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Playacar online Magazine July 2020

If you miss Playa del Carmen, the Riviera Maya here we have something for you!

Enjoy the July Magazine from Playacar, the exclusive resort area in Playa del Carmen where you can find world-class beaches, luxury condos, and family homes among all-inclusive hotels and a golf course.

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Immigration Service for foreigners in Playa del Carmen, Tulum & the Riviera Maya

How to get your working visa as a foreigner and how to get your permanent residency card as a retiree for Mexico

Learn about the different types of visas available for foreigners and get to know the best Immigration Specialist in Playa del Carmen

Most foreigners enter Mexico with a tourist visa that is valid for up to 180 days. But what if you want to stay longer or even move permanently to Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya?

People have different needs and there are different options available for staying legally in Mexico. An Immigration Specialist is the right person to talk to. They are not only always up to date with the current immigration laws in Mexico, but they also know how to work with the local immigration office in Playa del Carmen, they speak Spanish and are able to understand the bureaucratic gibberish of the immigration laws and notifications.

Immigration Services in Playa del Carmen: help and necessity for everyone who does not speak Spanish

It is important to talk to an Immigration Specialist to figure out what is the best residency visa option in Mexico for you, as there are different types and different requirements.

We are happy to connect you with the Best Immigration Specialists in Playa del Carmen with many years of experience that are highly recommended and trusted, send us an email at info(at)playa-rentals(dot)com and we will provide you their contact information.

Here is just a brief overview:

Temporary Residency (valid 6 months to 4 years).

This option can be the right option for everyone who has a certain amount of savings in the bank or gets a certain amount of pension/salary from another country every month. If you own Real Estate in Mexico it can be a good option for you as well or if you want to invest in or start a Mexican Cooperation. You also will get a Temporary Residency if you start working in Mexico for an employer that has permission from the government to hire foreign workers. When you have a child that as born in Mexico, or you have other family bonds with a Mexican, you also can obtain this type of residency.

So you see that there are different options to get the Temporary Residency in Mexico and it is important to speak to one of the Immigration Specialists in Playa del Carmen to figure out what is the best and easiest visa option for you, especially as part of the immigration process already starts in your country and will get finalized here in Playa del Carmen‘s local immigration office.

Permanent Residency is a lifetime residency and a one-time process to obtain it. If you have a Temporary Residency you will obtain the Permanent Residency after 4 years, but you have to apply for it. And again, suitable for all foreigners who can prove that they have a certain amount of savings in the bank or can prove that they get a certain amount of pension/salary from another country every month, or own Real Estate or are doing business or are working in Mexico.

For more info please contact us at info(at)playa-rentals(dot)com

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5th Avenue Playa del Carmen

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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