It’s a mystery why we’ve never written about the top things to do in Playa del Carmen before today. Playa del Carmen was our first stop in Mexico, back in 1999, and we’ve come back several times since then. We’ve stayed in a variety of places here, including apartment rentals, all-inclusive resorts, and cheap hotels. We had a great time in Playa del Carmen every time we went.

Do In Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

  1. Avenida La Quinta (5th Avenue)

The pedestrian-only La Quinta Avenida is the beating core of Playa del Carmen, and you’ll find yourself exploring it for shopping, dining, and nightlife. 5th Avenue in Mexico City is a busy 5-mile-long cobblestone roadway featuring street performers, vendors, and bars. We enjoy taking a seat on one of the numerous patios and listening to live music while taking in the evening. La Quinta Avenida is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is always bustling. There are even local art galleries where you may buy locally made artisan items to remember your trip by.

When a cruise ship docks, though, you’ll want to stay away from the streets, since they may get quite hectic and crowded.

  1. Rooftop Swimming Pools

Since our initial visit, when the lone bar was Senor Frogs, Playa del Carmen has come a long way. It now features some of the nicest rooftop pools in the world, and lounging in one has become one of the most popular Playa del Carmen activities. You can buy day passes to your favorite rooftop pool and kick back and relax while taking in the views.

A lounge chair and a meal credit are included in your day pass to the rooftop pool. Other establishments will allow you to use their rooftop pool for free if you spend a certain amount of Pesos. The Thompson Playa del Carmen, BePlaya Rooftop Pool, and The Thompson Playa del Carmen are some of the most popular rooftop pools in Playa del Carmen.

  1. A Beach Club With Sun And Fun

When you visit Playa del Carmen, you will undoubtedly want to go to the beach, and the city is known for its beach clubs. While the lovely beaches we recall from our first visit to Playa del Carmen have faded, finding a suitable spot on your own is becoming more difficult. As a result, many beach clubs have sprung up. We’ve had the pleasure of staying directly on the beach in Playa del Carmen in our own private sanctuary, but there are plenty of beach clubs to visit if you don’t have access to one of the Playa del Carmen beaches from your hotel. You can obtain a day pass that includes a lounge chair on the beach overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Lido Beach Club, a tiny laid-back beach club, Mamita’s Beach Club, a legendary beach climb in Playa del Carmen located on the main beach, and Kool Beach Club, which is near to Mamita’s in case it is too packed, are all popular beach clubs in Playa del Carmen.