Playacar is the high-end residential community most recognized in the whole of Riviera Maya. It had practically grown with the city of Playa del Carmen as it started back in 1979 when this now buzzing beach town was nothing else than the port of departure for ferries going to the island of Cozumel. This exclusive neighborhood in Playa del Carmen is divided into two sections: Phase 1 and Phase 2. The first one hosts a series of luxury beachfront villas located close to downtown Playa del Carmen. Phase 2 was designed around an 18hole golf course and hosted a series of large hotels, plenty of residential homes, and quite a few condominium buildings.
Playacar was a pioneer in many aspects when it comes to high-end residential communities. It was the first one in the country to close most accesses to the beach, guaranteeing privacy within the community. These days, to reach the beach, visitors need to walk quite a lot, making it a less desirable destination for their Sunday’s picnics and keeping the beach almost exclusive for homeowners and guests. This practice has recently been followed by successful private residential communities such as Punta Mita in the Riviera Nayarit.
It was also one of the first gated communities to introduce private developments inside a larger gated community. At Playacar, you will find several exclusive communities within its gates, most of the condo buildings, but there are also a few private roads where only villa owners can go through. Playacar also features a park, a bird sanctuary, a few shopping centers, convenience stores, two schools, childcare, some restaurants, and even its own water treatment plant. It is actually a city inside a city, and since its construction has been a model for similar communities in other Mexican beach destinations.