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Popular amenities for Playa del Carmen vacation rentals

Stay near Playa del Carmen's top sights

Quinta Avenida138 locals recommend
Mamita's Beach Club934 locals recommend
Plaza las Americas41 locals recommend
Parque Los Fundadores184 locals recommend
Xcalacoco38 locals recommend
Walmart Playa Del Carmen679 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Playa del Carmen

  • Total rentals

    16K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    7.6K properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    13K properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    3.3K properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    7.8K properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    330K reviews

Your guide to Playa del Carmen

All About Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is having its moment in the sun – this trendy resort town on the Mayan Riviera has only grown in popularity in recent years, and it’s now one of the largest and most bustling cities in Quintana Roo state. People watch along its always-buzzing beaches and take to the water to snorkel the second largest coral reef in the world, brimming with lavender sea fans and tropical fish. On dry land, Playa del Carmen’s central location makes it a great jumping off point to explore Mayan ruins nearby like Chichen Itza.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Playa del Carmen

With a whopping 340 days of sunshine on average per year, there is never a bad time to stay at a vacation rental in Playa del Carmen. Dry season — December through March — is also typically the busiest season. The summer months tend to be hotter and wetter, with rainfall averages peaking in September, and hurricane season popping up from June through November. For those looking to join in on the round-the-clock festivities, head here during typical school holidays (over the holidays, March break, and July through August). If you want to catch the Riviera at a quieter moment, spring and autumn are generally less busy. Regardless of when you go, you’ll be greeted by mild weather, warm waters, and lots of sun (even during the rainy season).


Top things to do in Playa del Carmen

Cool off in a cenote

Cenotes – mystical-seeming pockets of still water formed from collapsed caves – are a natural phenomenon unique to the Yucatan Peninsula. The waters range from sapphire blue to emerald green, and they can be located amongst Edenic gardens or cavernous, stalactite-studded tunnels. Thought by the Mayans to hold magical properties in their waters, swimming in a cenote can be an otherworldly experience.

Admire Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza needs no introduction — this UNESCO World Heritage Site is really anything but new. The wondrously preserved Mayan temple was built sometime around 750 AD, and served as the area’s most important urban center until 1200. If you make it here in time for the spring or autumn equinox, watch in awe as the sun creates a show of a serpent — a revered Mayan symbol — slithering down the pyramids.

Dance the night away

Playa del Carmen is known equally for its nightlife as it is for its beautiful scenery, so spending a night or two on the dancefloor is practically mandatory. You can make your way from club to club along the resort strip, or opt for a slightly more laid-back but no less lively evening of live music under the stars at one of many bar terraces. Regardless of where you go, you’re pretty much guaranteed a good time.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Playa del Carmen?

    Playa del Carmen enjoys a tropical climate with average temperatures ranging from 70°F (21°C) in winter to 85°F (29°C) in summer. It receives most rainfall from June to October, while the driest and warmest months are typically March and April.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Playa del Carmen?

    Popular activities in Playa del Carmen include snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of Playa Punta Esmeralda, exploring ancient Mayan ruins at Tulum, and shopping at the vibrant Mercado 28. Adventure seekers often take a ferry to Cozumel Island for diving experiences.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Playa del Carmen?

    The most frequented time to visit Playa del Carmen is between December and April, when the weather is warm and dry. The BPM Festival in January, and the Riviera Maya Film Festival in April, are two significant events attracting many visitors.

  • What are the best places to stay in Playa del Carmen?

    Centro, the downtown area, is popular for its close proximity to Fifth Avenue and the beach. Playacar is an upscale residential and tourist area with all-inclusive resorts. For a quieter stay, consider the relaxed neighborhood of Zazil-ha.

  • What are the best places to visit in Playa del Carmen?

    The bustling Fifth Avenue, known for its shops and restaurants, is a favorite among visitors. Nearby, the Playacar beachfront community is known for its scenic views. For a cultural experience, visit the Frida Kahlo Museum and the 3D Museum of Wonders.

  • What are some hiking trails in Playa del Carmen?

    Explore the jungles of Playa del Carmen on the Ruta de Los Cenotes, a trail that takes you to various freshwater sinkholes. You can also visit the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with abundant biodiversity and trails.

  • What are some family activities to do in Playa del Carmen?

    For a family-friendly adventure, explore the Xcaret Eco Park, home to a butterfly pavilion, aquarium, and natural lagoons. The Dolphinaris offers a chance to interact with dolphins, and the Planetarium Sayab offers insightful astronomical tours.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Playa del Carmen?

    Day trips from Playa del Carmen often include exploring the eco-archaeological park Xcaret, visiting the town of Tulum with its beautiful beaches and ancient ruins, or a trip to Cozumel Island known for its world-class diving spots.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Playa del Carmen?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Playa del Carmen. From over 6,380 apartment rentals, over 2,100 house rentals to over 4,210 condo rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Playa del Carmen?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 7,650 vacation rentals in Playa del Carmen featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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