Playa del Carmen started out as a small fishing village where people caught the ferry to the island of Cozumel. However “Playa” (the locals’ name for the town) has become one of the most popular tourist towns in Mexico. No matter how big it gets, Playa never seems to lose its relaxed, bohemian feel.
Pedestrian street La Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue) is the soul of Playa del Carmen. This charming walkway that runs parallel to and a block up from the beach is home to many of the boutique hotels, bars, restaurants and shops that visitors frequent, but there are many other places to search for the perfect souvenir or gift, a new outfit or anything else you might be looking for.
Biuriful and La Milagrosa are funky independent shops that sell unique merchandise. If you’re looking for artwork to take home as a keepsake, Riviera Art Gallery sells Mexican art for all budgets. Plaza Playacar Shopping Mall is within walking distance of many Playacar resorts. If you feel like catching a movie (American movies are shown in English in Mexico with the exception of children’s movies which are dubbed over in Spanish) and doing some shopping Centro Maya is your best bet. For exclusive gifts, perfume and cosmetics, Pineda Covalin and Ultrafemme await. If you're look for a modern, American-style mall, head to Quinta Alegria Shopping Mall.
Go on a hunt for endless shopping treasures in Playa del Carmen.
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