What to do in Playa del Carmen?

5th avenue

Whether it’s interesting performances, cultural events,  or new shops popping up, this place is forever changing and evolving. It’s colorful, vibrant, and bustling!

Of course, some information is subject to change as things move fast here in Playa, but I’ve tried to provide you with the highlights that have already stood the test of time.

But wander freely and keep your eyes peeled for new and cool updates, and be sure to let us know in the comments section what you found.

1. 3D Museum Of Wonders

Considered the first 3D illusion art museum in America, its exhibits are unique and interactive. Open daily, the museum offers entertainment for the whole family every day, including rainy days. Your ticket gives you access to all the rooms. 

You can touch the screens and explore the interactive exhibits. If you want to take pictures of yourself with some of these amazing 3D images in the background, no problem. This is not a conventional museum with photo restrictions.

Most people spend 90-120 minutes in the museum, but you can stay as long as you like; your ticket gives you all-day access during opening hours.

The entrance fee starts at 35 USD.

2. Paseo del Carmen Shopping Mall

Inspired by Mediterranean architecture, Paseo del Carmen, combines nature and the cosmopolitan life of Playa del Carmen, with beautiful open spaces that welcome you to the most glamorous city “Playa Del Carmen”.

You will enter the following brands

Old Navy 


Pull & Bear 


Studio F 






Rip Curl 




Tommy Hilfiger 

Harley Davidson 

Solaris Sunglass  




Lola Agua Marina




Tag Heuer 



Mont blanc 




Krispy Kreme 

Haagen Dazs 


Carls Jr. 

Throughout the tour, you will enjoy walking outdoors and going with your partner will be more pleasant.

3. Deck 5 Rooftop Bar and Pool

This place isn’t TECHNICALLY on 5th Avenue but meh it’s close enough and well worth a mention.

This coral-covered ship style hotel won the Silver A’Design Award for its innovative architecture and interior design.

Being inside this truly unique hotel is like stepping foot on a futuristic, ocean-themed spaceship.

Each room in The Carmen has its own unique vibe and is equipped with only the very best of modern amenities and technology.

Everything about this hotel screams sexy single living in the lap of luxury.

4. Parque Fundadores

This may be the first place you see in Playa del Carmen if you come by bus from the airport. Parque Fundadores is the park in Playa del Carmen just outside of the bus station on 5th Avenue.

The name means “Founding Fathers Park” and it is one of the original areas in Playa del Carmen at the tip of Avenue Juarez.

This public space is forever reinventing itself.

Perhaps the most iconic scene on this park is the Portal Maya Statue in Playa del Carmen. This huge bronze structure was place here in late 2011.

It is entitled “Portal Maya 2012”. It celebrates the Mayan calendar and the date of December 21st. 2012. The sculpture was designed by artist  Arturo Taravez who is from Guanajuato, Mexico. The sculpture is 16 meters high or about 52 feet high.

You will also see the white stucco church used for many church and wedding services.

Just taking the time to come and see here or bringing the kids to play in the park gives you a chance to appreciate what an interesting place Playa del Carmen really is.

A recent new addition to the park is the flying Papantla performers. 

These epic performers literally fly around a 30 meter (98ft.) pole from which four of the five participants then launch themselves tied with ropes to descend to the ground. The fifth remains on top of the pole, dancing and playing a flute and drum. According to one myth, the ritual was created to ask the gods to end a severe drought.

5. Quinta Alegría

Who else likes to splurge on vacation?

The best thing about 5th Avenue in my eyes is that it has all the best stores within proximity – it’s a shopping addict’s heaven!

The Quinta Alegria shopping mall has blocks and blocks of shops for you to choose from.

It’s a 3-story plaza that offers refuge from the sun, and the green interior garden is the perfect place to have some ice cream and cool off.

Here you will find shops such as:

  • Ultrafemme– Another favorite of women.
  • Haagen-Dazs– Ice Cream store.
  • Forever 21– Clothing store for women.
  • The Body Shop– Bath soaps, body creams, etc.
  • Nutrissa– Ice Cream stand
  • Nike– Sportswear store 
  • Levi’s– Jeans and more
  • Columbia-sportswear store for men and women.
  • Marti-sportswear store. 
  • Bari– women’s swimwear store.

Why Invest near the 5th avenue of Playa Del Carmen

Throughout the year it is one of the most visited tourist places in Mexico, which makes it interesting to invest, also Playa del Carmen is growing at a very fast pace, maintaining lower prices than Cancun and consequently higher capital gains in the medium – long term. 

I share with you 2 properties that are close to 5th avenue and have a very high capital gain.

Lunada Playa del Carmen

Just steps from 5th Ave. LUNADA is located, a complex of condominiums surrounded by natural vegetation of the region, near the white sandy turquoise beaches, with a modern and sophisticated architectural design, all together is the place you always wanted to live.

Learn more about LUNADA by “Clicking Here”.

Lunada Playa del CArmen

Las Terrazas Playa del Carmen

Unique and Relaxing Contemporary Condo – in an exclusive development with cutting-edge architecture located in one of the prettiest parts of Playa del Carmen, a paradise of the Mexican Caribbean. Here, the beauty of the tropical jungle combines with the spectacularly blue waters of the Riviera Maya. Technology and security are incorporated throughout the development while luxury abounds in the splendid finishes and amenities.

Large Open Living, Dining area with local handmade furniture. Both Bedrooms have king beds with all natural fiber bedding, ensuite bathrooms with Rain Shower. The soundproof bedroom windows all have blackout shades so you can sleep well after a night of fun on 5th Avenue.

Very large and private patio with ample room for dining, lounging, sunbathing and your own private 4 person hot tub

Las terrazas playa del carmen

Learn more about  Las Terrezas by “Clicking Here”.

If you would like to know more details about these properties or learn about new ones in Playa Del Carmen, Tulum or Akumal, just leave your contact information in the contact form, you can also send an email or call the phone number at the bottom of the page. I will gladly personally or someone from my team will attend you to give you all the information you need.

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