Playa del Carmen is an epic destination that offers so much more than sun, sand, drinks and palm trees.

But with so many hotels, hostels and apartments to choose from, it can be overwhelming to know where to stay. Which is exactly why I prepared this guide on the best places to stay in Playa del Carmen.

This Playa del Carmen neighbourhood guide was written with one thing in mind – to help YOU find the best place to stay based on what you want to do.

So no matter what your travel goals and dream are, with this guide you’ll be able to find the Playa del Carmen accommodation of your dreams!

Let’s get right to it – here are the best areas to stay in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Where to Stay in Playa del Carmen

Looking for a specific place to stay? These are my highest recommendations for places to stay in Playa del Carmen.

If you’re traveling on a budget, you should check out the awesome budget hostels in Playa del Carmen. They all promise a lot of bang for your buck – a comfy bed, a safe place to relax for a bit and the chance to meet like-minded travelers from all over the world.

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    Best Airbnb in Playa del Carmen: Bright, Modern Studio

    You’ll be right in the centre without having to give up your privacy and relaxation. This verified home is great for anyone that visits for the first time and if you ask us, one of the best Airbnbs in Playa del Carmen. Step outside and you’ll find yourself in a very lively area – stay inside and you can chill on your rooftop or enjoy the brightness and comfort of the studio. Bonus: beach club access and breakfast are included.

    Best Hostel in Playa del Carmen: Che Playa Hostel & Bar

    This lively and vibrant property is my favourite hostel in Playa del Carmen. It boasts an amazing rooftop pool, offers a myriad of classes, like yoga and salsa, and has a fantastic tropical-themed outdoor bar. This hostel has private and shared rooms with modern amenities, sturdy bunk beds and stylish décor.

    Best Hotel in Playa del Carmen: Marvic Boutique Hotel

    The Marvic Boutique Hotel is my pick for the best boutique hotel in Playa del Carmen. It is a short walk from downtown Playa Del Carmen and is surrounded by great restaurants, shops and bars. It has elegantly styled rooms with a huge private bathroom. There’s no swimming pool, but it’s just minutes away from the Caribbean sea. Plus, it’s affordable price makes it extra attractive.

    Playa del Carmen Neighborhood Guide

    FIRST TIME IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN
    Fifth Avenue (La Quinta), Playa del Carmen
    FIRST TIME IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN

    Fifth Avenue (La Quinta)

    If you’re visiting Playa del Carmen for the first time, the best place to stay is along Fifth Avenue because it is central, well-connected and is close to the beach.

    ON A BUDGET
    Centro, Playa del Carmen
    ON A BUDGET

    Centro

    Centro is a busy and buzzing neighbourhood situated at the heart of Playa del Carmen. This part of the city is known for it’s spicy, savoury and succulent food, along with its unique attractions and excellent nightlife.

    NIGHTLIFE
    Gonzalo Guerrero playa del carmen
    NIGHTLIFE

    Gonzalo Guerrero

    For a wild and lively night out, there’s no better place to stay than the Gonzalo Guerrero neighbourhood. Set at the centre of the city, the Gonzalo Guerrero district sits tucked between cheap and cheerful Centro and calm and cool Luis Donaldo Colosio.

    COOLEST PLACE TO STAY
    Luis Donaldo Colosio, Playa del Carmen
    COOLEST PLACE TO STAY

    Luis Donaldo Colosio

    The Luis Donaldo Colosio district is located at the northeastern end of the city. It is one of the coolest places to stay in Playa del Carmen because of it’s laid-back attitude, colourful street art, and access to great water sports and outdoor adventures.

    FOR FAMILIES
    Playacar, Playa Del Carmen
    FOR FAMILIES

    Playacar

    Playacar is a large and luxurious neighbourhood south of the city centre. It is best known for its glamorous resorts and vacation condos, as well as its stunning beach and natural surroundings.

    Playa del Carmen is a stunning resort town located in Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula in Riviera Maya, Mexico. It offers a relaxed atmosphere with golden sand, crystal clear waters, swaying palm trees, and plenty of sunshine.

    But there’s more to Playa del Carmen than picture-perfect postcard views. This tropical city is also known for its action and adventures, wild parties, and outdoor excursions.

    It is just a short drive away from Mexico’s famous cenotes, Mayan Ruins, diving spots and jungle treks. If you’re not into the wild adventure, you’ll find plenty of golf courses in Playa Del Carmen, including the renowned El Camaleón golf course.

    But in order to make the best of these great activities, you’ll need to find the best place to stay in Playa del Carmen near to the attractions you want to see.

    Perhaps the most popular tourist neighborhood is Fifth Avenue (La Quinta), a lively and well-connected neighbourhood in central Playa del Carmen. This is my pick for where to stay in Playa del Carmen for one night or if you’re visiting for the first time, because it’s close to the beach and city center, has great shops, and is safe for tourists.

    You’ll find many of the best hotels in Playa Del Carmen around Fifth Avenue but also some budget hostels and apartments too.

    A few blocks away from the coast is the Luis Donaldo Colosio neighbourhood and one of the coolest places to stay in Playa del Carmen. This district has delicious restaurants, quaint bars, and is a great place to avoid the throngs of tourists.

    If you’re wondering where to stay in Playa del Carmen for nightlife, look no further than Gonzalo Guerrero. This central district boasts lively bars, vibrant pubs, and plenty of places to enjoy a night out.

    Here many of the Playa Del Carmen hotels cater to families and offer all-inclusive resorts with tons of pools, tennis courts and onsite restaurants. But you can find some cheaper apartments to rent too if that’s not your style.

    At the heart of Playa del Carmen is the Centro neighbourhood. The best neighbourhood to stay in Playa del Carmen if you’re on a budget. Centro is where you’ll find a vast array of cheap eats and affordable places to sleep.

    And finally, Playacar is a safe and central gated community, and our number one pick for where to stay in Playa del Carmen with kids. It is close to excellent tourist attractions, the beach, great restaurants and so much more. Here, you’ll find many of the best hotels offering family-friendly activities and excursions.

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    Playa del Carmen’s 5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in

    Now, let’s take a look, in more detail, at the best places in Playa del Carmen to stay. Each neighbourhood offers something a little different to travellers, so be sure to read each section carefully and choose the right area for you!

    #1 Fifth Avenue (La Quinta) – Where to Stay in Playa del Carmen for Your First Time

    If you’re visiting Playa del Carmen for the first time, the best place to stay is along Fifth Avenue because it is central, well-connected, and is close to the beach.

    The Fifth Avenue area is one of the most tourist-friendly places in the city. It is lined with bike shops, tour companies, and travel agents who can help you plan unforgettable excursions, cruises, adventures, and more.

    This popular district is also in close proximity to one of the best beaches in Playa del Carmen. Just a short hop away is Point Esmeralda, which is known for its brilliant white sands and pollution-free turquoise waters.

    Fifth Avenue (La Quinta), Playa del Carmen

    Best Airbnb in Fifth Avenue (La Quinta): Bright, Modern studio

    You’ll be right in the centre without having to give up your privacy and relaxation. This verified Airbnb in Mexico is great for anyone that visits Playa del Carmen for the first time. Step outside and you’ll find yourself in a very lively area – stay inside and you can chill on your rooftop or enjoy the brightness and comfort of the studio. Bonus: beach club access and breakfast are included.

    Best Hostel in Fifth Avenue (La Quinta): Selina Playa Del Carmen

    This cosy and colourful hostel is conveniently located in La Quinta, walking distance from central Playa Del Carmen, the best neighbourhood to stay in for first-time visitors. It is close to popular tourist attractions and landmarks, including the beach and there are tonnes of restaurants nearby. They have dorm rooms and private rooms, both of which are comfortable, spacious and well-equipped. For digital nomads, there is a dedicated working space. Plus there is a restaurant onsite or a fully-equipped kitchen if you prefer to cook your own meals.

    Best Hotel in Fifth Avenue (La Quinta): Grand Fifty Suites

    This excellent four-star hotel is set in central La Quinta, one of Playa del Carmen’s best neighborhoods. They offer spacious rooms with great views and a vast array of features and amenities, like free wifi and a kitchenette. There’s also a great outdoor swimming pool. Plus, they’re affordable too, which makes it one of the best Playa Del Carmen hotels for those on a budget.

    Best Hotel in Fifth Avenue (La Quinta): Quinta Margarita Hotel

    An incredible swimming pool, large rooms, and a central location – it’s no wonder this is one of the best boutique hotels in Playa del Carmen. This hotel is small but perfectly located, being just a short walk from many of the main attractions in Playa. The private terrace on the roof is the place to be, though guests should note that this four storey building does not have an elevator. There’s also free wifi, laundry services, and airport transfers.

    Things to See and Do in Fifth Avenue (La Quinta)

    • Dine on fresh and delicious dishes at The Market.
    • Eat creative and tasty vegan food at The Pitted Date.
    • Excite your sense at Samurai Japanese Cuisine.
    • Enjoy the nightlife of Coco Bongo nightclub.
    • Feast on incredible seafood and other Spanish dishes at Passion By Martin Berasategui.
    • Grab a great snack and a cup of coffee from Cafeteria ROCO’S.
    • Rent bikes and cruise around Playa del Carmen on two wheels.
    • Rest, relax and enjoy the ocean views from Cocoa Club Beach.
    • Soak up some rays on the white sands of the beautiful Punta Esmeralda.
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    #2 Centro – Where to Stay in Playa del Carmen on a Budget

    Centro is a busy and buzzing neighbourhood situated at the heart of Playa del Carmen. This part of the city is known for its spicy, savoury, and succulent food, along with its unique attractions and excellent nightlife.

    Looking to save a little money on your trip to Playa del Carmen? Then the Centro neighbourhood is for you! This compact city centre district is packed with good value hostels and affordable hotels, as well as vacation rentals and B&Bs, which is why it’s my top pick for where to stay in Playa del Carmen if you’re on a budget.

    Centro, Playa del Carmen

    Best Airbnb in Centro: Verified budget apartment

    Verified but still affordable? Heck yes!! This Airbnb is truly unique. With stylish interior design, close to the beach, you won’t find anything that you don’t like about this place. Everything in this studio is made from high-quality material. All amenities are sparkling clean and modern. The nightly price is extremely low, so be sure to book soon as this home is getting a lot of attention.

    Best Hostel in Centro: Che Playa Hostel & Bar

    This lively and vibrant property is my favourite hostel in Playa del Carmen. It boasts an amazing rooftop pool, offers a myriad of classes, like yoga and salsa, and has a fantastic tropical-themed outdoor bar. This hostel has private and shared rooms with modern amenities, sturdy bunk beds, and stylish décor.

    Best Hotel in Centro: Hotel Casa De Las Flores

    Hotel Casa De Las Flores is ideally located in Centro, the best area in Playa del Carmen to stay in if you’re on a budget. It has 29 rooms with a range of facilities, including private bathrooms with showers and hair dryers. Guests can enjoy free wifi and an outdoor swimming pool.

    Best Hotel in Centro: SC Hotel Playa del Carmen

    This charming hotel is an excellent option for Playa del Carmen accommodation. It is a short walk from the heart of the neighbourhood and is close to the beach, bars, bistros, and shops. This modern hotel has cosy rooms with refrigerators, kitchenettes, and coffee/tea facilities.

    Things to See and Do in Centro

    • Dance the night away at Club 69.
    • Eat fresh and flavourful seafood at Las Hijas de la Tostada.
    • Excite your sense at Carboncitos.
    • Explore the underground rivers at Xcaret Park.
    • Explore lively and vibrant Parque Los Fundadores.
    • Feast on incredible tacos, alhambra con pollo and queso at El Fogon.
    • Grab a slice from Domino’s Playa del Carmen.
    • Take a day trip to Tulum.
    • Have your mind blown at the 3D Museum of Wonders.
    • Indulge in fantastic pasta dishes at Cheester Playa del Carmen.
    • See incredible works of art and explore key events in the artist’s life at the Frida Kahlo Museum.
    • Sip drinks and snacks on great food at Karen’s Restaurant.

    #3 Gonzalo Guerrero – Where to Stay in Playa del Carmen for Nightlife

    For a wild and lively night out, there’s no better place to stay than the Gonzalo Guerrero neighbourhood.

    Set at the centre of the city, the Gonzalo Guerrero district sits tucked between cheap and cheerful Centro and calm and cool Luis Donaldo Colosio. It is home to an excellent selection of restaurants that serve incredible dishes from across Mexico and around the world.

    Gonzalo Guerrero is also where you’ll find some of the busiest and most boisterous bars and clubs in Playa del Carmen. Whether you want to dance the night away, sip seaside cocktails, down shots of tequila, or drink cool craft beers, this central neighbourhood is bursting with fun and excitement all day and all night.

    Gonzalo Guerrero playa del carmen

    Best Airbnb in Gonzalo Guerrero: Unique studio in condo

    If you’re a night owl that’s looking for crazy nightlife, great clubs, and good food options, this Airbnb should be perfect for you. Right in the heart of Playa del Carmen, it won’t even take a minute until you’re on the dancefloor. The home is a bungalow-style condo with a studio on each level. It can be quite loud outside, but the soundproof walls keep out most of the noise.

    Best Hostel in Gonzalo Guerrero: Sayab Hostel & Spa

    This excellent hostel offers guests a relaxing, comfortable and social atmosphere on the Riviera Maya. It is within walking distance of downtown Playa Del Carmen and the beach. All of their rooms are fitted lockers to keep your luggage safe, plus there is 24 hour reception, parking and an onsite diving school. Yes, you don’t need to go far to learn how to dive! There are dorm rooms and private rooms, a kitchen and a cosy communal space.

    Best Hotel in Gonzalo Guerrero: Marvic Boutique Hotel

    The Marvic Boutique Hotel is my pick for the best boutique hotel in Playa del Carmen. It is a short walk from downtown Playa Del Carmen and is surrounded by great restaurants, shops and bars. It has elegantly styled rooms with a huge private bathroom. There’s no swimming pool, but it’s just minutes away from the Caribbean sea. Plus, it’s affordable price makes it extra attractive.

    Best Hotel in Gonzalo Guerrero: The Reef Coco Beach (Optional All Inclusive Resort)

    This is one of the best luxury resorts in Playa Del Carmen by far! You have the option to go all-inclusive, but if you just want an awesome luxury hotel, this is a great option too. All rooms have a king-size bed and private balcony or terrace. It doesn’t have a private beach, but it is located directly in front of it. For families, this is one of the best family hotels as they offer a kids club and games for the children. And after all this, it’s located in Gonzalo Guerrero, the best area in Playa del Carmen to stay in for nightlife. It is close to shops, bars, clubs and restaurants.

    Things to See and Do in Gonzalo Guerrero

    • Do shots and party until dawn at the Tequila Barrel.
    • Drink cocktails and dance the night away at La Vaquita.
    • Eat delicious tacos at the Indigo Beach Club.
    • Feast on Mexican fare at La Vagabunda Playa.
    • Party all night long at Abolengo.
    • Place your bets at the Riviera Grand Casino.
    • Pull up a chair and work on your tan at the Kool Beach Club.
    • Sip cold and refreshing cocktails at Las Helodias.
    • Sit back, relax and enjoy the amazing and flavourful quesadillas at the Lido Bar.
    • Try the best martinis in Playa at the Dirty Martini Lounge.
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    #4 Luis Donaldo Colosio – Coolest Place to Stay in Playa del Carmen

    The Luis Donaldo Colosio district is located at the northeastern end of the city. It is one of the coolest places to stay in Playa del Carmen because of it’s laid-back attitude, colourful street art, and access to great water sports and outdoor adventures.

    This is also the place to stay if you’re looking to indulge in fresh and delicious regional Mexican fare. Tucked throughout this calm and cool neighbourhood is an array of restaurants, eateries, bistros, and cafes that serve everything from traditional Mexican fare to eclectic European and fantastic fusion. There’s no doubt about it, your tastebuds will love staying in Luis Donaldo Colosio.

    Luis Donaldo Colosio, Playa del Carmen

    Best Airbnb in Luis Donaldo Colosio: Villas del Mar Azul

    With a 150m distance from the beach and 1.5 miles from the city center in a super tranquil neighbourhood, this Airbnb made it to the top of the list. This two bedroom apartment comes with enough space for three people to spread out, either on the large terrace or by the private pool. You’ll feel comfortable and welcome as soon as you step in. The whole place is very bright and incredibly charming due to many little details. If you’re looking for a relaxed stay, this little Riviera Maya apartment is definitely a great choice.

    Best Family Friendly Hotel in Luis Donaldo Colosio: Affordable Luxe Apartment

    There are many family friendly hotels in Playa, but having an entire apartment to yourself makes it much easier to relax. This gorgeous luxe apartment in Luis Donaldo Colosio is ideal for families on a budget. It has two comfortable bedrooms with minimalist décor and each unit comes with basic kitchen facilities, a washing machine, and 2 bathrooms with a shower.

    Best All-inclusive in Luis Donaldo Colosio: Paradisus La Perla

    Paradisus La Perla is one of the best all inclusive beachfront resorts in Playa that is just steps away from the Caribbean sea. This adults only hotel has four outdoor swimming pools and spacious rooms with a private terrace. There’s 14 restaurants onsite and 16 bars, so even if you never left the resort you’ll have plenty to do. As well as this, this luxury resort is in the best neighbourhood in Playa del Carmen to stay in if you’re a hipster and trendsetter. The highlight of this resort though, is the white sand beach on your doorstep.

    Best Condo in Luis Donaldo Colosio: Condo Ottanta

    Condo Ottanta is a comfortable property in Luis Donaldo Colosio, one of the best areas to stay in Playa del Carmen. This property had four rooms with a range of essential amenities. There’s also a swimming pool and free wifi.

    Things to See and Do in Luis Donaldo Colosio

    • Dine on savoury and succulent chicken from RostiPollo.
    • Eat delicious and flavourful dishes at Loncheria La Lupita.
    • Enjoy a rich and delicious meal at Antojitos Dona Claudia.
    • Excite your sense at Los Tradicionales.
    • Feast on delicious Mexican fare at Carnitas Tex.
    • Grab a snack at Hot Dogs Y Hamburguesas Beach Light The Warrior.
    • Marvel at the design and architecture of Iglesia Nuestra Sra. de Guadalupe.
    • Satisfy your sweet tooth with an awesome treat from Delicias.
    • Work on your tan at Playa Publica 88.

    #5 Playacar – Where to Stay in Playa del Carmen for Families

    Playacar is a large and luxurious neighbourhood south of the city centre. It is best known for its glamorous resorts and vacation condos, as well as its stunning beach and natural surroundings.

    This neighbourhood is my pick for where to stay in Playa del Carmen for families because it is close to excellent tourist attractions, like the Xaman-Ha ruins, a cluster of ancient Mayan buildings.

    The beach at Playacar also can’t be missed. Its floury golden sand is perfect for sunbathing and playing, and its clear and calm azure waters are safe for swimmers of all ages and abilities.

    Playacar, Playa Del Carmen

    Best Airbnb in Playacar: Stylish family condo

    Thinking of taking your family to Playa del Carmen? This Airbnb could be the perfect accommodation for your stay. The massive condominium is sparkling clean, bright and absolutely spotless. You can enjoy the large terrace, while your kids play in the pool. The place is stylish but has a super homely vibe. If you don’t feel like cooking, there are great cafes and restaurants in the area as well.

    Best Hostel in Playacar: Che Suites Playa

    This high-quality hostel is ideally located in Playacar. It is close to the famous Quinta Avenia and the heart of Playa del Carmen. This property offers bedrooms with A/C, private bathrooms and fans. There’s also a common area with a TV, a kitchen and a library.

    Best Hotel in Playacar: The Reef Playacar

    This five-star property is one of the best places in Playa del Carmen to stay because it has great features for the whole family. It boasts a golf course, a steam bath, a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with modern amenities and free wifi.

    Best Hotel in Playacar: Paseo del Sol Condominios

    This property is ideally located in Playacar, the best neighbourhood to stay in Playa del Carmen for families. It is close to popular tourist attractions, restaurants and shops. This stunning four-star property has an outdoor pool, a private beach, tennis courses and a rooftop terrace.

    Things to See and Do in Playacar

    • Enjoy seaside drinks and snack at the Blue Moon Beach Bar.
    • Explore the Xaman Ha Ruins.
    • Feast on homemade pasta, calamari and so much more at Casa Sofia.
    • Relax by the pool or play in the sand at the Riu Lupita Beach Club.
    • Run, jump, splash and play at Playacar Beach.
    • Sip drinks, listen to live music, and enjoy the views at the Parador Santino BAR.
    • Visit the Xaman Ha Aviary where you can see colourful and exotic birds, like toucans, flamingoes, and more.
    • Visit the Zona Arqueologica de Playa del Carmen where you can explore nature and visit the incredible ruins.

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    Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Playa del Carmen

    Playa del Carmen is an amazing tropical destination that has something for all kinds of travellers.

    This charming and safe seaside city attracts visitors from all around the world thanks to its ancient Mayan Ruins and pristine beaches, its mouthwatering Mexican fare, and its vivacious and bombastic nightlife and party scene.

    Just to recap; Che Playa Hostel & Bar is my favourite hostel because it has an awesome rooftop pool, a tropical-themed bar, and study and comfortable bunk beds.

    My recommendation for the best hotel is the Marvic Boutique Hotel because it is close to bars, shops, restaurants, and the beach.

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