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Playa del Carmen

4 Best language schools in Playa del Carmen (ranked based on student reviews)

You are interested in learning Spanish in Playa del Carmen? We have researched all the details about the best Spanish language schools in Playa del Carmen for you so that you can easily compare prices, reviews, courses for adults and teenagers and special offers.

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Why Playa del Carmen? Playa del Carmen is a city located on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, in the north east part of the state of Quintana Roo, in Mexico. \"Playa\", as it is commonly referred to, is the centre of the Riviera Maya, a long stretch of coast that goes from Cancun all the way to Tulum. It is a very lively town, that has been able to maintain its charm without succumbing to mass tourism. Visitors can contemplate the Maya culture throughout the numerous archaeological sites in the region as well as participate in a wide variety of recreational activities that include water sports, diving, fishing, tennis and golf.
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What our students said about Playa del Carmen

Rating: 5/5


It is a busy place, but as a single female traveller, it felt perfectly safe. Very pleasant locals, great places to eat and stay everywhere at very reasonable prices.

Carey Moluchi

Rating: 4/5


The city is a highly commercial expensive tourist trap but it has some beautiful Caribbean beaches :)


Most recent student reviews of language schools in Playa del Carmen

Rating: 4.4

4.4 | 30 reviews

I loved to attend class in a papapala i.n a beautiful garden- which was really a haven of tranquility in a noisy city

7 March 2020
Course: Intensive 20 - 11 weeks
Student age: 69 years


Rating: 4.4

4.4 | 30 reviews

Staff is quite friendly. My teacher Fernanda was terrific. Beginners class.
Have insect repellent in classrooms it doesn’t cost much and it goes a long way.

21 January 2020
Course: Intensive 20 - 1 week
Student age: 48 years

England UK

Rating: 4.4

4.4 | 30 reviews

They are very accommodating with regard to individual needs. I definitely recommend additional extra private lessons to work on specific things that you want and to improve your confidence in speaking the language even if you have to resort to "Spanglish" here and there!
Two weeks was perfect. I came back with much improved Spanish from a semi-beginner with the basics only. The teachers are great and the ambiance of the school is terrific. Don't forget to go on trips to the Cenotes and the ruins. Definitely worth it!

23 September 2019
Course: Intensive 15 - 2 weeks
Student age: 62 years

Carey Moluchi
United States

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 49 reviews

Learning in small groups, a lot of communication and fun in the classroom

17 December 2018
Course: Intensive - 2 weeks
Student age: 36 years


Rating: 4.4

4.4 | 30 reviews

The pleasant environment
Lack a bit of variety in activities outside of class ...

2 June 2018
Course: Intensive 20 - 2 weeks
Student age: 33 years


Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 49 reviews

Well located. Cool. Small group of students, about 5. Air conditioning in the room. Place for discussions. Availability of the employees. Courtesy.
Late hours: 9:30 to 13:30 Would have liked to start earlier. Cafeteria disappointing, 1 choice but not expensive. The social activities are uninteresting and are the same from one week to the next. Some activities could be offered to stimulate students to speak Spanish more.

6 March 2018
Course: Intensive - 2 weeks
Student age: 55 years


Rating: 4.4

4.4 | 30 reviews

The open classrooms in a garden which is a haven of tranquility in a busy city. Small classes: max 8 students.
Teachers are experienced and efficient and all seem to have a great sense of humour!!

27 December 2017
Course: Intensive 20 - 5 weeks
Student age: 67 years


Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 49 reviews

Connecting with other students afterward. That is where I was able to practice and learn.
The teacher was very old school type who just asked us to answer worksheets. Not much interaction. Not much practice for learning the language. My 4 hours of private classes were MUCH better, as it was interactive and we practiced, not just filling in conjugations. I heard from 3 other students that a high level class was similar (worksheet based). Because it was such a small community (meeting in the same place for breaks, etc.) I felt I couldn't complain. It was a very weird experience. There were lots of negatives that I will write in a long letter to the school, so they are aware.

8 August 2017
Course: Intensive - 1 week
Student age: 42 years

United States

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 49 reviews

Friendly support staff. Good location.

20 March 2017
Course: Intensive - 6 weeks
Student age: 42 years


Rating: 4.4

4.4 | 30 reviews

Professionnal and friendly staff
It is the fourth time I go to this school and I preferred the formula of 15 hours per week.

6 March 2017
Course: Part time program 15 - 4 weeks
Student age: 66 years


Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 49 reviews

My teacher Lucy Flores and the cooking class.
Nice school close to the beach and the famous 5th Avenue for those who like to party.

21 May 2016
Course: Intensive - 1 week
Student age: 33 years

Lea Lamia

Rating: 4.4

4.4 | 30 reviews

Friendly staff and nice outdoor classrooms

6 April 2016
Course: Intensive 20 - 1 week
Student age: 40 years

United States

Rating: 4.4

4.4 | 30 reviews

Quality teachers and small groups
Little information transmitted at the arrival at school on how classes will be organized, on leisure activities, etc.

22 February 2016
Course: Intensive 20 - 1 week
Student age: 56 years


Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 49 reviews

The people
The residence was okay but the breakfast was misrepresented on your website. It was actually pretty bad. Scrambled eggs and toast. It would have been nice to have a Mexican breakfast with fruit and beans, etc. Also, regarding the teaching, I should have asked for homework and some information on what we would be learning the next day so I could use my time better to study pertinent information.

23 November 2015
Course: Intensive - 2 weeks
Student age: 65 years

United States

Rating: 4.4

4.4 | 30 reviews

Teachers are very involved and want you to learn. Many social activities.

23 November 2015
Course: Part time program 15 - 2 weeks
Student age: 48 years

United States

What school directors said about Playa del Carmen

Lucia Flores

Discover a breath-taking, turquoise ocean, explore mysterious Mayan temples and meet lots of welcoming people. Playa del Carmen is a small town located less than an hour south from Cancún airport, in the state of Quintana Roo. Learn Spanish and discover our unique cultural heritage then spend time chilling on our white sand beaches.

Key Facts about Playa del Carmen

Population: 101,000

Time zone: +4h. (GMT -6)

Region: Quintana Roo,

Currency: MXN (1 MXN = 0.0496 USD)

Playa del Carmen quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.3

4.3 (82 reviews by our former students)

Visa: Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 180 days. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.

High season: January

Low season: September

Average course price per week: 242 US$

Cost of Living:
  • Big Mac price (Mexico average):53.41 MXN (54% cheaper than in USA)
    Mains electricity:
    • Plug Type A
    • Plug Type B
    • Residential voltage: 127 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz

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    Events in Playa del CarmenBest time to take a language course in Playa del Carmen

    Independence Day
    Independence Day

    15 September 2021 - 16 September 2021On this day, Mexicans celebrate their independence from the Spanish crown. The event is held at the Central Park and there will be fireworks and people enjoying the night.


    30 October 2021 - 02 November 2021A traditional event lending insight into Mexican culture and vision. The festival is held every year at Xcaret Park, where you can enjoy dance, theatre, music and food.

    What to do in Playa del Carmen

    Fifth Avenue
    Fifth Avenue

    Arrival Airport

    Cancún International (CUN) - 50 km. from Playa del Carmen city center

    Public transportation to city center:

    Every 30 minutes, 250 MXN, 70 minutes.

    Main stops: Cancún International Airport T2, Playa del Carmen Terminal Tuística

    Taxi: 242 MXN, 55 minutes drive to city center of Playa del Carmen

    Direct international flights from:
    • USA: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, Austin-Bergstrom, Chicago O'Hare International, Dallas Fort Worth International, Denver International, Detroit Wayne County, Fort Lauderdale International, Fort Myers Southwest Florida Reg, Houston George Bush Intercntl., Los Angeles International, Miami International, Minneapolis St Paul, New York John F. Kennedy, New York Newark, Orlando International, Salt Lake City, San Antonio International, San Francisco International, Seattle / Tacoma International, Washington Dulles
    • Canada: Calgary, Edmonton International, Halifax International, Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Ottawa International, Toronto Pearson International, Vancouver International
    • United Kingdom: Glasgow International, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester

      FAQ about schools in Playa del Carmen

    • Don Quijote / Solexico Language & Cultural Centers has received the best overall rating in Playa del Carmen.
    • International House - Riviera Maya, located in Calle 14 Norte # 171, between Av.5 and Av.10, Quintana Roo has been voted as the school with the best location in Playa del Carmen.
    • Best airport to arrive to in Playa del Carmen is Cancún International (50.1 km from city center). See information about all arrivals and airport information for Playa del Carmen.
    • In Playa del Carmen the following courses are offered specifically for business Spanish: Medical Spanish.
    • Schools in Playa del Carmen offer specific preparation courses for the following exams: DELE.

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