If you are on vacation in Playa del Carmen and you’re wondering which hot spot to hit up once the sun goes down, the answer is Fifth Avenue. Known as “la Quinta,” this street goes from Plaza Paseo del Carmen to Avenida 38 and has about 4 kilometers of venues and entertainment. It is the heart of Playa del Carmen. Fifth Avenue has a whole assortment of shops to satisfy your desires, as well as restaurants, bars and cafes with great vibes, eats and libations where you can spend time with friends or family. If you are staying at the Hilton Playa del Carmen, which is steps away from La Quinta, you will surely not be able to resist making a stop.
Fifth Avenue is the typical tourist hub where you can walk and enjoy window-shopping, but it’s also an exciting experience as it incorporates various elements of Mexican flavor and culture. If you need to buy some mementos for your loved ones or simply souvenirs for your own collection, this is where you will surely find what you are looking for. The Quinta’s storefronts are as diverse as they are interesting.
For starters, artisanal Mexican treasures, besides incorporating local customs, traditions and landscapes, are a world of unique and special colors and designs. You can find typical masks, jewelry, handmade clothing and household items, such as lamps, among many other items.
For the curious traveler, Fifth Avenue offers unusual and really unexpected shops to pique your interest. Take for example one spot in particular – Caribbean Puzzles – which sells, of all things, handmade puzzles. There is so much to discover in La Quinta!
For history lovers, we recommend visiting the Fundadores Park where you can’t forget to take a photo in the Mayan Portal. This park is a classic meeting point because there are outdoor shows in the evenings and you will enjoy the Papantla flyers. You can also visit the Chapel of Our Lady of Carmen, a church overlooking the sea. Simply beautiful!
Let’s continue with CaminArte. Since 2009, CaminArte (which translates to “a way for culture and art”) is promoted and organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Riviera Maya. It offers an artistic corridor every Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., between 24th and 34th streets. Many call it the hotbed for artists, as it gives new artists the opportunity to exhibit their works (from paintings to photographs), free of charge. Visitors and tourists can purchase true works of art from local artists. This tour will envelop you in with emotions, offering unique images combined with a calm, modern and Caribbean atmosphere.
Whether you’re looking for a bite to eat, a little caffeine boost, a memorable cocktail or just a spot where you can sit down and enjoy some live music, you will find everything in La Quinta. At Fah Restaurant Bar, there are live performances every night. You will also find restaurants like Maíz del Mar, specializing in all that is Mayan cuisine. After a stop at La Hacienda Tequila and Tequila Museum, you will emerge a tequila connoisseur, and Ah Cacao is the perfect antidote if you’re looking for a little chocolate and coffee. There’s something for everyone, at every turn.
But if what you’re really in the mood for is an elegant, gourmet dinner, there are so many epic establishments awaiting you, including but not limited to Oh La La!, Chez Celine, Frida Kahlo, among many others, for all palates and tastes. Also, for those who want to have some fun, La Quinta is the “it” place for nightlife. 12th Street is the mecca of all things nightlife in the area, where you will find nightclubs like Coco Bongo, Palazzo, Señor Frogs and Blue Parrot. In summary, Fifth Avenue offers you bright colors, exquisite Mexican and international food, energy, endless fun, art, tradition and culture to excite all your senses.
In order to help you plan ahead before your visit, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when visiting la Quinta:
- Most stores close at 10 p.m.
- If you’re planning to drive, plan to park in a garage or designated lot, but also keep in mind that these tend to close at 10 p.m.
- Have cash on hand for your purchases, though many stores and restaurants accept credit cards, not all do, especially artisanal shops and street vendors.
- Don’t forget to take advantage of the tax-free perks, as you can request an 8-10% refund of the value of the purchase at the airport with your receipt.
Book now at the Hilton Playa del Carmen Hotel and you’re guaranteed to enjoy all that Fifth Avenue in Playa del Carmen has to offer.