Mexico, TRAVEL

Playa Del Carmen Vibes: Must Eat & Do In This Charming City

playa del carmen

Playa Del Carmen is such a charming little city. It is Located on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, an hour south of Cancun (in the state of Quintana Roo, on the Yucatan peninsula). Right in the heart of the Mayan Riviera, we stayed in Cancun and Mayakoba before heading out there.My favourite area of Playa Del Carmen is “Quinta Avenida”; also known as 5th Avenue. You just have a little bit of everything on these quaint strips! A bohemian vibe, shopping (lots!!!), restaurants, nightclubs, massages! I got my pedicure done here for $30 (and it was amazing!).

Los Rancheros

We stopped by here during one of the day trips. I wouldn’t recommend it as I barely ate. I simply  just had tacos, nothing else to compliment the dish. I only enjoyed watching the server bring out my drink on top of their head. Wonder what happens if it falls over, LOL!

Tropical Restaurant

 I loved this place for their atmosphere; it’s super lively and everyone serving us was very cheerful. We stopped here for a quick lunch during a walk through Playa Del Carmen. It is right on the main street! Must order their grilled fish and grilled prawns. Food was cheap, flavourful, and scrumptious.

El Fogon

We had to check out El Fogon after the thousand reviews online. The tacos are delicious and the portions are very generous. Be aware that the Taco plates are abundant for 2 people to share. We ordered like 3 plates between the two of us. We found the food to be delicious and fresh!

Kaxapa Factory

This was our first time here… and although I had no idea what Venezuelan food was, the dishes were wonderful. The food was good value, but it was not our favourite meal on the trip. We enjoy trying new cuisine together, so I would recommend it if you haven’t experienced or tasted Venezuelan food before.

This one particular street had all healthy, organic, vegan joints… so cute!

Sushi Club

After almost a week, I was definitely craving some asian food. Sushi club is a nice, open-air establishment with nicely decorated “hip”accents of decor. The staff were friendly and helped make accommodations for the crazy amount of mosquitoes that were around. I survived the whole trip without a bite…until I came here and walked out with like 10 bites. The food was average for us, maybe because we’re from Vancouver and have eaten at all the best sushi restaurants? Not sure, but either way, I LOVE Cabo San Lucas’ sushi when I was there. I literally ate at like 5 Japanese restaurants, and none were disappointing.

Buying Tequilaaaaa

Be aware when you purchase tequila or cigar from vendors here, one store quoted us $700 usd for a bottle we literally found out it was only $100 in store. lol!! Good thing I googled when I was there.

CINCO AT THOMPSON PLAYA DEL CARMEN

My favourite rooftop, bar hands down! The vibe, drinks, friendly service, and the small bites made it all perfect. I was planning to stay here; However, no beach access made me go with Hyatt instead. Still though, come here for drinks. You’ll love it!

And more…

Sur Steakhouse: love this place for the atmosphere, a bit more “fancy” than the local joints. I did enjoy all their food, including the house made bread! Service was phenomenal.Must eat all the Hagaan daz you can!And churros!! Honestly, it wasn’t that good but you just have to eat churros in Mexico.. it’s kind of illegal if you don’t.

Las Camelias- is right near the shopping malls, good to stop by after a long walk and to have some cocktails. I remember having a taco here drunk… it was amazing. There’s also restaurants like Guy Fieri that you might want to try, for me I rather do those things in Vegas or LA.

For fine dining there’s Passion by Martin Berasategui or La Casa del Agua.

With the amount of things to do around Playa… you’ll never get that bored!  We hit up tons of nightclubs: there’s Coco Bongo (I didn’t go in because I wanted a table) and a variety of excursions in the daytime. There are people on every peripheral vision asking you to eat, dance, go swim with dolphins, see the ruins, snorkeling, diving, massages… everything. You’ll never get bored.

It reminds of Asia,.. But like a Latin, Mexican version! I definitely would come back to Playa over Cancun…anyday!

Make sure you don’t go home without buying some Mexican Hot Sauces and Sombrero for fun

HOW TO PREPARE FOR PLAYA DEL CARMEN