Playa del Carmen real estate, compared to many other Mexico real estate areas, is very new, very modern and very international. That sounds great for those who want the warm weather and beaches, but for anyone who wants the “real Mexico,” they should look elsewhere, right?Well, not quite.Contrary to popular belief, Mexico is a country of diversity and variety, and has been that way since its earliest days. Over the centuries this diversity has changed and shifted, but the fact remains that the country has been and continues to be diverse in its “original cultures” and in welcoming outside cultures. Playa del Carmen is a reflection of much more of this diversity than many other parts of the country, and for this reason could arguably be called more “Mexican” than many other places; it offers visitors and residents a taste of many different areas and cultures from throughout the country. Both real estate options and lifestyle in Playa del Carmen reflect this fact.Real estate in Playa del Carmen is Mexican for the following reasons:It reflects the local traditions – A good deal of real estate in Playa del Carmen includes items such as “palapa” shades(thatched roofs) over windows, over lounge areas and even over roofs. New, eco-friendly real estate incorporates techniques used to construct colonial “haciendas” (estates) to maximize airflow and minimize heating from the sun.It uses Mexico’s construction techniques – This may sound almost insignificant, but once buyers see Mexican construction, they see why homes here hold such good value for such low prices. No drywall or 2×4 wall structures to be found here. Poured concrete and lots of iron rebar support defines their construction techniques.In addition, Mexico real estate in Playa del Carmen also offers a distinctly Mexican lifestyle for the following reasons:Ancient traditions – Because of tourism, Playa del Carmen has managed to maintain ancient traditions which other areas have lost entirely in the face of modernization. For example, authentic Mayan priests will carry out their traditional wedding ceremonies. Some Mexicans lament that it has actually been Americans who have made the effort to keep some of these original traditions alive that would have died out otherwise.Mexican food – Unlike other parts of the country where you can mostly find only the regional variety of Mexican food, which differs significantly from the north to the middle to the south, Playa del Carmen has seen workers from all over the country make new homes for themselves. This means that residents can enjoy different varieties of Mexican food, all easily accessible and well-priced. Whethersomeone wants one of the famous central Mexican tamales or atraditional Mayan fish platter, they can easily be foundInternational residents – Believe it or not, Mexico has a long-standing history of welcoming significant groups of expats from around the world. One of Mexico’s most famous restaurant chains was started by Americans 100 years ago, and what’s perhaps the country’s favorite type of tacos (“tacos al pastor”) was created because of influence from Lebanese kebabs. One of the country’s favorite beers (Pacifico) was created by Bohemian immigrants in the north of the country. Some of Mexico City’s most distinctive architecture in its famous historic downtown shows heavy French influence. For this reason, Playa del Carmen’s large American population and its distinctly European atmosphere brought by the second largest group (Italians) is more in keeping with Mexico’s history than breaking with it.Advice for buyers looking for the “real Mexico:” try Playa del Carmen real estate. They’ll have much more of “real Mexico” than they might imagine at first, and besides that they have the comfort of sharing this experience with neighbors from back home!