If you are a beach person and don’t mind a tourist-y vibe, Playa del Carmen is a must. There are so many beautiful beaches close by from Playa 88 in the Colosio to a little further a field in Akumal, Xpu-Ha or the surrounding Islands.

We didn’t spend much time downtown on 5th Ave and ate a lot at home but still managed to rack up an expensive month with two overnight trips and activities but it was worth every penny!

Rent (see our apartment here) $773
Other Accommodation (hotels for 2 x weekends away – see below) 388.35
Cellphone $29.96
Groceries $186.84
Eating Out $333.42
Activities $336.82
Toiletries/Pharmacy $14.14
Laundry (we had a washing machine in our apartment) $0
Transport $395.82
Total for 2 people for 28 days $2458.35

Weekends away

We have included in the costs above two week trips we took while in Playa del Carmen as we don’t think a trip to PDC would complete without them.

1) Isla Mujeres – see our post about getting from Playa del Carmen to Isla Mujeres here

Isla Mujeres is a laid back island with stunning beaches, 20 minutes ferry from Cancun. We spent two nights on Isla Mujeres at the Ocean Drive Hotel.

The biggest cost here were:

  • The hotel which cost MXN$4030.10 / USD$193.17,
  • a day pass for Garrafon (a waterpark/resort type of thing) MXN$1964 / $94.14 which included unlimited food, drinks, snorkelling and a zipline.
  • and we also hired a golf cart which was MXN$1,200 / USD$57.52.

2) Cozumel

Cozumel is another Island but this one is closer to Playa del Carmen – a 45 minute ferry from downtown. Cozumel is more geared toward diving and is much larger than Isla Mujeres.

Here we had one of the nicest hotels we’ve ever stayed in and it was completely unexpected! The hotel had recently completed a newer building next door to its original which was adults only and we were given an upgrade to the new section (yay).

The hotel we stayed at was Hotel B and cost us USD$175.39 for two nights!

Other costs on Cozumel were:

  • Car hire for two days MXN$2,200 / USD$105.45
  • Snorkelling for two MXN$1980 / USD$94.91

Activities breakdown

Turtle in Akumal
Bike Tour of Playa del CarmenMXN$808.62 / USD$38.76
Akumal Snorkelling with TurtlesMXN$1415.09 / USD$67.83
Snorkelling at CozumelMXN$1980 / $94.91
Yal Ku Cenote in AkumalMXN$860 / $41.22
Garrafon (Isla Mujeres) Day PassMXN$1964 / USD$94.14

Transport Breakdown

Bus to Cancun, ReturnMX$260 /USD$12.46
Ferry to Isla Mujeres from Cancun, ReturnMXN$798 / $38.25
Golf Cart in Isla Mujeres for 24 hoursMXN$1,200 / $57.52
Ferry to Cozumel, ReturnMXN$1,200 / $57.52
Car Hire for 2 days in CozumelMXN$2,200 / $105.45
Taxi to Akumal, ReturnMXN$1,200 / $57.52
Taxi to Xpu-Ha Beach, ReturnMXN$1,200 / $57.52
Taxis Around Playa del CarmenMXN$600 / $28.76

Zahn is a travel junkie born and raised on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand. Zahn spent two years in South Korea where she met Addison in 2018. She has visited 17 countries and is on a mission to literally work her way around the rest.

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