Playa de Carmen is known for its diversity of being both a cultural and urban coastal resort town, situated in the state of Quintano Roo, on the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. Quintana Roo was granted statehood in 1974, and that makes it the youngest of Mexico’ states.  It is known for its palmed streets running parallel to the beach, its coral reefs and the beautiful, vibrant and timeless heritage of the ancient Mayan culture. Quinta Avenida also is known as Fifth Avenue, is where all the city buzz stems from. And like blood pumping from the heart, it’s energy flows through streets that resemble capillaries, connecting into other streets which house shops, restaurants, bars as well as night clubs.

If tropical weather and all year-round summer is your kind of climate, then this is undoubtedly the best place for you to come and enjoy the warm and humid temperatures. Quintano Roo was founded in 1937, which makes the town all of 82yrs old. It nests  10 metres above sea level which explains its tropical climates, as with most places elevated.

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And if it is entertainment that your soul yearns for, this is precisely the place. A range of events take place regularly, so if you miss that annual festival or seasonal show, don’t sweat it. There are events that occur on the monthly, weekly and even daily occasion. Those searching for solace in their downtime can find peace in this little paradise too! Here is a short list of the places we think might be what you are looking for, next holiday.

You can also follow this link for a full schedule of fun things to expect while visiting the new old town.

Hostel Che Playa

HostelWorld (*9.1) (*8.3)

Map Starts at ($11) for 10 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (September)

Hostel Che is situated in the city center and you can check in around the clock, thanks to a reception desk that is open for 24hrs. Amenities within the facility include an air conditioner to keep the humidity at bay, WiFi to keep you in the know for the duration of your stay, lockers to keep your valuables safe as well as a fully equipped modern kitchen for guests who opt to go the self-catering route.

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While there is plenty to do around the town, one hardly must leave the hostel as it also offers a wide range of activities and entertainment, including free tours around the cultural and urban city, yoga for the fitness and salsa classes for the dancers. There is also a rooftop bar with all you can eat BBQ nights, Taco nights and special burger night! 

And if that is not enough of fun things for you to do; there is also live music and great cocktails made at the bar. With all its humdrum, Hostel Del Playa still manages to maintain its reputation for cleanliness too!


HostelWorld (*8.7) (*8.7)

Map Starts at ($14) for 12 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (September)

Is dubbed the most significant party hostel in Playa Del Carmen owing to its buzz and gregarious nature of its visitors. It is said that strangers are merely friends that have yet to meet and places like Hostel 3B bring this saying to life because if it is friends and exploring, you’re looking for, Hostel 3B is where you’ll find them. It is placed half a block away from La Quinta Avenida and a block from the beach, you will find yourself perfectly perched between the surf and the salsa.

Whether the holiday plan is to soak up the scenery in the sun, hit the nightlife or stay close to home, all options are catered for. The venue also offers a swimming pool, lounge, BBQ on Tuesdays and Sundays, beer pong tables and sport broadcasts; to mention but a few of the entertainment features on site.

Breakfast is included on all days of the week while dinner is only served from Wednesday through to Saturday.

It is also known for its excellent staff, cleanliness, tour information as well as a cheap breakfast. While hosting a communal kitchen, free high-speed wifi, book exchange, air conditioning, affordable rooms and a rooftop lounge!!

As if that is not enough; international DJ’s also bless the space twice a month with a full sound system!

This is no place for sleep seekers.

For all the services and splendour that Hostel 3B offers, toiletries are unfortunately not one. All guests are advised to please bring your toiletries; they need a holiday too!!

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Selina Playa Del Carmen

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HostelWorld (*8.5) (*8.5) 

Map Starts at ($10) for 20 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (September)

Located right in the centre of Rivera Maya, a town formerly known as a fishing town; it is one of Mexico’s most popular destinations. Placed  65km away from the airport and exactly on Quinta Avenida, central to the streets for roaming if you are into that, yet close to the beach.

This is where you want to be if you’re going to enjoy music both live and recorded, eat great food, shop until your feet hurt and still have the option of engaging in outdoor adventures; such as biking or hiking around the ancient Mayan ruins along the mountains or even diving into the Cenote.

It offers dorms with different capacities of residence, fully equipped as well as private rooms, so there’s something for the outgoing as well as the holidaymaker that appreciates a bit of personal space. For all your connectivity needs, there is also free WiFi, a bar to enjoy sundowners in while soaking in the stunning views from a rooftop. You can also treat yourself to some daily yoga as well as splash about, or tan at the swimming pool. The hostel has common areas that are filled with games and everyday activities.

Selina Playa Del Carmen has also earned itself a reputation not only with holidaymakers but with guests also travelling for work purposes, as the facility boasts private co-working spaces and coliving spaces around the world.

One common complaint: For all the humidity, the air conditioner tends to get quite cold at night and can only be controlled from the reception. All guests are kindly advised to ask host to help them understand this taken care of upon arrival.

Sayab Hostel

HostelWorld (*8.4) (*8.3) 

Map Starts at ($10) for 18 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (September)

This beautiful getaway is a mere 3 minutes from the Caribbean Sea, 200 meters from the city hall and within 600 meters of public transportation. All in all, you couldn’t ask for a better setting as the backdrop to your vacation. With parking space in the area at a premium, guests will be delighted to know that parking is free when you choose to stay at the Sayab Hostel.

The hostel staff is always accessible should you need a hand and the reception, which is open for 24hrs, with WiFi available, towels to rent as well as free lockers for your valuables while on vacation.

The hostel also hosts a diving school called “Good Vibes Diving” which is renowned for precisely what it says in its title – good vibes while learning the art of diving. There are many species of ocean life to be seen for the avid lovers of the sea.

Breakfast is included as well as a free welcome drink, good music, and a great atmosphere!!

Casa Blanca Playa (Boutique)

HostelWorld (*9.5) (*9.1) 

Map Starts at ($62) for 1 bed-private

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (September)

Inside the upmarket neighborhood of Playacar is where this picturesque little paradise is found. It is very close to the Caribbean Sea and is surrounded by gorgeous villas and vegetation. Casa Blanca Playa is situated 50 meters away from the heart of the buzz, which makes the city center. So there is serenity and fun within a reasonable distance.

Furthermore, the place boasts of highly qualified staff, a common area with a TV room, WiFi, a kitchen available for use at any given time and a library for those who may want to enjoy some tranquil downtime in-between the tropical adventures the peninsula is renowned for. This all guarantees equal adventure for both the thrill seeker as well as the holiday maker looking for peace of mind and a relaxed atmosphere.

Conclusion on the destination:

Quintana Roo is a melting pot of young and old, ancient and recent, with a rich and compelling history, owing to the ancient exploits of the Mayans.

A development boom owing to over 400 kilometers of pristine white sands continually ensures that the resorts along the Yucatan peninsula are at capacity throughout the year. A key focus has become balancing this boom with the environmental aspect, which includes ensuring that natural resources, as well as the rich Mayan heritage, are preserved. This makes an array of activities possible, stemming from the need to balance trade with the environment, the industry as it is relatively urban, tourism and history. So, whether it be snorkeling, visiting ancient sites, cave-diving, attending the many street carnivals or merely relaxing in the hostel of your choice, you will find yourself deeply involved in the timeless and welcoming ways in which the peninsula charms all its visitors.