We have never been to this area before and were very lucky to end up in the perfect place. We rented Casa Vista Del Mar in Playacar for a week. It is a quick, easy, safe walk to the hustle and bustle of Playa Del Carmen, but without the crowds of the big hotels. You can also walk to the ferry that goes to Cozumel. The owners (NASPLAYA) and rental company (Blue Paradise Vacation Rentals) were great to work with!! We ran into a small problem with the hot water, and they went above and beyond to resolve the situation quickly. Carla - our concierge - was very helpful and the owners were very helpful.
The beach is beautiful, the house is great, and the community of Playacar is wonderful. We actually got a chance to look inside the two neighboring houses on Xaman Ha and they were equally nice.
We had heard and read a lot about people feeling unsafe in Mexico and are happy to report we never felt that way. Keep in mind that the shop owners and street "salesmen" definitely barter and try to entice you into their stores with promises of a good deal, but they aren't threatening. It's just different than what we are used to in the States.
Plumbing in Mexico also seems to be different than in the States. (In many places the toilet paper goes in the trash can - not the toilet) But the food is great and the margaritas are even better! This house had bottled water, as did most of the places we looked at. This house does have Wi-Fi. It was a little spotty at times, but hey...you are on vacation....you shouldn't be on the internet all day!
If you book early and want to spend a little more money, get a house right on the beach. This one is on the opposite side of the street and the only real view of the ocean is from the rooftop deck. But it was still a great location and the price will be better than the beach front houses. If you want to be near the action, but would like to avoid the crowded beaches and noise of Playa Del Carmen, this is the place to be!
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