Everything you need and want is within walking distance in Playa–pharmacies, grocery stores, bars, restaurants, currency exchange booths, banks, car rental agencies, clinics, etc. There’s also a brand new cycling path that circles Playacar community and spans much of 10th Avenue.
If you prefer to give your legs a rest, taxis are plentiful and cheap [typically 30 pesos within the downtown core].
TIP: Taxis in Playa are well-marked. They will often flash their lights or beep repeatedly as they roll by, to advertise that they’re looking for a fare.
The grid is easy to navigate. Avenues run north to south, parallel with the beach. They are counted by 5’s [ie: 5th Ave is the main avenue, followed by 10th Ave, 15th Ave and so on, moving away from the water]. Intersecting streets, called calles [pronounced “kai-yay”] run east to west and are counted by 2’s. As you explore past 5th Avenue, you’ll notice that restaurants get more local in style and shop prices get lower.
Getting to Playa is also very easy, as it’s located right on Federal Highway 307 between Cancun and Tulum. An overpass funnels highway traffic through, with several exits to the downtown core.
Air-conditioned ADO buses regularly traverse the highway between Cancun, the airport and Playa del Carmen. There are two open-air bus stations in Playa, with dozens of destinations offered all over the country.
If you are interested in a simple and affordable private transfer service, we offer the best prices found online at only $75 for up to 8 passengers. Further discounts apply for round trip transfers and when booking a hotel with us.
Playa has its own airstrip; located downtown near the entrance to Playacar. There are also two ferry docks that welcome cruise ship passengers and transport visitors back and forth to the island of Cozumel.