you'll also find beautifully preserved Mayan monuments in and around Playacar. For an unforgettable family day out, head to Xcaret Park, a one-of-a-kind ecological and cultural amusement park. Here you can explore an immersive traditional Mayan village, or embark on a scenic river cruise.

Activities

Aquatic adventures and gourmet days

While the powder-soft sand and paddling in the blissfully warm sea will always be a draw, visitors of a more active disposition can try their hand at a host of adrenalin-pumping activities in Playacar. Ocean breezes offer ideal conditions for kite surfing and paddle boarding, whilst thrill-seekers can race the waves on jet skis, or propel themselves into the sky on flyboards. For break from the sun, join a cooking class and learn how to make mouth-watering Yucatán-style barbecue dishes. After a hard day's work in the kitchen, reward yourself with an evening of tequila and mezcal tasting.

Weather

Year-round tropical heat in Playacar

The region's enviable tropical climate ensures reliable heat throughout the year, but Playacar vacation rentals are in particularly high demand between March and May. These are the driest and sunniest months, offering unbeatable conditions for swimming and sun-worshipping. Visitors also flock to Playacar between December and February for a spot of winter sun, but overcast days and rainfall are more likely during this period. Between August and October is typically the wettest time, although the rain tends to fall in short, sharp bursts. There is also a risk of hurricanes and tropical storms at this time of year.

Natural features

Playacar's marine life

Playacar's crystal-clear waters are positively teeming with marine life. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, don your snorkel or scuba gear and marvel at live coral reefs, schools of colorful tropical fish, stately sea turtles and sleek sharks. Those who prefer to stay on the surface of the water can get up close to one of the earth's cleverest and most playful species and head off to swim with the dolphins. Playa del Carmen is within easy reach of dense tropical rainforests, home to playful spider monkeys, multi-hued macaws and elusive jaguars.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Playacar

Fly into Cozumel, Quintana Roo (CZM-Cozumel Intl.), the closest airport, located 12.4 mi (19.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Cancun, Quintana Roo (CUN-Cancun Intl.), which is 32.6 mi (52.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Playacar?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 566 vacation rentals near Playacar. From 152 Houses to 126 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Playacar for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay near Playacar?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend near Playacar:

  • Gonzalo Guerrero: 2,324 vacation rentals
  • Playacar Beach: 858 vacation rentals
  • Centro: 3,030 vacation rentals
  • Playacar Fase II: 935 vacation rentals
  • Zona Hotelera Norte: 85 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I rent Houses near Playacar?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 152 Houses near Playacar. Our other popular types of vacation rentals near Playacar include:

  • Villas: 126 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 250 rentals available
  • Studios: 94 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Resorts and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool near Playacar?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 473 rentals with pool available near Playacar. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

    Can I book a vacation rental directly online or instantly near Playacar?

    Yes, HomeAway offers a selection of 566 vacation rentals to book directly online and 373 with instant booking available near Playacar. Don't wait, have a look at our vacation rentals via our search bar and be ready for your next trip near Playacar! 

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