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Playa del Carmen shopping on 5th Avenue has something for everyone. For some, a vacation is not complete if they cannot shop. Playa del Carmen may offer plenty of sun, water activities and nightlife, but what about shopping? The information below contains your Playa del Carmen shopping possibilities!
5th Avenue Shopping
5th avenue is one of the most famous Playa del Carmen attractions. This area contains several shops and a variety of bars, restaurants, and cafes. If you are someone being dragged along on a shopping adventure, don’t worry! There are plenty of options along the way where you can grab a drink or food! 5th Avenue is a 3 mile walkway through Playa del Carmen and is continually growing. It is one block west of the beach and is great place for people watching.
Types of Shops
Shops range from name-brand to flea markets. Flea markets sell handicrafts and knick-knacks along the entire street. At these stores, you are expected to bargain, except when the prices are listed. There are even two small shopping malls. One of the malls, Paseo del Carmen, is at the south end of the strip. The popular shops here include Zara, Bershka, American Apparel and Harley Davidson.
The second mall, Quinta Alegria, is on the corner of Consituyentes. The popular shops here include Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret, and Body Shop.
- Pay in pesos to get a better rate of exchange. Each store can decide at what rate they offer customers and this is often worse then the official rate.
- Shop after 7:00pm when it is cooler and everything is open. Save your daytime for the beach!
- Most stores have fixed prices. Only shops on the sidewalk will haggle on prices. We recommend shopping at stores with prices marked.
- Read tourist shopping traps and scams. You will most likely hear con lines while shopping on 5th Avenue so get prepared by reading this.
When the weather gets cold, many plan a vacation with warm-weather and tropical adventures. Since many airlines have high baggage fees, it’s important to be mindful of what you are bringing with you. We have compiled a list of items below you should bring, as well as not bring, on your Playa del Carmen vacation.
What to Bring
- Light clothes. Going out at night will require nicer clothes if eating on 5th Avenue. Men should wear a nice button down shirt, loose pants and nice sandals. Women should wear light dresses, low heals and minimal jewelry.
- A few (2-3) bathing suits. Since the climate in Playa is humid, your clothes will not dry fast. You will most likely spend several days at the beach, so bring several swimsuits.
- Two pairs of sunglasses. It is almost always sunny here and the sun is strong. We suggest two pairs, one casual and one dressy for going out.
- Sunscreen. You don’t want to spend your Playa del Carmen vacation shopping for an item like this and it can expensive here. You can purchase travel sizes or a full size bottle to divide into travel sizes.
- Hats. Did we mention it is very sunny here? Hats will shade your face and avoid the pain of getting too much sun. Visors are also good because they allow air to your head but still shade your face.
- Sandals. They are easy to put on and save space. If by chance you get rainy weather, sandals are great because shoes with socks will get soaked.
What not to Bring
- If it is cold at home, wear a sweatshirt or a light windbreaker. This will avoid having a heavy jacket and the windbreaker can double as a rain jacket if need be.
- Expensive jewelry. Most women wear light jewelry here and having bling will draw too much attention to yourself. Plus, it’s fun to shop for a one of a kind piece here to remind you of your vacation.
- Ties and jackets for men. Restaurants do not require them, so you can relax a little more.
- Beach towels. These take up too much space and your hotel is likely to have some for you. If not, you can easily buy them here.
- Don’t overpack. You know how many days you will be in Playa. Brining a large suit case will be extra weight from when you land to when you leave the hotel and return home.
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Playa del Carmen is known for its beaches, parties and giant resorts. Among these activities, there is a whole other side to the city. Playa is a great hub for independent travelers with many things to do in and around. Playa has a warm, free-spirited charm despite its massive growth over the years. If you’re planning your trip, read on to gain helpful information!
Where is Playa del Carmen?
Playa del Carmen is located in the Riviera Maya area on the coast of the Caribbean. While it’s located on the Yucatan Peninsula, Playa actually belongs to the province of Quintana Roo. The city lies between Cancun and Tulum, around 37 miles (60 km) away from both places. Playa is also the fastest growing city in Latin America.
How to Get to Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen doesn’t have an airport. While planning your trip you will have to choose to fly to Cancun or Cozumel.
If you’re flying into Cozumel, you can take a taxi to the ferry which takes you to Playa del Carmen. There’s no need of pre-booking in advance.
If you’re flying into Cancun, you have a lot of options. Many would not recommend renting a car at the airport, as it is more expensive than if you rent one in Playa. The best way to get to Playa del Carmen is by the ADO bus.
An ADO bus company booth is located outside of customs to purchase tickets. Buses run every 40 minutes and you can pay in either Pesos or Dollars (177 pesos or 9 USD). Upon arrival in Playa, there are several taxis available costing around 60-100 pesos.
Is Playa del Carmen Expensive?
Playa del Carmen can be quite expensive or inexpensive, depending on what you want to do. For instance, if you eat at popular restaurants on 5th Ave, go to nightclubs and getting massages frequently, you might end up spending $300 a day.
To save money, eat where the locals eat. Your dinner should cost you no more than $5-7 and a cocktail for $3-8. You can definitely survive on $50 a day if you’re trying to be frugal.
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No one becomes bored with Playa Del Carmen nightlife. No matter what your age is, there is something for everyone! The beach contains several bars where you can relax and have a drink anytime you wish. People are always in the mood to party here and there is always a great mix of people. Below is information on some of the best nightlife locations where you can go. Read on to see which location is a fit for you!
Looking to have a crazy fun night in an unforgettable environment? La Vaquita Playa del Carmen is where you belong. What distinguishes La Vaquita from all other nightclubs in Playa del Carmen is the madness of its themed parties that you can enjoy. A night spent here with your friends and family is an absolute must.
The best in nightlife pop culture will be found at CocoBongo which has references to movies, television programs and plays the most modern music. Coco Bongo is a long-standing favorite in Cancun that has now found its way to Playa del Carmen, offering an excellent show, music, the best DJs, refreshing cocktails and above all, a sophisticated experience.
Located right on the beach, this club has two different dance floors, and features world renowned musical artists. On the sand you’ll be able to dance the night away to the sounds of house and trance music. The second dance floor will be found under a huge thatched-roof and sways to the beat of Hip Hop and Latin music.
Diablito Cha Cha Cha
This place is a fresh fusion of Asian and Mexican retro vibe, with the best DJ’s spinning the latest tracks from funky to hip hop and groovy to house. The striking retro 50’s decor, between wild and extravagant, encourages you to sit back, relax and enjoy an exotic drink. Diablito is definitely a good place to start your night or grab some food before getting ready to go out.
It’s mainly all sunshine and blue skies in Playa Del Carmen, but when it rains, it pours. That said, even during the rainy season of June – October, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful, paradise beaches, outdoor activities, site seeing, and much more. As a tourist, we realize it can be a little frustrating, that is why we’ve rounded up 5 fun activities to do when it rains in Playa del Carmen.
Selvatica Gimmie All
The Selvatica Gimmie All tour is perfect for those who don’t mind getting wet from the rain. From exciting zip lines, mud-splattering ATV courses aboard offroad Polaris, and a swim, splash, and jump into a stunning freshwater cenote, the Selvatica Gimme All tour will satisfy adventure-seekers of all levels.
The jungles in the Riviera Maya are an understated part of paradise, they house some of the most fun, and beautiful natural wonders you’ve ever seen. Finally, finish up the adventure with a dive, jump, and swim in a beautiful open cenote. Afterwards, you’ll have time for a delicious lunch and some relaxation time under Selvatica’s large palapa.
Get down and dirty on the Jungle buggy Adventure! Here you get to explore the dense Mayan Jungle as you drive your own buggy through the fascinating trails. This tour is unique because it gives you the opportunity to become more by giving something back. This is an experience that will leave a handprint on your heart forever.
Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner
Playa del Carmen boasts a ton of inexpensive breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner spots. One of many tourists favorite fun activities to do when it rains is to venture off to a cute breakfast place. Some locations to consider are Sanborns (they have indoor and rooftop terrace seating) or Aldea Corazon Restaurant (nice atmosphere, good food and nice music).
In case you wanted a few pointers on places to go here’s 10 delicious breakfast places in the area.
At L’Aquarium you can witness over 200+ species of marine life. Here you will see such marine life as corals, sharks, jellyfish, starfish, rays and a multitude of fish. The aquarium covers three floors of the Plaza Corazon building! In each room there will be guides that can explain the exhibits. This activity will definitely keep you and your guests entertained on a rainy day in Playa Del Carmen.
We promise to create such an invigorating experience you will want you to come back and recommend us to your friends and family. We truly love our job and have learned over the years how to create the best possible experience for each individual. It’s important to our team to make sure you and your group are having a great time. Listed below are 4 promises that we will commit to fulfilling to you as a customer.
Maintaining professionalism is extremely important to us and is part of creating the best experience for you. We are committed to making sure you receive excellent customer service. Our main goal is to provide a memorable experience so you will want to return and tour with us again. We aim to provide a very friendly and high quality tour.
To offer you the best experience, we will work with your budget. Whether you choose our standard or our VIP tours, you will see that the price per person is very reasonable if you compare it to a group going out for a night on the town with dinner and drinks.
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Yacht Tour in Playa del Carmen
Many people are unaware of how to prepare for a yacht tour and it’s completely normal! Whether you’ve taken many yacht tours or it’s going to be your first, each tour can be very different. It’s important to know how to prepare because there are important details that can greatly affect your experience. Listed below are a few helpful details on how to prepare for your future yacht tour with Playa Yachting. If you’ve already begun planning your trip, check out Planning your Playa Del Carmen Vacation for more details about the area.
Life in the Caribbean is laid back – and that’s part of the pleasure. The idea is to relax and not let inconveniences upset you. Your luggage may not arrive on the same shuttle flight because of weight considerations on the aircraft. The best way to avoid this situation is to bring carry on luggage only. If you arrive earlier than your charter and are staying at a hotel, remember not to try to board earlier than planned. The crew is often busy getting things ready for you and may not want you to see the yacht in it’s pre-charter state!
WHAT TO PACK
Space is limited on a boat, so bring small bags which the crew can stow easily. T-shirts and shorts are a great choice for when you’re not in swimwear and wear comfortable shoes for trips ashore. If plan to go to an elegant dinner spot in the evening, a button down shirt and khakis for the men and a sundress for the women is appropriate. Bring more than one bathing suit, as you’re likely to spend more time in them than anything else!
RELAXING ON BOARD
Every yacht is fit to meet your needs and ensure the most enjoyable experience possible. Our experienced staff is always on hand to ensure you step foot back on shore fully recharged and refreshed. Whether you play in the water, lounge on board, or enjoy a fresh meal, a tour with Playa Yachting is the perfect way to relax during your vacation. Most yachts have USB hook-ups, so definitely bring along your favorite music. WIFI is usually available so you will not be completely out of touch with the world if you want to bring your laptop or tablet.
Playa Del Carmen Vacation
Planning your Playa Del Carmen vacation in the Caribbean doesn’t have to be a hassle. With the large abundance of exciting activities, you and guests will be sure to plan the perfect vacation! Read on for helpful information on hotels, restaurants, and other locations beyond Playa. Interested in snorkeling? Click the link here, Snorkeling Destinations, or check out Everything Playa Del Carmen for more information.
For many, Playa Del Carmen is a place to relax or a destination to be around clubs with world class entertainment and parties. The location you choose to stay could affect your experience. Airbnb condo rentals can make for a unique place to stay and a great way to save money. Condo rentals are ideal for those that want to be close to the party action. In fact, many condos are right next to the clubs.
Not interested in the club scene? Playa Del Carmen also offers various hotels, condos, and resorts that will meet everyone’s budget. You cannot go wrong staying anywhere in this area as all options are excellent and well recommended. The only drawback is the price since some areas are costly.
While planning your Playa Del Carmen vacation, planning locations to eat at should be one of your top priorities. From budget friendly to high-end restaurants, you will be sure to find locations that really care about the quality of their food. Many of the restaurants in this area offer seafood dishes and traditional Mexican cuisine. Looking for a sweet treat? Stop by Shoe Box Bakery or Choux Choux Cafe for a delicious experience you won’t forget.
If you’re looking to explore the area, there are a great deal of locations to check out. One location, in particular, is Chichen Itza. This is the most popular Mayan ruin in the Yucatan Peninsula and is known around the world. The price of entry here is the highest but there are other more affordable ruins in the area to explore. After you take a tour to one of these historical sites, you can end the day at one of the many beautiful sandy beaches.
Snorkeling in Playa Del Carmen
Do you want to make your experience even more enjoyable? Playa Yachting offers you the chance to take a swim with the areas vast sea life and create unforgettable memories with your family and friends. Guided by a PADI (professional associations of diving instructors) certified snorkeling guides, you and your group can spend anywhere from 2 to 8 hours on these tours.
IN-HA REEF RIVERIA MAYA
Tropical fish and coral reefs abound, brilliant colors are amplified by the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. These snorkeling tours are either done by boat or from shore where you will find many hidden coves in Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya, as well as the world’s second longest barrier reef, lying just 2 minutes offshore by boat. Snorkeling in Playa del Carmen is a great experience!
IN-HA AND LA BOCANA
This tour takes you to In-Ha reef where the tranquil water offers you the perfect spot to snorkel with turtles and tropical fish. Your onboard bartender will serve snacks, beer, wine, bottled water, and other refreshments or cocktails.
While you relax and enjoy your drink of choice, our staff prepares a delicious meal of your choosing. You will be sure to return home feeling at ease after a day at La Bocana.
EL CIELO COZUMEL
While snorkeling in Cozumel, you will see the most magnificent underwater sights available in the area. You will be sure to see sea turtles and other colorful exotic sea life! In order to experience the best reefs, plan for more than 2 hours for this trip because it takes more than 30 minutes to get to the best reefs. All of our boats are certified and have Marine Park Passes, so we’re able to take you where most all other Cozumel snorkel tours can not.
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Bachelor Yacht Party Playa del Carmen
Looking to see what to do on your bachelor party why not have a Bachelor Yacht Party Playa del Carmen with all you can drink on quality liquor either with a regular open bar of Absolute, Captain Morgan or a premium open bar of Grey Goose, Don Julio and more. Top it up with a great meal and a bottle of champagne to complete the celebration.
Check out our yachts to choose from at www.playayachting.com and jump on a luxury yacht rental Playa del Carmen. Whether a relaxing time on the ocean, sports fishing, drinking and partying or just a great snorkeling time with the fauna of the second biggest reef in the world. You can’t go wrong with this option!