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7 most spectacular Airbnb – Playa del Carmen rentals


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

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

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

I have never written anything before about Playa because it hasn’t been my favorite destination. I came to Playa 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.

Of course I was staying in an Airbnb. I am not going to share my place because I realized I choose one that was too far away from everything.

But from my experience I am here to share where I would be staying should I decide to go back to Playa.

Disclosure: As an Airbnb Associate, I may earn if you book using a link on this page. I personally have been using Airbnb as my preferred accommodation when I travel since 2015 for short and long stays. This is why I feel confident in recommending them to you. If you are a first-timer, you will find my guide on how to book on the Airbnb platform very helpful.

My top 7 Airbnb in Playa del Carmen

Here below see the full description of the listings in the same order.

Cool Studio with Rooftop Pool – Airbnb Playa del Carmen

馃搷 Playa del Carmen center 2 guests 路 studio 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙 馃挷馃挷

Located on the Avenida Constituyente, the main artery of Playa del Carmen, at a few blocks from supermarkets, restaurants, bars, and the world-famous Quinta Avenida.

This cool studio department is equipped with the most modern facilities and stylish decor. The overall building is actually a spectacular example of modern architecture and offers 24hrs concierge and a sky bar + gym on the rooftop where you can mingle with your neighbors while enjoying amazing sunsets.

Modern and pretty studio in the heart of Playa del Carmen

馃搷 Playa del Carmen center 2 guests 路 studio 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙 馃挷馃挷

This cute little nest is the perfect option for a single traveler with a taste for modern and stylish spaces.

Located right in the heart of Playa del Carmen at a few blocks from the 5th Avenue, restaurants and shops and, of course, the beach.

Also a rooftop pool makes it a perfect plus.

Amazing studio with the use of Gym

馃搷 Playa del Carmen center 2 guests 路 studio 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙 馃挷馃挷

Spectacular new studio, decorated with an extremely modern taste. The apartment is fully equipped with world-class facilities.

The beautiful condo is located at only three blocks from 5th avenue and a 5-minute walk to the nearest public beach.

As a huge plus, all the guests can have free access to the Martina Beach Club its lounge chairs, and umbrellas.

Also included in the price:

– Pool on the ground floor.
– Roof top pool
– Cinema
– Gym
– Common areas
– Lounge chairs and umbrellas
– Parking lot

Beautiful loft with Rooftop infinity pool

馃搷 Playa del Carmen center 2 guests 路 studio 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙 馃挷馃挷馃挷

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 in particular, though, is one of a kind. A brand new spacious loft with unique decor, with its whitewashed walls and light wooden furniture in harmonic contrast with the bright colorful abstract paintings.

Whether you are in Playa del Carmen for work or pleasure this is the perfect spot.

And you can always chill on the rooftop terrace after a hard day!

Boheme Studio Blanco

馃搷 Playa del Carmen center 2 guests 路 studio 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙 馃挷馃挷

Cozy studio apartment in the heart of Playa del Carmen, at a 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.

It Hotel & Residences – Studio Rental in PDC

馃搷 Playa del Carmen center 2 guests 路 studio 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙 馃挷馃挷馃挷

Amazing and comfortable small studio at a few steps from the Quinta Avenida and equipped with the most modern facilities and coolest artistic decorations.

Located in the exclusive area of Coco Beach in Playa del Carmen, Calle 44 Sur with 1st North, a few meters away from the beach.

Walk Everywhere from a Fully Equipped, Beachy Condo – Airbnb Plus Playa del Carmen

馃搷 Playa del Carmen center 2 guests 路 studio 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙猸 馃挷馃挷馃挷

Spectacular Luxury Apartment located in the very heart of Playa, at a block from the Quinta Avenida, the beach, commercial centers, shops, and restaurants.

You basically have it all, the best of Playa del Carmen at your feet.

Tips and tricks on how to make a booking on Airbnb – best practices

As you probably know by now, I am an avid Airbnb traveler and although sometimes I love to stay in nice hotels as well, living in a beautiful home is more suitable for the way I love to travel.

In an Airbnb, I am more independent and I feel like a local instead of a tourist, and more connected with the place I am visiting.

After many Airbnb stays, there are a few tips I want to share with you. It may be obvious for some of you but not so much for those who are not familiar with the platform. I hope it helps, but I will write a more in-depth post on the topic.

  • Make sure you know what you are booking. Not all homeowners are very familiar with the interface and it can happen to find contradicting information, especially on the kind of accommodation. Example: entire home vs a room? or is the bathroom en-suite? In doubt, always contact the host before booking.
  • Read the reviews from the previous guests
  • Check the total price and the breakdown, because the price advertised it’s not accurate. Airbnb would add their commission and taxes on the room fare basis that is decided by the owner.
  • Consider booking for 7 days or 1 month, so that you most probably get special discounts.
  • Read all the details of the listing.
  • Read the cancellation policy.
  • In doubt, always contact the host before booking.

If you are new to Airbnb or you wish to understand the platform more in details read my post on How to book on Airbnb – a step by step guide

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 nr 1 choice for party lovers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Airbnb Safe in Playa del Carmen?

In my humble opinion and experience, Airbnb can be considered safe.

The Homeowners are verified by the company and you can always rely on the reviews on the Airbnb Platform to have an idea of the service provided.

I wouldn’t have any safety concerns at all, but always make sure you do your homework.

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.

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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