Playa del Carmen
The center of Playa del Carmen is the downtown area, La Quinta. Nearly all hotels and tourist facilities are located here and in Playacar just to the south. If you’re looking for the town’s more authentic character, head to the north or to the west, where street food stalls and family-run bodegas are still commonplace. Or, if you want to stock up on food, snacks, or other necessities, there’s a giant Wal-Mart in town as well.
Playa del Carmen Neighborhoods
La QuintaQuinta Avenida, also called Fifth Avenue, is a (mostly) pedestrian-only avenue parallel to the beach. This is the main tourist drag of Playa del Carmen and home to the zócalo (town square). It’s here you’ll discover dozens of small and unique boutique hotels, hundreds of tiny shops, outdoor cafes, bars, day spas (offering primarily inexpensive massages), and upscale restaurants.
PlayacarThis coastal development area is located to the south of downtown Playa del Carmen, and is home to a dozen or so large traditional and all-inclusive resorts, an 18-hole golf course, an upscale shopping area (featuring some designer shops), and luxury residential and timeshare properties.
Avenida JuárezRunning from the zócalo to Highway 307, this wide street leads west from the beaches to the more authentic Mexican areas of town where you can still find a good fish taco. Very few tourists venture this way unless they’re leaving town, though it’s perfectly safe.
North of DowntownAbove 28th street downtown fades to a trickle and the resorts disappear. Seeking solitude and/or great sunbathing opportunities? The best beaches, including Xcalacoco, and the lightest crowds can often be found here.
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