Destination guide

Tropical dreams in Downtown Playa del Carmen

Uncover stunning palm-lined beaches and endless family fun in Downtown Playa del Carmen, a sunny tropical getaway on Mexico’s famous Riviera Maya that’s a favorite of travelers the world over. From once-in-a-lifetime snorkeling adventures along miles of coral reefs filled with colorful marine life, to family picnics and sandcastle-building contests with the kids, there’s no better way to soak up warm Caribbean days on the Yucatan Peninsula. Downtown Playa del Carmen vacation rentals keep you close to the action, whether you prefer to stay in a luxurious beachfront condo or a charming casita just steps from swanky shops and top-notch dining options.  

Things to do

Bustling Downtown Playa del Carmen

While spending every day of your vacation napping on the sand at the beach or racing through the waves on a boat tour may sound enticing, allotting some time to check out the city’s commercial center is also a must. The action takes place around Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue, a pedestrian-friendly zone just blocks off the beach. Here you’ll find shopping and dining options to satisfy every taste, from trendy retail chains to kitschy souvenir stores, and from casual coffee shops to world-class restaurants. A number of quirky museums and art galleries around town make for great breaks from the sun as well.


Boating adventures in Playa del Carmen

Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is famous for its amazing sandy beaches, swaying palms, and fantastic snorkeling, and a Downtown Playa del Carmen vacation rental puts you in the heart of it all. From here, you can take off on sailing trips in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, with a number of charters offer memorable experiences like swimming with whale sharks, deep-sea fishing, and snorkeling with giant sea turtles. If you’re traveling with a significant other, watching the sun fade away in brilliant pinks and oranges with a cocktail in hand on a sunset cruise is the perfect end to any day.


Sunny days year-round in Playa del Carmen

Sunny afternoons on the Riviera Maya are best spent soaking up the rays and enjoying the tropical sea breezes, and Playa del Carmen’s year-round highs in the 80s mean any day is ideal to spend outdoors. Since summer brings the rainier hurricane season, the period between October and March tends to be the most popular time to visit, and you’ll want to book early to snap up the dates you prefer. Seek out a Downtown Playa del Carmen vacation rental that includes a pool to splash around and swim with the kids in your oasis while avoiding the crowds near the sea.

Natural features

Diving undersea in Playa del Carmen

While the Yucatan Peninsula holds many nature-filled parks and preserves on land, one of the best ways to see the local wildlife is by dipping under the water. Just off the shore, the nearly 700-mile long Mesoamerican Reef is home to incredibly bright coral formations and an abundance of sea life, perfect for exploring on snorkeling and scuba-diving trips. The town of Puerto Morelos to the north is one of the best spots to access the reefs, as they reach near to the shore here, making it easy to spot local residents like barracudas, manta rays, and marine turtles.

Can I find a vacation rental around Downtown?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,920 vacation rentals near Downtown. From 606 Houses to 2,732 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Downtown for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Downtown?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Downtown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Cozumel: 511 vacation rentals
  • North America: 595,153 vacation rentals
  • Akumal: 1,039 vacation rentals
  • Puerto Morelos: 1,090 vacation rentals
  • Riviera Maya: 7,655 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Downtown! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Downtown?

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

  • Akumal: 1,039 rentals
  • Puerto Morelos: 1,090 rentals
  • Puerto Aventuras: 633 rentals
  • San Miguel: 511 rentals
  • Punta Maroma: 4,215 rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Downtown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Downtown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Akumal Beach: 911 rentals
  • Half Moon Bay: 1,909 rentals
  • Puerto Morelos Town Square: 2,934 rentals
  • San Francisco Beach: 4,279 rentals
  • Xcaret Eco Theme Park: 5,705 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Downtown listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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