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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The town

Playa del Carmen is a lovely place. A wonderful beach, lots of restaurants and outdoor activities available...

If you want to learn Spanish and just hang out and relax by the beach then this is the perfect place to do so.


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.

Getting there

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.

Weather in Playa del Carmen

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.

Seasonal variations:

  • February to May Spring is a beautiful time of year, with little rain and flowers everywhere. The sea is calmer and gets steadily warmer as temperature rises. Nights can still be cool, but a sweater is rarely needed.
  • June to August The summer in Playa del Carmen is hot. The water is so warm you can stay in for hours. Blue skies prevail. There is some rainfall with short heavy showers in the afternoon or evening. Nights do not get much cooler.
  • September and October This is the season for tropical storms and the occasional hurricane (not usually nearly as powerful as Hurricane Wilma, back in 2005). It doesn't rain every day for two months, but there could be periods of more persistent rain. It's still warm.
  • November to January These are the coolest months in Playa, which means it's very comfortable. There might be some rain, but it's not very frequent. This time of year nights can be cool - temperatures can drop to as low as 12C!

We recommend Yahoo if you want the weather forecast for Playa del Carmen for the next 10 days.

Getting around Playa del Carmen

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).

See more of Playa

Playa del Carmen beach

The beach

México en tus sentidos


Fabulous photos of Mexico in Willy Sousa's prize-winning video.

BBC report Beyond Cancun: A quieter Mexico

Practical information

Arrival information

Map of Playa

Visas, insurance, food...

More about Playa



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