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Playa del Carmen Hotel Prices Up By 30% As Winter Demand Soars

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The average nightly rate for hotels in Playa del Carmen has risen by up to 30% as demand for the popular resort destination soars. Hotels and resorts have responded to the unprecedented demand by hiking up prices, but that still hasn’t stopped millions of travelers from choosing to spend their winter holidays in the seaside town.

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Hotels and resorts across much of the Mexican Caribbean are gearing up for record arrival numbers this winter as millions of North American travelers set their sights on the region’s tropical warmth. Whilst Cancun has always been a hit among Americans, this year, its southern neighbor Playa del Carmen has seen its popularity skyrocket. The summer was extremely busy for the paradisical town, and its hotels are looking to be just as packed – if not more – this winter. 

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Accommodations across the resort town are nearly fully-booked for the winter, with average occupancy rates in the high 80s. Whilst this is great news for the local travel industry, it also means visitors will have to dish out more money for a taste of Caribbean paradise. 

Average nightly rates for hotels in downtown Playa del Carmen have risen by up to 30% compared to previous years, a sign that international travel is picking up pace. The situation is especially true for smaller hotels, which can be found throughout the destination. According to representatives from the town’s tourism agency, November could see as much as 90% of all rooms booked. 

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According to Fabiola Vélez López, head of Playa del Carmen’s Small Hotels Committee, tourists are increasingly choosing to stay for longer than before and spending more on luxurious accommodations. “Small hotels in the center are reporting occupancy rates of 80% or more, and tourists are staying on average three nights,” the official said in a statement. 

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Although price increases are especially prominent in downtown Playa del Carmen, around Quinta Avenida, home to around 900 rooms, other areas are also reporting higher rates. The low season – which in previous years began in late August lasting until early December – is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Now, the Mexican Caribbean is welcoming travelers throughout the whole year, pushing prices up.

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With more than 26 million travelers expected to visit the Mexican Caribbean by the end of the year, the region continues to rank among the most popular destinations worldwide. Playa del Carmen, located some 70 kilometers south of Cancun, is a popular destination due to its authentic laid-back style. Aside from its stunning beaches, the city is a mecca for food lovers and partygoers, making it an all-around excellent pick.

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The city is also home to an impressive array of hotels and resorts: from small, cozy family-run properties to all-inclusive mega-resorts, travelers can find hundreds of accommodations dotted around Playa del Carmen. Growing demand is attracting a growing number of investments, and there are plenty of new properties to choose from. The downtown area is home to many smaller hotels, whereas bigger resorts can be found along the city’s many beaches. 

Travelers looking to book a last-minute December trip to Playa del Carmen can still do so, despite costlier hotels. A 4-night stay for two currently costs anywhere from $120 all the way to nearly $4000.

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If you’re looking for an excellent all-inclusive resort that won’t break the bank, check out Wyndham Alltra Playa del Carmen Adults Only All Inclusive, where a 4-night stay will set you back $966. For more modest accommodation, opt for Meliora by Bunik, a stunning hotel just 300 meters from the beach. A 4-night stay will cost just $311, meaning travelers can still find excellent deals despite the peak of the high season. 

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