Cheap Flights to Playa Del Carmen

Playa Del Carmen overview

With a practically perfect climate - average year-round temperatures are about 27 degrees Celsius - and a wonderful location on the Riviera Maya in the northeast of the state of Quintana Roo, travellers stepping off their cheap flights to Playa del Carmen may never want to leave.

The town first appeared on the tourist radar with the passenger ferry service to Cozumel, the world-famous scuba-diving island across the Cozumel Channel. With its high-quality beaches, shimmering blue waters and good diving, travellers en route to Cozumel discovered that Playa del Carmen is more than a match for its more famous neighbour.

The town is also a popular cruise-ship stopping-off point. Its compact fishing-town feel makes it ideal for there-and-back visitors as well as those on a longer vacation.

Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue) stretches between Calle 1 Norte until Calle 34, taking in most of the town, parallel to the beautiful beach while nearby Mayan ruins including Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza shine a light on the region's ancient civilisation.

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Playa Del Carmen climate

In a word, perfect. Playa del Carmen has a sub-tropical climate with temperatures approaching 30 degrees Celsius (80s Fahrenheit) year-round. Travellers arriving on cheap flights to Playa del Carmen between November and January will experience slightly cooler temperatures - in the mid 20s. Hurricane season runs June 1 to November 30.

When to fly to Playa Del Carmen

Peak Season:
Along the Riviera Maya, November through February is high season. This is when travellers flee colder winters elsewhere and take cheap flights to Playa del Carmen.

Off Season:
The rainy season runs May to October and hurricane season is August through October. However, if you are planning to take cheap flights to Playa del Carmen for deep sea fishing, billfish (sailfish and marlin) in particular, high season runs March through September.

Getting around Playa Del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is not as compact as it once was. Getting about on foot is the cheapest option if not quite as scenic as it used to be. Rental car is the best option for independent travel. Taxis are cheap, but keep an eye on the meter. Public bus is cheap too. Triciclos, large tricycles, are a fun way of getting around Playa del Carmen. You'll find them around the ferry dock at the south end of town and on Juarez and 5th Avenue.

Playa Del Carmen insider information

  • Local Mayan cuisine features meals rich in cereals, meat (chicken, pork or rabbit), herbs and rice. Popular fillings include beans, corn, Serrano and Havana chilli peppers. Due to its location, seafood is a specialty. Must-eat dishes include Tikin Xic, a white fish that is marinated with adobo de Achiote and sour oranges, wrapped in a banana leaf and cooked in an earth oven under a wood fire. Pan de Cazón are tortillas with shredded fish and black beans.
  • Akumal, 30 minutes south of Playa Del Carmen, is home to a sea turtle sanctuary. Its shallow waters are protected by a barrier reef. Logger Head Sea Turtles enter daily to feed on sea grass and are friendly and peaceful beasts.
  • Younger visitors arriving on cheap flights to Playa del Carmen will be thrilled with a visit to Xcaret, an archaeological site, ecological park and resort that is often described as a Mayan Eco Disney World. There are numerous attractions including underground rivers, butterfly pavilion, beach, inlets and the "Xcaret Mexico Espectacular". Swimming with dolphins, snuba, sea trekking and snorkelling are all on offer.

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How much do things cost in Playa Del Carmen?

A dozen eggs
C$ 1.83
Large bottle of water
C$ 0.77
Loaf of white bread
C$ 1.63
C$ 2.54
Meal at McDonald's or similar
C$ 5.07
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
C$ 0.95
Cheap meal
C$ 6.00
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of jeans
C$ 80.06
Pair of Nike shoes
C$ 77.83
Petrol (1 litre)
C$ 1.06
1 km taxi journey
C$ 0.60
One-way ticket (local transport)
C$ 0.50
1 hour taxi waiting fee
C$ 6.94
How much does a beer cost in Playa Del Carmen?
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
C$ 1
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
C$ 3
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
C$ 2
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
C$ 2

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