Travel Budget for Playa del Carmen

Estado de Quintana Roo, Mexico

How much does it cost to travel to Playa del Carmen?

How much money will you need for your trip to Playa del Carmen? You should plan to spend around M$1,082 ($56) per day on your vacation in Playa del Carmen, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, M$315 ($16) on meals for one day and M$318 ($16) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Playa del Carmen for a couple is M$1,052 ($54). So, a trip to Playa del Carmen for two people for one week costs on average M$15,153 ($783). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Playa del Carmen for one week usually costs around M$7,577 for one person. So, a trip to Playa del Carmen for two people costs around M$15,153 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs M$30,306 in Playa del Carmen. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Playa del Carmen can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Playa del Carmen? How much money do I need for Playa del Carmen?

How much does a trip to Playa del Carmen cost? Is Playa del Carmen expensive? The average Playa del Carmen trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Playa del Carmen prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Playa del Carmen
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Playa del Carmen is M$526. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Playa del Carmen is M$1,052.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Transportation Budget in Playa del Carmen
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Playa del Carmen is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent M$318 per person, per day, on local transportation in Playa del Carmen.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Playa del Carmen
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Rental Cars in Playa del Carmen
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Food Budget in Playa del Carmen
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  • While meal prices in Playa del Carmen can vary, the average cost of food in Playa del Carmen is M$315 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Playa del Carmen should cost around M$126 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Playa del Carmen is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Playa del Carmen
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  • Entertainment and activities in Playa del Carmen typically cost an average of M$227 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Playa del Carmen
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  • The average price for Tips and Handouts in Playa del Carmen is M$12 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Playa del Carmen is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Playa del Carmen
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  • The average person spends about M$280 on alcoholic beverages in Playa del Carmen per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Water Budget in Playa del Carmen
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  • On average, people spend M$16 on bottled water in Playa del Carmen per day. The public water in Playa del Carmen is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2021
Playa del Carmen On a Budget
Playa del Carmen Play del Carmen, Mexico
Playa del Carmen is in Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula. It's a popular resort town and is about seventy kilometers south of Cancun. It has a European atmosphere with many small hotels and a nice relaxed feel. It was originally a small fishing town but tourism began with the introduction of a passenger ferry to Cozumel. The area developed rapidly and there are many luxury hotels, condos, and resorts. There are also American chains and a variety of shopping opportunities nearby.

Playa del Carmen's temperatures are relatively consistent throughout the year. Highs in the summer months can climb to the low 90s Fahrenheit and highs in the winter months are in the low 80s Fahrenheit. Low temperatures in the summer months are in the mid to low 70s Fahrenheit and lows in the winter are in the mid 60s Fahrenheit. Rainfall peaks in the summer and early fall. This is also hurricane season.
Most people come to Playa del Carmen specifically for the beach. There are variety of outdoor parks and reserves in the area that are worth a visit as well. Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve is about an hour from town and is one of the biggest protected areas in Mexico. This is a great place to go for bird watching or snorkeling.

Rio Lagartos is another Special Biosphere Reserve. It's on the north side of the Yucatan peninsula and typically requires an overnight stay.
Tourism in Playa del Carmen is centered around Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue). This is a pedestrian street that travels from Calle 1 norte to Calle 40. It's lined with many shops, bars and restaurants. You'll find boutique hotels and interesting dining opportunities nearby as well.

Playacar is a residential, tourist development within Playa del Carmen to the south of the urban core. This where you'll you'll find most of the town's all-inclusive hotels as well as an aviary and a golf course. The development began in 1979.

There are many opportunities for you to enjoy adventure sports and outdoor activities in the area. One popular option is charter fishing. You can easily find a simple boat to take you deep sea fishing, but do realize that many of these boats are unlicensed and will offer you little more than the bare essentials. It's better to inquire around and find a professional charter fishing company that can take you out.

Scuba diving and snorkeling are also popular activities in the area. The reefs are only accessible by boat, but it is the second largest coral reef system in the world. Dive shops are ubiquitous and it is easy to arrange a trip. If you're traveling to the area specifically to go scuba diving, consider visiting Cozumel instead. The diving there is generally better.

Other popular activities in the area include kayaking, and swimming. There are also beach clubs that line the coastline and are popular with the tourists. Playa del Carmen's nightlife is superb, but still more tame than Cancun. Popular clubs include Blue Parrot, El Pirata, Coco Bongo, Santenera, and Hotel Deseo.
Food and Dining
You'll find almost 75 restaurants around town of varying price. Your cheapest eating options are the pizza stands that are near the beach. In the evening there are many types of excellent Mexican street food which are also an excellent option. Definitely make a point of trying a seafood taco, which is a local specialty and easily one of the best options available. Mid range restaurants usually offer a nice sit down meal that includes seafood, tacos, or other local options. Lunch is a particularly good time to enjoy the restaurants as their atmosphere is laid back, relaxed, and affordable.

The main town is laid out in a simple grid, making navigation easy and straight forward. You can easily walk most places, but if you're hoping to explore the outlying areas then renting a car is your best option. There are several reputable car rental companies around town. There's also a decent bus system that will take you to popular destinations around the region. Some people also decide to arrange an organized bus tour which is an easy and convenient way to explore the area. You can ask at your hotel and they can likely refer you to a reputable company.

Taxis can be caught along many intersections on Fifth Avenue. There is a set table of prices, but drivers rarely offer those prices. You should know in advance how much a trip should cost and negotiate accordingly.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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