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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

                                                                  Perfect Location

                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                  This was the perfect location for our vacation! The owners were so easy to work with, they gave great directions and their apartment is so close to the pool and ocean. We felt safe at the property, it was well-maintained and the grounds are beautiful. We would recommend this location to anyone who is looking for a relaxing beach vacation in Mexico. We can't wait to come back!
                                                                  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
                                                                  • Stayed: Aug 2016

                                                                  One of the best rentals in Playacar

                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                  Location, location, location. Not oceanfront but wonderful view of ocean from patio and of course from the upper deck. House very comfortable.Short walk to Playa Del Carmen. Highly recommend
                                                                  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
                                                                  • Stayed: Jan 2016

                                                                  Highly recommended with right set of expectations

                                                                  4 of 5
                                                                  This is a great great place to rent. Let me start with the positives: the house is in a secured community where only resident have access, and so it is quiet, it is safe, and most importantly, the beach is clean and not overcrowded. Other places in Playa you either have overcrowded public beaches, or you have to pay "beach rights" or minimum consumption rights at a private beach club. The house is very literally 1.5 blocks from the beach, and you can't beat the location. Walking to "la quinta", which is the main commercial street where all the shops and restaurants are takes 10 minutes. The house is small and comfortable, but perfectly nice and clean. Good water pressure on the running water, no problem with getting hot water. Finally, the owner/manager are very responsive. The 2 occasions when we asked for something, we had it being addressed immediately. Now, here is where the expectations come in. It's nothing that is wrong per se, but they are things you may be expecting, and so I think important to know about. - the pool is nice, but in the shade during parts of the day and hence not the main attraction. I would really say this house makes more sense to rent to then go to the beach. If what you want is lay by the pool all day, this may not be for you. - the kitchen is functional, but equipped very sparsely. It is obvious most people who rent here don't do much cooking, but just make some coffee or a quesadilla now and again. Given the vast choice of restaurants in Playa, that may indeed be your preference. But we do tend to do grocery shopping and cook a lot when we travel, and for that, this was sparse. Don't get me wrong... stove, oven, toaster, microwave, fridge, coffee machine are all there and work. But hardly enough pots and pans or even plates and cutlery to prepare food. We ended up buying additional plates and cutlery and only had one pan. - the wifi worked but has a very week signal, and mostly only in the bedrooms - we were told the toilets block easily and hence asked to throw the toilet paper into a trash can instead of flushing it down. That's not ideal, but doable. However, in that case, I would have expected the toilets to be equipped with covered trash cans, to block the view and smell of the toilet paper. They weren't. Same thing in the kitchen, where the open trash can attracted a nightly procession of ants. But to manager's credit, we asked them to change it, and they did.
                                                                  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2016
                                                                  • Stayed: Dec 2015