7 things to do in Playa del Carmen


June 25, 2020

When you visit it, the first impression you get is that there is always something to do. In Playa del Carmen you find tourist places like the famous Quinta Avenida, or seasonal experiences like carnival. There is a lot to choose from in this beach city.

Here is a list of 7 things to do in Playa del Carmen, to make the most of the tourist attractions.

1. Walk down the 5th Avenue

The 5th Avenue is, without a doubt, the most important and famous tourist attraction in Playa del Carmen.

If you are a regular reader of our blog then you must already know what the 5th Avenue is famous for.

This place is a demonstration of color, culture, entertainment and nightlife. No tourist in Playa del Carmen leaves without visiting this place.

One of the many advantages of visiting Playa del Carmen is that you have access to many exclusive stores and shops, and in fact, that is one of the reasons why the 5th Avenue has the same name as the famous one in New York.

Many people visit Playa del Carmen just to stroll down the 5th Avenue.
Many people visit Playa del Carmen just to stroll down the 5th Avenue.

On 5th Avenue you can find a wide variety of restaurants that serve everything from international food, like sushi, to traditional dishes from the Riviera Maya like seafood specialties.

There's nothing better than going shopping for new clothes for your vacation and going for a coffee or an ice cream while you're at it.

One well-known thing is that the city never sleeps. If you like the nightlife, you can visit the bars and restaurants that get crowded as soon as the sun goes down.

Most people who vacation in the Riviera Maya visit Playa del Carmen's 5th Avenue to have fun during the day and party at the best clubs and bars.

All this makes many people want to invest in 5th Avenue, in order to have a vacation home or have a place to retire.

2. Experience Playa del Carmen’s Carnival

One of the most colorful and famous festivals in the Riviera Maya takes place in Playa del Carmen: The Carnival of the World.

If you want to experience this one-of-a-kind festival, you should plan your vacation for February, as it is only held in that month.

The Carnival of the World has parades of all kinds.
The Carnival of the World has parades of all kinds.

During the days of the Carnival, the relaxed atmosphere fills with joy and color. The main streets are the stage for this celebration with parades of floats, dancers, batucadas, concerts and other types of entertainment.

You will also find fair games, handicrafts and many dishes to try.

Every year a calendar with all the events and activities of the Carnival is posted online. So if you decide to go and enjoy this festivity, we suggest you take a look at it so you don't miss anything.

3. Attend the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival

Do you want to party more? Attend the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, one of the biggest concerts in the Yucatan Peninsula.

This is a world-class event with guests from all over the world. Herbie Hancock, Sergio Mendes, Victor Wooten, and many more have all played at the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival.

If you like good music, this is an event you should not miss.

Attend the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival.
The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is an annual event for all music enthusiasts.

This event is held in November, so we suggest you keep an eye out for the dates and the line-up from October onwards.

The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is an excellent opportunity to see great live musical performances while enjoying the breeze and the beach atmosphere.

And even though this event brings thousands of attendees, it promotes the protection of the environment, keeping the beach clean.

4. Visit Xcaret

If you love adventure, you must visit Xcaret.

According to its official website, Xcaret is a water, amusement, eco-archaeological park. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the Riviera Maya because it is surrounded by the Mayan jungle and the Caribbean Sea.

Since 1990, this park has welcomed tourists. Underground rivers, coral reefs, and beautiful beaches are some of the natural attractions that make it the perfect place for diving, swimming, and other outdoor activities.  

And one of the great advantages of Playa del Carmen is that it is only 5 kilometers away from Xcaret.

Xcaret is also a must-visit destination for those staying in Cancun.
Xcaret is also a must-visit destination for those staying in Cancun.

Xcaret is a Mayan term that means 'little cove' but used to be called Polé, a Mayan port of trade.

In this theme park, visitors will get in contact with nature, and enjoy the culture with exhibitions of pre-Hispanic dance.

This place is kid-friendly and has a special area called Kids' World with shallow cenotes.

Visiting Xcaret is undoubtedly one of the things you should do in Playa del Carmen.

5. Go to the beach

Going to the beach is one of the first things you do in the Riviera Maya. It's an obvious choice but it's still a unique experience that you can't miss.

The Riviera Maya has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Likewise, Playa del Carmen's beaches have clear water, white sand, and are the stage for the best meetings and parties.

And most of the time the sea water is kept warm thanks to the climate of Playa del Carmen, which is perfect for this type of activities.

Playa Mamitas, for example, is one of the closest and most accessible beaches as it is right in front of the city.

Near the beach, there are seafood restaurants, and services of boat rental, sailing boats, parachutes, jet ski, etc.

Playa Mamitas is the most popular and closest beach in town.
Playa Mamitas is the most popular and closest beach in town.

Many of the tourists and locals go to Playa Mamitas right after walking or shopping on 5th Avenue.

But if you want a more exclusive experience then we suggest you visit Punta Maroma beach.

Punta Maroma is located north of Playa del Carmen about 10 kilometers away. The coral reefs are the main attractions of this beach, and snorkeling is allowed. Don't worry if you don't have your own equipment, you can rent it right there.

In this natural area, you can relax and connect with the spiritual atmosphere of the Riviera Maya.

Unlike Xcacel beaches, Punta Maroma is not completely isolated and has several businesses that offer food, drinks, snorkel equipment rentals, etc.

6. Visit the Frida Kahlo Museum

You've probably heard of Casa Azul, the Frida Kahlo museum in Mexico City. Believe it or not, there is also a museum dedicated to the artist in Playa del Carmen.

Frida Kahlo is more than a renowned painter: she has become an icon of Mexican popular culture. Many historians and artists have wondered what Frida's life was really like, and her work is appreciated by people all over the world.

Visit the Frida Kahlo Museum.
The Frida Kahlo museum is near the Quinta Alegria shopping mall and Mamitas Beach.

Thanks to the appreciation of Frida Kahlo's life and work, museums and exhibitions have been opened in her honor.

In the museum, you can learn more about Frida Kahlo's life: from her beginnings as an artist, her love life, private life, her illness, the historical context, her identity, among many of her complex facets.

The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day.

7. Go to Cozumel

Cozumel is a neighboring island to Playa del Carmen —as well as one of the 11 municipalities of Quintana Roo— and is a tourist attraction in itself.

So why is visiting Cozumel considered a thing to do in Playa del Carmen?

The answer is simple: Playa del Carmen is the place of departure to go to Cozumel.

Cozumel is 18 kilometers away, that is, 40 minutes by boat.

Boat tickets are located south of Playa del Carmen, very close to 5th Avenue.

Most of the companies that offer transportation work from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., so you can go almost any time of the day.

Banner of real estate developments in Playa del Carmen.

So what's in Cozumel?

The island has a lot to offer. There are about 40 diving areas, where you can admire the beauty of coral reefs. The average temperature of the sea is 27ºC, making it perfect for this activity.  

If you travel to Cozumel between December and March, don't miss the opportunity to see the eagle rays in their habitat.

Just like Playa del Carmen, Cozumel has several paradisiacal beaches that will allow you to enjoy the Caribbean Sea.

Other activities to do in Cozumel are: visit the archaeological sites of San Gervasio and El Caracol, play golf, and do water sports.

This place is full of restaurants and bars where you can listen to live music and enjoy good drinks.

Thanks to all these entertainment options, visiting Cozumel is a must while in Playa del Carmen.

Living in Playa del Carmen

There's always something to do in Playa del Carmen and the list is just a start. In this town, you'll never be bored.

To fully enjoy all the places, natural beauty, entertainment, and parties, you will need a long vacation. However, investing in Playa del Carmen will allow you to do this and so much more.

Living in Playa del Carmen is a permanent vacation and investing in a condo in Playa del Carmen's 5th Avenue is a way to secure your future in one of the areas with the highest capital gain in Mexico.Playa del Carmen is a city where you are never bored.

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