Hotel Recommendations for Riviera Maya
If you don't have to be precisely on the beach and don't mind walking 5 to 10 minutes to get to a beautiful beach then I can suggest the hotel we stay in at PDC which is Hotel Riviera Caribe Maya. They have arrangements with a very nice Beach Club where you can laze away the day. The hotel is popular with both Mexican and foreign tourists that recognize a good deal. Rooms are basic, but clean and functional. The hotel is a couple of blocks off Avenida Quinta (5th Avenue) which is the shopping/dining pedestrian street that runs through the center of Playa del Carmen. I like the hotel's location as it is in a quieter area of the city but still convenient to the beach and 5th Avenue.
You can easily reach Playa del Carmen by frequent first class deluxe bus service right from the Cancun Airport. The bus will arrive at the PDC bus terminal; there is a taxi rank right outside where you can catch a cab to your hotel.