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As you know we’re in Playa del Carmen in Mexico right now. We have rented a space for one month here and we already thinking about staying for one more month – since Playa del Carmen is just a perfect place.

One of the questions we get asked the most, is how we can afford our lifestyle of constant travelling – and in this post we’ll show you just how we’re drastically cutting the number 1 expense while travelling: accommodation.

It might seem glamorous when you look at our photos of the beach. The Caribbean Sea is beyond gorgeous, but we are definitely not living as kings and queens here. So we thought we’d show you where we live for this month.

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Photos from Renting Playa del Carmen

This is where we’re living for the month. We have a wonderful studio apartment on the first floor in a perfect tropical oasis outside the city center of Playa del Carmen.

It’s not glamorous. It’s not huge. The bathroom door is hard to close and the window leaks a little when it rains. The wifi is pretty slow and sometimes it doesn’t work. The furniture is not pretty and the tv is not from this millennium.

But it’s just perfect for us. 

This place has everything we need and we’re really thankful that we have a great place to stay for the month. Our landlord is extremely nice and is always making sure that we have everything we need.

How we got the apartment

I had read a lot of blog posts about Playa del Carmen on other travel blogs which was actually why we wanted to stay here instead of anywhere else in Mexico.

We fell in love with the beaches after reading Erin and Simon’s post about the city and Wandering Earl made it sound like the perfect place for digital nomads. It seemed perfect.

When we finally had our plane tickets for Mexico, we started researching apartments in Playa del Carmen online. Most travel bloggers have used a woman called Elizabeth, and we decided to try her out as well.

The answer was pretty devastating: as we were arriving at the ultimative high season, she couldn’t help us – not at our budget. What!? I started googling like crazy but nothing seemed to turn up. The cheap paradise that we thought Playa del Carmen would be was packed. 

Damn you, tourists on Christmas vacation!

I then joined lots of Facebook groups with people from Playa del Carmen and asked them for help. In the end, Elizabeth actually saved us! Something finally came up – the day before we arrived in Playa del Carmen!

She fixed everything for us and when we arrived in Playa del Carmen the next day, her sweet colleague Beatriz was waiting for us. She drove us out to our apartment, made sure we had a smooth check-in, drove us back to the city, told us about the best places to eat and was just so kind to us!

We felt extremely lucky. It was nerve wrecking not knowing if we had a place to stay until the night before we arrived. I think that because of how hard it was to find a place to stay in Playa del Carmen, we’re just even more appreciative of our little oasis!

Location and rent of our apartment

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Walking towards the Caribbean Sea and dreamy beach

The apartment is located outside the city center of Playa del Carmen on Calle 86 (Calle means street) where only locals live. The Starbucks where we normally work is on Calle 28 – so we have a pretty long walk to the city center.

We’re only two blocks away from the amazing beach, though, and we love the walk along the beach each morning to get to the city. It’s so refreshing to walk barefooted on the soft sand, while occasionally cooling down as the waves hit our feet. The sun is strong and we sweat like crazy. It’s the perfect morning walk.

We paid 10,000 pesos for our apartment, which is around 765 USD. We had hoped to pay around 500 USD, and maybe that would have been possible if we had arrived during low season or if we had started searching some months prior to our arrival. But when offered a place to stay, we just had to take it.

The location is only a problem for us when we feel like going out at night – we can’t be bothered to take the long walk into the city (there’s nothing going on where we live) and mostly just stay in. We could maybe take a taxi but we haven’t tried it yet. Maybe it will come in time.

One more month in Playa del Carmen?

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We’re starting to seriously talk about staying in Playa del Carmen one more month. We have our apartment until January 18th and are super tempted to stay one more month.

If we do, we want to find a place closer to the city and preferably pay a little less. We’re in a really good time right now when it comes to work – finding wifi in Playa del Carmen is super easy, and we’re just so motivated to work – we blame the great weather!

We’ll keep you updated on what we decide. But I really think we’re not done with Mexico at the end of this month – but we’ll tell you more about Playa del Carmen soon. Tomorrow my first post from Project 365 is going live! I’ve remembered to take a photo every day, yay! So stay tuned.


For those of you who are interested, we have rented this apartment through Elizabeths company Renting Playa del Carmen. Other travel bloggers have worked with Elizabeth and we are loving her services as well. You can contact her on her website if you’re planning on going to Playa del Carmen and want a great deal on accommodation. 

20 Comments on Our Home in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

  1. Ayngelina
    January 5, 2014 at 2:03 am (4 years ago)

    Wow, great apartment and love the location, this makes me miss central america so much!

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    • Celia Schow
      January 5, 2014 at 5:28 pm (4 years ago)

      Yes, we’re really lucky to have it! It’s super cozy and we have the jungle just outside our door! :D Loving it!

      You should totally come back! We’ll be here until August. I doubt we’ll make it further than Central America (the plan was Central AND South America in 8 months) because this region has SO much to offer! <3 Loving it.

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  2. Vicky from acoupletravelers
    January 5, 2014 at 9:29 am (4 years ago)

    Sounds like you’re really enjoying the “slow” travel! Us too! We’ve really enjoyed renting an apartment in Cha-am Thailand also right on the beach for the last month! And have a 1.5 month apt rental planned out for Malaysia in March already!

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    • Celia Schow
      January 5, 2014 at 6:12 pm (4 years ago)

      Yes – it’s amazing to travel slowly. It allows us to really get to know the place without stressing around. That sounds so great, Vicky! Thailand is such a great place – we would love to go back one day! Can’t wait to read your stories about Malaysia!

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  3. Deidre
    January 6, 2014 at 12:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Hola neighbors (we are located on Calle 64)! If you’re taking votes, I suggest staying in Playa del Carmen for one more month. The city and surrounding area has so much to offer, we’ve been living here for just about a year and there is still so much we want/need to explore. Enjoy your time, perhaps we’ll run into you on our little stretch of beach paradise.

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    • Celia Schow
      January 6, 2014 at 4:46 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Deidre. Oh my God, that’s so funny! :) Just swung by your blog. Let us know if you’d like to meet up or go out exploring together. :) That’s also something we really need to do. We’d love to stay, but I think we’ll prefer to get our rent down to around 7000 pesos insted of 10,000 – not sure if it’s possible.

      Would be so fun to meet. :) Thanks for commenting!

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  4. Earl
    January 7, 2014 at 3:21 am (4 years ago)

    I know that place very well and in my opinion, it is absolutely one of the best spots to live in all of Playa del Carmen! Definitely a good choice :)

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    • Celia Schow
      January 7, 2014 at 2:10 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Earl – thanks for stopping by! :) It’s a pretty good spot, yes! We’re happy to stay there, but would maybe like to move a liiittle closer to the center. :D
      Thanks for providing such great info about Playa del Carmen on your blog – we’ve used it all a lot. :) Safe travels!

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  5. Gitte
    January 8, 2014 at 10:30 am (4 years ago)

    Wonderfull! I lived in Playa del Carmen in three months a couple of years ago, and I loved it.
    You definitley have to take the small busses to Acumal beach – it’s beautifull, and you can dive with large tortugas.
    If you want a drink, go to L’ambassade, which is located on calle 10, between avenida 5 and 10. They often have a lot of danes there, and they are so friendly (and they have liter-drinks for 60 pesos, if I remeber correctly).
    Also, right beside the bar is (or was when I was there) a great thai/chinese restaurant.
    Hope you have a just wonderfull time!! :)

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  6. Gitte
    January 8, 2014 at 10:34 am (4 years ago)

    Oh, and on the taxis – it’s so easy and most of them are really friendly! You tell them the adress, and from what I can judge by your adress you shouldnt pay more than maximum 40 pesos for a ride. Start by asking 25, most of them say yes to that ;)

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    • Celia Schow
      January 8, 2014 at 6:11 pm (4 years ago)

      Aw, Gitte, you’re a darling! Thank you for the many suggestions about what to do here in Playa. :) Yes, Akumal and the turtles are already on our list! That just looks perfect. The bar sounds cool – we’ll check it out. :D Yes, the taxis are cheap here, but we find them to be pretty aggressive, especially on 5ta Avenida – they want like 60 pesos to drive us home! Not happening, haha. We feel like they’re hard to do business with, since they know they can just pick up a tourist and charge whatever they want.

      I’ve read a lot of posts about Playa, and it should have changed a great deal just in the last few years. There are so many tourists now, and they know we’re willing to pay a lot. It sucks when you try to just live here!

      Thank you for your tips, though! Highly appreciate them! Will you be back in Playa soon? Love this place! Thanks for stopping by.

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      • Gitte
        January 10, 2014 at 5:21 am (4 years ago)

        Yeah, you’re right, they are kind of aggresive at night – we also lived a little outside og town, and when we were going home at night we used to walk a couple of avenidas to lower the price a little :) Men maybe you’re right, the place can have changed since I’ve been there :)
        Yes I will be back – some day! I really dont know when, dont have any specific plans, but I’m definetly dragging my boyfriend there sometime ;)
        Have a great time :)!

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        • Celia Schow
          January 10, 2014 at 5:15 pm (4 years ago)

          Yes, they are, and also because this is the ultra high seasons, there are tourists everywhere willing to pay lots of money. We normally just walk home. We enjoy the walk and the weather is mostly great so we don’t mind :D

          Oh, show him some pictures, and then I’m sure dragging him won’t be necessary! ;) It’s so beautiful here…

          THANK you, Gitte, we sure will. :) All the best to you!

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  7. Ry & Liz
    January 9, 2014 at 11:28 pm (4 years ago)

    Hey guys! Great post. Glad to hear you’re loving Playa so far. Coincidentally enough, we’re moving to Playa in about a week and a half from now!

    We’re currently in Cancun burning some time before our rental period starts. We have an apartment lined up for ourselves for one month initially (in the vicinity of Av 30/Calle 32 Nte).

    Hope to cross paths with you guys one of these days!

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    • Celia Schow
      January 10, 2014 at 1:14 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you for the kind words! :) Yeah, Playa is really awesome! Lots to see and do here. :)

      Oh, how nice! I’m sure you’ll love it tons. The location is great, btw! Close to everything. How did you find an apartment here?

      We’re planning on staying for one more month, so we’ll definitely be here when you guys arrive. Would love to meet up at some point! I’ll follow along on your blog to see when you get here. :)

      Let’s stay in touch!

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  8. jennifer
    June 9, 2014 at 5:37 pm (3 years ago)

    My husband and I are also slow travelers staying in Playa Del Carmen for a month. Highly recommend checking out the area to anyone who wants a relaxed place by the beach with plenty to do. Happy Travels!

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    • Hans Jonas Hansen
      June 23, 2014 at 12:27 am (3 years ago)

      Yeah, it’s a great place. I love the feel of Playa del Carmen. You get some of the local Mexico while also getting a lot of possibilities because of all the tourists. And I love the beach.

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  9. James
    August 14, 2014 at 6:13 am (3 years ago)

    Wow you found a nice place to live! I spent a couple of months in Playa sharing an apartment with Mr Wandering Earl and it was certainly a great town to live and work in.

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    • Hans Jonas Hansen
      September 18, 2014 at 5:38 pm (3 years ago)

      The place was pretty nice. But there were a lot of mold in the apartment so it was not all great. :D

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  10. Hannah Lukaszewicz
    February 18, 2016 at 9:41 pm (2 years ago)

    We came to Playa del Carmen at the end of October looking for a December lease and there was nothing…we came back in January and only had one option 2 bedroom on 30th n 14th for 17,000 on 4-month lease so we took it! I know if we stay we can get something much cheaper and nicer if we look in July-Sept.

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