A permanent Caribbean vacation, living the dream in Playa del Carmen
Posted By Bjoern Koch, AREA Real Estate on July 14, 2015
After Cancun, the once small fishing village of Playa del Carmen has grown to become the second largest resort town in Mexico. Playa, as it is warmly referred to by locals, is also the fastest growing city in Mexico, according to National Office of Statistics (INEGI), with a 9 percent annual growth rate.
The city of Playa del Carmen is located along the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. It is home to approximately 160,000 people, some of which snowbird, but most of which live year round. The region offers pleasant temperatures all year, with the rainy season running from May to October. The local economy is based on tourism, fishing and activities related to lifestyle and real estate.
As part of the Riviera Maya, Playa is known as being very down-to-earth and authentically Mexican when compared to trendy high-rise cities such as Cancun. It’s that down-to-earth, rustic lifestyle that makes the resort town so appealing. Its location is also a factor, being directly on the beach halfway between Cancun and Tulum.
Whereas Cancun is more about shopping malls and package vacations, for foreigners, Playa offers a toned-down approach to tourism and a more traditional Mexican lifestyle. It is in Playa where expats enjoy the fun and lively beach culture that combines the diverse blend of interests along its shores. The area is highly influenced by multinationals, yet, Playa has not lost its small-town village charm as it embraces its own Maya culture.
Playa del Carmen is a great place to consider for those looking for cozy beach side living. It has excellent transport links with ferries, well-maintained highways and two near-by international airports, one at Cancun and the other at Cozumel.
It’s a bustling business center in a small-town way where people enjoy long walks along the beach, casual shopping and an endless supply of nature activities. Although Playa has undergone a fast pace of development over the past decade, authorities have taken care to retain the city’s small-town charm, nurture its characteristics and maintain its atmosphere – all the things that attracted people to Playa in the first place.