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Old 10-23-2016   #1 (permalink)
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Best neighborhoods to 'visit like a resident'

My wife and I are visiting in March for a first look at Playa as a place to retire. We can only spend a week this time but want to see the town as if we were living there and not as a tourist. Can anyone suggest a part of town where we could look for a week long rental that would feel like we were in Mexico but not necessarily at a tourist location?

Also we would like to walk as much as possible as well as use local taxis and transport as much as possible, shop at supermarkets, etc. You know, pretend like we're living there and experience the people and flavor of Mexico. Really appreciate any feedback. Thanks!
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I always encourage those considering moving down to have a look at Paamul. Though it's not exactly "real Mexico" it's real expat life for a lot of people and it's definitely not "touristy." Unfortunately, the cottages where this video originates are no longer available, but the hotel still is.

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Thanks Susie!

This looks beautiful but I doubt we would be able to live on the beach when we retire. We were looking for an area more in town. In the video, this beautiful spot looks to be a bit out of town. Let me know if any livable, walkable areas of town come to mind. Either way, we'll definitely take a look at Paalmul. It looks wonderful.
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My wife and I are visiting in March for a first look at Playa as a place to retire. We can only spend a week this time but want to see the town as if we were living there and not as a tourist. Can anyone suggest a part of town where we could look for a week long rental that would feel like we were in Mexico but not necessarily at a tourist location?

Also we would like to walk as much as possible as well as use local taxis and transport as much as possible, shop at supermarkets, etc. You know, pretend like we're living there and experience the people and flavor of Mexico. Really appreciate any feedback. Thanks!
There are so many areas to choose.
If you don't want to live in the tourist area then the west side of the highway (307) may be the best choice and the cheapest.
We live about five blocks west of 307 and have a three bedroom stand alone house with private pool. We pay the equivalent of $600 usd per month.
Although not walkable to a large grocery store - well, it is if you have the time - we are 10 minutes to the beach by taxi or car and equally close to shopping.
But...I know of no short term rentals in this area.

Do you have a rental budget?

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Old 10-24-2016   #5 (permalink)
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No budget yet but moderate

Thanks Babaloo. We don't yet have a rental budget. Retirement is a few years away still. We are looking for a central location for this trip that will give us an overall feel for Playa to see if it is the place for us. We'd like to spend the week exploring the area without a car and try and live like we're retired while getting to know the place better.

After a few trips like this, we hope to be in a better position to decide where in Playa we might best fit.
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If central location is your primary concern for this "scouting trip" and you admittedly like to walk a bit, I would consider looking for a place somewhere roughly in the area between Fifth and Highway 307 and between Calles 14th and 28th. This would allow you to spend a particular day (or two) exploring places to the north, another day or two exploring the Playacar area, another day or two exploring the area to the west of 307, and another day or two heading out by collective or taxi to places like Paamul.

As Rick has I believe stated, the options are many and budget considerations often play a big, if not the biggest part, in these decisions.

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Sounds like a plan

Thanks John. That sounds like a really good plan. We'll start there. I really appreciate everyone's help here.
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I second the recommendation of Paamul. For a while, I was considering a retirement, winter place in the area and came very close to getting a place there. Paamul is unique, and good bang for the buck, imo. If you're not familiar with it, I'd highly recommend spending a day there, checking out the offerings, and talking with the residents.
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Thanks Sogno. We'll make a point to do just that.
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Yep.
I'd do Airbnb and look for a place around 25ave and Calle 26, etc.... in that area. ?weve stayed in that area a couple times and like it. You can walk to everything, but you are living away from the tourist area.
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I would not live in Paamul if you gave me property on the beach.

Depending on how hectic you want life to be (Playa is kind of crazy!) you might want to jump on a ferry and come explore Cozumel a bit. Definitely a slower pace, but everything we need here. We live less than a mile from the main drag in a very traditional neighborhood and love it.
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I love visiting Pamuul but could not live there.
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We were looking for a similar area...not right on 5th, but also near enough to supermarkets, pharmacies, parks, restaurants, etc that we would not need a car.

After checking out a bunch of places we have narrowed down the search to roughly between Calle 8 and Calle 38, and between Av. 10 and Av. 30. In that area you have Walmart, Mega Supermarkets, schools, parks, sports arena, church, transportation, pretty much everything that we would need.

My brother and I are getting our feet wet in the market by buying a small studio apartment in a preconstruction project called iPlaya. I liked the area a lot. It is located at roughly 30th and 30. Check into that place if have some time. The sales rep Hemang is a super nice guy and can give you some great advice on location, pros/cons, whatever you need...whether you buy in iPlaya or not.

I also am using a real estate agent Carlos Martinez, who works for Playa Del Carmen Real Estate - BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors - Riviera Maya - Tulum. He has been great and has provided a mountain of information to help us with our possible permanent relocation to Playa. We will will need at least 2 bedroom, 2 bath if we relocate. Prices seem to be kind of high for new construction. We were hoping to find something over 1,000 square feet, not on ground floor, with some balcony space for around $220K in that target area, but prices seem to be more than that, or the units are too small.

We looked at some older projects, but they were not to our liking.

There seem to be lots of Airbnb units of all price ranges in that target area.

We were toying with the idea of buying now, list property with property management company, then move down in 1-2 years to try to lock in good price. But there are so many new projects going up that we hope the competition will keep the prices under control until we are ready to pull the trigger, while avoiding the whole property management, vacation rental thing.

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Thanks for all the spot-on help!

Thanks to everyone for the great advice. I think we're ready to pick an AirBNB place now. Great forum BTW
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i would not live in paamul if you gave me property on the beach.


depending on how hectic you want life to be (playa is kind of crazy!) you might want to jump on a ferry and come explore cozumel a bit. Definitely a slower pace, but everything we need here. We live less than a mile from the main drag in a very traditional neighborhood and love it.
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