Best place to stay in Playa del Carmen

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

This booming tropical city is highly regarded as a favourite destination from world travellers to everyday tourists. Even though Playa del Carmen can feel particularly busy at times throughout the year, it has a special vibe, which makes you feel like you are in a Mexican tropical paradise. The atmosphere here is relaxed and offers various tourist attractions, leisure activities for all the family including hikes, golf, diving, swimming along with many other things like spending time looking at the abundance of shops, romantic dinners and excellent accommodation.


The best area to stay in Playa del Carmen is the area that is between the 5th Avenue and the beach as this area is perfect visitors as you have everything within walking distance. The 5th Avenue is the closest to the beach and is where the main tourist scene is with the majority of the restaurants, shops, bars, clubs and attractions being in close proximity to this area.  The layout of the area makes it very easy to get around and therefore is not difficult to navigate your way and doesn’t matter if you get lost as this will only be for a short period.

Hotel   Avg price
The Magic Hotel
Calle 54 Norte
19€ - 23$
Hotel Boutique Casa Ticul 5th Av by BFH
Quinta Avenida Nte
37€ - 45$
Beach Energy Hotel by BFH - 5th Ave
Quinta Avenida Nte
49€ - 59$
Hotel   Avg price
Be Playa Hotel
Calle 26 entre avenida 5 y avenida 10
57€ - 69$
Panama Jack Resorts Gran Porto Playa del Carmen All Inclusive
Constituyentes No. 1
144€ - 174$
Hotel   Avg price
El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
Privada 1 Norte
145€ - 175$
Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort
1A Avenida Esquina Calle 26
200€ - 242$
Hilton Playa del Carmen
Constituyentes Avenue #2
280€ - 339$


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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5th Avenue and Beach area, the best area to stay in Playa del Carmen

Playa del CarmenThis neighbourhood is one of the best located connections for buses, taxis, cars and even boats as it is the most popular district in the city due to it being incredibly tourist friendly, which means it is the safest neighbourhood to stay in too. There are frequent connections to and from the closest airport, Cancun International Airport and the main tourist area too as the central bus station is found here.


Generally the city is a perfect place to walk around as it is a mainly pedestrian friendly place with 5th Avenue not allowing vehicles apart from those that are making deliveries in the early morning hours. Another great way of getting around the neighbourhood is by bike and there are numerous bike rental shops where you can hire bikes and take one of the many cycle routes through the area.


One of the biggest crowd pullers is the beach that sits in front of 5th Avenue and is known for its glorious white sand and pollution free waters, which offers excellent swimming, snorkelling, windsurfing, parasailing and many other types of sea-orientated sports.


The closer you get to the ferry docks, the busier the beaches get and this is where you can arrange fishing, diving and cruising trips to various places, which make for an eventful day out and at a cheap price.


Along 5th Avenue, you will notice the bountiful amount of travel agencies and tour companies that will be more than happy to arrange your day outs from Playa and there is plenty to choose from including: Cenote Diving (freshwater sinkholes, which are open to the public for diving, swimming and snorkelling and were first used by the Mayans to seek refuge from storms), Cozumel (requires taking a ferry to the nearby island that has world class diving sites as well as decent shopping places) and many Mayan ruin sites like Tulum, Xel-Ha, Coba Laguna and of course the legendary Chichen Itza.


A great day out for all the family is the magnificent Xcaret, which is a Mayan Eco Disney World and has various rides and cultural performances to do with the Mayans. Moreover, there are jungle, cave, garden and Eco park tours as well as trips to Mayan communities.


5th Avenue is a very enjoyable experience to walk through and you will be sure to see many different street performers like artists, magicians, fire-breathers, illusionists and lots of other characters, who make this place very vibrant.


The street is also home to numerous shopping opportunities with a diverse range of shops and malls with Centro Maya and Plaza Las Americas being the most famous. You can buy all sorts of products like clothes, jewellery, technology, electronics, snorkel and beach equipment, food, cigars (both Mexican and Cuban), camping equipment, entertainment shops and much more.


Famous stores like Hurley, Gucci, Chanel, Adidas and lots of other international as well as domestic brands can be found along the street. At night, this place really comes alive and there are a wide range of restaurants to select from that are found along 5th Avenue as well as the streets off it and beach area, though most are Italian or Mexican orientated but there are also some American, French, Spanish and Asian places to check out with seafood restaurants being located close to the dock area.


There is no shortage of bars and clubs in the area with some of the best views and cocktails found by the beachside and there is usually happy hour, karaoke, live music and performers at the majority of the places. There are many bars found along 5th Avenue but most have to close by 12am due to the noise levels but this is when the clubs by the beach open and is where you can dance till the early hours of the morning.


There is probably no need to book anything in advance in terms of hotels as you will see that this area has plenty of options ranging from budget to top quality places with some giving you views of the spectacular ocean.



Hotels in 5th Avenue