Playacar is part of Playa del Carmen but a gated community of assorted developments to the south. This planned, upscale, secure neighborhood has an 18-hole golf course, a dozen large all-inclusive hotels, and private condos, which are available for rent.

Playacar has two sections:

  • Phase I is oceanfront.
  • Phase II is next to the golf course.

There is a nice little shopping center directly across the street from the RUI. It is a 4-minute taxi ride into Playa del Carmen.

Depending on what hotel/resort you are staying at, the beach can be wider or deeper or have a gentle slope to the water or a steeper slope to the water. It varies as you travel along the beach but most of the beach from Playacar to Playa del Carmen is slanted.

After the Gala, the beach continues for about a mile. Within that mile, you begin to encounter huge rocks that break up the beach—first intermittent rocks, then slowly turning into solid rock as far as you can see. It also becomes more and more isolated the further south you go. There are a few beautiful private beach areas in between the rocks.

The main gate for Playacar is located just north of Juarez off Hwy 307.

You can also walk into Playacar from Playa del Carmen either by walking along the beach or through the mall that is at the ferry docks. Just walk north and you hit Playacar.

playacar map


Playacar is located on the south side of Playa del Carmen.

Playa del Carmen is approximately an hours drive from Cancun along highway 307.

Playacar is situated on the east side of the highway, between the highway and the coast-line.