La Quinta Avenida

#2 in Best Things To Do in Playa del Carmen
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Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

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Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Playa del Carmen's main street, La Quinta Avenida, runs parallel to the shore and serves as a pedestrian walkway for travelers and locals. The avenue is lined with an assortment of street performers, restaurants, hotels, hostels, condominiums and bars, making it one of the best nightlife spots in the city. There are plenty of souvenir shops as well selling trinkets and mementos. Some visitors do caution that street vendors can be aggressive hawking their goods along the avenue. Simply ignore their sales pitches and continue on your way and they'll get the message. 

Should you need amenities beyond a quick meal or a kitschy souvenir, check out the intersecting Avenida Juárez, the commercial district's main thoroughfare equipped with banks, grocery stores and gas stations. Keep in mind: Because this thoroughfare attracts a large number of tourists, prices at restaurants and bars will be higher compared to other areas of Playa.

La Quinta Avenida begins at the intersection with Avenida Juárez and runs north about 4 miles north to the edge of the Grand Riviera Maya Golf Club. It's free to walk along the street, but plan to bring some pesos with you in case a souvenir catches your eye or you decide to stop for a quick bite to eat. Individual shops and eateries have their own set hours of operation.

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