Playacar is an upscale planned community in Playa del Carmen including over 10 large hotels, a well-regarded 18-hole golf course, and a smattering of condos and villas available. There are two sections of Playacar, named according to their development stages. Phase I, the first part, is on the oceanfront, while Phase II is next to the golf course.

The most desirable real estate is the Phase I waterfront area. The coastline varies depending on how far north or south you go, but generally speaking, in the Playacar area, the beaches are slightly slanted. They are lined by palm trees in places and the pure white sand and crystal clear blue waters make for spectacular views. There are even some Mayan ruins in Playacar.