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What To Expect When Staying In Playa del Carmen’s Charming Gated Community: Playacar

Juanita Rodriguez 05-31-2024

Things to do and see in the gated community of Playacar in Playa del Carmen

After deciding to make our move to Mexico, my husband and I began our house search in Cancun. There were several draws— the close proximity to the international airport, the beach, and the beach! However, the sprawling city of over one million people, with its traffic and fast pace was not the life we had in mind. Fortunately, an acquaintance suggested Playa del Carmen, about an hour south, in the heart of the Riviera Maya.

Soon, we were in touch with a local realtor, who met us in Playacar, a gated community just off the 307 Federal Highway. Upon entering through the main security caseta (booth), we noticed a golf cart cruising leisurely on the cobblestone road. Driving up alongside the golf cart, my husband and I smiled at each other. We had been in Playa del Carmen for not more than ten minutes. But that was all it took to realize with 100% certainty that we had found our new home. 

Whether you choose to reside in Playacar or to vacation here for a week, this residential development has much to offer. In this travel blog, you will discover the long list of fantastic reasons to stay in this sought-after Playa del Carmen neighborhood. 


Playacar On The Map


Map of Playacar community on Playa del Carmen's south end


Located on the south end of Playa del Carmen, Playacar has two gated phases, Fase I and Fase II. Fase I is closer to the beach and is mostly residential with a couple of hotels. The entrance is just off of the city’s main tourist hub, 5th Avenue. Fase II can be accessed via 4 entrances, two on the west side of the community, and two on the north side. The main visitor entrance is on the north end at 10th Avenue. 

From this access and exit point, just a few yards to the east, 5th Avenue begins with its host of boutique stores, restaurants, museums, and beach clubs. Furthermore, Playa del Carmen’s ADO bus station and ferry terminal are within 5 minutes by foot. Also in this vicinity is the iconic Portal Maya structure, a symbol of Playa del Carmen, which overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Not only is this 50-foot-high, seaside arch a prime spot for a photo op, but also, it’s a gathering point for observers of the free, daily cultural shows. Here, in Parque Fundadores, visitors can watch ancient Mesoamerican ceremonies including Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flying Men) or Mayan warrior ritual dances. 


Playacar Vacation Rentals


Paseo del Sol


Paseo del Sol rentals by Bric Vacation Rentals in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Since this tropical oasis backs onto Playacar’s peaceful, 18-hole golf course, Paseo del Sol is the ultimate serene sanctuary for weary  travelers. As you step into the lush gardens, you’re greeted by a symphony of colors and scents. Towering palm trees sway gently in the breeze, while exotic flowers bloom in a riot of hues, painting a vibrant landscape.The expansive grounds boast amenities such as a pristine 95-meter pool, a fitness center, as well as a pickleball/tennis court. Nestled amidst the swaying palms and vivid foliage of the tropics, this condo hotel is where elegance and nature meet in perfect harmony. 

Each 2 or 3 bedroom condo and penthouse rental is a private retreat. The expansive interiors showcase a mix of charming Mexican and modern design, evoking a sense of relaxation and comfort. Fully appointed kitchens make it easy to prepare a feast or whip up a round of margaritas and guacamole for happy hour. Generous terraces with outdoor seating and dining offer sweeping views of the immaculate gardens. 

Paseo del Sol invites you to unwind in paradise, where every moment is infused with the essence of tropical bliss.


Vaiven del Viento Penthouse 31


Vaiven del Viento Penthouse Rental by Bric Vacation Rentals, Playa del Carmen, Mexico


This luxurious, 2 bedroom penthouse is a tranquil haven, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown core, where privacy and exclusivity reign supreme. As you arrive, a sense of wonder washes over you, as if stepping into a secret paradise hidden from the rest of the world. Meander along walkways enshrouded with verdant vegetation, past the property’s 4 enticing pools. Head up the elevator to your 2-level refuge, complete with every amenity for a 5-star stay. 

Savor a scrumptious meal al fresco on the main floor patio, where the landscape unfolds like a living tapestry. Later, as the birdsong fades into the night, sip wine in your rooftop jacuzzi under a starlit sky. With an air-conditioned gym, open-air games room, and plenty of poolside loungers, you can enjoy a superb stay with the perfect fusion of relaxation and fun.

For certain, you’ll leave this urban hideaway with cherished memories of unparalleled service, exotic beauty, and the serenity of a truly unforgettable escape.  


Villa Uxmal 


Villa Uxmal Rental by Bric Vacation Rentals, Playa del Carmen, Mexico


Welcome to the magnificent, 5 bedroom, luxury vacation home of your dreams, Villa Uxmal, where every element has been meticulously crafted to provide an unmatched vacation experience. Set amidst sprawling grounds adorned with tropical flora, this modern masterpiece exudes sophistication and elegance at every turn. As you step inside, you’re greeted by a chef’s kitchen, equipped with top-of-the-line appliances and sleek countertops, perfect for culinary enthusiasts. Beyond the sliding, accordion patio doors lies an outdoor kitchen, complete with a teppanyaki grill, where sizzling delicacies can be prepared amidst the exotic splendor. The pièce de résistance—a private pool with a beach entrance, inviting you to immerse yourself in its glistening waters. Amid the refreshing dips and sunbathing, blend a batch of margaritas for your favorite travel companions at the swim up bar. 

Admire the elegant artwork adorning the walls as you unwind in the spacious living areas, where modern design seamlessly merges with tropical aesthetics. Whether lounging in the sun-drenched backyard, enjoying al fresco dining under a vast azure sky, or simply reveling in the tranquility of this exquisite property, Villa Uxmal offers the perfect interlude for discerning travelers seeking a supreme stay exuding relaxation and refinement.


Casa Quetzali


Playa del Carmen Villa Rentals by Bric Vacation Rentals, Riviera Maya


Tucked within the tranquil, Playacar Fase 1 gated community, this luxurious 4-bedroom vacation villa exudes beach town charm and promises a serene retreat just moments away from the pristine shoreline. Boasting a spacious layout, the residence features a beach cottage feel, but with plenty of space for 8 guests to unwind in comfort and style. A fully-equipped kitchen beckons culinary adventures, while expansive living areas offer ample space for relaxation and entertainment.

Outside, a private patio with dining and a grill provides the perfect spot for preparing a fun feast with fresh local ingredients. Whether gathering for a meal or lounging by the inviting pool, you’ll appreciate the privacy courtesy of the lush tropical landscaping.  With the beach mere minutes away by foot and the added security of the gated community, this rental promises an unforgettable beach getaway filled with relaxation and adventure.


Playacar Activities


Hit the Beach!


Playacar Beach, Playa del Carmen, Mexico


Without a doubt, one of the most anticipated activities when visiting Playa del Carmen is spending time at the beach! The Playacar stretch of sand is one of the best in town as it tends to be less crowded than the beaches in the downtown core. There are no lively beach clubs in Playacar, which makes this part of the coastline ideal for spreading out on a blanket with a good beach read and a cooler of ice cold cervesas. Alternatively, if you are curious about the city’s main beach clubs, they are only about a 15 to 20 minute leisurely walk from most of Bric’s Playacar rentals.

The principal access to the beach is through the gate adjacent to the Reef Playacar Resort. Situated almost directly across from Paseo del Sol on Paseo Xaman-Ha in Playacar, is the door to paradise! All guests staying in Playacar can gain entry to the white sand shoreline via this gateway. That being said, there is a limit of 4 per property. Speak to your designated Bric ambassador for options if you have a larger group so that all may enjoy a day by the sea. 


Hard Rock Riviera Maya Golf Club


Hard Rock Riviera Maya Club de Golf, Playa del Carmen

Following along the 6 kilometer scenic path in Playacar, the Hard Rock Riviera Maya Golf Club stands as a premier destination for golf enthusiasts and luxury travelers alike. Designed by renowned architect Robert von Hagge, this 18-hole championship course offers an exhilarating blend of natural beauty and challenging terrain.

What’s more, this par 72 course is all-inclusive. In addition to cart rentals and lockers, receive unlimited food and beverages throughout your round as well as in the Hole 19 lounge. 


Explore Playacar Via the 6 Kilometer Walking Path


Paseo en Playacar, Playa del Carmen


Encircling the gated community is a sidewalk path lined with tropical blooms and jungle vegetation. Along the 6km pathway, you’ll discover a mix of interesting attractions and eateries. From bird sanctuaries to centuries-old Mayan remnants to spectacular sunrises over the golf course, you’ll love the scenery along the way.

The entire journey following Paseo Xaman-Ha takes just over one hour to complete on foot and is a delightful way to stay active on your vacation. 




Skydive Playa, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Photo by Skydive Playa, Playa del Carmen, Mexico


While not exactly inside Playacar, Skydive Playa’s headquarters are on Avenida 15 near Calle 3, only a 5-minute walk from the main entrance of Playacar. Although not your typical way to see the sights of a city, skydiving is the most exhilarating! The professionals at Skydive Playa have been jumping out of planes in the area for almost 3 decades. With their perfect safety record and abundance of experience in helping visitors cross fulfill their bucket list, you’re in good hands.  


Playacar Attractions


Xaman-Ha Aviaro




This nature and wildlife sanctuary is a gathering place for Playa del Carmen’s most fascinating locals. Within the Aviary, you can spot iguanas, sereques, flamingos, the odd toucan, and the striking green parakeets. This is an ideal activity for families and nature lovers alike. 


Plaza Playacar


Plaza Playacar, Playa del Carmen, Mexico


Plaza Playacar is located in the hotel zone, just down the road from Paseo del Sol condominiums. At this outdoor souvenir market, you can browse and purchase the perfect Mexican handicraft as a memento from your vacation. There are also a variety of beach apparel and jewelry stores. Plus, for convenience you can buy pharmaceutical products, sunscreen, snacks, and beer without leaving the community. 


Playacar Restaurants 


Jungle Gastrobar

(Open Monday to Saturday from 3 to 11pm)


Jungle GastroBar Playacar, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Photo courtesy of Jungle GastroBar


A superb addition to the Playacar restaurant scene, Jungle GastroBar offers a mouthwatering mix of Mexican and international cuisine. Unexpected combination flavors such as a caprese salad with passionfruit not only highlight delightful local ingredients, but also are a sensational surprise for the palate. Indeed, the ribeye steak is reason alone to visit. However, the jungle setting, divine margaritas made from premium spirits, and exceptional service is why you will return. 

Tucked towards the back end of Playacar Plaza, it’s difficult to miss the gorgeous, entwined archway. The open-air dining room is enshrouded by dense jungle foliage, giving the impression that you are eating in the heart of the rainforest. Moreover, live musicians enhance the already warm atmosphere on the weekends. 


The Admiral 

(Open Monday to Saturday from 1 to 11pm, Sundays from 11am to 10pm)


The Admiral Sports Bar, Playa del Carmen, Mexico


Without a doubt, the Admiral Sports Bar wins the prize for the friendliest neighborhood pub in Playa del Carmen. Any excuse for a party, the superhost team is happy to entertain patrons with holiday themes and important sporting events. The menu features typical pub fare such as wings, burgers, as well as their signature fish ‘n chips. 

The Admiral’s offerings also include outstanding oysters, British staples like bangers and mash, along with vegetarian options. Not to mention, the impressive craft beer selection, an essential accompaniment to the big game!


Casa Sofia Playacar

(Open Mondays to Saturdays from 1:30 to 11pm and Sundays from 8am)


Casa Sofia, Playa del Carmen


This delightful Italian eatery has been serving delicious pasta dishes and pizzas for nearly 10 years. With multiple patios as well as an air-conditioned dining room, it is unusual to have to wait for a table. Of course, this is crucial when traveling with children.  

Friendly bartenders at Casa Sofia mix some of the best margaritas in town. But the most impressive section on the menu is their selection of over 1800 combinations of pasta and sauce made from scratch. An attentive wait staff contributes to the welcoming ambience and their Sunday morning brunch is fantastic. What’s more, the prices are quite reasonable compared to the restaurants in Playa’s main tourist hub, 5th Avenue. 


Aereo Cafe Bar

(Open daily from 9am to 1am)


Aereo Cafe Bar, Playa del Carmen

Photo courtesy of @antucasangaph on Instagram


Not only is Aereo a charming coffee bar offering breakfast items made with fresh, local ingredients, but also it transforms into a modern day speakeasy in the afternoon. Step into the world of sophisticated indulgence at Aereo, where the artistry of a master mixologist elevates every sip, leaving a lingering impression after the last drop is savored. 

Whether you come solo or with your partner, you will appreciate the tailored concoctions designed to tantalize the senses. Furthermore, their back room is ideal for private parties. Find this hidden gem on 15th Avenue in between Calle 1 and 3 near Skydive Playa. 


Off the Vine Playacar Wine & Deli Bar

(Open Monday to Saturday 11am to 11pm)


Off the Vine Deli and Wine Bar, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Photo courtesy of Off The Vine


Situated between the southernmost Playacar entrance and Sam’s Club on the 307 Highway, Off the Vine is a lively gathering place for locals and visitors alike. The popular wine and deli bar has several locations in the state and is an excellent choice for brunch and mimosas. On the other hand, Off the Vine presents the perfect space for a romantic evening with tapas including gourmet charcuterie boards, mussels in a white wine sauce and a variety of pates. 

This location also hosts fun events including guided tasting nights as well as live music performances. In addition, every Tuesday, is wine and paint and wine night. Attendees learn techniques of various artists and can enjoy nibbles with two glasses of wine as part of the experience. 

Our team is available anytime to help you have the vacation of your dreams. Whether you’re seeking recommendations for local attractions, need assistance with reservations, or simply have a question or concern, we’re here to ensure every aspect of your getaway is perfect. Don’t hesitate to reach out at (800) 519-2486 or— we’re dedicated to making your vacation experience unforgettable