Affordable Vacation Rentals In Playa Del Carmen

Playa del Carmen Mexico
Vacation Rentals in Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The more I travel, the more I find myself staying in long-term apartments or vacation rentals over hotels. Like this beautiful place I used last week in Playa del Carmen.

When planning a vacation, the obvious choice for most people is staying at a hotel. They’re pretty easy to find and located in the heart of your travel destination. Everyone knows about hotels.

However hotels are usually not the best deal out there.

Choosing to stay in a vacation rental apartment is a great alternative to hotels, and can even save you money. They offer more space, better amenities, and give you a feeling of home.

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My Vacation Rental Experience

Last weekend I had the privilege of staying at one of Bric’s vacation rentals near the beach in the heart of Playa del Carmen, and had a wonderful time.

It was a huge 3 bedroom penthouse apartment with multiple balconies, floor to ceiling windows, and a rooftop pool.

The building was only a short walk from Playa del Carmen’s sun-drenched beach — and right next to 5th Avenue, the main walking street and entertainment district full of shops, bars, and restaurants.

Now I admit these accommodations are a bit bigger and more luxurious than I’m used to, but I was also surprised to learn it’s pretty affordable if you were to stay here with a group.

With plenty of room for 6 people, and a price between $285 – $385 USD per night depending on the season. That’s only $48 – $64 per person, per night.

For a giant luxury penthouse! Not. Too. Shabby.

However Bric Rentals doesn’t only deal in luxury properties, they have vacation apartments for all kinds of budgets — like this 2 bedroom home with room for 6 for only $85 USD per night.

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Vacation Rentals vs. Hotels

Here are some reasons why I prefer vacation apartments over hotels.

  • Save Money! Especially true when traveling as a group.
  • More Space! Spread out in a large apartment or condo.
  • Full Kitchen! Make your own healthy meals.
  • Meet Locals! Many rentals are located in neighborhoods.
  • Free Internet! I can’t stand when hotels charge extra.
  • Laundry Machines! This alone makes it worthwhile.
  • Bring Your Pets! Usually not an option at hotels.
  • Feels Like Home! Relax & make yourself comfortable.

When you book a vacation rental with Bric Rentals, they also provide a free smartphone app to give you advice about fun things to do in Playa del Carmen, restaurant recommendations, tips for getting around, and more!

Honest tips coming directly from their friendly team of long-time Playa locals.

Jet Ski Playa del Carmen
Jet Skiing in Playa Del Carmen
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Swimming with Sea Turtles

Playa Del Carmen Activities

Smaller and less touristy than Cancun, Playa del Carmen is becoming a popular travel destination for people looking for travel experiences that are more substantial than your typical all-inclusive resort.

It’s a fun beach town on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula along the Riviera Maya, about 40 minutes south of Cancun International Airport. Flights from the US & Canada are relatively cheap too.

You can often find round-trip tickets from major cities for under $300!

There are all kinds of great things to do in Playa del Carmen, like scuba diving, exploring Mayan ruins, swimming in cenotes, or just laying on the beach and soaking up the sun. Here are some of my favorites…

Explore 5th Avenue

La Quinta Avenida (5th Ave.) is a pedestrian walkway that runs for about 3 miles through Playa del Carmen about 1 block west of the beach. It’s lined with shops, bars, restaurants, cafe’s, gelato shops, and art galleries.

Mamita’s Beach Club

Mamita’s Beach Club is a lounge and beach club in the heart of Playa that’s known as the place to be “seen” sunbathing by the ocean. They have beach chairs or daybeds for rent with music and waiters serving cocktails.

Swim With Sea Turtles

Akumal Beach is located about 30 minutes south of Playa del Carmen, and famous for its resident sea turtles who munch on the grass under the waves. Visitors can rent snorkel gear and swim with these large graceful creatures.

Visit Mayan Ruins

Many ancient Mayan ruins surround Playa del Carmen. Spend the day exploring sites like Chichen Itza, Tulum, or Coba and live out your Indiana Jones fantasy. My favorite is Coba, as you can still climb the pyramid!

Day Trip To Cozumel

Located 40 minutes away from Playa del Carmen by boat, the island of Cozumel has some of the best snorkeling & scuba diving in the Caribbean. Or rent a dune buggy and drive around the island stopping at different scenic beaches for the afternoon.

Scuba Dive Cenotes

Cenotes are limestone sinkholes filled with fresh water that are part of a massive underground river system in the Yucatan. These swimming holes are a wonderful place to cool off from the heat of the sun, or if you’re a scuba diver, explore the deep underwater tunnels.

To browse more awesome vacation rentals in Playa del Carmen, make sure to check out the Bric Rentals Website. ★

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What would you do on vacation in Playa del Carmen?

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100 thoughts on “Affordable Vacation Rentals In Playa Del Carmen”

  1. My wife and I were just looking into family plans for a Playa De Carmen summer trip this morning. Looked into snorkeling, visit Chichen Itza, a ferry trip to Cozumel, rest & relaxation with kids on beaches and write my own review of our visit. It has been 21 years since our last visit to Play De Carmen (Honeymoon destination). Looking forward to going back soon.

  2. Playa Del Carmen sounds amazing right now as it’s cold and snowy in Colorado! I would sit myself on the gorgeous beach and enjoy a michelada wile basking in the sun :)

  3. This would be just perfect for my vacation on the Yucatan next month… was just researching accommodation in Playa :)

  4. We love PDC just was there in January and stayed in the older neighborhood near Esmeralda beach-would love a fancy free nights with my hubby who is conquering cancer and Playa made him feel so good-we are exploring the area again come winter and this would be a great starting point! Choose us!!!

  5. Well…I’m hoping to get some sun, swim with turtles, sip on a margarita and a pina colada and forget about doing anything!!

  6. I never used to be a total beach bum…that is until I traveled to Thailand and the Philippines. Im thinking there is nothing better than sitting on a beach and soaking in the sun!!!

  7. I would absolutely bring my newest friend who has never been outside of Massachusetts. They have never met someone who like to travel as much as I do and what a beautiful place to start!!

  8. Hey matt! Glad to hear you had fun there! Quick question for you, what software do you use for your photo and video editing? They always look flawless!

  9. I spent the month of Feb there in 2015 & boy had PDC changed since I was there in 2000. So much more built up, but the clear waters still dazzle.

  10. OHHHH, this was breathtaking and rejuvenating, even though virtual! Thank you for sharing — I can’t wait to visit myself! :D

  11. I would LOVE to just explore the local scene – take a day doing that, hopefully visit some ruins, and then take some time to relax!

  12. Pretty sick place! Would be a great place to go on vacation with 6 of my friends, and cheap too.

  13. Last trip to Mexico was over ten years ago. I’d love to win this giveaway! I’d enjoy the food, the beach, and the sea creatures! :)

  14. Great blog. I’ve been using VRBO and Airbnb for years now (mostly VRBO and more recently Airbnb) for travel in US and Caribbean and it can be a bargain compared to hotels. We haven’t had many issues but definitely some places are better than others. Thanks for your insightful blog and keep traveling the world Matt!

  15. This is so awesome, I just entered the contest. I’d go on plenty of adventures like you did!

  16. I am in playa del Carmen right now! I booked my flight and an affordable airbnb listing right after reading your first post about pdc! If you’re still here I’d love to meet up with you!

  17. So I totally have a few questions! One is what are suggestions and tips you would give to someone who has never traveled outside the U.S.?!? Where would you suggest?!? Two is how have you done all this traveling all these years, like how do you maintain yourself and afford it?!? Three, do you ever feel unsafe or suggestions for a younger lady?!? Four, How do you manage your traveling time and fun and your blogs and uploads and photography?!? Five, what do you use for your camera editing?!? Six, what is the craziest, most adventurous story you have to date?!? Seven, what are the hardest parts to traveling and being in foreign countries?!? Thank you for your time!

  18. I went to playa del carmen in an all inclusive resort but i’d love to be back to really explore and enjoy the life out there!

  19. We have used Air B&B and VRBO before. Had never heard of BRIC Rentals. Thanks for the heads up and the chance to win!

    • Airbnb and VRBO are websites where people can advertise rentals and companies like BRIC Rentals actually operate the rentals. They will handle everything you need and more, similar to what a resort would do.

  20. How much would it cost roughly for a two week stay in Playa del Carmen including food, accommodation, transport and activities?

  21. If I went to Playa del Carmen I would definitely check out the diving and snorkeling! I love the beach more than anything so I would spend all my time there!

  22. I would definitely want to visit the Mayan ruins, I love exploring and hiking. And swimming with sea turtles looks like so much fun!

  23. Thanks for the giveaway Matt! If I win I would go to Playa del Carmen to prove my family and friends wrong that Mexico is not in fact a scary and dangerous country to avoid but that it is just like any other place where you have to be smart and aware.

  24. Im going to work for a whole summer in America and was dreaming of spending couple of weeks in September in Mexico. What a perfect timing! Id like to go there alone or with my one friend to take some time off and wander around the beautiful surroundings! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  25. Going on a Mini Mexican Adventure next month with my best friend / housemate. Planning to hit up a tequila factory and wear a Sombrero. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY discover the beautiful sights and sounds of Mexico. Can’t wait to dip my toes into Ik Kil and explore the memorizing wonders of Chichen Itza ruins.

    Keeping my fingers and toes crossed!
    P.S Your Instagram account has become my travel bible.

    • Ik Kil is ok, but photos make it look nicer than it really is. It’s usually overflowing with people. I think you’ll enjoy other cenotes more… like Garden of Eden or Choo-Ha. Have fun on your trip!

      • Amazing – thank you for the heads up on these places. We will definitely go and check them out. If you have any other recommendations please let me know!!

  26. You’re right as it’s rare to enjoy accommodations that nice. This would a luxurious break from backpacking. And I could use some sweet rooftop pool pics? Enjoy!

  27. Great turtle shot you got. What camera did you capture? Is there any equipment additional?


  28. I would spend three romantic days with my beautiful girlfriend, swimming and going walking on the beach.

  29. Playa del Carmen is absolutely beautiful! Snorkeling with the turtles was such an awesome experience. I’d love to make it to the ruins this time around, fingers crossed!

  30. I love Playa. I am here for the second time in 2016 already and have been coming here for many years. I am working on my spanish and would study again if I were to be the lucky winner. What to do? So many things! Swim with turtles (just like Matt did), visit Chichen Itza and stay for the fabulous night show, take a day trip to Cozumel. The list goes on.

  31. I’d love to win – PDC is an awesome place. I’d like to stay in a vacation rental instead of a hotel!

  32. I’m always so busy, I would love to just relax and enjoy the vacation! Dine, drink and savor the time away from my day to day life!

  33. Great tip even if I don’t win! Renting a place if we go as a family is well worth it and in the end a savings!

  34. Are you kidding me? Mexico is gorgeous and I’m so jealous. I’ve always wanted to go, and learn how to scuba dive. Swimming with sea turtles might be a very close second…

  35. If I won the trip I would take my 8 month old daughter to meet her father who hasnt seen her since she was 2 months old! Would make a great family reunion!

  36. As I continue to always update my bucket list, I recently realized the many cool things to do in the Yucatan! My Goal is to visit the temples like Chichen Itza and definitely swim in the cenotes, especially Ik Kil. If I can time it right, perhaps I can even go down there during Dia De Muertos but to be honest, the Yucatan in itself is its own adventure!

  37. We’ll be there later this year! Crossing my fingers, we love Airbnb and BRIC for our longer stays too. Crossing my fingers!

  38. I’d go snorkeling everyday. I also love to walk the beach and collect seashells. So gorgeous!

  39. Just visited Playa del Carmen last week. Can’t wait to go back to the beautiful beaches there.

  40. Never been to Playa Del Carmen, but this would be a great excuse for me to go! I’ve always heard great things about that town and it is on my list of travels. I love Mexico but I’m typically on the opposite side of the country when I’m there :) Thanks for the chance!

  41. My parents just stayed in a vacation rental in Akumal and they said it completely changed their outlook on travel. They’ve always been the type to bring snacks or food with them, and I remember a few times in USVI cooking on a hotplate in our camp site. So for them to find a deal by using vacation rentals instead of hotels AND be able to actually cook, they were hooked. I’d love to win to be able to visit Playa Del Carmen and maybe bring the folks with me!

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