Want your cake and eat it too?  Playa del Carmen is just 40 miles south of Cancun and 30 miles north of Tulum and is much more laid back and relaxing.

Playa del Carmen has been noted as one of the fastest growing retirement communities in all of Latin America.  It is also known as one of the best places to live while being able to explore the Rivera Maya, the Cancun – Tulum corridor.

Playa is also experiencing growth in the hotel and tourism business and that has brought many new job opportunities to the area.

Additionally, Playa is a big attraction to retiring baby-boomers because it draws many people from Canada and South America as well as the United States.

Within this cosmopolitan community of beach residences, you will hear languages of French, Italian, English and English accent being spoken.  Imagine a local community, on the pristine Caribbean with an International flair!  This is a great attraction and has contributed to making the real estate market in Playa one of the most important in Latin America.

From the European back packers of 15 years ago who sought out the peaceful beach areas, now Playa offers a large area, the popular 5th Avenue or Quinta Avenida, where you will find café’s, restaurants and boutique stores.

If you’re into sports, you can golf on one of the many new golf courses along the shoreline or go sailing, fishing, kayaking or bicycling.


  1. Medical Care is available in Playa del Carmen but it is suggested you travel to Cancun or Merida in the state of Yucatan for any grave illness.
  2. For qualified diving medicine physicians, you will find some of the very best in Playa del Carmen and one or two speak several languages including English.
  3. There are several really good language schools so you can begin to learn Spanish or other languages you may want to learn.
  4. Playa has a sub tropical climate meaning that it is always warm, average around 80 degrees, or sometimes hot.
  5.  Playa is small, so most of what you need or wish to visit is within walking distance.  If you care to ride you can take one of the plentiful taxis, your bicycle or your own car.