Playa del Carmen is Quintana Roo’s second city after the undisputed top-dog, Cancun. It has seen a population growth unmatched by other Latin American cities, expanding from around 150,000 residents in 2010 to over 300,000 in 2020.
Playa del Carmen sees over a million visitors each year, which creates strong demand for its wide range of hotels as well as other kinds of accommodation. However, with many visitors now preferring somewhere with additional space, cooking facilities, or a private pool, Playa Del Carmen’s private rental market is booming.
Here are 4 of the best private rentals Playa del Carmen has to offer.
Pristine Oceanfront Penthouse w/Private Pool – Mamitas Beach
Located right next to the legendary Kool Beach Club at Mamitas Beach, this penthouse apartment – which has featured on HGTV – is part of the Aldea Thai Luxury Condo development, a longstanding visitor favorite that offers attractive dark-wood touches and tropical gardens.
This spacious 3000 sq ft condo has two comfortable bedrooms, both with ensuite, and the master boasts a full-size tub. There’s also a well-equipped kitchen and calming lounge room, plus those extra touches that make somewhere feel like a real home away from home.
What makes this condo stand out above the rest is its penthouse area, a spacious terrace with loungers, a dining area, and a generous private pool. Let’s be honest, when you’re in Playa del Carmen you want to be outside, and this is the perfect spot to do just that.
Check prices at: Pristine Oceanfront Penthouse w/ Private Pool @Mamitas Beach
Casa Karlita – Playacar
Located in the gated community of Playacar, this 3 bed, 2 bath, 2000 sq ft detached home offers a slice of luxury living within easy reach of everything Playa del Carmen has to offer. There are multiple inside/outside dining areas to choose from, and you can relax with a book by the handy plunge pool, or catch some rays down on the beach, which is right in front of the villa.
The kitchen is beautiful, with counter space overlooking the ocean, and high-quality appliances offering you everything you need to prepare a gourmet meal. The lounge room is casual and comfortable, offering a great spot for planning your next day’s activities, or just catching up with some TV.
Granted, at an $800+ per night price point, this wouldn’t be your everyday vacation rental. But if you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate a special occasion, this could be just the place.
Beautiful Mexican Villa 50 Steps From White Sand Beach
For a slightly larger group, this traditionally decorated Mexican villa can sleep up to ten guests, with six beds spread over four calming bedrooms. Rates start at around $500 per night, which works out at just $50 per person, a bargain for the quality of accommodation and location this property offers. If you can drag yourself away, the center of Playa del Carmen is only a half-mile away.
The villa offers a beautiful rooftop terrace, perfect for group dining with stunning views over the ocean and there’s also a lush garden with a full-size private pool. The kitchen and four bathrooms benefit from colorful Mexican tiles, which adds real personality to this rental.
There are also extra services on offer, including an airport transfer, and grocery service, meaning you can arrive from your flight worry-free and ready to vacation.
Check prices at: Beautiful Mexican Villa 50 Steps From White Sand Beach
PH Wayak 302 – LUX, Private Pool, Maid Service, 200MB WIFI – At Quadra Alea
Located in the Quadra Alea development in central Playa del Carmen, this penthouse condo isn’t beachfront, but it more than makes up for it with a private rooftop pool plus access to communal pools and a fitness center.
This accommodation is notable for its decor, which is colorful, inviting, and quirky, perfect for visitors seeking a base with extra character. A stunning palapa thatched walkway greets you on arrival, leading you into the modern, yet rustic development.
The apartment is 3,000 sq ft and sleeps four people across its two bedrooms, one of which has its own terrace complete with an outdoor shower. The main terrace is perfect whatever the time of day, with loungers to enjoy when the sun’s shining, and a grill and dining area for long evenings spent looking out over the twinkling lights of Playa del Carmen.
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