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6 Spanish Language Schools in Playa del Carmen - Ranking 2023

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Best Spanish schools in Playa del Carmen by category

TOP Rated by
Students 18-30 years
Chichén Itzá Language School
Students 18-30 years
5.0

Rating: 5

(3)
TOP Rated by
Students 30-49 years
Don Quijote / Solexico Language & Cultural Centers
Students 30-49 years
4.1

Rating: 4.1

(8)
TOP Rated by
Students 50+ years
Agora Language Center
Students 50+ years
5.0

Rating: 5

(2)
TOP Rated by
Students all ages
Agora Language Center
Students all ages
5.0

Rating: 5

(4)
TOP Rated by
Quality of teaching
Agora Language Center
Quality of teaching
5.0

Rating: 5

(4)
TOP Rated by
Value for money
Agora Language Center
Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5

(4)
TOP Rated by
Location of school
International House - Riviera Maya
Location of school
4.8

Rating: 4.8

(29)

Playa del Carmen Language School Ranking based on student ratings - 6 schools

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Playa del Carmen ratings & opinions

How our students rated their experience in Playa del Carmen

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Overall attractiveness of Playa del Carmen
114 authentic ratings from students who reserved a course with us in Playa del Carmen
Nightlife
4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Friendliness of locals
4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Interesing things to do
4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Geographic setting
4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Public transport
3.8

Rating: 3.8/5.0

Climate
4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Cleanliness
3.7

Rating: 3.7/5.0

Affordability
3.8

Rating: 3.8/5.0

Shopping
3.9

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Safety
4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

What our students said about Playa del Carmen

5.0

Rating: 5/5

Unfortunately, the beach is not very pretty, due to the presence of algae on the beach and in the water. This makes swimming unpleasant. It was hot, of course, but the humidity was rather difficult. Otherwise, the atmosphere was festive, with lots of tourists, stores and restaurants. The main street is very crowded. Several tours are available to visit the surrounding area at reasonable prices. As we couldn't swim in the sea, we found hotels with swimming pools for a fee.

Julie
Canada
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Playa del Carmen is very touristy. Therefore not the cheapest city by Mexican standards. By Swiss standards, however, life is much cheaper here. As a tourist you are often asked whether you want to buy something or go on a tour. For the language course, however, it was a good place to get acclimatized to the new country. There are many activities in the area.

Kimberly
Switzerland
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Eating out is very good and cheap in the small restaurants away from the tourist mile. The prices for accommodation vary enormously. We had a flat a bit closer to the outskirts of the city and rented bicycles. This made us very mobile. Mexican drivers show great consideration for cyclists, quite different from Europe!

Andrea
Germany
5.0

Rating: 5/5

I love the school, but the city scene was not for me. If you like a club scene, then you will like. It was noisy and expensive. It was difficult to practice Spanish outside of the school because so many people want to and can speak English. I would use the school again but do it at one of the other locations.

Maxine
5.0

Rating: 5/5

I liked Playa del Carmen very much as there are many possibilities. From the beach to cultural programmes or nightlife, everything is there. It is very big. You can get from A to B quickly by taxi (approx. 5€ in the city) or by collectivo (approx. 1€). The people were very open and friendly.

Lyn
Germany
5.0

Rating: 5/5

I enjoyed the time we spent in downtown Playa del Carmen! The restaurants were excellent, especially Zitla, Sushi Club and Yum Yum by George! My husband and I have a trip to the area planned for November and I plan to show him around the downtown area!

Robynn
2.0

Rating: 2/5

Beach was beautiful. Weather was stifling hot & humid during the day. Area was pricey but it is a tourist destination so not a complete shocker there. Restaurants were fantastic. People were very friendly.

Vivian
Germany
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Nice place to visit. The climate was hotter than I anticipated for March. The city has grown so much since the last time I was here (some years back), modern yet with a slow pace. I can't wait to return!

Bernadette
5.0

Rating: 5/5

I lived just north of 10 inters 58 and made some local acquaintances in a bar around the corner. Sure, everything on 5e Ave in the city centre is geared towards tourism without being unpleasant.

Hanspeter
Canada
5.0

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
5.0

Rating: 5/5

I'm actually a terrible tourist. Didn't go out much. Only shop for food. Enjoyed the restaurants. But have no knowledge of nightlife other than it was noisy.

Gordon
Canada
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Dance events such as bachata, salsa, etc. are held within a 10-minute walk for about 100 pesos. Particularly recommended for those who like to dance.

Takahito
Japan
5.0

Rating: 5/5

A very chill and relaxed place by day, exciting by night along 5th Ave. Like almost anywhere though, be attentive when walking around at night.

Patricia
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Great place nearby for Cenote diving. If you are interested, please contact Iguana Divers, a Japanese-owned diving shop.

Kyoichi
Japan
4.0

Rating: 4/5

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

Sheila
Ireland
5.0

Rating: 5/5

It was very tourist focused. Many scams and more expensive than other cities I have visited.

Cathie
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Nice city with a very compact city centre. Most things were within walking distance.

Kim
Germany
5.0

Rating: 5/5

The perfect city if you want to party and relax on the beach or go on diving trips.

Jean-Francois
Canada
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Nice city. A tad too much of people hustling. Pity the beach was full of seaweed.

Rachel
Australia
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Nice tourist destination. We will certainly return.

Sharon

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.

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Playa del Carmen

International House - Riviera Maya

They understood where I was having problems and addressed them to help me understand better.

30 August 2023
Course: Intensive Course - 19 weeks
Student age: 61 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 68 reviews
International House - Riviera Maya

The locations of the school and the student apartment are excellent. After-class activities are well organized almost every day.
Rooms in the dormitories are cleaned daily and kept in good condition. The water pressure in the showers is sufficient. There is a kitchen in the cafeteria and cooking utensils can be used freely. Rooms are equipped with a small refrigerator and freezer.

1 August 2023
Course: Intensive Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 59 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 68 reviews
International House - Riviera Maya

The welcome, the well-structured courses and the overall atmosphere.
I have very fond memories of it.

4 July 2023
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 56 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 68 reviews
International House - Riviera Maya

The school is really well organized and teachers are well trained and enthusiastic.
Great staff. Welcoming and helpful.

21 June 2023
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 58 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 68 reviews
Agora Language Center

The professors in the school as well as the directors were amazing.

19 June 2023
Course: Intensive Spanish - 4 weeks
Student age: 16 years

5.0

Rating: 5

| 4 reviews
International House - Riviera Maya

Really good school, super nice teachers and beautiful premises. Possibility of different activities offered by the school :) Thank you for the great experience! I will definitely come back again :)

6 June 2023
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 0 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 68 reviews
Agora Language Center

Previous knowledge of B1 on my part. Excellent teaching. Small classes, mixed ages and nationalities. The teacher, Yant, is a walking encyclopaedia of languages and an excellent and talented teacher. She intensified and slowed down the lessons when we had weak points. I also had the opportunity to apply and improve my knowledge with many speaking periods. Will return. In summary: an excellent Escuela. Bravo!
Small but nice

5 June 2023
Course: Intensive Spanish - 8 weeks
Student age: 79 years

5.0

Rating: 5

| 4 reviews
Chichén Itzá Language School

The lessons were great, Haleyda was very very nice and was able to answer all my questions and adapt to my learning pace very well!

25 April 2023
Course: Intensive Spanish - 2 weeks
Student age: 22 years

5.0

Rating: 5

| 4 reviews
International House - Riviera Maya

I felt very comfortable at International House and would recommend it to anyone. In the afternoons, there is an additional voluntary programme (free of charge). Many classmates often do activities together after class. IH has been very familiar.

17 April 2023
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 27 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 68 reviews
Agora Language Center

I loved this school very much. Unfortunately, I could only come for a month. It's in a great location and, what's important, the teachers are super good. I hope I will have the opportunity to study here again. Thanks for everything

8 March 2023
Course: Intensive Spanish - 4 weeks
Student age: 45 years

5.0

Rating: 5

| 4 reviews
International House - Riviera Maya

Free additional activities such as cooking classes, dance classes, city tours, and more are available.

27 February 2023
Course: Intensive Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 69 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 68 reviews
Don Quijote / Solexico Language & Cultural Centers

With Eder we had a super teacher in the beginners' group. He understood how to teach clearly with little extra excursions and with a lot of fun. If we had had the time, we would have liked to extend our stay with him.

8 February 2023
Course: Intensive 20 - 2 weeks
Student age: 54 years

4.4

Rating: 4.4

| 36 reviews
International House - Riviera Maya

The teachers are very helpful and the groups are small.

19 December 2022
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 24 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 68 reviews
Don Quijote / Solexico Language & Cultural Centers

The instructors were all caring and patient with new learners like me! Learning in an immersive environment was incredible I learned more in one week than a full semester.

19 May 2022
Course: Intensive 20 - 1 week
Student age: 60 years

4.4

Rating: 4.4

| 36 reviews
Agora Language Center

Anne the owner was prompt with returning emails. Teachers were great as well as fun.

16 May 2022
Course: Intensive Spanish - 1 week
Student age: 53 years

5.0

Rating: 5

| 4 reviews
Don Quijote / Solexico Language & Cultural Centers

Location was perfect. Minutes away from the student residence where I was staying for the first two weeks. Quiet neighborhood.
The staff was/is there for you so don't be afraid to ask questions. I liked the layout of the school and the outdoor classes.

10 April 2022
Course: Intensive 15 - 3 weeks
Student age: 68 years

4.4

Rating: 4.4

| 36 reviews
International House - Riviera Maya

Location was great, breaks were timed well.
Location is perfect for getting around town.

30 March 2022
Course: Intensive Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 65 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 68 reviews
International House - Riviera Maya

I very much appreciated my language stay at the International House - Riviera Maya both for the quality of the teaching and for the welcome and the general atmosphere. The Friday drink is the perfect opportunity to get closer to other students and create ties. I recommend it.

22 March 2022
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 59 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 68 reviews
Chichén Itzá Language School

The two week intensive classes were rigorous and engaging. Small classes of 3-6 people gave each of us plenty of opportunities to apply our language skills. Alex was an attentive teacher while immersing us into the language, culture, current events, etc. I am very pleased with my progress and the experience. Alex' wife and daughter were also a great help and so kind. Big thanks to Javier for the bachata lessons, too!
Really glad we chose to attend classes here where we could have small intensive classes with Alex. :)

14 March 2022
Course: Intensive Spanish - 2 weeks
Student age: 36 years

5.0

Rating: 5

| 4 reviews

Information about Playa del Carmen

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.

Key Facts about Playa del Carmen

Population:   150,000
Time zone: +4h. (GMT -6)
Region: Quintana Roo, Solidaridad
Currency: MXN (1 MXN = 0.0585 USD)
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.
Visa requirements data last updated on 01 Dec. 2022 (Source)
For the most up-to-date visa information please consult with the embassy or consulate of Mexico in your country. List of embassies and consulates of Mexico on the official website - Gobierno de Mexico.
High season: January
Low season: September
Average course price per week: 231 US$
Cost of Living:
  • Big Mac price (Mexico average): 58.58 MXN
    (33% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type A
  • Plug Type B
  • Residential voltage: 127 V
  • Frequency: 60 Hz

Weather in Playa del Carmen

Climate Table
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Water Temperature
80.6 °F78.8 °F78.8 °F80.6 °F82.4 °F82.4 °F82.4 °F84.2 °F82.4 °F82.4 °F82.4 °F80.6 °F
Rainfall
67mm50mm31mm28mm76mm156mm106mm130mm163mm306mm135mm80mm

Events in Playa del Carmen

Best time to take a language course in Playa del Carmen
September
Independence Day
Independence Day

16 September 2023On 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.

October
Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead

30 October 2023 - 02 November 2023A 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.

Halloween
Halloween

31 October 2023Although not a Mexican tradition, Halloween is becoming increasingly popular in Playa due to the number of foreign residents. The streets are teeming with costumed children and adults.

November
Riviera Maya Jazz Festival
Riviera Maya Jazz Festival

November 2023Usually held in November, this famous Festival gives Playa residents an opportunity to hear renowned jazz artists performing on the beach.

April
Semana Santa (Holy Week)
Semana Santa (Holy Week)

02 April 2024 - 08 April 2024Usually the celebration of Semana Santa (Holy Week) includes a catholic parade on Good Friday representing the Passion of Jesus Christ.

July
Guelaguetza
Guelaguetza

July 2024This traditional celebration is usually held in the Oaxaca region on the last two Mondays of July. The festival brings together the 16 different cultures living in town to show off their traditions and dances.

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, 70 minutes.

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

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

Public transportation in Playa del Carmen

FAQ about courses in Playa del Carmen

  • Agora Language Center has received the best overall rating in Playa del Carmen.
  • International House - Riviera Maya, located in Calle 14 between 10th and 5th avenue, 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: Business Spanish Private, Medical Spanish.
  • Schools in Playa del Carmen offer specific preparation courses for the following exams: DELE.
  • Yes, we only have one school offering this type of course: Don Quijote / Solexico Language & Cultural Centers. The programme starts on specific dates (to be consulted on the school's profile) and lasts 2 weeks. This two-week Spanish programme is a motivating combination of classroom teaching and a rich, integrated cultural programme which varies according to the time of year and location. Ideal for our Senior students!
    Madly Simba, Language Travel Consultant French from LanguageCourse.Net - Aug 31, 2023
  • Yes, we can organise private lessons in the morning. Just let us know what your desired dates are and we can send you more information.
    Nuria Castro, Enforex Spanish Department from Don Quijote / Solexico Language & Cultural Centers - Nov 21, 2022

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