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If you've ever visited Playa del Carmen, you've probably daydreamed about building your own vacation home here on the Caribbean coast. Whether you're looking for jungle land, a lot in Downtown Playa del Carmen or some beachfront property, this gorgeous part of the world has many options for creating your own little piece of paradise.

Riviera Maya aerial view 

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However, when buying land in Playa del Carmen and the rest of the Riviera Maya, there is one kind of land you probably want to avoid: ejido land.

Ejido (pronounced "eh-HEE-do") land can be legally purchased, but there are quite a few complications and potential pitfalls that come along with this kind of property. Rob Kinnon, owner of BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors, explains it to us:

"The first thing you need to know is the history of ejido land. In the early decades of the 1900s, the Mexican government set up humongous tracts of land to be used for the people. These tracts of land are owned by the government but possessed by the people. We do have ejido land here in the Riviera Maya, and the big question is whether or not this land is saleable.

"If the buyer is 100% informed of the status of the land, it is, in fact, saleable insomuch as you are selling the rights to the land, not title. They will possess the land, but they will not own it because the ownership is held by the ejidatarians, the people that run that ejido.  If the buyer agrees and understands that he/she will not get the title, then the sale is fine.

"A big aspect to keep in mind is that a buyer can "regularize" the property, which is to say: make it titled land. The regularization is a process the buyer goes through with the ejidatarians to extract the land from the ejido and put a title on it. This is a reasonably set-in-stone process if you have a cooperative, knowledgeable and willing ejidatarian, which is often the case here in Playa del Carmen, although other ejidos can be more problematic. However, the regularization process is typically quite lengthy and expensive."

 Land for sale in the Riviera Maya

In a nutshell, ejido land is saleable, but while it is in the ejido, it can only be possessed but not owned. Getting a title for the land is possible in some cases, but the process is often not worth the extensive effort.

Here at BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors, we very strongly encourage our foreign clients not to purchase ejido land unless it is a very simple transaction and they fully understand the entire situation.

Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya offer plenty of beautiful non-ejido lots where you can build your dream vacation home without the hassle. Whether you're looking for land in Playa, Akumal or Tulum, BuyPlaya Real Estate has some amazing options to fit any budget. Visit BuyPlaya.com to see the properties we currently have for sale, and let us help you create your dream vacation home in the Riviera Maya.

SIMCA is a Mexican land development company, constructing and selling new neighborhoods and condominium projects with offices in Merida, Yucatan, and Playa del Carmen Quintana Roo.  Over the years, they have earned a strong reputation as a reliable builder.  With projects in Playa del Carmen such as: Studio One, Terrazas, Real del Sol, Lunada and soon to come- Cruz con Mar; SIMCA has a knack for choosing the perfect location for each of their projects  In Tulum, Prana and Mi Querido Tulum also follow the same pattern with heavy focus on: location, location, location.


Last week, the developer invited local real estate agents as well as people form the real estate industry for the official launching of Lunada, one of their most recent projects located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, on calle 34 between 10th and 20th avenue.


Cocktails and canapes were nicely prepared and served to the guests.  The Dj played music to not only celebrate the launching of this new project, but also to reunite Playa del Carmen's real estate elite. The party on the rooftop terrace, with an amazing view of the city lights, was a good taste of what future owners and guests will experience when staying at Lunada.


SIMCA owners introduced us to the concept of Lunada: a total of 68 units of 2 bedroom condominiums, of which 16 units are penthouses.
The units vary between 1,055 and 1,134 sqft plus balconies and terraces.
A stunning rooftop terrace and communal pool overlooks our beautiful city and a large garden area is the central focal point for all of the condominium units.
Among the amenities there is a fully equipped fitness center, a jacuzzi and spa area, a kids playground and a business center.


Many well known faces of Playa del Carmen real estate were present at the launching, to show their support to the newest member of the SIMCA family and also to hear about their next project, now under construction: Cruz con Mar.

Irene Soto and Carlos Martinez, agents at BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors

Alessandra Axelsson (BPM), Ruben Baranoa

Sarah Cox (Living Riviera Maya) Michelle Barra (Nimbos Realty)

Cruz con Mar will have a very desirable location because of its proximity to the beach, literally steps away from our dazzling turquoise Caribbean Sea. Cruz con Mar will feature 50 condominiums of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms as well as 10 penthouses, all of which will be one of the very lucky few to be located almost ocean-front right downtown Playa del Carmen.  The new development boasts one of the most privileged addresses in Playa del Carmen. 

Cruz con Mar, project under construction




Lunada is a perfect example of the good work that SIMCA has been doing across the Riviera Maya. BuyPlaya was glad to be a part of their launching event. BuyPlaya is always proud to assist successful project presentations and support the local real estate industry. Young and successful entrepreneurs like Eloy Cáceres, Luis Cierra, Luis Montalvo and Rodrigo Montalvo (SIMCA) are continuously improving their techniques with the only goal of presenting solid projects and satisfying their growing clientele.








Andrea Ruiz Perron was born and raised in Montreal by a Mexican mother and a French Canadian father.  She studied cinema and photography in Argentina and Montreal, and has now been living in Playa del Carmen for a total of 6 years. Both her Mexican and Canadian roots are an important influence on her identity and how she perceives the world through her photography and writing as the content creator for BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors www.buyplaya.com


Follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/andreita_ruiz/


BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors is proud to have been invited to the press conference on the beach for the presentation of the newest one-of-a-kind hotel in Playa del Carmen; the second of the Thompson family to open here in Mexico. Cocktails and canapes were served while the mingled and guests enjoyed the stunning Caribbean ocean views before the presentation.



Thompson Playa del Carmen is a new concept luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of Playa del Carmen on the world famous 5th Avenue just steps away from some of the most gorgeous white sand beaches that Mexico has to offer. The Thompson Playa del Carmen affords its privileged guests a first-of-its-kind hotel experience in Playa del Carmen inspired by two different lifestyles; the central main Thompson Playa del Carmen hotel and the intimate Beach House located oceanfront, just a 2 blocks away, which offers a distinctive atmosphere.



This first class trendy hotel will also house CATCH, the famous culinary experience brought to the discerning residents of the Riviera Maya all the way from the New York City.  The restaurant will be on the 30,000 square foot rooftop terrace of the hotel with stunning views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea and of downtown Playa del Carmen.  Pedro Abascal will be the head Chef of Restaurant Catch. Originally from the city of Morelia, Michoacan, he will be orchestrating a New York culinary concept as well as the casual style menu and beach grill for the Beach House.  Catch will be located in the main building, on the captivating rooftop next to the open air terrace, evoking the feeling from the beach. The rooftop will also feature gardens and a "live wall".  The restaurant and bar will be open to the public; everyone with a taste for luxury will be able to enjoy this unique experience in the heart of Playa del Carmen.

Thompson Hotels Wearable Logo


Julian Smaldoni, the General Manager is eager to welcome the guests and the general public to the official inauguration next month.  

Peter Gamez Vice President of Global Sales at Commune Hotels and Resorts


Dario Flota Ocampo, Director in Fideicomiso of Tourism Promotion of the Riviera Maya, welcomed the Thompson Hotel team, to be part of the Playa del Carmen family.


The first Thompson hotel in Playa del Carmen opens to the public in the fall of 2015.   The downtown section of the hotel will offer its guests a colorful urban atmosphere and a real connection to the pulse of the city of Playa del Carmen. The Beach House, located only a few blocks from the main hotel, is a more intimate bohemian style experience, with a total of 27 luxurious rooms and suites, each one with their own private terrace, pool facing the ocean, private cabanas as well as a restaurant and a casual bar: all facing the dazzling Mexican Caribbean sea.


The Beach House will be ready to open its doors in early 2016. Both the main building and the Beach House will honor the historical heritage of Playa del Carmen and will contribute to the design, culinary experience and nightlife of our beloved city by the sea. The main hotel evokes a vibrant metropolitan ambiance with 92 rooms that have contemporary decor in a mid-century Mexico-Caribbean style.


Welcome- Bienvenidos- Thompson Playa del Carmen!  We are honored that you have chosen our beautiful city to host your fabulous luxury destination!











Andrea Ruiz Perron was born and raised in Montreal by a Mexican mother and a French Canadian father.  She studied cinema and photography in Argentina and Montreal, and has now been living in Playa del Carmen for a total of 6 years. Both her Mexican and Canadian roots are an important influence on her identity and how she perceives the world through her photography and writing as the content creator for BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors www.buyplaya.com


Follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/andreita_ruiz/





Art on city walls has become, across the world and over the years, a city's identity; representation and inspiration of its people; its community and also its hope and dreams. Artist Lou-Andrea Gaupp, originally from Montreal, Canada now a full time resident of Playa del Carmen, has found a way to leave her mark and soul on Playa del Carmen.  She has left a piece of herself on some of the city's most iconic hotel walls and condo buildings in our little city on the sea.

BuyPlaya was thrilled to have a chance to interview this amazing, accomplished and promising artist.  We tip our hat to Lou-Andrea for literally painting our town red!




Q. How did your artistic journey start?

A. My first independent job was face-painting children in a touristy part of town in Old Montreal, my birth place.  I was 14 years old, it was an impromptu summer job. The following summer, a man saw me painting on the street and asked me if I would be interested in doing live body painting for a rave company called Nexus. I painted many circus artists that summer, live, in front of large audiences. Most of my subjects were acrobats from Cirque du Soleil. I had to combine my painting skills with performance arts and much of it was improvised on the spot. This was something new to me. It was weird, exciting and I believe it gave me the confidence I needed to pursue this new-found calling.  Since then, I haven't limited myself to one form or way of creation although, painting has always been my favored form of expression.



Q. What technique do you use to paint such large murals? Do you use a plan as a reference?

A. Yes I use sketches, image references and sometimes math equations as a guide but I usually give myself the possibility to make changes along the way and improvise. It depends on the kind of mural. Some demand more technicality while others can evolve more naturally.




Q. What influences Mexico has on your art?

A. Mexico is the country I chose (or did it choose me?) as opposed to the one I was born into... It gave me much of the invisible substance required for my work: Magic, spontaneity, openness and most of all the receptivity needed to materialize my dreams. I feel like I was never told what or how to do things here.  Mexico simply gives me a nudge to keep following my instincts and push further in my curious quest. It is a country that boils with possibilities, nothing feels finite here. The influence it has on my art is incalculable, yet subtle. Honestly, I don't know where it begins or ends and it probably doesn't matter, but the energy that Mexico offers is present in much of the pieces I've realized in the past 10 years or so.



Q. How did the idea of painting murals start, and which was your first mural?

A. Painting murals is something I started doing a few years back and like most things I've done so far, it was born out of an impulse to try something new and to challenge myself. I was also blessed by people who believed in me and gave me the opportunity I needed at the right time. It was scary at first because the dimensions can be overwhelming but I found out quickly that this was the greatest thrill of all. The first one I did was here in Playa del Carmen at the Palm Hotel on 8th street.



Q. What are the biggest obstacles and challenges when painting a mural?

A. Every aspect of making a mural can be challenging, starting with finding and developing ideas and making sure that your idea works for the surface to be worked on. The client may have certain expectations that need to be considered. Sometimes the surface isn't a blank wall at all and has obstacles to take into account and-or integrate such as windows, staircases, doors etc. The weather is an issue at times. For the latest mural, because of the position of the building, the sun beamed directly on me all day long and I could only work a few hours a day in the morning. By one o`clock, the temperature was unbearable and actually dangerous. Then there`s the height of course, not for the faint of heart!  It`s physically demanding in general, climbing up and down scaffolding but I get an extra kick out of that.



Q. What are your next projects or dreams as an artist?

A. As an artist, I think one has to be incredibly focused and determined because what we do is often outside the realm of the rational-pragmatic world we live in. Many people, and sometimes not even ourselves, understand why we need to do what we do. Personally, I am able to realize my dreams because I believe in them strongly, often against all practical sense and no matter how crazy they can seem to others at times. Fortunately, I also have the immense good fortune of having my work appreciated by many and have been granted plenty of opportunities along the way. I intend to pursue the curvaceous path I chose, and realize many more murals and other artistic projects. I will be building an art studio here in Playa this September to give myself even more of the creative space I need to dig deeper within myself and give birth to new pieces and projects. I also hope this special space will be used to exchange and collaborate with other artists. My next mural project is scheduled for November near Lisbon in Portugal.


Lou-Andrea is a multi talent artist and has a large range of art pieces, from building murals, to body painting and all types of canvas.




BuyPlaya is proud to support local artists as well as cultural events in Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya. The artists who leave their print on our unique city contribute to our identity as a world known destination and also as a community.

You can visit Lou-Andrea's facebook to see more of her work. You can also see her amazing murals in person at Palm Hotel on Calle 8th between 5th and 10th Avenue, Soho Hotel on 10th Avenue corner Calle 24th and Condos Tao on Calle 42 between 1st avenue and Calle Cozumel... for now... more will surely follow!







Andrea Ruiz Perron was born and raised in Montreal by a Mexican mother and a French Canadian father.  She studied cinema and photography in Argentina and Montreal, and has now been living in Playa del Carmen for a total of 6 years. Both her Mexican and Canadian roots are an important influence on her identity and how she perceives the world through her photography and writing as a photographer and content creator for BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors www.buyplaya.com


Follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/andreita_ruiz/




If you have walked along 5th Avenue in the past year or two, you have probably spotted some mysterious construction going on around 14th Street. Rumors have been floating around Playa del Carmen for a while, but now all of our questions are answered: The new Calle Corazon will be a large outdoor shopping center and hotel!

Calle Corazon Playa del Carmen shopping center 

Calle Corazon Playa del Carmen shopping center 

The project’s construction can now be seen above the walls lining 5th Avenue, showing two beautiful half-moon buildings with a street running between them – the new Calle Corazon (which means “Heart Street”). We can see a new H&M store as well as a Sephora makeup store right on 5th.

Calle Corazon Playa del Carmen shopping center 

Calle Corazon Playa del Carmen shopping center 

Calle Corazon Playa del Carmen shopping center 

Calle Corazon Playa del Carmen shopping center 

Street signs outside the construction site indicate the arrival of popular American stores like Bath & Body Works, Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Victoria’s Secret. It’s still unclear if this Victoria’s Secret will sell lingerie or only perfumes and accessories.

Calle Corazon Playa del Carmen shopping center


Calle Corazon Playa del Carmen shopping center 

The project is being created by developer Thor Urbana Capital. Their website says, “Experience Playa like never before” and includes a list of what we can expect to see at the new Calle Corazon mall: Over 40 retail and restaurant spaces, in addition to a 199-room lifestyle boutique hotel by the Thompson brand. Stores and restaurants will include H&M, Steve Madden, Vince Camuto, Sunglass Hut, Gran Vía, Hollister, Bath & Body Works, Victoria's Secret, Swarovski, Sephora, Michael Kors, Puma, Onda de Mar, Cantina la No. 20, Catch, Sonora Prime, Neve Gelato, Nunnys and Starbucks. For all the details, click here to visit the Thor Urbana Capital website.

Calle Corazon Playa del Carmen shopping center

 Calle Corazon Playa del Carmen shopping center

Now, you can even visit Calle Corazon’s website at CalleCorazon.com to see renderings of the new mall and learn more about their plans.

H&M is hosting its grand opening tonight (Thursday, August 27), and the rest of Calle Corazon will open later in the year.

Personally, even after almost 2 years, I am still saddened about the loss of the original Calle Corazon, one of Playa del Carmen's most beloved and beautiful landmarks. I know many of you who have been living in Playa del Carmen or visiting the city for a while feel the same way. However, I'm a little ashamed to admit that I am pretty excited to finally have stores like H&M and Bath and Body Works right here in Playa. As expats from Canada or the USA or beyond, we are often complaining about having to bring some of our favorite products in our luggage whenever we return to Playa, and now there is less need for shopping trips back home. I still miss the old Calle Corazon, but I can't deny that I will be shopping at the new one.


Laura Winfree


Originally from Virginia, Laura Winfree moved south of the border in 2005 to major in tourism at La Salle University Cancun. Today, she works as a copy writer for a local travel agency in addition to freelance blogging, writing and translating. Laura writes about her life as an expat in Mexico at http://gringationcancun.com and http://www.facebook.com/gringationcancun. Nightclubs and weekly beach trips are her favorite part of living in Cancun!



The city of Playa del Carmen boasts an incredible location in the center of Mexico’s famous Riviera Maya, surrounded by unbelievable natural beauty and some of the world’s best beaches. This town has a fast-growing art community, a laid-back atmosphere, and so much to do. Downtown Playa del Carmen is the city’s best area, filled with colorful neighborhoods. When buying a home or vacation condo in Downtown Playa, you’ll be close to the city’s Caribbean beaches and the famous 5th Avenue, lined with amazing restaurants and shopping.

Playa del Carmen 5th Avenue 

BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors has many properties for sale in this popular and desirable area, from affordable family homes to sleek penthouses. Keep reading to see if one of our Downtown Playa del Carmen properties is right for you!


Near 30th Avenue $150,000 USD

Live like a local! This charming 2-bedroom house is located near the bustling 30th Avenue, setting you close to popular local restaurants and grocery stores. Unlike many Playa del Carmen homes, the property features a sizable backyard area. A great choice for an affordable family home.

Playa del Carmen home for sale

Playa del Carmen home for sale 

Playa del Carmen home for sale 


Ocean View Studio $178,500 USD

Situated in a condo-hotel set right on the beach in the heart of Playa, this beautiful studio features a lovely balcony with an ocean view. Relax with a swim in the shared pool area, or enjoy a day at the beach. This studio is an ideal turnkey investment if you’re looking to purchase a vacation rental property.

Playa del Carmen condo 

Playa del Carmen condo 

Playa del Carmen condo 


Downtown Condo $205,000 USD

Just steps from 5th Avenue and the beach, this condo comes with 2 bedrooms and ample balcony space. Amenities at this property include a beautiful central pool area and a rooftop terrace with a jacuzzi and grill/kitchen facilities.

Playa del Carmen condo 

Playa del Carmen condo 

Playa del Carmen condo 


Townhouse + Apartment $225,000 USD

Two separate properties in one! The first two floors are a 2-bedroom townhome, while the third floor is a separate 1-bedroom apartment. It has been recently remodeled, and both come fully furnished. Located in Villa Los Almendros, which has a shared pool, a rooftop terrace and a 5th floor observation deck.

Playa del Carmen condo 

Playa del Carmen condo 

Playa del Carmen condo 


Coco Beach Lofts $325,000 USD

Only 2 blocks from the beach! Set near the popular Coco Beach area just steps away from 5th Avenue, these new loft-style condos offer sleek modern style with 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom layouts to choose from. The main highlight here is the huge rooftop terrace area, where you’ll discover an 18-meter swimming pool, a shallow relaxation pool, bathrooms, a patio lounge, a bar, an indoor lounge and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea.

Playa del Carmen condo 

Playa del Carmen condo 

Playa del Carmen condo 


Penthouse with Rooftop Terrace $399,000 USD

Located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, this beautiful modern penthouse features a large and private rooftop terrace that’s perfect for get-togethers, in addition to a relaxing outdoor jacuzzi. The property has 3 bedrooms and a wonderful location just 3 blocks from 5th Avenue.

Playa del Carmen penthouse 

Playa del Carmen penthouse 

Playa del Carmen penthouse 


Ocean View Penthouse $490,000 USD

Picture yourself waking up each morning to enjoy your coffee on your ocean view balcony. Located at Casa del Mar, this stunning 2-bedroom penthouse has an open floor plan and a private rooftop terrace with jacuzzi and ocean views, and the property comes fully furnished. Guests and owners have access to the gorgeous rooftop pool area.

Playa del Carmen penthouse 

Playa del Carmen penthouse 

Playa del Carmen penthouse 


It’s time to start planning your move to the Mexican Caribbean! If you’re looking to buy a property in Playa del Carmen or other Riviera Maya locations like Tulum, Akumal or Tankah, get in touch with BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors! We have all kinds of properties to fit your lifestyle, whether you want a permanent home or a vacation rental investment.

You can find us on BuyPlaya.com, or follow us on Facebook.


There’s something magical about 5th Avenue. Something that draws you in. Something that fascinates the senses and leaves you daydreaming of its sights, sounds and scents long after you’ve returned home.

But what if you didn’t have to return home? What if you had the chance to walk up and down this pedestrian street every day and night? You could enjoy some people-watching at a 5th Avenue café every morning, and savor the mouthwatering flavors of Playa del Carmen’s best restaurants every night. Playa’s famous beaches could be just steps from your door, allowing you to catch a glimpse of the Caribbean Sea whenever you’d like.


Whether you’re ready to move to Playa del Carmen year-round or if you’re searching for the perfect vacation rental condo investment, 5th Avenue and its nearby streets offer beautiful properties for sale so you can turn this daydream into your home. Here are a few of our current favorite properties for sale, all located within one block of 5th Avenue, Playa del Carmen:

1. The Beachfront Condo - $239,000 USD

You can’t beat this location. This 1-bedroom condo is situated right on the main beach in Playa del Carmen, just steps away from the ferry to Cozumel island. Relax with a cold drink on the spacious ocean view terrace every day, or take advantage of the property’s incredible vacation rental history for additional income.



2. The Cenote Condo - $333,000 USD

Jungle vibe in the city! Experience a truly unique and calming location from the moment you step into this unbelievable property. Located right on 5th Avenue, it sits over a freshwater cenote. You can enjoy a secluded atmosphere, colorful and laid-back style, and charming outdoor spaces in this 2-bedroom condo with a lock-off unit - the perfect Playa del Carmen vacation rental property.



3. The Shangri-La Condos - starting at $375,000 USD

Shangri-La is one of the most relaxing and beautiful neighborhoods in Playa del Carmen, setting you steps away from 5th Avenue and an amazing white sand beach. These new 3-bedroom condos come with 24-hour security, underground parking, a rooftop sundeck with ocean views, and a stunning swimming pool.




Stop counting the days until your next visit to 5th Avenue. Turn Playa del Carmen into your very own home with one of these gorgeous properties in the heart of town. To turn your dreams into reality, contact BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors or visit us at BuyPlaya.com. We’ll be thrilled to help you find your dream home near 5th Avenue, Playa del Carmen!

Playa del Carmen is one of the fastest-growing cities in Latin America, and the rest of the Riviera Maya boasts gorgeous beaches that any vacationer would love to experience. Combine the area's natural beauty with our friendly vibe and local charm, and it's no wonder that our beloved destination attracts travelers in search of accommodations that offer a more personal touch.

Playa del Carmen beach

When you choose to invest in a Riviera Maya rental property, your future guests will love to have your own tips on the best way to experience the area and enjoy a vacation. Here are BuyPlaya Real Estate's top tips for personalizing your vacation home to make it even more renter-friendly:

1.   Create your own small city guide! Travelers love tips from the locals on the best restaurants, shopping and tours. Let your guests know your favorite spots in your neighborhood for a true Riviera Maya experience, and give them updated information on local emergency numbers, how to get groceries, local laundromats, etc.

2.    Offer a guestbook where guests can write about their experience and offer their own tips for future guests to read.

Playa del Carmen vacation rental condo 

3.   Leave clear, written instructions on how to operate the electronics and appliances at your rental property... especially water heaters.

4.    Have a small stock of board games, books, movies, art supplies, etc to pass the time on rainy days.

5.    Keep cleaning supplies handy so your guests can easily clean up spilled drinks, broken glass and other little messes between housekeeping visits.

6.    Hang a card on the back of the door with the property's address and WiFi code.

7.   Offer a business card with the property's address and location so they can hand it to taxi drivers. This is great for when they get lost or have had a few beers too many at the local bar.

Playa del Carmen vacation rental condo 

8.   Keep a few international power adaptors as well as extra power strips. They're  a necessity for many international travelers and people who take "working vacations" and have a lot of electronics to keep charged.

9.    Place some local take-out menus in a drawer or folder for guests who want to eat in.

10. Have towels that are designated especially for the beach, and bath towels that are not to leave the apartment.

11. Label your light switches and air conditioning controls. You may also want to include a note about turning off the AC when guests are not in the apartment/house.

Riviera Maya vacation rental beach home 

12. Be clear with your guests about incurred costs that may apply, like electric usage, broken items, etc.

13. Put up small and friendly signs asking guests to conserve water, not throw their toilet paper into the toilet, keep the noise down after 10pm, or whatever little rules may apply at your property. Many international guests or inexperienced travelers may be unaware of these points, and common sense is not always common.

14. Don't buy houseplants. This will take an extra burden off of your guests. We recommend realistic-looking fake plants if you really want to give your Riviera Maya vacation rental property a warmer ambiance without the hassle.

15. Keep the kitchen fully stocked with utensils: a wine opener, a bottle opener, a can opener, resealable containers, sturdy dishes and jumbo plastic cups are especially helpful.

Playa del Carmen vacation rental condo 

16. Be clear on how many "garrafones"(water jugs) will be provided for your guests, and give clear instructions on how they can get more if they run out.

17. Have a couple of cold beers waiting in the refrigerator so your guests can celebrate the first day of their vacation!

Playa del Carmen vacation rental condo

With a little effort and some small personalized details, you can add great value and convenience to your guests' vacation. Spread the warm and friendly attitude found throughout Mexico, and you'll find clients coming back to your Riviera Maya vacation home again and again!

Riviera Maya vacation rental beach home 

If you’re thinking about buying a vacation rental property in Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya area, visit us at BuyPlaya.com to see our beautiful investment properties. We can help you every step of the way.

For years now, travelers have known Downtown Playa del Carmen for its bohemian charm characterized by small-scale accommodations that ranged from low-cost hostels to luxury vacation rentals. As you walk along the beach and 5th Avenue, however, you'll notice that the scene in Playa del Carmen is beginning to take a new shape. The locally-owned shops, beach bars and restaurants that we all love are still there, but larger hotels and upscale shopping centers have begun to pop up around town. Now in addition to Playa's famous laid-back vibe, locals and tourists alike have access to internationally acclaimed restaurants, more upscale accommodations, and shopping opportunities at stores that were once only available north of the border.



This year, our beloved city welcomes another newbie to the scene: the Hyatt Playa del Carmen opening in spring 2015. Already nearly completed, this hotel has a location that's to die for, right on the beach only one block from Mamita's. The new property boasts visually stunning style, with simple modern design complemented by spectacular ocean views and lush tropical greenery. On a recent visit to the site, we had the opportunity to glimpse everything this hotel would have to offer, and the Hyatt had many welcome surprises in store. Upon entering, you can't help but catch your breath at the view: a walkway lined with bars and snack areas winds its way down toward the beach and pool area, making it impossible to miss the bright turquoise of the Caribbean from any of the hotel's main social areas.


The Hyatt Playa del Carmen will feature 350 guestrooms and suites, including numerous swim-up suites. Our favorite thing about this property is that it is not all inclusive (unlike most Riviera Maya resorts), so guests will easily be able to walk to the nearby 5th Avenue and experience the best the city has to offer. The restaurants at the Hyatt will also be open to the public, so locals and other tourists will have two more beachfront restaurants to choose from for a meal with an ocean view! The Mexican/Caribbean restaurant and bar will specialize in authentic regional cuisine with a modern twist, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The steak and seafood grill will be open for lunch and dinner matched with a selection of Latin American drinks like tequila, mescal, wines and beers.


With the new Hyatt resort, Playa del Carmen will also be getting some much-needed event space in the heart of town. The property will feature over 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, ideal for business meetings, weddings and dinners. If you ever need a central venue with beautiful style and the latest technology for a meeting or event, the Hyatt Playa del Carmen will be at the top of your list.

The spa at the new Hyatt beach resort is shaping up to be something truly inspiring, featuring design resembling the Riviera Maya region's famous cenotes. Treatments will include indigenous techniques and ingredients based on ancient Mayan rituals, combined of course with plenty of modern luxuries.

The central area of the hotel is filled with lush native plant life, and the Hyatt Playa del Carmen has carefully preserved a considerable amount of the property's existing mangrove and jungle vegetation.

At first we were admittedly skeptical about adding a large beach resort to the Playa del Carmen skyline, but after learning more about the hotel we are excited for what it adds to the local community: more customers for local businesses, more jobs for locals, a new event venue, and two new restaurants right on the beach.

The Hyatt Playa del Carmen beach resort is opening spring 2015, located on the corner of 1st Avenue and Calle 26. We can't wait to see the finished look and see what it brings to Playa del Carmen.

If you’ve living in the Riviera Maya, odds are that you’ve heard of the many parks that form part of Xperiencias Xcaret: Xplor, Xel-Ha, Xenotes, Xoximilco and of course the famous Xcaret. Xperiencias Xcaret is a huge icon in our area, and they offer so much to the community, including wildlife programs, thousands of jobs and gorgeous attractions to draw in more tourism to the area.

Xcaret Mexico 

This year, Xperiencias Xcaret will be investing 481 million pesos (that’s roughly 32 million US dollars) in two new Riviera Maya parks with the support of the bank.

One of the parks is a huge aviary that will be open to the public in summer 2015. In October 2015, you’ll be able to experience Xenses, a park designed to strengthen the senses of visitors.

Carlos Constandse Madrazo, VP of Xperiencias Xcaret, stated in a press conference, “In the summer, we’ll open a free-flight aviary with more than 70 species from southern Mexico. In October, we’ll present Xenses. We can’t reveal anything for the moment for commercial reasons, but the location is in the Riviera Maya and will be designed for a market that only likes to leave the hotel for a half day.”

Xcaret aviary 

The VP mentioned that 2014 was a rough year financially, beginning with the salary tax increase from 2% to 3%, and then the increase in the IVA tax from 11% to 16%. These changes reduced investments because with the government’s new reforms, companies must first pay taxes before investing. Last year’s investments were only $248 million pesos (about 16.5 million US dollars), which held back projects like Xoximilco park, which is being built in phases.

The 2015 investment comes from a reengineering done last year that included a reorganization of the administration and an analyzation of where money was going. These changes allowed the company to apply for credits to invest in 2015.

“Last year, Xperiencias Xcaret was visited by 2,640,000 people, which shows a 6% increase from 2013. For this year, the goal is to increase by 110,000 more visitors,” stated Lizeth Alvarez Gorosave, Commercial Director for Grupo Xcaret.

Xoximilco Cancun tour 

With Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xoximilco, Xenotes, Xichen and the social activities to benefit the local population and wildlife, Grupo Xcaret employs 3,700 people. The new attractions will increase their number of employees, although at the time they are unsure how many new jobs will be incorporated.

Click here to read the original article (in Spanish).

This past Friday January 30, Mexico’s federal government announced that the Transpeninsular train project in the states of Yucatan and Quintana Roo has been definitively cancelled. In central Mexico, the project to construct a high speed train between Mexico City and Queretaro has been postponed until further notice.

The Yucatan train had proposed to link Playa del Carmen to the colonial city of Merida in its first phase, then later include cities like Cancun, Tulum, Progreso and Campeche.

Yucatan Transpeninsular Train


The head of the Secretary of Finance and Public Credit (Secretaria de Hacienda y Credito Publico, or SHCP) Luis Videgaray announced that these measures are part of the new public spending cuts for the year 2015, with cuts reaching a total of 124.3 billion pesos.

“If the income for 2015 is protected before the decrease in the price of petroleum due to the coverage strategy, then from here on we are making a budget cut in a preventative and responsible way,” stated Videgaray at a press conference.

The SHCP announced that Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex, Mexico’s state-owned petroleum company) will see a cut of 62 billion pesos, while the Federal Electricity Commission (Comisión Federal de Electricidad, or CFE) will see a cut of 10 billion pesos.

Videgaray said that social programs and supports will not suffer any budget cuts, like Prospera, national and state universities, the temporary employment plan and resources given to the states.

Videgaray also specified that when it comes to the program to help senior citizens, the actual beneficiaries will not be affected by these changes, but the increase of the support will be less than before.

Despite the changes to the original plans for the high speed trains in Mexico, SHCP assures that the 2015 budget cuts in public spending will not affect the project for the new airport to be built in Mexico City.

For the full article (in Spanish), please visit CNN Mexico.


In many families, the Christmas holiday is the perfect time for gathering around a table full of food, overlooking a Christmas tree surrounded by gifts for all the children. The picture is sadly not the same for all families. The poorest are struggling to find their children's clothing and shoes throughout the year.

Kids of Cristo Rey Community

In Playa del Carmen, there are several organizations dedicated to helping these families. This year, the community of Cristo Rey, located a few kilometers West of Playa del Carmen, received some much-needed support. In this remote jungle community, there is no electricity for several pre-established hours during the day and night, but even with this constraint, the children of this community attend school every day. The teachers do their best to give them a solid education that will enable them to find a job in the future and to provide for their own families.

Houses in The Community Of Cristo Rey 

Christina Fiscal Calabrese, a teacher from the United States and a resident of Cristo Rey, teaches her students the importance of speaking English in order to be able to get a job in Quintana Roo, a state where international tourism dominates the labor market. Yesterday, Christina received us in her community to bring some support and holiday cheer to the most disadvantaged families. With the collaborative efforts of Kick4Kids and KKIS (Keeping Kids In School) as well as Crystal Flauaus, Allan Lockhart and Gayle Collins, instigator of this wonderful project this year, we were able to bring the children, shoes and bags filled with toys for every single one of them, all thanks to the generosity of the people who gave donations to both organizations.


Christina And Gayle Distributing Gifts And Shoes To The Kids

Kids Trying Their New Shoes

Gayle Distributing Shoes To Kids

Kids Waiting to Receive Their Gifts

Litlle Girl With Her New Shoes 

Jose Adan, professor at the Cristo Rey School, generously offered his property for the day, to welcome the children to pick up their gifts and enjoy a gathering with other members of the community. Adan is deeply involved in the community, especially with children and families most in need. His land, where he lives with his family of five, will also be used in the near future as part of a new government project which will host the most disadvantaged families and provide each one of them with two meals a day.

Professor Adan With His Students

Professeur Adan Helping With The Shoes Distribution

After the gifts and shoes were distributed and everyone had enjoyed a slice of traditional "Rosca de Reyes", we had the chance to visit the school and several homes where Gayle and volunteers were able to distribute supplies to several families most in need.

Gayle Handing Slices Of Tradional Rosca De Reyes To The Kids

Christina Showing The Cristo Rey School 

Gayle In Her Classroom

Family Of Cristo Rey Receiving Supplies

The hard work of volunteers, the support of local organizations like the Seaside Rotary Club and generous donations from the public made all this possible, giving children a glimmer of hope in these difficult times.

Event Volunteers

Happy Kids With New Shoes

Kid And His Bag of Shoes And Gifts

If you would like to make a contribution and support the communities that surround you on the Riviera Maya, please contact Gayle Collins (KKiS): kkisproject@gmail.com or Michele Kinnon (Kicks4Kids, Rotary) michelekinnon@gmail.com for more information.





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Andrea Ruiz Perron was born and raised in Montreal by a Mexican mother and a French Canadian father.  She studied cinema and photography in Argentina and Montreal, and has now been living in Playa del Carmen for a total of 6 years. Both her Mexican and Canadian roots are an important influence on her identity and how she perceives the world through her photography and writing as the Girl Friday for BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors www.buyplaya.com

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On Saturday December 6, the luxurious The Fives Residences in Playa del Carmen launched a new phase and restaurant area to its extensive complex.


This new area will be open to residents and guests at The Fives, who will now able to choose from a variety of new restaurants such as Koh Thai (Wok Cuisine), La Brasserie (French Bistro), The Nineteen Ten (Mexican Cantina) and Oka (Sushi Bar). Several boutique shops also add to the charm of this new section.

Joaquin Serna and The Fives team had invited the BuyPlaya Real Estate staff to a chic evening of hors d'oeuvres and high quality wines in order to present their new shopping and restaurant area. The ribbon cutting ceremony was done by the Director of Proyectos Mexico TM Real Estate Group and his associates after fascinating live entertainment throughout the evening, such as acrobats, dancers, and a DJ.  

With more than 4000 square meters of space, the beautiful and romantic area of the new plaza is surrounded by water, gardens and even a nearby cenote. Clients and owners at The Fives will be able to shop and dine in a lush atmosphere, followed by a nice evening walk on the private beach.


If you're not staying at The Fives but you wish to try these first class restaurants, you can do so by making a reservation with a concierge at The Fives: 984-877-2750.

To take full advantage of these wonderful amenities and everything else that The Fives has to offer for its residents, buy your own vacation condo at this incredible place in Playa del Carmen! BuyPlaya Real Estate has several properties currently for sale at The Fives:

Penthouse with rooftop terrace

Sleek and modern furnished penthouse

Corner penthouse with rooftop terrace

Beautifully furnished pool view condo

For more details on this amazing condos, please contact BuyPlaya Real Estate.




Andrea Ruiz Perron was born and raised in Montreal by a Mexican mother and a French Canadian father.  She studied cinema and photography in Argentina and Montreal, and has now been living in Playa del Carmen for a total of 6 years. Both her Mexican and Canadian roots are an important influence on her identity and how she perceives the world through her photography and writing as the Girl Friday for BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors www.buyplaya.com

Follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/andreita_ruiz/


Home to top travel destinations like Cancun and the Riviera Maya, the Mexican state of Quintana Roo has achieved yet another hard-won victory in the fight to protect animal rights. For many years, there have been reports of circus animals living in unfit conditions like small cages and sometimes cruel training practices. Many states have begun to protect the animals by creating laws that ban animal circuses, and now that ideal has reached the shores of the Mexican Caribbean.


Source: Notimex

Quintana Roo is becoming the 13th entity in Mexico to approve a law banning animals in circuses. Other areas include Queretaro, Morelos, Colima, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Guerrero, Coahuila, Puebla, Mexico City, Zacatecas, Sonora and San Luis Potosi.

Members of the state's 14th Legislature approved the Law for Circuses without Animals in Quintana Roo, with 21 votes for, 1 vote against (by Representative Luis Roldan Carrillo) and no abstentions. The President of the Environment and Climate Change Commission, Remberto Estrada Barba, specified that the new law restricts any circus shows that include animals, whether they be public, private, permanent or temporary.

Estrada Barba (who is also a representative of Mexico's Green Party and the reform's main spokesperson), says that under the new law, it is also prohibited to use wildlife and/or domesticated animals for entertainment purposes (for profit and non-profit).

The legislator also said that, "Natural rules are violated in the circus, forcing animals to undergo stress and suffering every day of their lives. This all goes against their very nature and development, and it's a clear act of animal cruelty."

He added, "This initiative respects that circuses are the legal owners of the animals. The prohibitions do not at any time stipulate confiscation of the animals. Therefore, the owners can decide if they would like to keep the animals."

For more information, read the full article (in Spanish) here.

Whether you're looking to buy or just looking to daydream, the beach homes of Mexico's stunning Riviera Maya region offer breathtaking Caribbean scenery. BuyPlaya Real Estate has an extensive list of beautiful beach condos and villas with jaw-dropping ocean views that are sure to make you fall in love. Here are a few of our favorites:


Palapa en Paamul $69,900 USD

For beach bums only! This charming 1-bedroom (plus loft) home has open-air areas and a lovely location in a small gated beach community with its own restaurant and pool.

Riviera Maya beach house

Riviera Maya beach house

Beach Condo in the Heart of Playa del Carmen $239,000 USD

This 1-bedroom condo has an absolutely unbeatable location right by the ferry to Cozumel. It's surrounded by shopping and dining, plus it offers a huge terrace so you can fully enjoy your spectacular views of Playa del Carmen's main beach.

Riviera Maya beach house 

Riviera Maya beach house 


Luxury Condos in Downtown Playa del Carmen $407,000 USD

The 2-bedroom ocean view condos at the beautiful Zazil Ha complex offer a great location in Downtown Playa del Carmen, just steps away from 5th Avenue and the area's best nightlife and dining. At this condo complex, you'll also find an infinity pool and beautiful gardens.

Riviera Maya beach house

Riviera Maya beach house


Akumal Penthouse $449,000 USD

The huge oceanfront terrace makes this 2-bedroom penthouse the perfect spot for relaxing with ocean views. It's located on the lovely Half Moon Bay and features dome ceilings in each bedroom.

Riviera Maya beach house

Riviera Maya beach house 


Pool and Ocean Views in Playa del Carmen $700,000 USD

Modern tropical style abounds in this stunning and spacious 3-bedroom condo, located by the beach in Downtown Playa del Carmen. Breathe in the ocean air from the balcony as you indulge in amazing views of the pool area and the Caribbean Sea.

Riviera Maya beach house

Riviera Maya beach house 


Tropical Getaway in Tankah $1,200,000 USD

Experience the bright colors of the Caribbean in this unbelievable beach house in Tankah Bay. Here, you'll find spacious and open living areas, a pool deck, 4 bedrooms, several balconies and a large rooftop terrace for the best panoramic ocean views.

Riviera Maya beach house 

Riviera Maya beach house 


Akumal Villa with Views for Days $1,250,000 USD

You can't escape the ocean views in this villa! Located at the mouth of the gorgeous Yal Ku Lagoon, this oceanfront property includes a 2-bedroom main villa plus a 2-bedroom guesthouse, along with charming tropical style and plenty of terraces for an indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

Riviera Maya beach house

Riviera Maya beach house 


For even more amazing beach properties throughout the Riviera Maya, take a look around BuyPlaya.com, where you'll discover unbelievable condos and houses in destinations like Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Akumal.


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