Summary: The city of activities. From the beach to various local meetups and events to nearby hotspots Cancún and Tulum to day tips to Cozumel, Cenotes, adventure parks, and historical sites this city of only 300k with a constant inflow of visitors could keep you busy for a lifetime.
Remember! Tipping is totally voluntary. If you feel pressured into tipping, I recommend you do not give a tip. Sometimes Mexicans tip 10%. Sometimes they tip nothing (like in taxis and barber shops).
From the Cancún airport, take the ADO bus. It's your best option.
For Spanish classes, text Ana (+52.984.253.2346) or Agora Language Center. These might be the best Spanish teachers I've ever found (I tested about 10 teachers here in Playa del Carmen alone).
For an Airbnb text Joel (+52.984.135.6530). There's a million Airbnbs in Playa and o matter if your budget is $50 or $100 per night, they ALL are so similar. This Airbnb is in the perfect, central location, pool, A/C, fast wifi, private apartment.
Cenote means "sacred well" and comes from the Yucatec Mayan, the country’s second most widely spoken indigenous language who believed they were passageways to the afterlife. There are over 6,000 in this area.
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System is the second largest in the world. The first was a big letdown for me.
English is widely spoken and the dollar is accepted everywhere
The laundromats here suck. They don't fold well and they stain your clothes. My brand new tank tops, ruined by bleach.
Hidden Beach: Punta Esmeralda is wide, with palm trees, open cenote, perfect swimming conditions
A taxi will cost 40 MXN without the main part of the city. Pro tip: Give 30 MXN without asking how much and half the time the driver will not say anything. Sometimes, the driver will ask for 50 MXN
Theft! I had my shoes and sandals stolen within a week of arriving. That same day I met a friend who had his laptop stolen from inside his home. I also saw posted on a facebook group that someone else recently had a break in with some commenters mentioning the same.
It's a nighttime destination. This city STARTS to get active around 11am.
Can't believe I just learned this....if you decline the ATM rate, you save the commission they propose. I always thought declining means I don't get to withdraw money. Mind blown moments.
Playacar is actually the city/section jsut to the South that's cheaper but still close
In 1970 the population of Playa del Carmen was only 300
Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is an annual event held in November
Known For: 5th avenue, pharmacies, Senor Frogs, tequila, Marquesita
I choose the items below as they’re generally available everywhere. Thus, easy for comparison. The prices reflect the cheapest option given my standard. In any estination you can find slightly cheaper prices if you wanted to sacrifice convenience (ie going to local market or out-of-town grocery store).