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.

Need a break from your routine?
Come and explore the Rivera Maya and become fluent in Spanish

  • Location

    State of Quintana Roo

  • Area

    50,212 km²

Playa del Carmen is well known for its sandy beaches and laid back vibes.


cenotes (fresh water sink wholes) in the state


archaeological sites with public access


of the most amazing underwater museums of art in the world


tourists visit Chichen Itza daily

Our School

Our beautiful school building is located just one and a half blocks away from the beach and half a block away from Playa del Carmen’s famous 5th avenue. The school has 10 spacious classrooms, all with air conditioning to ensure that you are comfortable and can concentrate on your classes.

We also have a beautiful garden where you can have lunch or relax while you check your email. Wifi is, of course, included. If you need to print your flight tickets, feel free to use our computer area. Our staff are friendly and always happy to help.

International House Riviera Maya
Calle 14 Norte #171, entre Av.5 y 10, Col. Centro
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo C.P. 77710, México
+52 (984) 803 33 88 / +52 (984) 803 43 05

Spanish Courses

Our intensive group Spanish courses consist of 4 hours tuition per day, from Monday to Friday. Classes normally take place from 09.30 to 13.30, with a 20-minute break taken halfway through the morning.  When you arrive, you will need to take a short speaking test (unless you are a complete beginner) so we can ascertain your current level of Spanish and place you in the most suitable group.

The course includes a program of cultural and social activities that take place in the afternoons and evenings, with a total of 6 extra hours per week of activities such as: conversation, cooking, Latin dancing or cocktails.

Our intensive courses are offered at all levels, from complete beginners to very advance. You can enroll for as many weeks as you like. Students who already have some knowledge of Spanish can begin any Monday.

Students who already have some knowledge of Spanish can begin an Intensive course any Monday. Complete beginners should start on one of the dates listed below.

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Our beautiful  residence is located in the center of Playa del Carmen, in a very quiet street, beside the town’s main church and just two blocks away (or a 5-minute walk) from the school.

All 22 bedrooms have twin beds and each bedroom has its own private bathroom. Bedrooms also have a desk, a TV, ceiling fans and air-conditioning, as well as a small fridge.

You can choose bed and breakfast or half board (which includes an evening meal). Note that all meals are served in the residence itself. If you prefer, you can have the “no meals” option, in which case you can use the fully-equipped kitchen in the residence to prepare your own meals.

We also have onsite apartments available for individuals or families.

Additionally, we have Mexican families that love to meet students from all over the world! Make new friends and maximize your opportunities to practice the Spanish you have learnt in class by chatting with your host family. We are sure this experience will be amazing!