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Drone Video from 5th Avenue Remodelation in Playa del Carmen

This is a great video showing a lot of Playa del Carmen along 5th Avenue from south to north – it shows the remodelation of Parque Fundadores and 5th Avenue during Covid-19 Lockdown. The opinions about this project among the citizen of Playa del Carmen are split. Some think it is important for tourism to modernize part of the town, others think it comes at a very bad time as available funds during a pandemic should be used to benefit directly the citizen of Playa del Carmen.

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Facelift for 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen during Covid-19

Playa del Carmen is using the Covid-19 time to modernize part of 5th Avenue and introduces a modern facelift for the area around Parque Fundadores, Iglesia del Carmen, and the Maya Portal (Avenida Juarez and 5th Avenue).

I love, love, love that new look!

Good News as well: More trees will be planted!

What do you think about the new look? Leave us a comment at our Facebook Page.

Modern 5th Avenue remodelacion de la 5ta Avenida en 2020
5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen Mexico


Playa del Carmen está utilizando el tiempo Covid-19 para modernizar parte de la 5ta Avenida y presenta un a nueva y moderna cara alrededor del Parque Fundadores, la Iglesia del Carmen y el Portal Maya (Avenida Juárez y 5ta Avenida).

¡Me encanta, encanta, encanta el nuevo look!

Buenas noticias también: ¡se plantarán más árboles!

¿Qué te parece el nuevo look? Dejanos un comentario en nuestra pagina de Facebook.

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New way of dialing within Mexico and to Mexico

Starting Aug 3rd Mexico changed the way to dial within the country and also to Mexico from a foreign country. Mexico is moving to 10 digit dialing in Mexico and outside of Mexico.

BEFORE you dialed (+52) 1 for mobil and 10 digits

NOW you only dial +52 plus 10 digits

To call me at Playa Rentals & Sales you simply dial

+52 (984 135 41 29)

The plus indicates your country international calling access

Have a look at this graphic as well


new 10 digit dialing Mexico

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Camping at Tulum Beach

34 years Camping Chavez in Tulum – 20th of April 2019

If you are around you should check out the anniversary party from 12 pm to 6 pm on April 20th, 2019, and if not this is a good address to remember if you want to spend a great night or weekend on the beach in Tulum. You can book with them directly through their Camping on the beach in Tulum


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New hours for selling alcohol in Playa del Carmen, Tulum and the entire state of Quintana Roo

New alcohol law in effect.

Starting February 10th of 2019, you can‘t buy alcohol after 11.00pm in convenience stores (Oxxo, 7-Eleven etc.) and supermarkets (Mega, Chedraui etc.) in Playa del Carmen, Tulum and the entire state of Quintan Roo. According to the new law the sale of alcohol for wineries, liquor stores, sub-agencies, mini supers, self-service stores and convenience stores is only allowed from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What about bars, clubs and restaurants?

Last call for those establishements will be as well 11:00pm, but they can apply for a permit to sell until 3:00am for an additional fee. For restaurants, bars and open establishments that offer alcoholic beverages, the schedule will be from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday. On Sundays it will be 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.


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Real Estate Boom, Reduced Prices & Buyer Opportunities in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen, Tulum and the entire Riviera Maya including Bacalar and Majahual are experiencing a Real Estate Boom since a couple of years now. But what does this actually means for you as buyer?

Let me show you, how you can take advantage of reduced prices from already existing quality Condos and Houses instead of buying new pre-sale condos, that are not finished yet.

While you will find almost every day new constructions and advertisements for new properties including Pre-Sale Condos in Playa de Carmen or Eco-Chic Houses in Tulum, it is hard for Property Owners, who enjoyed their vacation rental home in Playa del Carmen for several years, to sell. Why is that? And how can a buyer take advantage of it?

Several reasons. As a buyer you want a new property and you think condos and houses, that are existing since several years, are outdated and need remodeling. Wrong. New Construction does not always mean Quality! There are lots of timeless Condos in Playa del Carmen and Tulum, that can be updated inside with a new theme/decoration. You will be surprised how many unique properties are out there!

Condos and Houses that are 5 to 10 years old, have administrators that are up to date with the maintenance of the grounds like garden and pool, while new buildings still have to establish their owner association and find a good administrator.

New Constructions are usually smaller in size due to higher land prices, developer use similar materials, designs and concepts to make their product competitive etc. Existing condos in Playa del Carmen and Tulum can have very interesting layouts, huge spaces or magnificent views and perfect locations.

Also don’t forget: Real Estate Agents are Sales People, generally concentrating and driven by what sells. During a Real Estate Boom agents are getting pampered with free tours for their clients to showroom of projects under construction or parties, that celebrate sales numbers with wine and food. Master Broker appear and offer higher commissions for sales in their projects, give out high end brochures and can afford expensive software that offers virtual tours to their potential buyers.

This and other reasons make it so much more attractive to concentrate on what the market seems to demand and leads to price reductions on existing condos in Playa del Carmen to make those properties stand out from the new crowd and atractive to potential buyers. It is worth a look at those properties and compare them with the new pre-sale products. You will be surprised!

Playa Rentals & Sales has a large list of property owners who are interested in selling their condo or house in Playa del Carmen, they have enjoyed for many years. Most of them are not on our website or listed, so please ask if you are interested to receive those informal listings.




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Xcalacoco Beach in Playa del Carmen

Beautiful beach Playa Xcalacoco just North of Playa del Carmen

Xcalacoco Beach is a well-kept public beach, used and visited by locals & residents of the surrounding communities of Lol Tun, Privanza del Mar, Lol Ka Tun, etc. Xcalacoco is located between two hotels, Le Reve Hotel & Spa, a small boutique hotel, and the Azul Fives Resort. However, the beach is usually quiet. Most of the guests of the resort stay in one of their several pools.

The water at Xcalacoco is often very calm and parts of the beach are rocky. Because Xcalacoco beach is public, there is no service, so you need to bring your own drinks, snacks, towels & chairs. Please take care of the environment, take your trash with you, and please don`t leave cigarette buds in the sand. A lifeguard should be on duty.  For all who do want service, there is a public beach club of the Selvamar community close by.

How to get to Playa Xcalacoco from Playa del Carmen?

There is no public transportation, so you need to drive, but please note parking is very limited. Xcalacoco Beach, therefore, is perfect for all the people vacationing/living in the gated communities nearby like Lol Tun, Privanza del Mar, or Lol Ka Tun or El Cielo. With a bike, you need at the most 7 minutes to the beach. On your way stop at the convenience store called OxxO that sells everything you need for a beach day, including cold beer and water.

Driving Instructions to Xcalacoco Beach Playa del Carmen

Coming from Playa del Carmen drive on the 307-highway direction Cancun. Go past the entrance to Grand Coral/Nick Price Residences. At the traffic light (at the Coco-Cola factory), turn right on the road. Drive down the road. You will pass the gated communities of Lol Tun, Balam Tun (here you can find the convenience store OxxO), Privanza del Mar, and Lol Ka Tun until you come to the Azul Fives Resort. Follow the street and you will see a small public beach access. If you come to Le Reve Hotel & Spa you passed the entrance. As mentioned parking is very limited! But this also means, that not many people come to this beach.

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