Location Project World School Family Summit - Spring 2020 - Playa del Carmen

The Location for the Project World School Family Summit

March 2nd through March 6th, 2020…

Playa del Carmen is Mexico’s fastest growing city and tourist hub, but it’s also home to one of the largest local homeschooling communities in all of Latin America. Despite it being a relatively new city there’s still a lot of culture to take in, and Playa del Carmen is an easily accessible, beginner-friendly place to start your worldschooling journey.   Whether it’s visiting Mayan ruins, indulging in authentic street cuisine, or swimming in the underground Cenotes, Playa del Carmen has something for everyone.

Location for the 2020 Spring Summit

The next  Project World School Family Summit is taking place at the Chanolandia Waterpark. Chanolandia Waterpark in Playa del Carmen, Mexico Address: Prolongacion Avenida Colosio Ctra. a Merida de Cuota Km 3, 77710 Solidaridad, Q.R., Mexico

Staying in Playa del Carmen

No formal hotel has been arranged for the Summit gathering however, we are suggesting these two hotels for your consideration: Hotel Plaza Playa Hotel Magic Express We are working on special rates and will update this page AND the Project World School Family Summit Facebook Group as special offers and rates are approved. In addition to the two hotels suggested above, we suggest that families search for lodging via Airbnb, Hotels.com and trivago.com. Many attending families are connecting with one another within the Project World School Family Summit Facebook Group and self organizing to create greater opporutnites for connection and community. Many families will come before the Summit and stay for weeks after. Within the Project World School Family Summit Facebook Group the Summit’s location manager has provided several suggestions for lodging as well. Please see the “files” secion in the group. For those of you interested in staying in Playa del Carmen a little longer, there are a wide variety of housing options available. In this article written by Vagabond Expert called  How To Find Cheap Apartments In Playa Del Carmen, they share several tips and links for finding long term lodging. Guide to Playa del Carmen

The site,  GettingStamped  provides a wonderful guide to Playa del Carmen here.

Don’t forget to read this article called  The Best Things To Do In Playa Del Carmen by Expert Vagabond.

Here’s another great article written by a family worldschooler called Day Trips And Activities Around Playa del Carmen

Come one week before the Summit, stay one week after the Summit

There will be local, cultural family events and volunteer opportunities  organized one week before the summit and one week after the summit. Please join the facebook group for all the planning details. It is our hope that you use this situation as an opportunity to practice building community,  tap into your resourcefullness and design a worldschooling experiences that serves you and your family within your own budget and comfort guidelines.

Travel to Playa del Carmen

Getting There & Around

By Air – The closest airport is in Cancun, and stands about 55km (about 30 miles) from Playa del Carmen. Local vans and buses can be arranged from the airport, as well as private cars. By Bus – Local buses are also an efficient way of transport, as there are ADO stations in most major cities in the Quintana Roo area.  From the Canucun Airport – There are several options on how to get to Playa del Carmen from the Cancun Airport. Here are several options to consider:

Rent a car.

If you don’t like taking taxis and like the freedom of having your own transporation, this option might work best for you. There are many rental car companies at the airport. The cheaper ones are just outside the airport and will pick you up when you flight arrives and take you to the office. We like this car rental website  because they offer low rates on the rental and also give good prices on the mandatory insurance you need in Mexico. We recommend taking a look here if you are going to be renting a car from the Cancun Airport.

If you are just a couple or a large group you might look into a private transfer service.

This can be a great option if you want to get to your hotel the fastest and most direct route. The prices can be comparable with the bus and you can get there faster!  Here are a couple options:

  • If you have 1-3 people you can get a private transfer direct to your hotel for $60 USD. That is just $20 USD per person and almost as cheap as the bus plus it takes you direct to your hotel without having to take a taxi from the bus station. Here is the link to book this airport transfer option. Tip: Booking round trip saves you $10.
  • If you have 4-8 people then this airport transfer option is just $70 one way or $120 round trip. Tip: Booking round trip saves you $20.

An inexpensive and relatively easy option is the bus.

This works best if you are a small family, on a budget and or have a hotel in Playa Del Carmen that you can walk to from the bus station. ADO (pronounced in Spanish AHH-DAY-OH) bus company services the airport in a regular basis and takes people to Cancun or Playa Del Carmen.  Here are some photos and detailed information so you can find the service easily. (Just to note: taxis into Cancun or the Hotel Zone and other destinations are very expensive from the airport. So don’t plan on just hopping in a taxi unless you want to pay a lot) For schedules, here is ADO bus companies website.  It should be noted that they try to stick to the schedule but don’t be shocked if they are not on time. This timing is more effected by the departing busses from the airport. Traffic and other considerations effect the timing. You will not have to wait long though for the next bus if you have just missed one


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