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Rental Condos in Playa del Carmen

Located on the northeastern shore of the Yucatan Peninsula, the city of Playa del Carmen, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, lies on the stretch of Caribbean coastline known as the Riviera Maya. The main attraction in Playa del Carmen, or Playa as it is commonly known, is the crystalline blue waters and soft white sands of its beaches. In Playa, apartments and condos are popular accommodations that in many cases come with desirable facilities such as private hot tubs and swimming pools, satellite television, washing machines and grills for outdoor barbecuing. Parking is often included, a bonus for those folks who have rented a car.

Underwater activities

Scuba diving and snorkeling

The reefs in the Riviera Maya area are teeming with marine life, and the transparent sea water allows for particularly good viewing of the different varieties of fish, manta rays, turtles and even small sharks.

Cenotes

A cenote is a sinkhole exposing an underground river. These are found all over the Yucatan Peninsula, and swimming in one is a unique experience. Exploring one of these caverns is usually done in the company of a professional guide who typically also explains the significance of cenotes in ancient Mayan rituals.

Shopping and dining

The principal tourist hub in Playa del Carmen is Quinta Avenida, or 5th Avenue, which also happens to be where many excellent restaurants, bars and shops are located. Everything from large chain stores to small family-run businesses can be found on this street which runs parallel to the beach. Dining choices include Mexican, Mayan, Italian and German.

Nature Parks

There are several developed parks in the Playa area which combine the natural wonders of the region, such as water caves and jungles filled with mangroves, with archaeological sites and man-made attractions like ziplines and scenic observation towers. Adventure activities, aquatic fun and cultural enrichment are the focus of the following parks:

  • Xcaret
  • Xplor
  • Xel-Ha

Golf

There are five golf courses in Playa del Carmen. Golfers can enjoy a round against a lush jungle or Caribbean sea backdrop and possibly spot wildlife such as iguanas while playing.

Nightlife

Quinta Avenida in Playa is renowned for its dance clubs, karaoke bars and streets filled with live music and street performers. Tequila tastings, salsa dancing, live jazz, classic rock—there's something for everyone after dark.

Best Times to Visit

Many people first consider weather conditions when planning a trip, but in the case of Playa, there is no bad season. The region enjoys a balmy, sub-tropical climate year-round. Summer temperatures tend to be hotter, and there is a greater chance of rain than at other times of year. Crowds at hotels and beaches are larger during the holidays, most especially during Holy Week when many Mexican nationals enjoy vacation time. Those who enjoy jazz music or international films should plan to visit in November or April, respectively; Playa del Carmen hosts events related to both the annual Riviera Maya Jazz Festival and Film Festival.

How to Reach Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen doesn't have its own international airport, but it is serviced by two nearby airports, Cancun International Airport and Cozumel International Airport, which receive flights on major airlines. Since Cozumel is an island, travelers need to get from the airport to the ferry dock via a shared shuttle or exclusive airport taxi. Regular taxis are not allowed at this airport, but they can be found at taxi stands just off the property exit. The ferry crossing to Playa del Carmen takes about 30 minutes. There are more choices for getting from Cancun to Playa del Carmen; rental cars are available at Cancun airport, and there is also bus service aboard the ADO buses located just outside the airport exit. Pre-booked private transfers are another option, as are shared shuttle rides and authorized airport taxi cabs.

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                                                                                                      Recent Playa del Carmen Reviews

                                                                                                      Muy bien Gracia

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Rating Details: The property manager was more than helpful. The vacation rental was very clean. I was more than happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Muy a gusto
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Beuatiful property in a good location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Our family of five just returned from our stay at this gorgeous property. The furnishings and appliances are very modern. The power outlets are all three prong so there is no need to worry about bringing or purchasing adapters if you're coming from the US. The two full bathrooms and a half bathroom came in handy with five people. The big main pool area was used quite a bit by our children when we weren't off taking in the rest of the Riviera Maya. The property location is not in the middle of the popular Fifth Avenue area (which I think is a plus) but yet close enough for a quick 10 minute car ride. The owner is very punctual in returning correspondence and definitely gives attention to ensuring that your stay is pleasant. Also, We took advantage of the washer/dryer in the condo before packing for our return flight.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      A Wonderful Stay At A Lovely Condo!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We enjoyed our stay at Helen's condo very much. It was exactly what we wanted in an off-resort vacation. Everything was as advertized: The condo was clean, quiet and comfortable (I slept better there than at home!) and very close to the beach and 5th Avenue - tremendous value for the cost. We made lots of use of the pool which was lovely. Helen and Rocio were very responsive and helpful with all my questions. We visited at the end of June, during the "rainy season", and I was a little worried about the forecast which did not look good, but we enjoyed mostly sunny days. The condo is equipped with an umbrella and chairs for the beach, but we preferred to park ourselves somewhere where we could get drinks and food. The best deal we found was at the Cannibal Royal, very close to the condo. You can enjoy the beach lounge chairs as long as you want so long as you order something. We also spent an afternoon at the Mahekal Beach Resort, but they charged 500 pesos per person for the use of the lounge chairs and a 300 pesos food and drink credit. This was our first visit to Playa del Carmen and we loved everything about it, especially how accessible by walking everything is. 5th Avenue stretches for more than 2 miles of a vast variety of shops and restaurants, and it is closed off to cars, so it is lovely to walk it. There is a beautiful Catholic chapel at the other end of the 5th (near the ferry) where you can attend an English Mass on Sundays, or just drop in to pray. We barely put a dent into all there is to see and do in Playa del Carmen - definitely plan to go back, and I would be very happy to stay at Casa Maya again. Highly recommended!!
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Jun 2016