Reader Question: We are moving to Playa Del Carmen area in the upcoming weeks. Do you enjoy living in Playa Del Carmen year round? Are the mosquitos truly that bad? We really want to get a rental close to the ocean. Do you know if this is possible for less than $1,000 a month?
Thanks for writing. Yes, we enjoy Playa Del Carmen, but we also travel to lots of other places, as well. The mosquitoes are really bad in Tulum, we found that to be a problem when we visited there. Playa Del Carmen didn't seem to be as bad for some reason. We usually stay close to the ocean and that seems to help.
As for apartment rentals, there are plenty of nice apartments in Playa that are close to the beach and within your budget. It will be relatively easy to find an apartment for that price if you search locally (on the ground, so to speak). Do not use websites like Craigslist or Airbnb if you want the best price. The best prices are always found by walking around and looking for "SE RENTA" signs. We always suggest getting a temporary rental (for a few weeks or a month) and then searching for a long term rental in person.
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