6 Best Hostels in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

6 Best Hostels in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Playa del Carmen is one of the most charming towns in the Mexican Caribbean. Right between the bustling Cancun and the green town of Tulum, Playa has long been an exciting destination for lovers of warm weather, good food and Mexican hospitality.

This is our quick guide to the best hostels in Playa del Carmen! We cover everything from the top-rated hostels to prices, and backpacker information.

Short and crisp: The Best Hostels in Playa del Carmen

  1. Sayab - best for Party Hostel, Solo Traveller, Youth Hostel
  2. The Green Village Boutique Hotel - best for Beach Lovers Retreat, Digital Nomads, Female Solo Traveller, Party Hostel, Solo Traveller, Youth Hostel
  3. Tribe on the Beach - best for Solo Traveller, Youth Hostel
  4. Hostel Che Playa - best for Digital Nomads, Party Hostel, Solo Traveller, Youth Hostel
  5. Maui Hostel - best for Party Hostel, Youth Hostel
  6. Red Panda Hostal - best for Groups (10+ people), Quiet Rest


On the map: Hostel Locations in Playa del Carmen

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🏆 Overall Best Hostel:

Tribe on the Beach

🙋‍♀️ Female Solo-Traveler:

The Green Village Boutique Hotel

🤹 Solo-Traveler:

Tribe on the Beach

🎉 Party Hostel:


General Information About Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is home to just over 300,000 people and has a thriving ex-pat community. The small coastal city receives three million visitors during summer, and many others spend the winter holidays in the tropical destination. Fall is the low season, as it can rain every day.

Playa del Carmen has grown exponentially, but still has a small-town feel.

The main features of Playa are its white-sand beaches and the famous Fifth Avenue or Quinta Avenida — a 5 km (3.1 mile) pedestrian street for people-watching, shopping and dining.

Playa is an ideal destination for its weather alone, with an average summer temperature of 28 °C (ca. 82 °F). Still, it is also a wonderful place to stay if you want to explore neighboring Mayan ruins, underground caves and cenotes (cavernous sinkholes).

Where to Eat and Stay in Playa del Carmen?

Playa del Carmen has a thriving food scene. The grand Fifth Avenue, or Quinta Avenida, is paved with restaurants offering all types of food. You’ll also find restaurants along the beach, guaranteeing a beautiful view of the blue Caribbean Sea. Still, restaurants in the Quinta and the beach are pricier than those a few blocks away, so walking the backstreets is a great idea if you want to eat well without burning a hole in your pocket.

Constituyentes Avenue and 10th avenue are good alternatives for the restaurants in the Quinta Avenida. Before choosing where to stay in Playa del Carmen, keep in mind, most of the large resorts in the Mayan Riviera are at least half an hour from Playa.

Therefore, if you want to enjoy the small town, you’re better off staying at a hostel in Downtown Playa del Carmen.

How much are hostels in Playa del Carmen?

Let us talk about prices. Here is a graph showing you average prices for a bed in a dorm and for a private room. Simply mouse-over to see rates for each month.

Prices can vary a lot, especially on high-season, weekends, and special holidays such as New Years Eve.

Average Dorm Price per Month in Playa del Carmen

Average Dorm Price Graph

Average Private Room Price per Month in Playa del Carmen

Average Private Price Graph

How to Get to Playa Del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is one hour south of Cancun, the only city with an International Airport in the area. There are three ways to travel from the airport to Playa del Carmen:

  1. Taking a coach bus from the ADO company within Cancun’s Airport is the easiest and most affordable way of arriving in Playa del Carmen.
  2. Hiring private transportation in the airport is more expensive, but ideal if you are staying in one of the resorts between Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
  3. Renting a car is always a viable alternative, especially if you are visiting other cities, but don’t expect to find parking spots in Playa del Carmen easily.

Things To Know Before You Go

Playa del Carmen is a safe town despite the late-night partying. Still, the following tips can make your stay much more enjoyable.

  • Stay in the Touristic area between the beach and 10th avenue after dark.
  • Don’t over-drink, and don’t drink on the streets; despite being common, it is illegal.
  • Never carry all your money with you, and leave your fancy watch and jewelry in a safe where you’re staying.
  • Ignore anyone trying to sell you illegal substances.
  • Ask for taxi rates before hopping into the vehicle and ensure they are fair.
  • Lobster is over-rated and expensive, and so are premium beef steaks — enjoy local food instead. Welcome to Playa!

Still not sure? Pick this!

#1 Top Hostel in Playa del Carmen: Sayab

This is the overall best rated hostel in Sayab. The overall rating is 8.7. You cannot go wrong here.

It is your safest bet in case you are not sure which hostel to pick.

The price for a dorm at Sayab starts from $9.18.

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#1 Best Hostel in Playa del Carmen

FAQ about Playa del Carmen Hostels

We've collected the most common questions for hostels in Playa del Carmen. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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