Situated just south of the Cancun International Airport in the heart of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, anyone living in Playa del Carmen will attest to the town’s cosmopolitan appeal and thriving expat community, so it’s no surprise that Coastal Living magazine has named Playa one of the “20 Best Places to Live in 2017”.
Get to Know Downtown Playa del Carmen
Playa was also recently named the “Friendliest City in Latin America” by Expedia, recognized for its welcoming feel and warmth of its people, who always seem thrilled to share the Riviera Maya with anyone.
“This town is easy and affordable to get to and it has become genuinely international – lots of digital nomads have figured this out and are making Playa del Carmen their base, and with good reason”, wrote Coastal Living. “The beaches along this stretch of coast are gorgeous – from Playa del Carmen all the way south to Tulum”.
Mexico as a whole is also consistently listed among the best countries for expats worldwide who are interested in moving abroad, but there’s no doubt that there’s something extra special about the Riviera Maya region, which is home to not just Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, but also to Cozumel island and the exclusive resort town of Puerto Aventuras, among a variety of other gorgeous Caribbean villages just waiting to be discovered.
Throughout downtown Playa del Carmen and the surrounding region you will find modern infrastructure, easy access to hospitals and all the other “American” amenities visitors and expats like to enjoy. With around 340 days of sunshine every year, the average temperature in Playa del Carmen ranges from 90 degrees Fahrenheit in July to 66 in January. The median home price for Playa del Carmen condos is an average $300,000, while homes in the exclusive Playacar neighborhood just south of downtown start at around $350,000.
Best Beach in Playa del Carmen
Downtown Playa del Carmen is home to the always-popular Mamitas Beach Club, but also be sure to check out Maroma Beach, which is just 25 minutes north of the city on a prime stretch of beachfront Playa del Carmen real estate. Other aquatic options include exploring a few of the Riviera Maya’s freshwater cenotes on the guided Rio Secreto tour, which winds through a vast portion of stunningly beautiful caverns filled with breathtaking stalagmites and stalactites.
Cost of Living in Playa del Carmen
The bottom line: Expats can live well in Playa del Carmen for less. American travelers and expats benefit greatly from the dollar to peso exchange rate, which as of this date equals around 17 pesos for every U.S. dollar! While the average cost of food in Playa del Carmen varies depending on how expensive each person’s tastes are, it’s possible to find a mouthwatering taco for just .70 USD cents and a memorable gourmet meal for as little as $20 USD. In addition, excellent affordable healthcare in Mexico is the norm instead of the exception, so expats can expect to spend significantly less on medical treatments.
Playa del Carmen Safety
Finally, due to all the negative news reports that come out about violence in Mexico, it’s important to point out that Playa del Carmen is actually statistically much safer than many U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, New Orleans and Washington D.C.
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