Top Things to Do in Playa del Carmen
Beach, pool, buffet and sleep … Beach, pool, buffet and sleep … Break the routine on your next vacation and discover the incredible things to do in Playa del Carmen! This destination is a brilliant treasure in the Mexican Caribbean with oodles to offer. Here we recommend our favorite things to do in Playa del Carmen in one day.
1.- Enjoy a unique and delicious breakfast in Playa del Carmen! You need energy to explore “Playa” on foot or on a bicycle, so make a quick stop at one of the street stalls near the ADO bus station. A traditional cochinita torta or “guisado” tacos are tasty and inexpensive options ($).
Do you prefer a healthier breakfast? Visit restaurants in Playa del Carmen such as La Cueva del Chango (Calle 38 Norte Mz. 4 Lote 3, a few steps from Quinta Avenida – $$$) or Nativo Playa del Carmen (Avenida 30 Norte, almost on the corner of Avenida Constituyentes – $$ ). Both offer fruit juices, crepes, chilaquiles, omelets and many more tasty options.
If you are in the mood to start your day in a somewhat more “sophisticated” manner and want to get a good vibes in a very chic environment for everything you wish to do in Playa del Carmen, visit the Keel Restaurant of The Carmen Hotel ( Calle 8 Nte No 876 – $$$$), it’s right on the seafront! If you arrive around noon, be sure to go up to Deck5, your rooftop bar with pool and spectacular view.
2.- The Aquarium of Playa del Carmen. You must visit this aquarium of three levels with more than 200 marine species to discover! The Aquarium of Playa del Carmen is located on Fifth Avenue, between 12th and 14th streets, in Plaza Corazón.
Beyond what a conventional aquarium offers, this enclosure presents incredible scenarios that will remain engraved in your memory, through which you will learn all about the different species and the preservation of their natural habitats. If you are looking for things to do in Playa del Carmen and you are traveling with small children, The Aquarium of Playa del Carmen is guaranteed entertainment and fun.
3.- Shopping on Fifth Avenue is one of the most popular things to do in Playa del Carmen of all time and with good reason: it is a pedestrian strip of about 5 kilometers full of craft shops, jewelers, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, clothing boutiques and accessories, hotels, shopping malls, dens and even spas where you can get a tattoo or a piercing.
You will find everything on the Fifth Avenue of Playa del Carmen, from delicate necklaces, bracelets and earrings of gold and silver, cigars rolled by hand right before your eyes or tequila of the most varied brands, to the most fashionable attire you can imagine, ideal for the Mexican Caribbean nights. The endless parade of people from all over the world on Fifth Avenue is a spectacle in itself!
4.- Enjoy the afternoon at a beach club! Playa del Carmen has beachfront clubs with great music and a party atmosphere during the day, with excellent DJs, rich sandwiches and refreshing tropical cocktails. Check out Mamita’s and Kool Beach Club Playa del Carmen (both are at the point where Calle 28 meets the soft sand of Playa del Carmen – $$$).
To enjoy the Caribbean breeze with the best views of the Mexican Caribbean, do not forget to visit the pool bars located on the terrace of hotels like The Carmen Hotel and The Palm ($$$$), the chic atmosphere will enchant you !
5.- At night, Playa del Carmen intensifies its crazy vibe, totally sexy and cool! Before going out to dance, enjoy memorable culinary experiences at restaurants in Playa del Carmen such as Plank, Frida Kahlo, Bovinos or La Fishería ($$$$). After the party visit the local Playa classics that sell tacos al pastor such as Don Sirloin or El Fogón ($$).
What to do in Playa del Carmen at night? If you ask this question in Playa, 4 out of 5 people will respond “Obviously, get out to the nightclubs!”. Discover the Las Vegas-style shows of Coco Bongo Playa del Carmen, dance as if there were no tomorrow at Mandala and La Vaquita or improve your salsa steps while enjoying one mojito after another at La Bodeguita del Medio with its 100% Cuban atmosphere.
With so many things to do in Playa del Carmen, you will need more than just a day to really enjoy this destination to the fullest. We recommend you alternate all these suggested adventures with whole days of lying on a lounge chair at your hotel to recover! Go out and enjoy everything that Fifth Avenue of Playa del Carmen has for you.