Sure, living near the clear blue waters and white sand beaches of the Caribbean Sea sounds amazing, but have you ever wondered what life is really like for the ever-growing Playa del Carmen expat community? Let us give you a look inside this magical part of Mexico’s Riviera Maya and show you why the high quality of life and cost of living in Playa del Carmen has caused a growing number of international travelers to buy Playa del Carmen real estate and set down roots, either permanently or for part of the year.
Expats Enjoy a Fabulous Lifestyle in Playa del Carmen
As a top international vacation destination and the number one destination in Mexico, downtown Playa del Carmen and the surrounding Riviera Maya region are more than well equipped to keep even the most seasoned travelers infinitely busy. Playa offers easy access to endless recreational activities, restaurants, shopping and entertainment, with the world’s second-largest barrier reef located just offshore, a variety of modern theaters, shopping malls and many different sites of ancient Mayan ruins to visit.
Of course, water sports like fishing, diving, snorkeling and boating are all readily available activities in Playa del Carmen, with many different tours to choose from offered by professional guides and operators. (And for days when you’re feeling lazy, just remember that chilling on a dazzling white-sand beach with a cold drink is also considered a “water sport” in Playa!)
Best Golf Courses in Mexico
No mention of the local Playa del Carmen expat community would be complete without pointing out that the Riviera Maya is home to the best golf courses in Mexico, including the world-renowned El Camaleón designed by Greg Norman, and the Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club, which was designed by P.B. Dye and is mostly cut through the lush tropical jungle between the famed Hotel Zone of Cancun and downtown Playa del Carmen.
Other Things to Do in Playa del Carmen
In general, the local expat community in Playa del Carmen is very active, with countless happy hour gatherings, dinners and parties to enjoy, along with cultural activities, volunteer work, yoga classes, and so much more! Tourists, local residents and expats alike can be found enjoying the sites while walking along Fifth Avenue – Quinta Avenida in Spanish – which is close to the beach and one of the world’s longest pedestrian-only streets, stretching some 40 blocks in length (and counting).
Regardless of what your Caribbean Dream may look like, Playa can help make it come true! This is one of the world’s most dynamic communities and the Playa del Carmen real estate market offers strong return on investment thanks to its chic, modern ambiance that draws a unique mix of retirees, tourists and expats of all ages from around the world. Whether you are considering turnkey condos in Playa del Carmen or would prefer to find a standalone home, the local real estate market also has something for everyone.
Come, see for yourself and walk the beaches, hang out with the Playa del Carmen expat community and browse the shops along Fifth Avenue while you experience the exciting cultural phenomenon that is the Mexican Caribbean!
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