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7 amazing Airbnb in Playa del Carmen and other beautiful vacation rentals

Check out these amazing vacation rentals and Airbnb Playa del Carmen: I have picked the ones with the best location, trendy decor, and convenient facilities.


I have selected the below home rentals Airbnb in Playa del Carmen considering their location and spectacular decor for your amazing stay on the Riviera Maya.

Disclaimer: Playa del Carmen Airbnb is not the only platform available to search for hotels. Since the recent changes on Airbnb, that I didn’t really appreciate, I have been on the look for other platform and I realized that both Booking.com and VRBO have amazing apartment offering an even better value for money. That’s why in this post you will find a mix of all different booking resources, the best of each world.

But first I would like to spend a few words on Playa del Carmen.

I have never written anything before about Playa del Carmen because it hasn’t been my favorite destination. I arrived in Playa del Carmen for the first time in 2012 when it was a tiny fishing town, laid back and relaxed.

Back then, it was already a popular place among vacationers flocking to the colorful pretty town to party, enjoy the beach and the great cuisine, in other words, the good life.

Playa del Carmen was my happy place, my first Mexican home.

Fast forward 5 years I found a completely different town, a huge city I would say, 10 times bigger, crowder and crazy busy.

It took a while for me to make peace with the new version of Playa del Carmen but I did it eventually, and in one of my trips around Mexico I have even spent 1 month living there just before the COVID-19, and totally enjoyed it and fell in love again with the city and also realized that Playa del Carmen beaches are among the best in the Riviera Maya, especially if you walk further north, away from the city center.

Besides the strategic location and all the amazing things that you can do, you can find the best variety of cuisine among all the Playa del Carmen restaurants, an array of the best international and local dishes for all budget and taste.

For most travelers, it’s very difficult to decide among Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Cancun, all amazing beach destinations on the Mexican Caribbean coast.

If you choose Playa del Carmen which is basically half way between Cancun and Tulum and has the best of both world, this post will help you find the perfect vacation rentals. I have included the most high-end apartments in Playa del Carmen and the coolest vacation rentals and Airbnb in Mexico at reasonable prices. So without any further ado, let me help you find the best home rental in Playa del Carmen for you.

My favorite Airbnb in Playa del Carmen and other amazing vacation rentals

Romantic Bungalow King Size. 2 Pers.Wifi. Near Beach & 5th Ave.Downtown.Parking

📍 Playa del Carmen · 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 beds · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ·💲💲💲

Among Playa del Carmen rentals, this beautifully furnished condo-hotel bungalow it’s one that reflects the most a fine and authentic Mexican style.

You will enjoy an equipped kitchen, daily cleaning, WIFI, swimming pool with jacuzzi are shared, terrace with sunbeds, safe, T.V parking,

Security 24hrs, surrounded by tropical garden, reception service.

Strategically located in the new stretch of 5th Avenue, close to everything but far enough from the noise. One street away walking distance to Mamita`s Beach


Las Palmas” In Alizes – Relaxing 1 Br By Coco Beach

📍 Playa del Carmen · 4 guests · 1 bedroom · 2 bed · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ·💲💲💲

Spectacular condo apartment in the heart of Playa del Carmen on the 2nd floor of condo ALIZES, a condominium complex of 52 condos surrounding a beautiful large pool and tropical garden.

The cozy and spacious apartment is equipped to guarantee maximum comfort and decorated with a modern design local art and tropical colors.

Guests can also enjoy a pool surrounded by a spacious manicured garden.

The location is also one of the best in Playa del Carmen at only 2 blocks from the famous 5th AVENUE for shops and restaurants and at only a few steps from the beach. So not too far away from the beating heart of Playa but enough to enjoy peace and tranquillity.

There is a balcony off your bedroom overlooking our beautiful pool and a balcony off the front living room overlooking the street and the police building in front of us.

If you are working from home this is the perfect place, tranquil and with fast reliable high-speed fiber-optic WIFI

For your convenience, you can rent bikes from a bike shop within the complex.

Read more and check availability on VRBO

What guests say

Amazing visit
“My girlfriend and I just spent a week here and it was amazing! Griselda was an awesome property manager, even when we had mishaps, she was awesome. The location is about a 3-minute walk from the beach which is beautiful. About a 5-minute walk from the main streets! It was an absolutely perfect trip! We will for sure be back.

Family Feel
Our stay here was very comfortable and comforting. It was a ( kind of) perfect vacation. When things weren’t going perfect, (because of too much sun, for example) Brian and Griselda ( the manager) were so awesome and helpful in getting us what we needed ( including a couple of beers) ….and the sea breezes blew through the condo, and the beach was a couple of blocks away. It was a fantastic adventure and we would stay again in a heartbeat because when you are in a foreign country it’s extremely important to have a supportive and helpful property host and manager! Oh…. yes, the pool and courtyard were beautiful, the condo comfortably appointed, and safe to be there.

All good
“Very nice and clean condo highly recommended and close to all services.


OPENING PRICE !!! Cueva Maya original studio, WIFI-A/C 900 from great beach

📍 Playa del Carmen north side · 2 guests · studio · 1 bed · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐ ·💲💲

Casa Dali is a cozy unique homemade by Eduardo, your host. Nicely decorated with colorful tile, woods, and plants to create an intimate cozy place suitable for a couple or a single traveler. 

Located at only 900 meters from one of the best beaches of Playa del Carmen in the far north.  It’s around 10 minutes taxi from the city center but it makes also a lovely walk along the new side of the 5th avenue.

Also:

-The kitchen, with oven, is fully equipped with all kinds of utensils besides a mixer, a large wardrobe with hangers, and … a small and intimate colorful place outside, where you can enjoy the beautiful garden.

-Further on in the garden and entrance area there is also a communal space, place of cultural mixture, talks and meals, between the guests and Eduardo if they wish so.

-The guests will have, if they wish, and according to availability, bikes in optimal conditions for 80 pesos per day.

-The house is accessed by the main door, through the garden and, next to the door with lock of Cueva Maya there’s a beautiful and colorful private space in the garden.

Eduardo will be also available to cook breakfast lunch and dinner upon request.

Read more and check availability on VRBO

apartment entrance surrounded by plants
PHOTO © VRBO

What guests say:

Magical Stay -Fabulous Energy
We both absolutely enjoyed our stay at Eduardo’s magical abode. The inner terrace is really gorgeous with lots of plants, flowers, and birds. It feels really fresh to be in the inner gardens to which our room was connected. The shower has such beautiful painting and tiling, the kitchen is very functional and the bed really comfortable. The place is clean, cool & restful. It’s in a very quiet area that is also close to the beach and local markets while being only a 20min walk to the more central area of Playa. We slept really well and ate really well during our stay. We also had the opportunity to discuss with Eduardo who gave us a lot of local tips and made us feel at home immediately 🙂 He is a fascinating human being with beautiful energy. Aside from Spanish he also speaks English, French and Italian. As we also speak & understand these languages it was a pleasure to be in his presence🙏🏽🤍

Amazing Stay Made Just for Me
This property is pure magic. Eduardo built it with love and travelers in mind. Every detail feels like it was made just so your eyes could see it. I was there to finish writing a book so I didn’t get to chat w Eduardo as much as I wanted but I do know he has a heart of gold. Located in a local neighborhood in Playa, this was a perfect getaway but close enough to the city to ride a bike in town. This property was made for unicorns so if you have ever considered yourself one. You have found your place!!”


Incredible 1BR w/ Fabulous Rooftop Pool & Beach View!

📍 Playa del Carmen center · 2 guests · studio · 1 bed · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ · 💲💲💲

You might think I am a little obsessed with rooftop pools, and you are right, especially because they give you the opportunity to photograph amazing sunsets and sunrises. That’s the main reason for me as I don’t particularly like pools in general.

This apartment is one of a kind. A brand new space with modern decor, with its white walls and modern decor.

Whether you are in Playa del Carmen for work or pleasure this is the perfect spot, with great WIFI, and of course a spectacular rooftop space with a pool and sunbeds.

Read more and check availability on VRBO

What guests say:

We had an excellent stay in this Vrbo Rental. The room was clean and secure. Our host kept in excellent communication with us throughout our stay. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful with any questions we had. The property is located right between 5th Avenue and the beach access. It is located just a few blocks from several night clubs but we didn’t have any issues with it. Overall it was a great stay and recommended.

I had another great trip. Everything was perfect. I’ll be back.

“The location of this property is excellent. Near the heart of 5th Ave. and only a block to the beach. The unit is on the north side of the building so you do not get the noise from the Mandala and Vaquita nightclubs further south on 1st Ave. It has a great balcony for watching the waves and is shaded. The 4th floor pool area is to die for. A large lap pool, smaller horizon pool and a warmer small pool. Killer views from this top level and nice quiet bar. Front desk staff and bar tender all very helpfull and knowledgable of the area. There seems to be plenty of street side parking on the north side that only costs 10 pesos per hour from 10am to 10pm payable by cash parking machines. Over all a very pleasant hassle free stay just off the heart of 5th Ave. and the beach.”


Modern apartment w/ WiFi, partial AC, shared rooftop pool/spa & great location

📍 Playa del Carmen center· 2 guests · studio · 1 bed · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ·💲💲💲

Cozy studio apartment in the heart of Playa del Carmen, at walking distance from the beach, the best restaurants, and shops of all sorts.

This cute apartment, although not very spacious, is a great option for the budget-conscious solo travelers that loves style and comfort without breaking the bank.

The beautiful hand made vintage decorations and pastel colors gives a homey and cozy touch to the space. Definitely perfect for solo travelers with a taste for beauty.

Read more and check availability on VRBO

rooftop-pool
Photo © VRBO

What guests say

A well located flat, first class facilities, a very quiet condo with pool, business centre and laundry areas. Underground parking and very good internet. Plus 24/7 security.

The spot is just like the pictures, the location is great! And the building is in great conditions. However, The service is not good at all…

Communication with the owner is impeccable. Very clean. Very quiet. Super friendly staff! So close to the ocean and everything you need! Must come by


Brand new apartment with strong WiFi, AC, 2 rooftop pools & spa-close to beach

📍 Playa del Carmen center· 2 guests · studio · 1 bed · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ·💲💲

Spectacular ocean view Playa del Carmen apartment. Probably one of my favorite for the modern vintage-look decor, the colorful artworks sprinkled around the space, and the overall fresh new look.

Guests also enjoy two rooftop pools, spa, fitness center, four separate rooftop lounging areas, outdoor grilling station, and bar.

The location is also very convenient, within walking distance to everything in Playa del Carmen, the This home is the perfect spot for your next adventure. This retreat also offers free high-speed WiFi, perfect for remote work, streaming, and distance learning.

Ceiba B307 has a full kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. New queen-sized sofa bed in the living area, free Wifi, and Roku TV with Netflix. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the living and bedroom that provide the rental with great natural light. The bedroom has a brand-new queen-sized bed. The bathroom boasts a tiled shower with a relaxing rain shower head you can take advantage of after a relaxing day at the beach or a busy day exploring the city.

Read more and check availability on VRBO

rooftop pool
Photo © VRBO

What guests say

Lovely condo with great amenities and perfect location!

Lovely condo with great amenities and close to everything we needed! We loved our holiday.

Once we got in contact with the property managers via WhatsApp the communication was fantastic, they were very helpful in organizing us tours and arranging transport from the airport. The apartment is amazing all very new and clean. Only a 2min walk from 5th ave and close to everything you need. Thank you we loved it


Brand new apartment with strong WiFi, AC, 2 rooftop pools & spa-close to beach

📍 Playa del Carmen center· 2 guests  · 1 bed · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ·💲💲💲

Spectacular modern one-bedroom apartment located in on of Playa del Carmen’s fanciest areas. It is ideally situated at only 2 blocks from the beach and 2 blocks from the famous 5th Avenue. Which means that you are at a walking distance of any of the most interesting locations in Playa del Carmen.

The neighborhood is very quiet and secure and the building has its own doorman 24/7 with video surveillance.

The apartment is nicely decorated with sleek gray and wooden furniture for an elegant and yet cozy feel.

The common rooftop area is a great feature of this building. Here you will be treated to gorgeous panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea while relaxing on the lounge chairs or enjoying a dip in the refreshing Jacuzzi or the swimming pool.

Also included:

  • Free wi-fi
  • Complimentary Netflix account use
  • Up to 75 kw of electricity consumption.
  • 1 complimentary 20L. tank of purified drinking water

Please note – Due to construction reasons near the property, there may be noise from 9:00 a.m. at 6:00 p.m.

Read more and check availability on VRBO

view from a rooftop
Photo © VRBO

What guests say

It was really perfect! Few steps away from a beautiful beach and only a minute away from 5th Avenue. Location enhanced our stay extremely. It was so easy to go wherever we wanted whenever. The house itself was very clean and exactly how it looks on the photos. Kitchen was equipped with everything we could have wanted. Rooftop was also really nice. On top of that checkin, checkout and communication couldn’t be better. It was a great experience. Highly recommend.

The apartment was conveniently located two blocks from the beach and the 5th Avenue. It was clean and well equipped. It wasn’t large, however, it was fine for my wife and I. We really enjoyed the roof terrace pool, hot tub and the view.

We had a very nice stay in this condo. It was just as advertised and Natalie was waiting for us upon our arrival so the check in was a breeze. The apartment’s location was the best part since we only took us a couple of minutes to walk to the beach and to all the action on 5th Avenue. Altogether we felt pretty comfortable inside and out of the condo because we had everything we needed including a large tank of free drinking water which we didn’t have to worry about getting ourselves. We also liked that we had a balcony with very large sliding doors as it made the place feel nice and bright. The view from the rooftop was super nice and the whirlpool was a plus. We had a great time here so we would definitely plan to return to this rental.


Playa del Carmen Travel Tips in a nutshell


Top Restaurants in Playa del Carmen

Best Vegan Restaurant in Playa del Carmen

The Pitted Date – great creative vegan dishes for breakfast lunch and dinner.

Best Pizza in Playa del Carmen

Trattoria del Centro – the best pizza I have ever eaten in my life. (I am Italian, just saying)

Best Cafe’ in Playa del Carmen

Basic Foodie – amazing bakery, especially the vegan almond croissant.

Best Mexican Restaurant in Playa del Carmen

Los Aguachiles – The best fish and seafood tacos in town.

Best Italian Restaurant in Playa del Carmen

Luma – Taverna del Mar – The most delicious Italian dishes in a cozy place

The most romantic restaurant in Playa del Carmen

Pavo Real by the Sea – Elegant setting on the beach.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

How to move around in Playa del Carmen

There are “combis” (small van) that run around Playa del Carmen all day and night, but I would suggest you should use taxis for your comfort. Always remember to ask the price before getting in.

Playa del Carmen Beach

Playa del Carmen boasts a beautiful coastline of white sand beach. It’s all free and available for public use. However, if you wish to stay more comfortable you should join a beach club.

I personally love the stretch of beach by Playacar, the luxury residential area where the beach is less crowded and quieter and the sea is turquoise.

If you love beach parties Mamita’s beach club is your place. It’s the first beach club in Playa del Carmen and it’s still #1 choice for party lovers.


Frequently Asked Questions on renting in Playa del Carmen

Is Airbnb Safe in Playa del Carmen?

In my humble opinion and experience, Airbnb and VRBO and all other verified booking platforms can be considered safe.

The Homeowners are verified by the companies, I wouldn’t have any safety concerns at all, but always make sure you do your homework, like checking the previous reviews and make sure you are in a safe area.

Is it safe to go to Playa del Carmen Mexico right now?

Yes indeed, and even if you are not locking yourself up in an All-inclusive hotel, Playa del Carmen is as safe as any other touristic city. Just make sure you use some common sense. Petty theft is an issue just like anywhere else. I have watched puzzled at a bag-lifting situation from a distance, in plain daylight. But that could happen anywhere. I wouldn’t roam around at night alone, though, especially in isolated areas. You can refer to my complete guide on safety in Mexico.

Is Uber Available in Playa del Carmen?

Unfortunately not. From Cancun to Tulum and on the entire Riviera Maya Uber is not available.

What is the best month to go to Playa del Carmen?

For a better climate, the dry season from December through March is definitely the best time to go. However, if you wish to swim with the whale sharks, summer is when you should travel, from June through September.

Which is better Playa del Carmen or Cancun?

This is a very difficult question. It all depends what kind of vacation you love.

They have both great beaches and spectacular hotels, and a strategic location.

However, if you love to have nice walks among shops and bars, and have everything at a walking distance, like a big town, Playa del Carmen is your place.

If you only care about basking on the beach chair of your fancy hotels and take some tours every now and then, pick Cancun.

Also consider that Cancun is at a 30 minutes ferry ride from Isla Mujeres and Whale Sharks tours, while Playa del Carmen is located at 30 minutes ferry ride from Cozumel.

Also Playa del Carmen is in between Cancun and Tulum (same distance to each destination)

I hope it summarize my point of view.


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