Playa del Carmen, Mexico Travel Guide

Last Updated: Jan 2022

While it’s only about an hour south of Cancun by shuttle or taxi, Playa del Carmen is a very different destination. Unlike the endlessly long strip of beach hotels and timeshare buildings that makes up the tourist part of Cancun, Playa del Carmen is an actual tourist town, and a very charming one at that.

Why Visit Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen Facts

Population 150,000
Area 150,000
Timezone UTC-5
Currency Mexican peso

Where to eat and drink in Playa del Carmen

Budget breakfastThese prices are for cheap meals in the Hotel Zone. If you go Downtown you can eat for far less.$3.23 - $7.05
Budget lunchIn the Hotel Zone the best deals are the small local places in the heart of the nightlife/tourist area.$5.29 - $8.81
Budget dinnerYou might have to look around for reasonably priced places unless you head Downtown, which is probably not worth the savings.$9.99 - $14.69
Beer (.33l bottle)Look out for happy hours and bucket specials to avoid paying the highest prices. The clubs charge double this range.$2.06 - $3.82
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When to visit Playa del Carmen

Temperature and rainfall

Month High F Low F Precip (inches)

Playa del Carmen Weather advice

Sunrise and sunset

21 Mar6:51am7:00pm
21 Jun6:09am7:23pm
21 Sep6:37am6:45pm
21 Dec7:20am6:31pm

Where to stay in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen Hotel Seasons

Playa del Carmen Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar53.00 - 75.00
starstarstarstarstar58.00 - 124.00
starstarstarstarstar78.00 - 142.00
starstarstarstarstar96.00 - 257.00
starstarstarstarstar258.00 - 459.00
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Playa del Carmen Hostel Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed10.00 - 36.00

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