The Elements Beach Condo Vacation Rental - Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Comforts of Home with Hotel Service on the Mayan Riviera

Getting Around Playa
Playa is only about 1.5 miles long, so it's very walkable. Nevertheless, if you don't feel like walking, you have many options for getting around Playa, be it by taxi, colectivo, triciclo, or bus.


Taxi Playa del Carmen

Taxis are cheap and plentiful. There are taxi stations all over Playa, including in front of most major hotels. The nearest taxi station to The Elements is right outside in front of the Coco Bay Hotel. The taxis are one of the largest federally-regulated unions in Mexico so their rates are fixed. Within town between Juarez to 38th the fare is 15 pesos. From town to the Ejido area is 17 pesos. From the center of Playa to The Elements is 50 pesos (approximately US$4).

To make sure you don't get overcharged, you can familiarize yourself with the taxi rates.

If the taxi driver is not familiar with the Elements, simply tell him that you are going to the Coco Bay hotel which everyone knows.


Colectivos in Playa del Carmen

Colectivos are vans that run between Cancun and Tulum. You can also catch one in town to get from one end of town to the other. They are usually air conditioned and are very cost effective. If you are claustrophobic this may not be the way for you; the drivers pack in the people.

The costs are:

  • 40 pesos [Approximately $4.00 USD] from Playa del Carmen to Cancun [one way]
  • 20 pesos [Approximately $2.00 USD] from Playa del Carmen to Tulum [one way]
  • 5 pesos [Approximately 50 cents] between 38th Street and Juarez Avenue

The colectivos run daily from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM. You can find them on Calle 2 between 10th and 15th Avenue, around town, and on the freeway.

"Triciclos" - Tricycles

Triciclos, which are large tricycles, are all over Playa del Carmen. Occasionally you will get stuck behind one while driving on a major thoroughfare, but they are a great option to get around town in. You can find plenty of them around the ferry dock on the South end of town, as well as on Juarez and 5th Avenue where all the taxis hang out. Needless to say these guys have strong legs and will certainly get you where you need to go. They are great for getting shopping bags, luggage, or people around, and the prices do vary, but are inexpensive, so check it out!


Many of the best sights to see in the Riviera Maya are located off of the highway (307) which starts in Cancún and runs all the way down to Chetumal. Buses run out of Playa del Carmen to nearly every destination in Mexico. And several bus lines run between Cancún to Chetumal all day, everyday.

Scheduled bus service to destinations in the region (e.g. Xcaret, Xel-ha, Tulum, Cancun airport, Cancun, etc.) and beyond depart from the bus station at the southern end of Fifth Avenue near Playacar and the Ferry terminal to Cozumel.

A first class ADO bus departs hourly or so for the tourist destinations of Xcaret, Xel-ha and Tulum - fares are in US$4 range. The ADO Bus goes directly to the entrances of Xcaret and Xel-ha. ADO also runs a direct service to Cancun airport from Playa Del Carmen for approximately US$8 (80 pesos).

Second class local Mayab buses also leave from the Fifth Avenue station. Mayab buses stop more frequently enroute and drop off alongside the highway to Tulum, requiring walking from the highway to the entrances of Xcaret or Xel-ha.