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Playa del Carmen Vacation Rentals On Any Budget

Autumn has arrived and the leaves aren’t the only thing that are falling. Dropping temperatures cue snowbirds and sun seekers alike to begin planning for warm weather escapes. As travel restrictions lift and daily flights to Cancun resume, the future looks promising if you’re ready to travel internationally. 

After weighing all the factors, you’ve determined that a trip to the beach will do your mind and body well. Unlike other countries, Mexico doesn’t require a negative Covid-19 test upon entering. Nor is there an imposed quarantine period. Consequently, travelers seeking sun and sand are viewing destinations like Playa del Carmen in Mexico’s Riviera Maya as the perfect getaway.

 

Benefits of A Vacation Rental Versus An All-Inclusive Hotel

 

In the time of social distancing, a vacation rental makes complete sense. Do you envision waking up to a turquoise seascape? Are you a margaritas by the pool type or do you prefer your toes buried in a sandy beach? Whichever type of traveler you are, Bric has the ideal rental option for you. But it’s important to note that when you choose a condo or villa accommodation, you share the property’s facilities with far fewer people (if any.) Keeping 6 feet apart is almost effortless. 

Moreover, there are no banquet rooms with a hundred people eating under the same roof. In a private rental, you have varying options at your disposal. From grocery delivery to restaurant take-out to a chef service, there are plenty of ways to avoid large gatherings. Nevertheless, you can still enjoy a sensational meal at one of Playa del Carmen’s exceptional restaurants. Most have reopened with strict safety guidelines. Protocols include operating at 60% capacity, mandatory masks for staff, and scannable Quick Response codes displaying the menus on your smartphone. 

Booking A Vacation Rental With Bric

 

Bric Rental Covid-19 Safety

As a guest with Bric Vacation Rentals, you are appointed an ambassador to ensure smooth sailing while visiting Playa del Carmen. Your go-to Riviera Maya expert can arrange transportation services, book excursions, plan a divine spa day, or even coordinate an exclusive picnic on the beach. Due to safety guidelines, we have created distanced check-in procedures to limit contact. However, we still believe that a warm welcome sets a comfortable tone as you settle into your home away from home. Therefore, if you prefer, a designated ambassador will meet with you at the property. During a brief tour, your Bric representative will go over any pertinent information or answer any questions you may have. 

What’s more, you can book with confidence knowing that Bric staff is adhering to all federal and state protocols. At the beginning of September, the company received certification from the government of Quintana Roo. The accreditation is achieved for complying with the technical provisions related to health protection and prevention in tourist facilities.

 

Playa del Carmen Vacation Rentals For Any Budget

 

Casa Paraiso by Bric, Playa del Carmen

With Bric’s inventory of over 150 vacation homes in the heart of the Riviera Maya, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for. The following is a list of spacious and conveniently located condos and villas at every price point. From luxury to family and budget-friendly selections, we present our top choices for Playa del Carmen accommodations. 

Luxury Villas 

At Casa Blanca, you’ll undoubtedly be swept away to tropical dreamland. The 4-bedroom villa showcases a private pool surrounded by lush, exotic greenery and loungers for eight people. Domed brick boveda ceilings accentuate authentic Mexican design coupled with contemporary upgrades for your utmost comfort. 

With ample outdoor/indoor living space, you can take full advantage of Playa del Carmen’s year-round summer climate. Additionally, the shimmering Caribbean waters are merely steps away. Here you’ll slide into heavenly repose as easily as you would into flip flops. The most stressful choice you’ll have to make is whether to sun by the pool or by the sea.


Casa Paraiso is the perfect Mexican Caribbean hideaway with its private pool and rooftop jacuzzi. You’ll love this particular observation post for the unobstructed,  jaw-dropping ocean views. Situated in an exclusive beach community, this stylish 4-bedroom villa exudes a tropical feel. A two-minute walk along the neighborhood’s cobblestone streets leads you to Playa del Carmen’s famous silky shores. 

Amenities include concierge services, a fully appointed, modern kitchen, as well as a prime location near the sea. Needless to say, this luxurious oasis has everything you could possibly wish for.  

 

Ocean View Penthouses

 

The Elements Penthouse 24 by Bric, Playa del Carmen

Recently, The Elements claimed a space among TripAdvisor’s 2020 Travelers’ Choice top 10 percentile of best hotels worldwide. This 3-bedroom all-star flaunts a majestic blue-green vista, which can be appreciated from two ample terraces. The custom kitchen, high-end appliances, and flawless design align well with the condo hotel’s upscale resort-style amenities. 

Meander through the verdant garden, past the gorgeous no-edge pool, to The Elements’ own exclusive beach club. Partake in a game of volleyball on the sand court. Quench your thirst with a cocktail from the snack and beverage bar. Enjoy some well-deserved respite as you work on that sun-kissed glow. In the evening, discover the area’s exceptional gastronomy scene. Within a short walking distance, you’ll find an array of quaint jungle eateries and elegant restaurants. Staying at The Elements puts you in the heart of the best Playa del Carmen’s best. 


Along with its world-renowned beaches, Playa del Carmen’s breathtaking sunrises are an incredible sight to witness. Having a front-row seat to the dawn breaking over the Caribbean is but one of the many perks of choosing Oceana 435. 

This 2-bedroom sanctuary in the city center is 100 yards from the famed Mamitas. As a  guest at Oceana, you are entitled to free access to the posh beach club’s sunbeds. Plus you’ll love the downtown location, which easily connects you with Playa’s top dining and entertainment hot spots. 

 

Family-Friendly Favorites

 

Oceana By Bric, Playa del Carmen

This spacious 3-bedroom Paseo del Sol suite serves as an excellent home base for families. With amenities including a magnificent 95-meter pool, tennis court and serene cenote to explore, both kids and parents love this gem. Relish quality time together in a tranquil paradise without the booze infused crowds at the swim-up bar. Dine al fresco overlooking the property’s blooming, exotic gardens or take a leisurely stroll to 5th Avenue for tacos and ice cream.

Steps from the lobby is a picturesque 6-kilometre walking/biking path. This scenic trail encircles the desirable gated community of Playacar Phase 2 and follows along the Hard Rock Riviera Maya Golf Club. Within this residential neighborhood are quaint cafés, shops, convenience stores and verdant walkways leading to the beach. 


In the city center, a stone’s throw from the breathtaking Riviera Maya coastline, is the superb Abrazo del Mar at Magia Playa. The stately, 3-bedroom condo features an exquisite master bedroom terrace perched over two glistening pools. It’s an ideal spot to glance upon the absorbing Caribbean by day or sip a glass of wine at night. 

Besides being close to the beach, Magia Playa is in perfect proximity to Playa del Carmen’s main dining and shopping district. The vibrant 5th Avenue is a pedestrian-only stretch of restaurants, boutique and brand name stores. As well, it is home to the 3-D Museum and El Acuario. Family fun and unforgettable moments are inevitable when you stay at Magia Playa. 

Deluxe Vacation Dwellings

 

El Faro by Bric, Playa del Carmen

Casa Soleada sits on one of our favorite streets in Playa del Carmen— Calle 38. Along this palm-lined road, you’ll come upon exceptional restaurants. We recommend Luma Taverna del Mar for an excellent dinner option and El Cuevo del Chango for the best breakfasts in town. As well, you’ll encounter open-air lounges engulfed in coconut palms, brick-oven pizza places, and a delightful bakery. 

This ocean view property features an expansive communal roof terrace with an adult-only pool. Additionally, there is a family area and pool on the ground level. 1400 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space present 2 bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen for a comfortable stay. Not to mention, you’re a 1-minute walk from Playa Shangri-la, This picturesque expanse of powdery-soft beach is a favorite of local residents. 


Although we categorize El Faro Surf 205 as a mid-range accommodation, the amenities are nothing short of fabulous! For one, the modern 2-bedroom condo features a balcony overlooking a spectacular infinity pool. The pristine pool is set before the intoxicating colors of the Caribbean, making for a postcard view.

In addition to the fantastic on-site offerings, El Faro is a few paces from Zenzi Restaurant and Bar. For a break from the midday sun, grab a seat under the palms and enjoy a minty mojito. On the other hand, their sizzling salsa nights are great fun, so be sure to pack your dancing shoes. Nearby, you’ll also discover reputable dive shops, cafes, as well as several eateries serving delicious local and international cuisine. 

 

Lovely Lodgings That Won’t Break The Bank

 

Riva 505 By Bric Vacation Rentals, Playa del Carmen

Last but not least are our best budget-friendly accommodations in Playa del Carmen. In many cases, low cost equals low quality. However, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you see the bang you get for your buck at these properties.

Although Royal Palms sits downtown in the hub of the action, behind its grand entrance awaits a peaceful refuge. Each of the 10 uniquely designed condos encompass a flourishing courtyard and feature elegant, handcrafted elements.

The elongated window panels in this 2-bedroom showstopper absorb an abundance of cheerful, natural light. Due to its central location, the beach is just a 2-minute walk away. Likewise is 5th Avenue’s splendid collection of restaurants and shops. 


You will not miss a lively city beat during your stay at the stylish Riva 505. Accessible within an easy 5-minute walk, are Playa del Carmen’s best offerings. Situated on the south end of town, you’re close to the Ferry Terminal to Cozumel, as well as the ADO bus depot. 

Indeed, day trips to visit the region’s mystical ancient cities and enchanting islands are a must. Yet we’re positive that spending a day sunning yourself by Riva’s rooftop pool will also be a highlight of your trip. Savor the stunning Caribbean and city views along with a cool cocktail from the multiple lounge and entertainment areas. If you’re looking for an affordable stay without sacrificing comfort and amenities, Riva has it all.  

In any case, whether you’re coming for a luxurious getaway, or an affordable respite, you’ll be pampered by Bric Vacation Rentals. Warm weather, friendly smiles, and the time of your life await in Playa del Carmen!

 

Playa del Carmen, The Heart of Mexico’s Riviera Maya

Originally the small fishing village south of the resort town of Cancun, Playa del Carmen has seen a tremendous amount of growth over the last 10 years. The picturesque beach town has become one of most chic hot spots in the Caribbean. Showcasing pristine alabaster beaches and turquoise waters, Playa del Carmen is a top destination in Mexico for high-end, luxury tourism.

Among its offerings are 5-star, all-inclusive resorts from the world’s largest companies, including Hyatt and RIU. However, Playa del Carmen also boasts million-dollar, private condominiums with private beach clubs and ocean views stretching to the island of Cozumel. Established in 2005, BRIC Vacation Rentals has developed a reputable name in the Mexican Caribbean’s flourishing vacation rental industry.  Presenting 200 diverse and fully serviced Playa del Carmen vacation properties, you are sure to find the ideal rental for your beach getaway.

A Fantastic Mix Of Old And New

Running parallel to the pristine Caribbean waters is the renowned Quinta Avenida, or 5th Avenue. This lively cobblestone street now expands for almost 5 miles, one block from the silky white coast. Along the city’s most famed avenue, you’ll discover hundreds of restaurants, nightclubs, and endless shopping. What is most unique about Playa del Carmen is its delightful mix of traditional Mexican and modern allure.

You can still find plenty of authentic, local cuisine and small artisan shops peddling everything from hammocks to sombreros. But Playa, on the other hand, is rapidly transforming into a luxury destination presenting the best in dining, shopping, and entertainment. This award-winning resort town greets visitors with its top-notch, exotic restaurants run by notable chefs.  Plus, visitors can appreciate the upscale boutique stores showcasing an array of designers from around Mexico and the globe.

Something For Everyone

Playa del Carmen’s glorious white sands and clear, turquoise waters attract millions of beachgoers and water enthusiasts. From divers and snorkelers to paddle boarders and avid fishermen, the translucent sea appeals to travelers of all ages. Perched along the shores in the city’s vibrant center, are several beach clubs. Pull up an oceanfront seat to enjoy a sampling of their complete food and drink services throughout the day. Choose to mingle with the high-energy, fashion-forward crowds at Mamitas or Kool Beach.  Or if you would rather a relaxed setting, Zenzi or Lido Beach Club extend a cool and casual welcome. Whatever your style, BRIC Vacation Rentals offers private condo rentals just steps from these heavenly Caribbean cantinas.

A Land With Extraordinary Nature and Rich History

Looking to spend the day soaking up the sun at more rustic and less populated beach locations? A leisurely walk either North or South of town leads to sublime and seemingly untouched beaches. Just a short drive from Playa del Carmen, there are dozens of extraordinary spots to enjoy a day of fun in the sand and surf.  Maroma Beach, Xpu Ha, Tulum, and Punta Venado are some such divine locations to visit for the day.

Your designated BRIC Ambassador can help to plan a memorable day trip and offer insider information on other seaside sanctuaries throughout the Riviera Maya. For more ideas for fun and adventure in Playa del Carmen, you can also visit our Local Area Guide.

This region, dotted with ancient Mayan cities and protected biospheres, possesses important historical and ecological significance. Playa del Carmen’s central location provides convenient access to the area’s several major eco-parks including Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, or Rio Secreto. Other nearby adventure parks and attractions to add to your itinerary are the Pre-Hispanic ruins of Tulum or Coba. Moreover, scenic cenote swimming holes such as Eden or Cristalino are a must when traveling to Playa.

Any of these outstanding tours will give you a unique sense of the Yucatan Peninsula’s remarkable historical and archaeological value. BRIC Vacation Rentals offers customized tours and transportation service to these and a host of other Riviera Maya destinations and parks.

A vacation to Playa del Carmen can be as relaxed or as active as you desire. The entire 60 plus member staff of BRIC Vacation Rentals is happy to offer our best advice to enhance your stay. Our multilingual team of Playa del Carmen experts is excited and honored to play a part in your unforgettable vacation experience and we can’t wait to welcome you to paradise!

12 Benefits of a Playa del Carmen Beach Vacation

Travel offers a wide range of life-enhancing benefits. From teaching tolerance and problem-solving skills to decreasing symptoms of depression and anxiety a vacation does the body good. A getaway allows for an escape from the ordinary. It’s an exciting and necessary break from the mundane trap of a monotonous schedule.

A holiday in Playa del Carmen is no exception! Here are 12 evident ways that a beach vacation has a positive effect on your body, mind and soul. Life moves fast. It’s time to slow down the pace and spend time in one of the Riviera Maya’s most award-winning destinations.


Develop A Feeling of Pride and Confidence

Family trip Playa del Carmen

Along with the good memories, you’ll also carry back with you a sense of pride. It takes courage to successfully navigate a foreign airport and city. Small wins such as boarding local colectivos to swim in a magnificent cenote can give your confidence a huge boost. Moreover, renting a car to explore ancient architecture, ‘Magic Towns’ or quaint islands can  further develop a sense of accomplishment.

Sure there’s a multitude of things to see and do in Playa del Carmen’s downtown core. But try meandering one or two blocks north of 5th Avenue for a change. You never know when you’ll stumble upon a fantastic eatery – there are hundreds of them! As you venture off the well-trodden path, you may just come across the most sensational meal of your trip. If you’re staying in a vacation rental, regular outings such as a trip to the grocery store present prime opportunities to increase your Spanish vocabulary. Developing the ability to converse in a foreign language, even at a basic level, can cultivate a feeling of pride.


Become More Open-Minded

We understand that foreigners are bombarded with negative press about Mexico every other week.  Of course, without firsthand experience, the country seems like the wild wild West. But for those who get that most news stories are highly sensationalized, travel to Playa del Carmen garners huge rewards. By foregoing the advice of skeptics, you’ll find your risk will pay off more than you could have ever imagined. Each year, millions of visitors are so delighted with their vacation experiences that they return to the Riviera Maya again and again.

Travelers gain insights through encountering a welcoming nation. Mexicans are very proud of their heritage, their music, and their food. They’re more than happy to share the enchanting side of their beloved country.

If you come at the end of October, there’s a good chance you’ll meet paraders with elaborately painted faces in the streets . The skeleton make-up is part of the deep-rooted festival, Dia de los Muertos. During Day of the Dead, families decorate altars, prepare customary foods, and organize cemetery processions to remember loved ones who have passed.

dia de los muertos piqsels

Traveling to a new county and meeting its citizens allows a glimpse into their way of life. You comprehend better their value system and why the culture is the way it is. One thing that Mexicans hold most dear besides their families and their Mariachi music, is their tequila. While Jose Cuervo is at the center of many college parties, Mexicans opt to sip their cherished national treasure.

If you can, resist the persuasive tequila-slinging bartender at Coco Bongo, and instead stop by a specialty store on 5th Avenue. An introduction to some of the nations finest tequilas will develop an new appreciation for the  distinctive spirit.


Relax, Rejuvenate and Be Inspired By The Great Outdoors

Spending your days immersed in breathtaking nature, your soul cannot help but be soothed. Plus, long walks on the beach or scaling Mayan pyramids are perfect for incorporating some feel-good exercise into your vacation. Not to mention, the activity will help burn off the extra taco and piña colada calories.

Couple on Beach, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

In addition to the benefits of exercise, you’re body will benefit without exerting much effort at all. Lounging on the sun-soaked beaches of Playa del Carmen, will give your body its required dose of Vitamin D.


Be Exposed To Authentic Tastes Beyond The Burrito

Mexican cuisine is a delightful mix of complex flavors. (Think mole, which boasts a list of over thirty, perfectly blended ingredients). Just as chicken balls are not authentic in Chinese cuisine, burritos are not exactly a staple on a Mexican menu.

One well-known chef, Rick Bayliss, has travelled throughout Mexico and his popular TV show documents his culinary adventures. His passion for Mexican cuisine is highlighted in each episode as he explores the traditional dishes of each region.

Since Playa del Carmen’s community consists of a wonderful mix of residents from around Mexico, you can be sure to discover a diverse range of enticing plates. For breakfast try chilaquiles, juevos rancheros or saucy enchiladas. For lunch, a light ceviche or seafood tostada with an ojo rojo is a popular combo here in Playa. As for dinner, tender arrachera flank steaks or tacos al pastor are both delicious options.


Step Outside Your Comfort Zone For Unforgettable Experiences

There is no better way to grow and challenge your regular threshold of comfort than to take an international trip. Things like losing your luggage and facing language barriers tend to uncover new character traits you never knew you had.

Here in Playa del Carmen, there are several ways to ease you past your comfort boundaries. For example, one of the most exhilarating ways to overcome a fear of heights is to take the leap from the modest platforms at local cenotes.  It may take several repetitions of ‘I think I can, I think I can’ to cliff jump or to climb to the peak of Coba’s highest temple. But the feeling of satisfaction is worth the initial discomfort. Besides, the view from the top is pretty spectacular. Each time you do something that extends beyond your comfort zone, the world seems to open up just a little more. Around each corner, new facets of its extraordinary beauty are revealed.

Diving in the open sea is another extraordinary way to test the borders of your comfort level. Thanks to its close proximity to the second largest barrier reef in the world, Playa del Carmen is a renowned diving destination. Scattered throughout the city are excellent dive shops with certified instructors. With decades of experience under their belt, they’ll guide you towards plenty of surreal underwater moments that will be hard to forget.

Scuba diving in Playa del Carmen


See Mexico In A Different Light

Every culture has its fair share of stereotypes. But to allow labels to deter you from visiting a country will cost you some priceless travel experiences. During my family’s first year in Mexico, my mother and sister visited. The group was up for an adventure. So we booked a hotel in Valladolid, a charming colonial town  located an hour and a half from Playa del Carmen.

On the way, we took a short cut in search of a new toll road that would trim the traveling time. It wasn’t long before our van load of precious cargo was bouncing over a rough, jungle path surrounded thick brush.

Just as we were trying to figure out how to turn back on the narrow trail, a teenage Mexican boy appeared from nowhere – carrying a machete. Given the situation, it was just like a scary movie and our first thought was we’re in trouble. This wasn’t going to end well.

The scruffy kid asked if we were lost and offered to lead us to the highway. He hopped on the running board, slung one hand around the mirror to hold on, and from the other hand, hung the rusted machete. As our crew recited prayers under our breath, we approached a clearing. It was the highway! Just as quickly as he had appeared, our guardian angel was off again. The kind stranger asked for nothing and simply waved before the jungle swallowed him once again.

Although Mexico was once considered a ‘Third World’ country, it is now listed according to the UN, in the ‘Upper Middle’ category in relation to its economy per capita. In fact, it’s rare to see donkeys strolling dirt roads or roosters riding the city bus. In Playa del Carmen, you can expect to find high-end dining establishments, Wi-Fi and modern accommodations comparable to any other cosmopolitan city in the world.


Encounter New Adventures

Due to its central location, Playa del Carmen offers convenient access to the hundreds of exhilarating adventures that abound in the Mexican Caribbean. For yogis, a class atop of paddle board on a scenic, jade-colored lagoon might sound alluring. Photography enthusiasts can brush up on their skills National Geographic-style. Envision capturing the perfect sunset over the jungle from the most unordinary vantage points,  including the peak of a Mayan pyramid.

Coba Mayan Ruins near Playa del Carmen, Mexico

All-be-it a thrill of a lifetime, skydiving may not be for everyone. However, you might have a change of heart when you arrive in Playa del Carmen. There are few descents in the world more spectacular than Playa’s turquoise seascape. If scuba diving is not your thing, you might love snorkeling alongside graceful turtles and stingrays in picturesque, tropical bays. The list of ideas for fun and adventure is as ceaseless as the warm weather in the Riviera Maya.


Make Lifelong Friendships

Winter VIP Party, Bric Hotel and Spa, Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is one of those magical places that spawns repeat visitors. One reason being that it’s an easy flight from most places in North America. The snowbird community continues to grow each year because it’s a perfect spot for retirees. The city is easy to navigate by foot and you can enjoy the beach lifestyle without being fluent in Spanish. There are exceptional restaurants with impeccable service. Staff such as the bartender at your favorite beach club or our Bric ambassadors remember your name and welcome you back as part of the family.

If you like to hit the links, Playa del Carmen offers several championship and PGA Tour courses. Golf presents a fantastic opportunity to form lasting friendships. Undoubtedly, you’ll meet other like-minded individuals who appreciate the game and the endless summer climate.


Develop Passion For Experiences Over Things

After traveling to stunning destinations like the Riviera Maya, you begin to reconsider material purchases. Justifying the purchase of a $400 wallet is hard when you know that instead, you could be diving off the picturesque shores of Playa del Carmen for less than that.

When people envision the beach, they think sun, sand, and margaritas. But the more time you spend near the sea, the more you realize the mystical powers of nature.  There is no denying that nature enhances your life in ways material things cannot. The priceless beauty of a sunrise over the Caribbean, the rhythmic sounds of the waves, happy people all along the shore, without a television, an X-box, or a cell phone in sight. The treasures you find in Playa are far more valuable than anything money can buy.

Although you can find a fantastic selection of luxurious products in the designer stores and boutiques that line 5th Avenue, it’s easy to be steered away from the material life. In this little piece of paradise, there are endless simple pleasures to indulge in.

Cenote Caleta Tankah, Riviera Maya

The easy-breezy lifestyle is one of the many factors that transform so many temporary visitors to residents. Being surrounded by endless opportunities to live in a peaceful harmony with nature, incites a passion for exploration beyond the shops on 5th Avenue.


Make Memories And Receive Real-life Education All In One

If you come to the Riviera Maya in the spring, you can witness a re-enactment of the sacred Mayan Journey. This lively three-day ceremony begins at the remarkable ecological park, Xcaret near Playa del Carmen. Besides swimming in underground rivers, seeing jellyfish and seahorses at the aquarium, or feeding tropical birds in a man-size birdcage, you can watch history come alive.

The popular event is held in remembrance of the pilgrimage Mayan women and men made hundreds of years ago. Groups would cross the Caribbean towards the island of Cozumel in hallowed out Ceiba trees. They’d travel a grueling seven hours to bring offerings for Ixchel, the Goddess of fertility.

As a spectator, you have a chance to view the festivities surrounding the sacred journey. Not only are the rowers, who have trained for months prior, an inspiration, but the event also shines an enlightening perspective on the area’s first civilization.


Provides A Change Of Scenery During A Long, Cold Winter

Winters can drag on with incessant freezing temperatures making you impatient for spring. Planning a trip to Playa del Carmen can give you something to look forward to. Most importantly, an exotic getaway provides a much-needed break from the overcast skies and frosty windshields.

Oceana Condo-Hotel by Bric Vacation Rentals, Playa del Carmen

If you daydream of waking up to sunshine and palm trees, our professional Bric hospitality team can help with that. With pleasure, we’ll offer guidance as you design your ideal version of a trip to paradise. Trade in the clunky winter boots for a pair of flip-flops. Even if you can only manage a few days away from the office, a long weekend getaway serves the body, mind, and soul well.


A Great Conversation Starter

It is said that travel makes you speechless then turns you into a storyteller. Striking up a travel conversation is always a safe and engaging topic no matter the occasion. Travelers love to recall their most memorable moments from their trips. Even for those who have never left their hometown, everyone has a bucket list with a special destination they’d like to see and experience.

A trip to Playa del Carmen will give you more than enough fuel to stoke a stimulating conversation at your next event. From the tope (infamous Mexican speed bump) that snuck up on you and sent your rental car soaring, to a night of dancing under the stars, each trip provides more than enough entertaining anecdotes.

Resources For Planning A Riviera Maya Vacation

If you’re planning an upcoming trip to the Riviera Maya, it helps to do some research beforehand so you can prepare for a stress-free vacation. First-time visitors typically want to know where to stay, what the best things to do are, and how to stay safe.

In general, when traveling to any destination, certain precautions should be taken. Travel tips such as never leaving your luggage unattended, using ATM machines only in banks, and drinking responsibly are good pieces of advice wherever you go.

The Riviera Maya is one of the safest exotic destinations on the planet visited by over 4 million annual travelers. The most common troubles visitors face are sunburns the dreaded Montezuma’s Revenge.

Besides packing environmentally safe sunscreens and Pepto-Bismol tablets, there are a few simple things you can do to steer you away from trouble in Mexico. More safety tips to come, but first, let’s get to know this divine destination better.


What Is The Riviera Maya and Which Town Suits Your Needs Best

Riviera Maya, Mexico Map

The Riviera Maya is comprised of an over one hundred kilometre stretch of white sand beaches along Mexico’s Caribbean coast. This wondrous natural playground begins at Puerto Morelos and continues south just past Tulum. Dozens of adult-only, family-friendly and ultra-luxurious all-inclusive resorts run along this spellbinding corridor.

The tropical climate is one of the most appealing draws with an average eternal summer temperature of 30 degrees Celsius. Boasting a diverse conglomeration of ecosystems, this unique piece of paradise presents world-class diving and golfing, the longest underground river system, and the second largest reef system in the world. With numerous protected biospheres and an extensive jungle speckled with the abandoned remains of an ancient civilization, the natural beauty and fun-filled activities are endless.


Beautiful Beaches and Bustling Towns

Just a handful of seaside towns occupy the captivating coastline, each with its own set of attractive characteristics. Puerto Morelos (20 minutes south of the airport) is a quaint village with one central square from which all of the action stems from. It is a popular destination for snowbirds as expats can easily integrate into the community and enjoy a peaceful existence. There are a few delightful restaurants, cafés and beach clubs surrounding the main square along with souvenir and ice cream shops.

Puerto Morelos Activities


Continuing twenty minutes south is Playa del Carmen, the Heart of the Riviera Maya (40 minutes south of the airport). Once a small fishing village, it is now a vibrant, metropolitan city with a multitude of options for dining and entertainment.

Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

The principal tourist area is on the east side of the 307 Federal Highway. Visitors can stroll Playa’s famous 5th Avenue from CTM to Playacar on the south end of the city. The multi-cultural community is made up of a colorful mix of national and international residents and the vibe is very casual. Despite its easy-breezy ambience, an abundance of upscale restaurants, luxury hotels, brand name and boutique stores give the city its sophisticated essence.

Playa has everything you could possibly need for a traveler’s comfort and convenience. There are banks, hospitals, and consular agencies for Canada, the United States, Italy, and France. In addition, you can find every type of cuisine, big box supermarkets and specialty health food stores. If you’re vegan or gluten free, there is a plentitude of restaurants that will cater to your dietary needs.

Playa del Carmen Activities


Next on the map is Puerto Aventuras (55 minutes south of the airport) yet another enchanting seaside destination. At its center is a bustling square with water-front eateries and a Dolphin Discovery as its main attraction. A few quaint coffee and gift shops border the canals, which run through the 9-hole golf course and residential neighborhood.

There is a marina from which many of the Riviera Maya catamaran, fishing and yacht tours set sail. A modest hotel zone offers ocean views and a couple of all-inclusive lodging options. The shopping and dining experience is limited but there are some popular local hubs with fantastic happy hour specials and sublime water views.

Puerto Aventuras Activities


Ten minutes further south on the 307, you come to the Akumal, a.k.a. ‘The Place of the Turtles’ (65 minutes south of the Cancun airport). This beautiful bay is home to an abundant source of sea grass. The massive bed of sea grass and coral reef make it an ideal feeding zone for Green, Hawksbill and Loggerhead turtles. There is a principle dive shop on the beach, a few beach club restaurants and a couple of sprawling resorts.

On the road in from the highway to the parking for the bay, you’ll pass by convenience stores and ice cream shops (be sure to try some creamy gelato while you’re there.) For breakfast Turtle Bay Café is touted for its scrumptious pies and generous portions. If you continue down this road, you’ll arrive at Half Moon Bay. This residential area is sprinkled with more intimate hotels and gorgeous beach villas. Heading north still, to the end, you will come upon the Yal Ku Lagoon. The spectacular site offers snorkeling, a restaurant and palapas for shade when you’re not cooling off in the crystal clear waters.

Akumal Activities

Akumal Bay, Mexico


The last stop on the Riviera Maya tour is the famed bohemian-chic town of Tulum (85 minutes south of the airport). It’s a quieter version of Playa del Carmen, but still offers some charming boutique shopping, upscale lodgings with thatched-roof cabañas and luxurious beach clubs. Although the style is rustic, the prices are on the posh side. However, the quality of cuisine and other-worldly dining experiences match the premium prices you’ll pay.  Plus the views you will encounter on these beaches are truly priceless.

Tulum is renowned for its sustainable tourism, its wide alabaster beaches, Yoga and world-class cuisine. Exquisite jungle hideaways and random hole-in-the-wall restaurants showcase healthy and locally sourced menus featuring authentic Mexican offerings with a modern twists.

Tulum Activities


Booking Flights

Although Cancun is not part of the Riviera Maya, the Cancun International Airport (CUN) is the destination you will choose when booking your flights. There are plenty of popular big player online sites such as Expedia that offer hundreds of flight options. But it may mean a few extra dollars in your pocket to look beyond the usual suspects for more price comparisons. Try these additional suggestions for flight deals . Best Flight Sites

The first four options allow you to book your tickets right from the site. Although you will have to contact a travel agent, Itamatrix.com provides the whole calendar month of prices and compares almost every airline that flies to your destination. You can find plane tickets for half price with Itamatrix versus other giants in online travel industry, so it definitely deserves a mention.

How To Get From The Cancun Airport To The Riviera Maya

Most commonly, airport transfers are include if you book an all-inclusive hotel. However, you should know that these tourist buses can make 5-10 stops before arriving at your destination. That can mean sometimes mean an extra hour or two of travel time. Not exactly convenient when all you want to do is grab a margarita and hit the beach!

For an extra cost, taxis and private vans services might be a better option, especially if you are traveling with a group and can split the cost. The ADO bus has scheduled stops at all the major cities in the Riviera Maya including Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

Expect anywhere from twenty minutes to two hours for shared transportation. If you do not mind the extra travel time, the ADO bus to Tulum takes approximately two hours. But it’s the way to go for the most cost efficient mode of transportation. Other perks include pickup points at all four terminals, air-conditioning, wide seats and televisions.


Accommodations

The Riviera Maya presents a vast selection of top-notch accommodation options. Whether you are coming to celebrate your honeymoon, reuniting with relatives for a family reunion or planning a getaway with friends, the hotel and vacation rental offerings are endless. Travelyucatan.com showcases a plethora of choices in all of the hot spot destinations in this area.

Best Places To Stay in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The best vacation tip we like to share that never fails to please guests is to break up your stay. Pool bars, unlimited food and umbrella drinks can be blissful and relaxing for a couple of days, but seven consecutive days of this becomes boring fast.

To the right is a compiled list of first-choice accommodations in the Riviera Maya. We recommend a mix and match to have two completely different, yet unforgettable vacation experiences in one.

Spend a couple of relaxing days at an all-inclusive for your fill of Eat. Drink. Sleep. Repeat. Then choose a vacation rental in one of Playa del Carmen’s top condo hotels near 5th Avenue, the city’s main dining, shopping and entertainment district. By staying both on and off a resort, you’ll really get a sense of the incredible Playa lifestyle. This is the best way to acquaint yourself with its sensational tastes and fun-loving people. It is just small enough to navigate by foot or bicycle.  Yet the ever-transforming city still offers museums, aquariums, galleries, boutique shops and over three hundred restaurants in the downtown area.

Riviera Maya Travel Tips

Due to Playa del Carmen’s central location, travelers have convenient access to the many ecological parks, ancient Mayan ruins, and picturesque cenotes in the Riviera Maya.

Once you have confirmed your flight dates and the accommodations are booked, you can delve deeper into your research. Everythingplayadelcarmen.com is an excellent source of regional information and posts honest opinions of their personal experiences. Discover the best activities in the Riviera Maya along with restaurant, hotel and attraction reviews. The site also contains updated travel tips and covers some of the newest concepts to pop up around the entire Yucatan Peninsula.

As the name states, you will find everything you need to know about Playa del Carmen and area.  In the articles are detailed instructions on how to get around and the best economical or authentic menus in town. As well,  you”ll know what to expect at popular and lesser visited gems in the Riviera Maya.

 

Playa del Carmen Beach at Sunrise

Learn From The Experts

The travel blogging duo from Gettingstamped.com spends a few weeks each year in Playa del Carmen. They loved it so much, it was once their home base for a four-month period. Hannah and Adam know this region well and have put together several guides. From living in Playa del Carmen to the best day trips and best margaritas, you’ll find a ton of useful information. Plus they continually update their articles so you can count on current content.

A third option that offers travel tips with full guides is the Bric Travel Blog. Any extraordinary experiences that are worth sharing are documented here to help visitors have fun and memorable vacations. Also, Bric’s Playa del Carmen experts are available online to answer any questions you may have regarding the area.

If you are fluent in español, Rivieramaya.com presents a wealth of information on the fore-mentioned destinations.

Should you want to do some exploring on your own, minus the expensive group tour prices and crowded buses, hire a reliable private van service. Travel Yucatan allows you to customize your adventure based on your group’s desires and timeline. Additionally, you have a private guide to give you insider information on some of the area’s top sites.

Tulum Mayan Ruins

The local Taxi WhatsApp service (+52 1 984-138-1075 / +52 1 (984-197-0814) is another option for reserving a ride. The best feature of this service is that you have a guaranteed price at the time of booking so there are no surprises when you arrive at your final destination.

Tip: When hailing a cab on the streets, always pre-determine the cost of your taxi service with the driver before you get in. What you expect to pay is not always what the reality is if the price is not agreed upon beforehand. It’s best to establish the cost verbally before your journey begins.

If you’re looking for current beach conditions, Webcamsdemexico.com has cameras operating in Playa del Carmen. Visit Skylinewebcams.com for a real time look at Tulum.

Keeping Safe In Mexico

Mexico is a considerably large country with rugged mountainous, lush jungle, and desert terrain. Its coastal plains boast some of the most alluring beaches on the planet. The country is dotted with “Magical Towns” rich in history and architectural beauty. With such extraordinary features including limestone caverns, agave farms, coffee and coconut plantations, remarkable cathedrals, mouthwatering dishes, ancient Mayan cities, and cultural festivals, Mexico is a country that must be visited at least once in a lifetime.

When traveling to Mexico, here are the best tips for a trouble-free vacation:

  1. Avoid drinking the tap water
  2. Keep your purse on you when you go out rather than hanging it on the back of your chair at dinner
  3. Stay hydrated and take breaks from the midday sun
  4. Travel with a buddy when taking a taxi
  5. Bargaining for the best price is acceptable, bu keep the conversation respectful
  6. Drink responsibly and do not indulge in recreational drugs
  7.  Purchase travel and medical insurance
  8. Set up notifications from your bank to authorize credit card transactions to avoid fraud
  9. Don’t leave your belongings unattended on your beach blanket
  10. Don’t be afraid to try street food, just follow the locals and stick to the busiest food cart stands

For any other information regarding a Playa del Carmen vacation, our offices are open everyday to answer your calls. Contact us anytime and we will do our best to help!

Top Airbnb rentals in Playa del Carmen

Finding happiness in the present moment certainly . But I have to say that right now, I’m like an excited kid counting down until Christmas.  Ever since I’ve booked my trip, I have been wishing that I could jump ahead a couple of weeks. At this moment, I want to be on my way to Merida, one of my top five Mexican cities. The day can’t come soon enough until I’m kicking back in the restored colonial home I just booked on Airbnb.

This user-friendly platform has become my go-to booking site. Specifically for families with three or more children, it’s difficult to find a single hotel room that accommodates five guests. Thanks to incredible hosts and charming Airbnb vacation rentals, my family has savored countless unforgettable stays.

Besides having the benefit of sleeping in a room separate from our sleep-talking son (bless his heart), we love exploring new neighborhoods. Staying away from a city’s hotel zone, gives us a full-on immersion into the local culture and lifestyle.

There are a staggering amount of Riviera Maya rental options on Airbnb. In order to simplify your search, here are seven Playa del Carmen vacation rentals fit for royalty without the extravagant prices.


El Presidente Penthouse at The Elements

Elements Penthouse Airbnb Rental Playa del Carmen

This property receives a lot of fanfare for its exceptional ocean views and multiple custom designed outdoor living spaces. If you’re a well-heeled traveler coming from the cold country, the private roof terrace is the ideal spot for soaking up the sun and expelling winter blues. Heck, these divine Caribbean views are enticing no matter what season it is!

Imagine lounging under a starry sky, sharing a bottle of fine wine with your partner, and listening to the ebb and flow of the waves nearby. Alternatively, if you are traveling with a group, your tropical palace has its own wet bar, plunge pool and expansive seating area. Whipping up a batch of minty mojitos for your pals will be the only pressing call of duty.

In the morning, take a front-row seat to one of the greatest shows on earth – the Playa del Carmen sunrise. The explosion of colors over the turquoise seascape will beckon you to the silky, white sand. Before long, you’ll be perched under a palm tree at The Elements exclusive beach club, enjoying signature cocktails and more of the million-dollar view.

The two-level penthouse also features an exquisitely tailored kitchen to suit the needs of any top chef. But if the splendid Playa dining scene appeals to you, ask your designated ambassador to assist in scheduling dinner reservations. Regardless if you dine in or out, this top achiever provides a refined taste of upscale Caribbean lifestyle. Hence, it’s one of the many reasons El Presidente sits at numero uno on the list.

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Oceana 122

Oceana Airbnb Playa del Carmen

This spectacular two-bedroom plus den offers over eleven hundred square feet of luxurious finishes and fantastic amenities. First of all, you’ll appreciate the direct access to the sophisticated pool area, snack and beverage bar, as well as the fitness center.

Then there’s the entire wall of noise canceling sliding doors. Each day, the sun filters in to saturate the dapper interior space, highlighting pieces collected from local Mexican artists. Every room has been equipped with contemporary furnishings, a Smart television, and plush bedding providing a level of comfort satisfactory for any king or queen.

Finally, it sits steps away is Playa del Carmen’s most desirable beach clubs, Mamitas and Kool. Boasting posh sun beds, elegant pools and elite DJs, these sandy oases typically attract stylish trendsetters from around the world.

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Paseo del Sol Reef 201

Paseo del Sol Reef 201, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

This palatial vacation home is perfect for a double royal couple getaway. Two grand bedrooms offer sun-soaked tropical views and the open layout has ample room for an entourage (if that’s how your excellency rolls.)

The home’s umpteen windows impeccably frame the exotic, colorful gardens of Paseo del Sol. From this vantage point, you also have an incredible vista of the 95-meter pool. Not only is the kitchen is fully appointed, but this property is one of the few homes in the city that possesses a soaker tub.

Above all of its fabulous features, any king will love the magnificent outdoor living space with its grill and handsome seating area. The covered exterior space is an inviting, shady spot to entertain. Due to the quiet corner location, you can take an uninterrupted breezy siesta or relax with a good book anytime of day. The view from the top is certainly a majestic one from the impressive 2-bedroom vacation haven.

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Kuxtal 402

Kuxtal Airbnb Rental in Playa del Carmen

You’d never guess once you’re inside this serene, three-level sanctuary that you’re in the bustling heart of Playa del Carmen. Perched atop your royal getaway residence, you can admire the turquoise views by day and the moonlit sky by night from your private rooftop. Besides the plunge pool, the ocean breezes on the spacious entertainment area will keep you feeling fresh and cool.

Alongside 5 of your favorite travel companions, you’ll spend a divine week at this contemporarily designed building. Located just a five-minute walk away are Playa del Carmen’s renowned beaches. The elegant home is furnished to the nines. In addition, your own personal concierge is available 24/7 to take your vacation experience to the next level. In-house massages? Chef service? Yacht rental for the day? No problem; your wish is his command.

Whether your days are spent at the beach or roaming the Riviera Maya’s exceptional natural wonders, you’ll find it hard to leave your Kuxtal kingdom.

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Aldea Thai 305

Aldea Thai luxury Airbnb Rental in Playa del Carmen

The private roof terrace at Aldea Thai 305 is by far, one of the most spectacular your highness will encounter in all of Playa del Carmen. Although its sheer size is as immense as a typical communal area, this exquisite space belongs to you and your party alone. The pristine plunge pool –yours. The jaw-dropping blue-green view – all yours!

As intriguing as relaxing up on that regal terrace is for the entire week, you’ll want to pay a visit to the show-stopping Aldea Thai pool. No need to haul a heavy cooler down. A mixologist is on hand daily at the thatched roof pool bar to create some of the finest cocktails in the city. Additionally, with the opulent poolside setting and zen playlist, you’ll relish every heavenly minute away from royal duties.

Within your not-so-humble abode, you’ll find all you need to unwind and even more splendid sea views. Just steps from the grandiose entrance of the Aldea Thai property, is Mamitas Beach Club. You can dine seaside or put your feet up on a curtained day bed to shade yourself from the midday sun. Big name DJs from around the world get the party started around the ultra-chic infinity pool area.

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The Elements Penthouse 21

Elements Penthouse Luxury Airbnb Rental in Playa del Carmen

The immaculate Penthouse 21 at The Elements is one of those stellar properties that you might find gracing the pages of exotic travel magazines. The glistening Caribbean views and superior service included in your stay make this residence the ideal fit for a VIP guest.

As you set foot within this impressive three-bedroom penthouse, you immediately get the sense that it’ll be a vacation to remember. Its superb position opposite the sea, along with its complete wall of windows give you a glorious introduction to the Caribbean view. The marvelous tropical setting lures you outdoors to enjoy Playa del Carmen’s endless summer climate to the fullest.

The pinkish-orange sunrise, which bursts over the vibrant teal seascape each morning will take your breath away. Equally, the bobbing fishing boats on the sea will leave spellbound. The view is like a remarkable painting come to life.

The exquisite two-level vacation home features a cool water Jacuzzi overlooking the majestic garden and no-edge pool. In any case,  either one of the exterior living spaces present an unobstructed turquoise scene that dreams are made of.

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Abrazo del Mar at Magia Playa

Abrazo del Mar at Magia Playa Airbnb Rental

This majestic three-bedroom vacation home rounds out our list of high-end, Playa del Carmen properties without a hefty price tag. Abrazo del Mar, meaning ‘A Hug from the Sea’ does just that. From your stately terrace off the second-level master bedroom, the ocean breeze embraces your soul, transporting you to vacation bliss.

The panoramic Caribbean views from the pair of ample terraces are as outstanding as it gets. Two stunning pools sit amidst the perfectly manicured one-acre green space, located just a half block away from the picturesque Riviera Maya coastline.

Similarly to the above-mentioned properties, Magia Playa presents every superior amenity you’d expect of a lavish property. Most noteworthy are its Caribbean views and superb master bedroom. Plus, its prime location means you are just steps from Indigo Beach Club, and one block from an array of fine eateries, boutique stores and galleries.

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A one-week’s stay at any one of these extraordinary properties is sure to be a highlight of your year, if not your lifetime. Paradise is more affordable than you think, and just a click away.


15 Best Ocean View Vacation Rentals in Playa del Carmen for Celebrating a Special Occasion

The Mexican Caribbean holds a mysterious power over those who grace its sandy shores. Once seduced by her beauty, you are forever under her spell. The hypnotic motion of turquoise waves rolling in to kiss palm-fringed shores. The way the rising sun sets the sky on fire with color bursts of orange and pink. The illusion of a thousand glistening diamonds dancing upon the water under the moonlight. These images make a lasting impression in the hearts of those fortunate enough to witness their intoxicating beauty.

A Playa del Carmen Beach Vacation Brings Smiles AND Good Health

Too many of us live a lifestyle overflowing with social and professional obligations. Now more than ever, the easy-going pace of the Caribbean life beckons us. Scientists are proving that spending time at the beach is good for the mind and body. Hearing the rhythmic waves de-stimulates the brain. Accompanying the soothing sounds, aqua blue visuals activate the parasympathetic nervous system. At last, we settle into a relaxed state (also known around these parts as tropical bliss .)

If you have a special occasion coming up and are looking for a memorable destination, your search should begin and end in Playa del Carmen. In recent years it was awarded for Leading City Break Destination in Mexico and Central America. This slow-paced, yet cosmopolitan city is continuously showcased on Best Destination in the World lists. Its extraordinary white-sand beaches, high-end gastronomy scene, and collection of natural wonders are just some of Playa’s fascinating attractions.

Are you ready to disconnect from a constant stream of incoming emails, phone calls, or extracurricular activities? What better environment to encourage connectedness and a sense of playfulness than on a relaxed beach vacation? There has never been a more optimal time than NOW to spend stress-free sunny days and good times with your favorite people.

This Seaside Paradise Presents Something Special For Every Type Of Traveler

Recently we welcomed a group who had reunited in Playa del Carmen forty years after graduating from college. Under a blanket of blue skies and coconut palms, the fellow alumni had a blast catching up and rekindling their friendships.

A Riviera Maya escape is a novel idea for families, friends and colleagues to convene for some uninterrupted downtime. The warm climate, beachy vibe, cultural beauty, and abundance of water activities offer the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure for travelers of every age.

When celebrating an important occasion with people who are dear to you, it’s nice to be able to unite in an intimate and comfortable setting. Furthermore, the exotic location and accommodations you’ve spent your hard-earned money on should provide a wow factor.

We’ve compiled a list of Top 15 vacation rental properties in Playa del Carmen to celebrate your next meaningful event. In addition to plenty of space, they provide heavenly views nearly impossible to say ‘adios’ to.

El Faro Surf 205

El Faro

If you’re wondering what to gift the child, forget the latest smart phone. Instead, give an experience filled with quality time that none of you will forget.

This luxury, 2-bedroom vacation home is perched at the water’s front at El Faro, meaning ‘The Lighthouse.’ Dine al fresco on the balcony, which overlooks the property’s resort-style pool and grounds. Most importantly, you have the opportunity to absorb Mother’s Nature’s most awe-inspiring handiwork from one of the best seats in the house.

Apart from being a few feet from the Caribbean Sea, you will appreciate the downtown location. Walk to fantastic beach clubs and excellent eateries like Maison Pierre, Patio 8, or Frida Kahlo just around the corner.

The Elements Penthouse 14

Elements Penthouse Rental Playa del Carmen

This spacious, top floor condo overlooks the tremendous no-edge pool and features a turquoise vista that most people only dream of waking up to. Your group of up to six will rest well in the three elegant and ample bedrooms. Off the upper floor master bedroom, kick back with drinks in the cool water Jacuzzi for a refreshing respite from the heat.

By day, the crew can catch some sun around the magnificent pool. Or rather, head seaside to take advantage of the food and beverage service at the exclusive Elements beach club. At night, there are several first-rate eateries nearby to choose from. Italian pizzerias and an array of mouth-watering Mexican restaurants are within a ten-minute walk from your door.

Casa Paraiso

Casa Paraiso rental

On the south end of Playa del Carmen, is the elegant villa, Casa Paraiso. Four bedrooms and a private roof terrace with postcard Caribbean views make this home optimal for a friends or family reunion.

The private pool is engulfed by a vibrant, tropical garden. The wide rooftop is perfect for relaxing with a bottle of wine and listening to the melodic lull of the waves.

Since the beach is one block away, you can count on some memorable moments spent in the sand and surf. Have your Bric ambassador arrange for your own private chef for the week.  But be sure to explore 5th Avenue, Playa del Carmen’s lively dining district, about a 20-minute stroll from the property.

Aldea Thai Penthouse 306

Aldea Thai vacation rental

Located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, this magnificent penthouse sits looking straight onto the Caribbean. Honeymooners, you will love having the large, private roof terrace and plunge pool all to yourselves. The striking, panoramic ocean views will literally stop you in your tracks.

Aldea Thai presents one of the most sophisticated communal pool areas in town complete with posh loungers and day beds. You’ll appreciate the easy swim up to the fantastic palapa pool bar, which serve top-notch mezcals and other premium liquors. A half block away is the famous Mamitas Beach Club where some of the best DJs on the planet have played. Find a sun bed along the white sand beach and cool off in the crystal clear waters. Also in the vicinity is Coralina Day Club, which offers an ultra-cool vibe and fun lasts until dusk.

The Elements Penthouse 21

Elements Penthouse Playa del Carmen

This spectacular 2-level penthouse features 3 spacious bedrooms to accommodate 8 guests comfortably. Strike up the barbecue and enjoy Playa del Carmen’s endless summer climate 365 days a year. Grab a cocktail for happy hour around the pool. Later, get teams together for a volleyball match at The Elements fabulous beach club, reserved for guests only.

Due to its prime, north end location, you have convenient access to the sublime white shoreline. Even more there’s a host of tantalizing restaurants just a block or two from the property. With the upscale amenities and incredible blue-green vistas,  it’s probable The Elements will become your go-to vacation paradise.

Abrazo del Mar

Abrazo del Mar condo rental Playa del Carmen

This 2900 square foot penthouse stunner offers 2 floors of fantastic indoor and outdoor living space. Imagine gathering together for breakfast on the wide terrace— good morning million-dollar view!

The lush 1-acre Magia Playa property is just a half block from the picture-perfect Indigo Beach Club. Open for breakfast through to dinner, the beachside dining experience is exceptional. Also within a 5-minute walk is the pedestrian-only 5th Avenue. Featuring hundreds of restaurants, an aquarium, dive centers, galleries, pubs, and boutique shops, you’ll love the vibrant atmosphere.

Whether at the beach, by Magia’s two pristine pools or on in your private Jacuzzi, the scenery will amaze you. This incredible ocean view home has everything needed for a comfortable stay. You’ll appreciate the completely appointed kitchen, 3 king size beds, and massive outdoor sitting area with wet bar off the master suite. Additional conveniences including an elevator, parking and its central location make Magia Playa a top choice.

El Presidente at The Elements

Elements Penthouse 1 By Bric Vacation Rentals

From this prime piece of Caribbean real estate, it appears your balcony sits directly over the sea. The vast, turquoise views render one speechless and can be enjoyed from the master bedroom, living area and private roof terrace. The impressive custom-designed rooftop features a bar, Jacuzzi and plush seating area.

If you plan to commemorate an anniversary, this immaculate vacation home exudes romance. Have your Bric ambassador stock your fridge with champagne or arrange for a couple’s massage in the comfort of your own space.

Across the street is The Elements exclusive beach club. From here, start your day with a morning stroll along the powdery-soft shore to admire the magnificent sunrise. Nearby are quaint coffee shops, French bakeries and dozens of artisan shops from which to choose a memento of your special trip.

Oceana 435

OCEANA 435 Playa del CarmenVacation Rentals by Bric

If you’ve never seen a blazing sunrise that brings a tear to your eyes, the waterworks are guaranteed at Oceana 435. From the wide terrace, you come face to face with a 180-degree view of the Caribbean. It’s one of nature’s most outstanding performances and you have a front and center seat. The ocean views and sea breezes will make this towering Oceana penthouse your new happy place.

Just a hundred yards away, the silky beach invites you for a captivating day in the sand and surf. As a guest of Bric, you have free access to the loungers at the famed Mamitas Beach Club. While you’re not relaxing by the sea, you can sip and sun by the Oceana pool, with its snack and beverage bar.

The property’s impeccable location means that you can find top eateries in under a 5-minute walk. Be prepared to be blown away by the exotic flavors of Mexico. Along 5th Avenue, only 1.5 blocks away, there are dozens of incredible local and international cuisine options to choose from. As well, you’ll come across some of the most sensational live musicians on the continent. When you stay at Oceana, you are in the heart of the best of Playa del Carmen.

Embassy Penthouse at The Elements

Embassy Penthouse vacation rental Playa del Carmen

There’s much to love about this exquisite 3-bedroom penthouse, which occupies space at one of the most fetching properties in Playa del Carmen. An entire wall of windows on the main floor frames the astounding turquoise vista. On the upper level, is an ample third bedroom with 2 king beds and another spectacular sea view.

The owners have spared no expense in creating a cosy and desirable tropical sanctuary. Custom furnishings, high thread count sheets, as well as abundant indoor and outdoor seating make it easy to settle in and succumb to vacation sedation. Enjoy meals together, head to the beach club for snacks, drinks, and Vitamin Sea, or lie by the pool with a pitcher of margaritas.

At night, you will love the prime location, just two blocks from a plethora of excellent options for dining and entertainment. In this delightful and tranquil neighborhood, you’ll find amazing fresh juice bars, spas, pizzerias and lovely, Playa-esque eateries. The Embassy penthouse makes an ideal base for enjoying the many wonderful aspects of this laid-back city by the sea.

El Marine at La Brisa

La Brisa rental condo Playa del Carmen

La Brisa is an excellent option for a family trip to Playa del Carmen. Two adjoining condos each have their own kitchen and master bedroom. Between both vacation homes, six adults and two children can sleep comfortably. This roomy combination gives you privacy, while still allowing your group to stay together.

On the fantastic, communal roof terrace, you can soak up the warm Mexican sun and savor the 180-degree view of the spectacular turquoise seascape. Or nestle into a shaded day bed with a good read as the kids entertain themselves in the glistening pool.

El Marine is only a half block from the renowned white sand shoreline of the Riviera Maya. Also within a 5-minute walk is Playa del Carmen’s famed 5th Avenue, bursting with dining, shopping and entertainment options.

Penthouse 24 at The Elements

Elements Penthouse condo rental Playa del Carmen

Each of the thirty-plus Elements homes by Bric Vacation Rentals features luxury finishes and top-notch workmanship. However, the owners of Penthouse 24 recently remodeled their vacation home and the result is nothing short of extraordinary. Accent brick walls, a custom kitchen with an extended granite counter and superior quality furnishings are just some of the exquisite details that stand out within this handsome penthouse.

Even more impressive than the elegant upgrades is the exceptional, unobstructed view from the open living space and two ample terraces. Imagine sipping on your favourite Caribbean-inspired cocktail and watching the fishing boats in the harbour from your private Jacuzzi.

Take the group to the beach for a sunrise paddle board session to begin a magical day in Playa del Carmen. Continue the fun at The Elements exclusive beach club with cold beers and margaritas under the shade of a thatched-roof palapa. Walk along the magnificent shoreline and make your own footprints in the alabaster sand. Or go out and explore the beautiful cenote swimming holes of the region. Besides the pristine natural pools are a bounty of nature and adventure parks just outside the city limits. Enjoy the best of the Riviera Maya, while staying in one of the best vacation homes Playa del Carmen has to offer.

Elements Penthouse 22

ELEMENTS Penthouse 22 by Bric, Playa del Carmen

It won’t take much effort to convince a few other couples to join you for a superb tropical escape. Once they see the enticing photos of this high-end vacation home and its intoxicating Caribbean views, everyone will be on board for a group getaway. The luxury property sits between the awe-inspiring beaches of the Heart of the Riviera Maya and Playa’s vibrant dining and shopping district.

Spend some time sunbathing poolside on the immaculate Elements grounds or bury your toes in the sand and unwind as you relish the enchanting sea views. At night, star gaze from your private hot tub and listen to the waves crash upon the shore nearby.

The four commodious bedrooms present plush mattresses draped in high thread count linens. The kitchen is replete with cooking essentials to prep memorable al fresco happy hours. Also, there is parking should your group decide to rent a car and explore a neighboring island or colonial town. Moreover, a Bric ambassador is available day or night to arrange for services like grocery delivery, a private chef, airport transfers, or dinner reservations. This desirable condo along with the incredible amenities and unparalleled service set the stage for a vacation of a lifetime.

Casa Soleada at Pueblito Escondido

Pueblito Escandido luxury condo rental in Playa del Carmen

If you are looking for a laid-back spring break getaway, this 2-bedroom condo in Pueblito Escondito is a just a minute walk to the beach. Its rooftop boasts one of the city’s best spots for ocean views and sunsets. The expansive property has a family pool on the ground level and a spectacular infinity pool on the roof terrace. There are 2 bar areas and several seating areas to choose from to have your own semi-private party.

The ultra-comfortable home is located in one of the most desirable communities in the city. On Calle 38, you will discover long-standing local favorites like La Piola Pizzeria, La Cueva del Chango, Las Hijas de la Tostada and several chic lounge restaurants tucked amidst lush jungle settings.

Penthouse 5 at The Elements

The Elements condo rental in Playa del Carmen

Professionally decorated and boasting a unique design from the standard style of Elements vacation homes, this gorgeous penthouse is a showstopper. Overlooking the grand no-edge pool and tropical gardens, the sensational vista continues on towards the blue-green Caribbean.

Three spacious bedrooms accommodate 8 guests. When you awake, it will seem as though you’ve died and gone to heaven. Out every window is either a view of the sea or of palm trees and backgrounds of deep blue skies. Tropical bliss is inevitable for those fortunate enough to stay in Penthouse 5.

Perfectly situated, the Elements is just a stone’s throw from the silky shore and some of Playa del Carmen’s top restaurants. The property also boasts an ocean view fitness facility, adult-only Jacuzzi area and exclusive beach club with snack bar and beverage service. One week at this exotic haven is never enough.

One Last Home Worth Mentioning…

Casa Blanca

Photo credit to designer – MW Designs

Casa Blanca is located in the gated community of Playacar Phase 1. Although it does not offer an ocean view, it is merely a few cobblestones from the seashore. The home has been remodeled and features a luxurious beach theme, 4 ample bedrooms and a private pool enveloped by tropical blooms.

Designer furnishings, plush bedding and a kitchen that any professional chef would be delighted to cook in, make this home a top Playa del Carmen accommodation option.

The magazine-worthy vacation property is only a 15-minute walk from the ferry terminal to Cozumel. As well, you can take in some free cultural shows at Parque Fundadores, where the iconic Portal Maya statue overlooks the Caribbean.


With each reservation through Bric Vacation Rentals, a designated ambassador will greet you upon arrival to facilitate a hassle-free check-in process. Our representatives can coordinate grocery deliveries and will make sure you are stocked with bottled drinking water. They’re also happy to arrange for airport transfers, excursions for your party, schedule spa, chef, or child minding services. Be sure to tap into their wealth of knowledge to find the best options in town for dinner and entertainment. The Bric team is dedicated to creating a vacation experience that surpasses all of your expectations.

May this list of superb vacation homes give you inspiration when you are planning your special occasion in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. For more information on these or any other home in Bric’s catalogue of properties, please contact our reservation specialists at 1(800) 519-2486 / +52(984) 803-3191 or book online 24/7.

Why A Vacation Is A Good Investment

When autumn arrives, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This special holiday revolves around family, feasting, and football. But if anything can rouse people from their turkey comas, it’s the other “f” word— Friday. Black Friday that is. Similar to Boxing Day in Canada or Buen Fin in Mexico, on this famous Friday, retailers offer the biggest discounts of the year. Red ‘SALE’ signs as far as the eye can see send hoards of deal seekers into a buying frenzy.

So what exactly compels us to jump out of bed at an ungodly hour? What drives us to circle overcrowded parking lots for hours, eager to forge our way through a mob of crazed shoppers? The answer is saving money makes us feel good. Coming home knowing we got the deal of the year gives us a sense of pride, a natural high. If only we could find some way to make this feeling last…

Buy Experiences, Not Things

Undoubtedly in the last decade, you’ve seen social media posts advocating spending money on experiences, not things. Investing in travel produces priceless dividends. Studies have shown that traveling can boost brain and heart health and lower stress— an important contribution to your physical and mental wellbeing. Not to mention, travel develops compassion and cultural understanding, along with many other benefits. For this reason, we’re suggesting you forego the boot sale this Black Friday. Instead, book a trip to the tropical paradise of Playa del Carmen.

This  exotic playground is bursting at the seams with awe-inspiring points of interest. In fact, this area of the Yucatan Peninsula presents hundreds of ways to stockpile one-of-a-kind experiences for the ol’ memory bank. Snorkeling beneath glistening, turquoise waters, boating through mangroves canals, paddle boarding on tranquil lagoons, exploring colonial cathedrals, the list is endless.

More Reasons To Say ‘No’ To The Boots

Joy from things is temporary. In one form or another, we’ve all encountered it. From walking out of the Apple Store with the latest iPhone to buying a car. We imagine swiping our way to happiness or driving our way to fulfillment. Once we have this or achieve that, our lives will be complete. The problem is, almost every time, that happiness is short-lived. Whereas experiences become a part of us. Every stamp in our passport, every photo of our journeys has a wonderful story to tell. Unforgettable experiences make our hearts smile and can be pivotal turning points in our lives.

Possessions rarely equal (meaningful) connections. When’s the last time you were intrigued by so-and-so’s story of having to downsize from three vacation homes to two? This topic is a conversation killer. On the other hand, connection that impacts your life is often a byproduct of unique experiences. It could be a bond formed with your Bric ambassador who went out of her way to make your first Playa del Carmen vacation amazing. Or perhaps you connected to a new city where you discovered a charming cafe with a personable barista who served the best cappuccino in the world.

Material things come and go. Not only can experiences never be taken away, but they become ingrained in us. Connections, unfamiliarity, learning something new, and anticipation of an event or an adventure enhance our lives in lasting ways.

Experiences In Playa del Carmen Cost Less Than You Think

For the same amount you’d spend on a pair of boots, you can swim alongside sea turtles PLUS enjoy fresh seafood overlooking a picturesque bay. Rather than adding another coat to your collection, you could sail across the Caribbean waters, anchoring by undeveloped shores sprinkled with starfish. For the price of a Starbucks, you could pay the entrance fee to a cenote and pass the day floating upon in crystal clear waters. Instead of  a designer purse, you could hire a private van, zip line through the jungle, swim in underground caves, and climb towering Mayan temples.

Visiting a country known for its hospitable people, sensational food, and scenic nature, makes a trip to the Riviera Maya the best investment you can make for yourself this year.

Cenote, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Even though international travel may seem impossible on your income or budget, anyone can do it. Where there is a will, there is a way. If seeing the world has been a dream of yours, but you just haven’t been able to make it happen, we want to make it easier for you! With over 150 superb vacation homes in our inventory at all-time low prices, Bric Vacation Rentals has the perfect vacation home for your Playa del Carmen beach getaway.

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us