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some of the don't miss for fabulous Playa...so many things to do and enjoy...beach, bars, cenotes, archeological sites...lots of cool things to do...and the people are great

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22 Places

Yaxche Maya Cuisine

Restaurants

Los Aguachiles Calle 34

Restaurants

Luna Blue Hotel

Hotels

Acanto Playa Del Carmen, Trademark Collection by Wyndham

Hotels

Residences El Faro

Hotels

Quinta Avenida

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Aventura Mexicana

Hotels

Xcaret

Theme Parks

Chez Celine

Restaurants

The Gym

Other Outdoor Activities

Gran Coyote Golf

Golf Courses

La Bodeguita del Medio

Restaurants

Nativo

Restaurants

La Vagabunda

Restaurants

Babe's Noodles and Bar

Restaurants

El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club

Golf Courses

Galeria de Arte 5ta Avenida

Art Galleries

La Galeria de Playa

Art Galleries

Alltournative

Scuba & Snorkeling, Archaeology Tours, Eco Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours

Wah Wah Beach Bar

Restaurants

El Oasis Mariscos

Restaurants

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks, Scuba & Snorkeling

kwdoug1's City Tips

  • just 45 minutes south of Cancun airport....don't need a car if in the city, but if you want more adventure, makes it easier to travel outside of city
  • Yaxche Maya Cuisine
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Seafood, Mexican)
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    authentic Mayan food and really good, not like any other restaurant in Playa

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • everything in Playa casual
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Permanently closed! 25/09/2016
    • Worth a visit 21/08/2016
    • Yaxche Maya Cuisine
    Address:
    Av. 5ta
    Calle 22, Colonia Centro
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 873 3011
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Los Aguachiles Calle 34
    Restaurants (Mexican, Caribbean, Latin, Seafood)
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    Best lunch in Playa...seafood...try cerviche tostadas

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • always casual
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #163 of 1,163 restaurants in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Mexican Seafood 05/12/2019
    • Come here for the grilled octopus! 25/11/2019
    • Los Aguachiles Calle 34
    Address:
    Avenue 25 Calle 34
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 859 1442
    Price range:
    US$16 - US$53
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Luna Blue Hotel
    Hotels
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    cool, semi-funky small hotel with pool and bar in great part of town

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • casual always
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #80 of 249 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
    • Very good hotel, excelent location 20/08/2018
    • Home away from home 04/08/2018
    • Luna Blue Hotel
    Address:
    Calle 26 Norte, between 5th & 10th Ave
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
  • Acanto Playa Del Carmen, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
    Hotels
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    Classy small condo hotel in the middle of everything and close to beach

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • casual always
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 249 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very good experience here 30/11/2019
    • Very good option. Beautiful apartment, clean and silent with great location. 19/11/2019
    • Acanto Playa Del Carmen, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
    Address:
    Calle 16 Nte Bis MZ 27 Lote 18
    Bis Mz 27 Lote 18
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    011 52 984 873 1252
    Other:
  • Residences El Faro
    Hotels
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    Luxury luxury, but have to pay the price on this beachfront great condo

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • always casual
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 451 Accommodation in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stayed in Coral 303 07/12/2019
    • A fantastic vacation at El Faro Residence 03/12/2019
    • Residences El Faro
    Address:
    10th Street, between 1st Avenue and the Beach
    On The Beach
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
  • Quinta Avenida
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    main tourist aread in town....pedestrian only street shops, bars, restaurants, galliery

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • causual always
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 77 things to do in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Get ready to be peddled to!! 13/12/2019
    • Colourful street 12/12/2019
    • Quinta Avenida
    Phone:
    +52 33 3584 7382
    Other:
  • Aventura Mexicana
    Hotels
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    great hotel less expensive but great deal in best part of town

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • always casual
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 249 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Little Oasis 28/11/2019
    • Traditional beautiful hotel, reasonable price great base. 23/11/2019
    • Aventura Mexicana
    Address:
    5th Avenue at 24th Street
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
  • Xcaret
    Theme Parks
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    best single thing to do in the area...all day great experience with so much to see and do

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • casual and beachy
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 77 things to do in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cruise excursion to Xcaret 12/12/2019
    • Great show, 12/12/2019
    • Xcaret
    Address:
    Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juarez Km. 282
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 998 883 3143
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 AM - 10:30 PM
    Other:
  • Chez Celine
    Restaurants (French, Cafe, European)
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    Really...a real French café in Playa...great breakfast and super lunchesalways casual

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    From the community
    Ranked #102 of 1,163 restaurants in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • memories of a Toronto french restaurant 12/12/2019
    • Make sure you dine in ONLY 09/12/2019
    • Chez Celine
    Address:
    5ta Avenida Con Calle 34
    Centro
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 803 3480
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$7
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • The Gym
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    the best gym in town by far...not my things but all love it

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • casual always
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #193 of 486 Outdoor Activities in Playa del Carmen
    • Better than any hotel gym. 20/07/2019
    • great gym 29/07/2018
    • The Gym
    Address:
    Avenida 1 N
    Playa del Carmen
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 873 2098
    Other:
  • Gran Coyote Golf
    Golf Courses
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    one of best courses in town Glen the pro is great

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • golf wear of course
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #128 of 486 Outdoor Activities in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Course at Grand Coral 05/12/2019
    • Great 2 Days of Golf 29/11/2019
    • Gran Coyote Golf
    Address:
    Carretera Federal Puerto Juarez Km 294+700
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 109 6025
    Other:
  • La Bodeguita del Medio
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Central American)
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    a REAL Cuban restaurant...original in Havana...Cuban food and great mohitos

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • causal always
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #205 of 1,163 restaurants in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Frequenters 26/11/2019
    • Great place! 28/10/2019
    • La Bodeguita del Medio
    Address:
    Avenida 5, Norte 34
    Cond. Bosque de los Aluxes
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 803 3950
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    1:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
  • Nativo
    Restaurants (Mexican, Latin, Central American, South American)
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    great local place for Mex food...great breakfast too

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • casual always
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #143 of 1,163 restaurants in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not just for smoothies! 11/12/2019
    • Get a Smoothie!!! 23/11/2019
    • Nativo
    Address:
    30th Avenue entre constituyentes
    30 Avenida Norte Entre Calle 20 norte y Avenida Constituyentes
    Playa del Carmen
    Mexico
    Phone:
    528730758
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • La Vagabunda
    Restaurants (Mexican, Latin, International)
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    couple of these...2 on 5th tourista and one on other side of highway I think better on 28 Julio

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • casual always
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #152 of 1,163 restaurants in Playa del Carmen
    • Expected more 08/12/2019
    • Solid Choice in a Busy Area 05/12/2019
    • La Vagabunda
    Address:
    Avenida 5, Norte Entre Calles 24 Y 26
    Playa del Carmen Centro
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 873 3753
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
  • Babe's Noodles and Bar
    Restaurants (Asian, Thai)
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    Tired of Mex food...here a great change here with great Asian food

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • casual wear
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #168 of 1,163 restaurants in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing food and mojitos! 10/11/2019
    • Great food all for years now! 23/10/2019
    • Babe's Noodles and Bar
    Address:
    10th St. between 5th and 10th Ave
    Playa del Carmen
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 879 3569
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$15
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    1:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
  • El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club
    Golf Courses
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    The most luxurious community in the area with great golf course and home of only PGA tournament in Mex in Nov

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • golf of course
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #104 of 486 Outdoor Activities in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Course 14/12/2019
    • Best I've played in Mexico. 05/12/2019
    • El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club
    Address:
    Carretera Federal Cancun- Playa del Carmen Km. 298
    El Camaleón Mayakoba
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 206 4653
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Galeria de Arte 5ta Avenida
    Art Galleries
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    one of a couple galleries on 5th...very nice art and very nice people

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • casual always
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Playa del Carmen
    • Very busy, lots to see and worth an afternoon 21/03/2018
    • This place doesnt exist anymore 19/03/2018
    • Galeria de Arte 5ta Avenida
    Address:
    5ta Avenida
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 879 3389
    Other:
  • La Galeria de Playa
    Art Galleries
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    street art festival...think on Thurs nights on 5th on north side of Constitutentes

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • casual always
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 77 things to do in Playa del Carmen
    • Nice art in a nice tropical garden 04/03/2018
    • Different Shopping 23/01/2018
    • La Galeria de Playa
    Address:
    Calle 28 Nte
    Corner of 5 Avenida
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 141 0611
    Hours:
    Thu
    6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Alltournative
    Scuba & Snorkeling, Archaeology Tours, Eco Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    what fun with these folks....so many activities to chose from

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • casual of course
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 340 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Frustrating! Phone #s were out of service 27/11/2019
    • Amazing Tour !!! 21/11/2019
    • Alltournative
    Address:
    Carretera Federal Chetumal-Puerto Juarez KM 287
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 803 9999
    Price range:
    US$79 - US$79
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Wah Wah Beach Bar
    Restaurants (American, Pizza, Seafood, Barbecue)
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    one of fav beach bars with beach music in afternoon and beach chairs, food and drink...several nights a week great music...Thur Fri Sat

    Good for
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • casual of course
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Having withdrawals from Wah Wah closing 19/07/2018
    • Facebook page says they are closed. 05/04/2018
    • Wah Wah Beach Bar
    Address:
    Calle 2 Norte
    MZ1 LT1, On the Beach
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 1 984 143 6009
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$2
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Thu - Sun
    10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
  • El Oasis Mariscos
    Restaurants (Mexican, Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, International)
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    kwdoug1 Says:

    best fish and shrimp tacos in town...period...don't miss

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • casual always
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #112 of 1,163 restaurants in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A favorite disappoints 29/11/2019
    • fresh seafood 30/10/2019
    • El Oasis Mariscos
    Address:
    Calle 22 norte
    Playa Del Carmen: Carretera Federal Cancun -Tulum Mza. 7 Lote. 1 (Frente a Superior)
    Playa del Carmen
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 803 2676
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$16
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
    Fri - Sun
    11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
    Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks, Scuba & Snorkeling
    See more photos
    kwdoug1 Says:

    Best snorkeling spot and park with unlimited food and drink

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • beach wear here
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Solidaridad
    • Wonderful 14/12/2019
    • Great day out with so much to do 10/12/2019
    • Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
    Address:
    Puerto Juarez Federal Highway, km 240
    Solidaridad 77780
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 998 883 3143
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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