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5th Avenue Playa del Carmen

5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen at night

Playa del Carmen is located just 40 minutes south of International Airport Cancun in the heart of the Riviera Maya. Once a small village in the Mexican Caribbean, and mainly passed through to take the ferry to the Island of Cozumel, Playa del Carmen has grown rapidly into an International Tourist Destination with millions of visitors every year. One of the reasons why there is a huge demand for investing in Playa del Carmen Real Estate.

Playa (as the residents call it) is a cosmopolitan beach town with 333,800 residents (INEGI 2020) from almost every country on our earth. This is the best part for us. We have friends from all over the world, everyone speaks English and all are living their bohemian lifestyle dream in Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya. Since the 90ties temporary and permanent migration from the U.S., Canada, and Europe to Playa del Carmen and Tulum is increasing

Playa del Carmen is still small enough to walk and bicycle, or take your scooter everywhere; everything is pretty much close by and taxis within Playa are affordable and often used by residents and Expats in Playa del Carmen. From the highway to the beach in Playa del Carmen it is the most a 15-minute walk. 


Lifestyle Playa del Carmen

Especially since the pandemic, everyone including families with children, singles, and couples alike are looking for a different and simpler lifestyle in Playa del Carmen where everyone can enjoy the outdoors including outside events with lots of space instead of being forced to stay inside not having options for entertainment at all.

The advantages of living in Mexico are obvious: lower cost of living, better prices for properties for sale in the Riviera Maya, affordable long-term rentals in Playa del Carmen, reasonable prices for healthcare, insurance, services, etc and the sunny tropical climate including stunning beaches which makes life so much better!

Playa del Carmen offers great adventures & attractions for the tourist and the resident alike. 75 miles (120km) of coastline with white sand beaches and turquoise-blue waters invite everyone to water sports like diving, paddle boarding, kite surfing or to simply sunbathe and relax in one of the cool beach clubs along the coast. There are also a lot of quiet natural beaches in the Riviera Maya and Tulum where you will find your favorite spot for yoga & meditation on the beach or for long beach walks and swimming in the ocean. The Tulum Beaches are perfect for small children.

expat life playa del carmen riviera maya

Playa del Carmen - Ave. Constituyentes

Playa is a safe paradise to own your vacation rental condo, stay a few months while it is winter in your country, or live permanently, as we do. In the last 10 to 15 years the entire Riviera Maya from Cancun to Tulum has become one of the top travel destinations in the world and Playa del Carmen is one of the fastest-growing cities in Latin America. We at Playa Rentals & Sales® have seen the growth and have witnessed several real estate booms, the newest happing right now in Tulum.

Nationals and foreigners are buying properties in Tulum, Real Estate in Playa del Carmen, or investing in Eco Homes in the Riviera Maya for their retirement, to build their patrimony, and to live temporarily or permanently in Mexico because they are able to work online or attend their businesses abroad. Investing in Playa del Carmen Real Estate is safe, easy, and done by lots of foreigners like us.

Beach in Tulum

The diversity of restaurants and eateries in Playa del Carmen, from high-end to affordable is impressive and is influenced by its residents who made Playa their home: original Italian food, traditional Mexican restaurants, Argentinian grills, French bakeries, German Biergarten, Asian cuisine, vegan eateries, the options are endless!

For the foreign resident, temporary or permanent, Playa del Carmen offers great services: excellent bilingual doctors and hospitals, private schools for every age, lots of sport possibilities free and paid, cultural events and attractions, local markets with organic vegetables & fruits, supermarkets, hardware stores, fashion boutiques, and online shopping possibilities through local or international providers. 

The Mayan Culture is present everywhere in the entire Riviera Maya, not only through the ancient Mayan Ruins in Tulum or Chichen Itza, but also through the Mayan People who are still a big part of the society of the state of Quintana Roo trying to balance life between tradition and modernity. 

palm tree and vintage boat on a sandy beach in the Mexican Caribbean

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