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.
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.
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.
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. ★
READ NEXT: Climbing Mayan Ruins Of Coba
What would you do on vacation in Playa del Carmen?