Considering in living or vacationing in Playacar? This private development which started in 1979 offers much more than you imagine.
Playacar is divided up into 2 phases. The first Phase is smaller with few hotels and the second phase is larger including golf, houses, condos, bird aviary park, small shopping area and several all-inclusive hotels.
Mayan Ruins in Playacar? Yes, there are Mayan ruins in Playacar. They are not huge but interesting to walk by and take some snapshots. They are open to anyone in Playacar and there is no charge for them.
The beaches in Playacar are very nice because they are wide and not too crowded.
Even from within Playacar there is limited access to the beach if you are not staying at one of the all-inclusive hotels. This does not mean you cannot use the beach, you just need to find access to it first.
The main roads in both Phases are nice to bike and run next to. There are sidewalks on both sides of the road. Biking is supposed to be limited to the inside loop of sidewalk. So, make sure you follow the rules.
The roads and landscaping are all manicured and taken care of. Playacar has private security that drives around, and you will see them scanning checkpoints (often markers in trees) to indicate they have passed a certain point.
There is a park in the backside of Phase 2 that is well designed and a great place for young children to play. It is called Park El Árbol and Xaman-Ha Bird Sanctuary.
There is a tourist shopping plaza that even has a Starbucks. It is only for tourist though and has the typical souvenir items for sale.
Hotels offers the advantage of being in a secluded area of Playa Del Carmen but also close enough to the center of Playa Del Carmen to walk or take a taxi to enjoy the entertainment and restaurants.