Best place to stay in Playa del Carmen

Which is the best area to stay in Playa del Carmen?

Born a humble fishing village on the shores of the Yucatán Peninsula's Riviera Maya, this Mexican beach destination is said to be a more ‘grown-up’ version of its more famous (though some say notorious) neighbor, Cancun. While its history as a tourist playground is fairly short, Playa del Carmen is growing rapidly - in both infrastructure and the volume of tourists it attracts. Unlike Cancun though, it offers more than just lounging on the beach by day, and partying at night. A pleasing mix of hedonism, culture and nature make Playa del Carmen an attractive alternative, and at a gentler pace.


In a small town with a big heart, you want to feel its pulse, so find your way to its center - El Centro, in Spanish - of which Fifth Avenue is the aorta from which the fun flows. El Centro is the best area to stay in Playa del Carmen - an eclectic mix of old and new, hustle and chill, culture and vibe. It has a diverse range of accommodations on offer - everything from self-catering options to exclusive beachfront resorts. No matter your budget, you’re sure to find a place to rest your head and the end of a long day (or night).

Hotel   Avg price
The Magic Hotel
Calle 54 Norte
19€ - 20$
Hotel Boutique Casa Ticul 5th Av by BFH
Quinta Avenida Nte
37€ - 40$
Beach Energy Hotel by BFH - 5th Ave
Quinta Avenida Nte
49€ - 52$
Hotel   Avg price
Be Playa Hotel
Calle 26 entre avenida 5 y avenida 10
57€ - 61$
Panama Jack Resorts Gran Porto Playa del Carmen All Inclusive
Constituyentes No. 1
144€ - 154$
Hotel   Avg price
El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
Privada 1 Norte
145€ - 155$
Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort
1A Avenida Esquina Calle 26
200€ - 214$
Hilton Playa del Carmen
Constituyentes Avenue #2
280€ - 300$


On the map, which shows the most convenient area to stay in Playa del Carmen, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.



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Centro, the best area to stay in Playa del Carmen


Centro Playa del CarmenThe best place to stay in Playa del Camen for first time visitors is El Centro. And the advantage of staying there, is that you won’t need a car, as its attractions are within walking distance - the beach, shops, restaurants, bars, and accommodation. The drawback is that it can be noisy if you’re sensitive to sound, particularly along the more ‘touristy’ streets. Thankfully, there are a lot of accommodation options tucked away on quiet side streets, so you will be able to find something to your liking After all there are about 400 accommodation options listed!


Centro also offers easy access to the Maritime Terminal, from which you can catch a ferry to Cozumel or depart on a fishing or diving adventure. Of course, seafront means beachfront - and there are several well-appointed beach clubs to choose from, offering varying rates and services. You’ll also find plenty of taxi and shuttle departure points.



Hotels in Centro




Other areas to stay in Playa del Carmen


5th Avenue


5th AvenueThe best place to stay in the heart of the action of Playa del Carmen is Fifth Avenue. Here you can spend hours in a retail version of Whack-a-Mole, as you pop in and out of souvenir shops and more familiar outlets dotted along its colorful 3-mile course. You’ll find everything from Mayan-inspired trinkets to international brand cosmetics and fashion along this safe, pedestrian mall. And when you need some sustenance along the way, a multitude of both familiar and traditional food outlets offer cuisine for every taste.


Fundalores park is a great place to relax while enjoying a Mayan dance display or people-watching the traffic to and from the beach. If you’re looking for a more sedate cultural fix, visit the Frida Kahlo Museum or the Gaston Charo Art Gallery. Then, as retail buzz slows, it is replaced by a pulsating nightlife - with an array of bars and nightclubs.



Hotels in 5th Avenue




12th Street


12th streetIf you’re looking for the best place to stay for nightlife, you’ll be spoiled for choice on the nearby 12th Street. You could choose to kickstart the evening’s festivities with pre-drinks at a bar on Copyright Steve Bebington 5th Avenue - or keep it simple at Abolengo Bar, which offers a fresh take on a traditional Mexican cantina with light meals and cocktails. Although it starts fairly tame, it gets pretty wild as the night progresses. Generally, the nightclubs are open from 11 pm and can stay open well into the early hours.


Relative to the often chaotic Cancun nightlife - the trend is more heavily influenced by European club culture and is quite sophisticated in places. Dress codes may apply, so check beforehand There’s also the option of several Salsa clubs if you’re looking for something with a distinctly local flavor. Club-hopping tours are a popular option for those that want to avoid the queues.



Hotels in 12th Street






PlayacarKnown for its upmarket homes, several all-inclusive beach resorts, and a prestigious golf club - Playacar is the best place to stay for families. Accessible via the southern end of Fifth Avenue, Playacar offers beachgoers crystalline waters lapping up on white, sandy beaches that are safe for swimming. There is a mix of marine activities on offer, from SCUBA diving to luxury yacht sunset cruises - and everything in between. Ask around and you could find your way to the ancient ruins of Xaman-Ha, which date back to the Mayan era.


Playacar does lay it all on for the American market, which might not suit all tastes or expectations. If lazy days with a steady flow of margaritas is your thing; you’ll love it. If you want a more immersive Mexican experience, or don’t fancy vanilla-flavored entertainment, you can safely give it a miss. Or it could be your dream vacation.



Hotels in Playacar






MayakobaMayakoba is also a gated community and the 650-acre development is the best place to stay for beaches and luxury hotels - incorporating the natural beauty of the area. It is nestled between the tropical waters of the Cozumel channel on one side and canal-linked lagoons and pristine mangroves on the other. Here you will find luxurious hotels, world-class cuisine, and incomparable resort options. There are wellness centers, a golf course, and exclusive beach clubs - all designed to encompass the natural landscape.


There are plenty of ways to get some exercise amid all the decadence. You could choose to bike or hike the various nature trails, dive into the crystal waters of an ancient cenote, choose from a selection of watersports, or spot endemic birds which thrive in the pristine mangrove forests. For a taste of old Mexico, a visit to the El Pueblito plaza is a cultural and sensory treat.



Hotels in Mayakoba