Reader Question: Hi, your site is very informative, thanks , I have been living a few years in San Pedro, Belize. The wife and I like San Pedro but have a lot of concerns: medical, lack of most necessities, etc. It's a very small town.
We know Cancun a bit, but Playa del Carmen feels it could be the right place for us to move. It seems like everything you might need you can find in playa: Shopping Malls, home depot and of course, 5th ave. This is for retirement, we love the beach! What area can you recommend a bit away from 5th?
Answer: Hi Fred,
Playa Del Carmen is beautiful and full of expats. Cancun in nice, too, but very touristy. Playa is a good mix of tourists, expat living, and beachfront life. You can rent in Playa for all different prices, but the closer you get to the beach, the more you will pay, like anywhere else. 5th avenue is busy and fun, but also loud sometimes. Younger folks seem to prefer living right on 5th but we suggest looking a little further away if you want peace and quiet.
That being said, we are currently exploring Baja California and Cabo San Lucas, so I suggest you contact Gabi Waldert of Playa Rentals. She's a great person to talk to if you want to find a rental in the area, and she speaks English, Spanish and fluent German. Good luck!
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