Playa del Carmen is a marvellous place to spend time. It has all the advantages of a Mexican Caribbean resort -- a dazzling, white-sand beach [ photos ], turquoise sea, a huge range of bars, restaurants and places to stay -- and yet it has managed to retain a relaxed, low-rise village atmosphere which has nothing in common with the large-scale tourist resorts elsewhere on the coast.
There is plenty to do and see in Playa and the town is growing fast. But the atmosphere is anything other than hectic and it is the gentle surf that seems to dominate the pace of life.
There are direct flights from most major cities to Cancun International Airport which is just 60 km (40 miles) north of Playa del Carmen. The journey from the airport to Playa del Carmen by taxi should take less than 1 hour and cost around 40 US$ (65 US$ after 22.00 or before 08.00).
Alternatively the school can arrange an airport meeting and transfer service on request.
Playa del Carmen has a sub-tropical climate, which means it's almost always warm. The annual average temperature is about 27C or 80F. Humidity is also quite high. Regardless of what time of year you come, you will have great beach days and the sea is always warm enough to swim in.
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Playa del Carmen is relatively small and students will be able to get around on foot most of the time.
Taxis are widely available and a journey within the town should only cost around 15-20$ pesos (2-3 US$).
Students can also rent a bicycle for 10-15 US$ per week (a refundable deposit of 30-40 US$ is required).