Playa del Carmen has accommodations ranging from luxury, all-inclusive beach resorts to budget hotels and youth hostels catering to backpackers. There is also a growing number of small, tastefully decorated inns or posadas opened by Europeans—mainly Italians—who have moved to Playa.
In the past decade, the introduction of trendier modern boutique and lifestyle hotels has generated much of the favorable media and fashion buzz that has come to be associated with Playa del Carmen.
Room rates tend to fall as you get farther away from the beach, and published rates drop by a lot when business is slow.
Playa del Carmen is especially popular in March and April as a spring-break destination for college students from the U.S. Mexican tourists flock there a week before and after Christmas, the week of and after Easter, and July and August during school vacations. Make reservations early for those times. Many Europeans also arrive in July and August, filling up many of the smaller hotels and some resorts.
Rates are typically at their lowest in February and September-early November, but remember that (along with August, and increasingly even July) these months fall within hurricane season.
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