The Top Playa del Carmen Attractions

Our Top Picks for Fun

Bask in Beachfront Bliss

The beach is one of Playa del Carmen's main draws, and for good reason. Crystalline turquoise water, soft sand, and towering groves of coconut palms create a picture-perfect setting that will please even the most discerning beach bum. The beach at Hotel Las Palapas is one of the nicest in all of Playa del Carmen, offering a wide swath of pristine white sand, palapas for shade, and plenty of chaise lounge chairs for our guests.

Sample Mayan Specialties

Playa del Carmen is fast becoming a destination for foodies. Though restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world can be found throughout town, we especially recommend sampling some of the local delicacies while you're visiting. Our favorite restaurant serving Mayan specialties is Yaxche, located on Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue) at Calle 22 (22nd Street). Fresh local seafood prepared according to traditional Mayan recipes (think fresh fish seasoned with the flavorful Mexican herb epazote and steamed in banana leaves) is their specialty.

See the Sea

Playa del Carmen is a top diving destination, and our on-site dive and snorkeling shop can help you arrange excursions for diving, snorkeling, and all other water activities. Snorkeling or scuba diving in the crystal-clear Caribbean offers an incredible chance to see living coral reefs and sea life up close. You'll be surprised at the amount of activity under the water's surface, like a hidden city of sea life. Look for rays, eels, and the famous sea turtles who make the colorful coral reef their home.

Plan a Night (or Day) Out

Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen's main corridor, is a five minute stroll away from Hotel Las Palapas, and is the place to see and be seen. Perch at one of the many open-air bars and restaurants for excellent people watching or head to one of the popular nightclubs for sets from some of the world's greatest DJs. If you're looking for daytime dancing, Playa del Carmen has a number of beachfront bars that are bustling every afternoon and evening. The most popular, Mamita's, is located on the beach right next to Hotel Las Palapas.

Stroll Fifth Avenue

Just like New York City's storied corridor of the same name, Fifth Avenue (or Quinta Avenida) is a shopper's paradise. You'll find deals on fine silver jewelry, home accessories, Mexican ceramics, and other souvenirs just a short walk away from Hotel Las Palapas. Prices are generally in Mexican pesos but some of the larger shops also accept US dollars.