In our second installment to Fun Day Trips from Cancun, I would like to tell you about an area just South of the hustle and bustle of Cancun. The city of Playa Del Carmen lies approximately 45 minutes south of the Cancun airport down highway 307. If you are staying in Cancun, you can either rent a car, travel by bus or hire private transport. My recommendation would be to definitely rent a car for the day or week depending on how adventurous you are and how much of the area you would like to explore.
The beach areas in “Playa” (as the locals call it) are beautiful white sand with the expected palm tree shade. Both swimming and snorkeling are wonderful.
The most enjoyable shopping in Playa is along Quinta Avenida, or 5th Avenue. It is an entire street lined with all types of shops from beach wear to fine jewelry and authentic Mayan artisan shops. Vendors often set up shop in alleys between stores. I wouldn’t advise travelling too far down an alleyway but there are often great deals to be had on the same merchandise you just saw 3 doors down. The open air vendors are also more than happy to bargain with you. As you are strolling and window shopping, don’t forget to stop in one of the open air restaurants for a bite to eat and a margarita. The people watching alone is worth the trip.
After dark in Playa you have several opportunities for nightlife. Whether you are interested in “older” music, 70-80-90’s, newer rock or something in between you can find it in Playa. Some of our favorites are: Senor Frogs, Coco Maya Beach Club and Coco Bongo.
All in all, Playa Del Carmen is a fantastic outing to get away from the hotel zone in Cancun. If you find time on your hands the trip is well worth it.
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