Category: Moving Guide

So, you want to move to Tulum, Playa del Carmen?


Moving to Playa del Carmen, Tulum or the Riviera Maya

Today living abroad and moving to another country has become very attractive for many people, not only since the pandemic in early 2020. The Riviera Maya including Playa del Carmen and Tulum has been on the top list of Expat Destinations in Mexico for more than 3 decades.

Immigration from Europe, Canada, North and South America has transformed Playa del Carmen from a small fishing village into a cosmopolitan city with beautiful beaches and warm weather year-round. Tulum is on the rise for a few years and has become the go-to place for eco-chic hotels, sustainable developments, and eco-homes in the jungle.

But that is not all! Everyone who has lived or moved to the Riviera Maya will tell you that they love the lifestyle, its people, the beautiful beaches, the green jungle, and the relatively lower cost of living.

Live style in Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and the Riviera Maya

While the lifestyle in Playa del Carmen is a little different than in Tulum or for example Puerto Aventuras, all of the villages and cities along the Riviera Maya have the following in common:

Warm and sunny weather to enjoy the outdoors year-round! And yes, sometimes it rains and if it does, it rains heavily.

Beautiful stretches of white sandy beaches with calm turquoise water. Some Mexican beaches are very popular among tourists, but others are hidden treasures, and along the Riviera Maya are a lot of beaches to choose from!

Wonderful welcoming and warm people, local residents and expats alike, English is spoken everywhere!

Exceptional restaurants and fresh food everywhere, from local street vendors to traditional Mexican food, vegan restaurants, cuisine from all over the world like Germany, Israel, Italy, Canada, Argentina, India, you name it!

Beach bars with live music almost every day of the week – you want to meet people? You can do that any day of the week!

In need of a healthy lifestyle? Yoga, Salsa Dancing, Diving, Paddleboarding, Swimming, Snorkeling, Water Aerobics, Zumba, Tennis, Basketball, Running, Gym …. the options are endless and sometimes classes are for free!

A lower cost of living allows you to support the local economy by having a gardener or a maid or even a caretaker for an elderly person. But that is not all! Regular groceries, fresh fish, vegetables & fruits are cheap, rents, real estate, healthcare, and insurance, etc. are affordable as well.

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Immigration Service for foreigners in Playa del Carmen, Tulum & the Riviera Maya


How to get your working visa as a foreigner and how to get your permanent residency card as a retiree for Mexico

Learn about the different types of visas available for foreigners and get to know the best Immigration Specialist in Playa del Carmen

Most foreigners enter Mexico with a tourist visa that is valid for up to 180 days. But what if you want to stay longer or even move permanently to Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya?

People have different needs and there are different options available for staying legally in Mexico. An Immigration Specialist is the right person to talk to. They are not only always up to date with the current immigration laws in Mexico, but they also know how to work with the local immigration office in Playa del Carmen, they speak Spanish and are able to understand the bureaucratic gibberish of the immigration laws and notifications.

Immigration Services in Playa del Carmen: help and necessity for everyone who does not speak Spanish

It is important to talk to an Immigration Specialist to figure out what is the best residency visa option in Mexico for you, as there are different types and different requirements.

We are happy to connect you with the Best Immigration Specialists in Playa del Carmen with many years of experience that are highly recommended and trusted, send us an email at info(at)playa-rentals(dot)com and we will provide you their contact information.

Here is just a brief overview:

Temporary Residency (valid 6 months to 4 years).

This option can be the right option for everyone who has a certain amount of savings in the bank or gets a certain amount of pension/salary from another country every month. If you own Real Estate in Mexico it can be a good option for you as well or if you want to invest in or start a Mexican Cooperation. You also will get a Temporary Residency if you start working in Mexico for an employer that has permission from the government to hire foreign workers. When you have a child that as born in Mexico, or you have other family bonds with a Mexican, you also can obtain this type of residency.

So you see that there are different options to get the Temporary Residency in Mexico and it is important to speak to one of the Immigration Specialists in Playa del Carmen to figure out what is the best and easiest visa option for you, especially as part of the immigration process already starts in your country and will get finalized here in Playa del Carmen‘s local immigration office.

Permanent Residency is a lifetime residency and a one-time process to obtain it. If you have a Temporary Residency you will obtain the Permanent Residency after 4 years, but you have to apply for it. And again, suitable for all foreigners who can prove that they have a certain amount of savings in the bank or can prove that they get a certain amount of pension/salary from another country every month, or own Real Estate or are doing business or are working in Mexico.

For more info please contact us at info(at)playa-rentals(dot)com

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5 Tips to find the perfect Long Term Rental in Playa del Carmen


Not knowing the town and neighborhoods, nor the particulars of the culture, and probably not being able to speak enough Spanish makes it hard, confusing, and time-consuming for everyone looking to rent in Playa del Carmen, Tulum & the Riviera Maya.

How can you find a rental property in Playa del Carmen? Where to look? Where are the best locations to live? Who can help you, to find a Long Term Rental in Playa del  Carmen?

We at Playa Rentals & Sales® want to share the best tips we have gathered through the years of experience in Renting and Selling in the Playa del Carmen & Riviera Maya Real Estate Market.

  1. Start looking online and browse through sites that advertise rentals. This will give you a good overview of what is out there, for what price, and in which neighborhood. Take notes of what you like and have a look at our maps to get familiar with the different areas. Feel free to send us a screenshot or link to units you found online and we are happy to check if they are real and existing, as many advertisements are permanent listings.
  2. The Long Term Rental Market in Playa del Carmen is hot and fast. Availabilities are changing almost on a daily base. What was available yesterday is rented within a few days. Most owners & their property managers do not want to hold a unit for a potential tenant. That is why we start searching 14 days before your arrival or rental date. That is enough time to find a list of available properties.
  3. Come to Playa del Carmen and stay in a hotel for 2 nights if you can and choose a Long Term Rental in Playa del Carmen when you are here. We do not recommend renting for 6 or 12-month sight unseen or from pictures if you are new to Playa del Carmen. It is also recommendable to use our expertise. We know many properties and we know the good and the bad about almost every building and neighborhood. We will search for suitable Long Term Rentals in Playa del Carmen for you before your arrival and will show you properties while you are staying in the hotel. 2 or 3 days with showings are enough and you will be able to make a good choice.
  4. Best times to look for a Long Term Rental Apartment in Playa del Carmen are February, May, June, and September, although there is always availability year around. The worst times are December & January because of Christmas and New Year Vacations. Easter in March/April is also not a good date. Sometimes the Summer can be a little difficult as well.
  5. If you have the chance to be in Playa del Carmen before your move, get familiar with the areas you consider staying in. Walk around, take notes of street names and take photos of advertisements. Don’t worry if you are not able to speak Spanish, or if you do not have time to call, we will take care of this, just send us your notes.

We hope this information gives you a little more clarity about this exciting step you are about to take. If you want to know other aspects to study, we invite you to read our Real Estate Guide Moving to Mexico.

If you have any questions about renting Long Term in Playa del Carmen, please write to us, we are happy to help.

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Certified nurse care from Playa del Carmen to Tulum


The few times I was very sick in Playa del Carmen I remember very well. I had a great support system of friends who delivered food to my house, or took care of my dog and cats and suggested the right doctors  for me.

Playa del Carmen, Tulum and the Riviera Maya have great private healthcare with dedicated professionals for almost any health problem you can have.

Today I want to introduce you to Nurse Valeria who has been around for years providing excellent service to the community

Meet Nurse Valeria

Canadian Registered Nurse BSN with over 16 years of experience and licensed in Mexico.

Nurse Valeria has diverse experience in the operating room, post-operative care, geriatric and palliative care. Now she works mainly in home care and providing IV Drip Therapy Treatments. Her expertise leads her to accompany the patient during different stages of their life and to allow them to regain stability and fulfillment. The patient, considered at the center of her priority, actively participates in their care process. Nurse Valeria will guide her patients through their personalized care plan to achieve optimum health goals. Nurse Valeria provides comprehensive care to the patient whose state of health requires specific techniques and knowledge of medical procedures. She administers all care as an art, as such, she constantly seeks to ensure the well being, recovery and quality of their life.

Nurse Valeria

English, French, Spanish

(+52) 984 593 81 28

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Grocery Delivery


Great delivery service that I personally use to buy my dog and cat food from costco in Cancun. Well spend money that saves me the time and hassle to drive to Cancun just for those items. I also use the service in high season months, where the grocery shops are just packed with tourists. Recently I catch myself using the service more and more, it is sooo convenient.

Sign up by clicking here and order your groceries online in just a few seconds. Have your groceries delivered to your doorstep in Playa del Carmen on the same day, or schedule you grocery delivery for another time. Pay for your order online, in cash or with credit/debit card at delivery. It’s that simple! Get your Supermarket Delivery service in Playa del Carmen today and forget about long lines forever! Supermarket Delivery.

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Blog from 2 Expats


Great blog from a couple originally from the USA that moved to the Riviera Maya in 2016. Paul & Linda share not only their enthusiasm for Mexico, they also let you be part of their personal experiences as expats by giving useful inside information about the daily life. Check out their Spanish Lesson, which I think I think is awesome to share, there are more than 20 lessons!

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