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34 of the Best Things to Do in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Top things to do in Playa Del Carmen

Planning a vacation to Playa del Carmen? The Riviera Maya is one of the top beach destinations on earth and a stay in Playa del Carmen puts you right in the middle of it. While the many day trips and excursions around the Mayan Riviera are basically interchangeable between Playa del Carmen and Cancun, there are plenty of things to do in Playa del Carmen that set it apart from a regular Cancun holiday.

Top Things to Do in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Since our first visit in 1999, Playa del Carmen has transformed from a sleepy fishing village with sand streets and outdoor markets to an upmarket destination with luxury hotels, fine dining, and endless entertainment. If you are considering a trip to the Riviera Maya keep reading to see all the things to do in Playa del Carmen and the nearby attractions.

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Below are some of the top tours in Playa del Carmen. Don’t forget to plan ahead when visiting Playa del Carmen.

Top Activities and Tours in Playa del Carmen:

A great way to get around Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is to book a rental car. With a rental car, you have the freedom to find the best beaches, find an authentic Mexican restaurant or tw,o and enjoy the ancient Mayan ruins at your own pace. Compare rental car prices here.

1. La Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue)

Things to do in Playa Del Carmen La Quinta Avenida or 5th Avenue

La Quinta Avenida is the heartbeat of Playa del Carmen and you will find yourself wandering this pedestrian-only street for shopping, dining, and nightlife. Mexico’s 5th Avenue is a bustling 5-mile-long cobblestone street bustling with street performers, vendors, and bars cutting through downtown Playa del Carmen.

We love pulling up a chair at one of the many patios to listen to some live music as we enjoy the nightlife. You can visit 5th Avenue day or night and it will always be alive. There are even local art galleries to pick up local artisan souvenirs from your journey.

When a cruise ship is in town though, you are going to want to avoid the streets, as things can get pretty hectic and crowded.

2. Rooftop Pools

things to do in playa del carmen rooftop

Playa del Carmen has come a long way since our first visit and the only bar we saw was Senor Frogs. Today, it has some of the best rooftop pools around, and relaxing at one has become one of the top things to do in Playa del Carmen. You can purchase day passes to the rooftop pool of your choice and sit back and relax taking in the views.

Your rooftop pool day pass includes a lounge chair and food credit. Other places…

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