Playa del Carmen is a great place to spend New Year. There’s something for every taste, no matter if you’re traveling with your family or if you’re a party animal. And the best of all might be waking up in a Caribbean paradise. Here are Playa Palms‘ hot tips on where to spend New Year’s Eve 2018:
Once a year, owners, staff, and guests gather to celebrate Playa Palms. We couldn’t keep ourselves from sharing these lovely photos from this year’s Owners Fiesta. Good people, good food, some music and a drink or two at the lovely beach of Playa Palms Beach Hotel, what more does one need? We celebrate one more year of friendship, our staff’s hard work and dedication, our wonderful guests, the amazing owners and, of course, our beloved Playa Palms Beach Hotel itself. A big thank you to all who came by and shared the spirit, we had a blast!
Now, let the photos speak for themselves…
This Friday, September 15, Mexico starts its biggest fiesta, the Independence Day celebrations. Flags, hats, lanterns, and whatever else patriotic in the national colors red, white, and green, decorate the city during the whole month. It’s truly one of the best time in the year to be here if you like to get to know the Mexican culture. Here are some ideas what to do in Playa del Carmen on Independence Day:
Make friends at Playa Palms Beach Hotel
Stop by our front desk to receive a complimentary shot of tequila and clink glasses with our staff and fellow guests. Viva Mexico!
Have a Mexican dinner
Of course on a day like this, you want to eat Mexican. For the real deal, not just some tacos (even though they are a delicacy too), but one of those meals that make the Mexican cuisine so special, head to La Perla Pixan on the 34th Street between 5th and 10th Avenue. Open your appetite with one of their Mezcal drinks!
It can’t possibly get more Mexican
…than celebrating Independence Day at idyllic Xoximilco. The place boasts all Mexican traditions, serving you typical Mexican dishes, while you’re floating through the river on gondolas, accompanied by the sound of Mariachis and, of course, Tequila. An unforgettable evening is guaranteed!
Playa’s most Mexican party
Take part in Playa del Carmen’s biggest celebration. The main square across the City Hall (between 8th and 10 Street and 15th and 20th Avenue) is where the city’s main attraction takes place. Vendors are selling snacks and candies, there will be fireworks and free concerts – in other words, lots of fun! At 11 pm the municipalities governor recites “El Grito”, which names the heroes of the Mexican War of Independence and ends in Viva Mexico, with the people answering Viva!
But, what exactly are we celebrating?
In the year 1810, early in the morning of September 16 to be exact, Miguel Hidalgo put into words what every Mexican was feeling: That they’ve had enough of the Spaniards. That their government wasn’t taking care of things the way it’s supposed to. (Talking about how that got better is a topic for another day). Hidalgo, a priest of north-central Mexico, motivated his parishioners in a fiery speech to stand up against the unwanted Head of State calling for redistribution of land and racial equality. This caused a revolt that within a short time turned into a war that lasted for 11 years until Spain acknowledged Mexico’s independence. The before described recitation “El Grito” is to commemorate Hidalgo’s speech and the courage of the people fighting in the war.
Enjoy an ice cold drink in the afternoon sun or see the city and the Caribbean Sea from up high at Playa del Carmen’s best rooftop places. There’s just something so much better about drinking at altitude and dinner on high! Especially since, unlike in other cities, you can do this all year round.
5 Roofgarden Bar by Reina Roja
Sometimes you can turn an average drinking session into something special just by adding height. Kick your night off dancing under the stars at the Roofgarden, a truly unique and picturesque place. International DJs rock the rooftop with its tropical garden and pool. (22nd Street between 5th and 10th Avenue)
4 Soul Beach
This place just opened a few months ago, and not many people know about its fabulous rooftop yet. That makes it perfect if you just want to relax away from the crowd. Sitting at this pool in the sky, overlooking Playa del Carmen’s roofs and the Caribbean Sea, is one of those magical moments that makes you never want to go back home again. For everybody who is not a big fan of getting all sandy at the beach, this is a great alternative. You can purchase a day pass for a reasonable price. (28th Street between 5th and 10th Avenue)
3 The Roof Club
This is one of the largest and most popular rooftop places in town, only a few walking minutes from Playa Palms Beach Hotel. What we like most about The Roof Club, apart from the over-water hammock and breathtaking views, is that it has more than one pool! Pay an entrance fee to relax during the day, or enjoy a delicious drink at sunset, watching how the sky turns from blue to pink to dark. Because we are of the opinion that a cocktail tastes better if you simply add a view. (5th Avenue with 8th Street)
2 Live Aqua
When you walk along the 5th Avenue at night, you can’t miss the stunning lightning of their terrace. Live Aqua does not only offer a great view over Playa del Carmen and the 5th Avenue but alone its infinity pool is worth a visit. They also host special events like poolside fashion shows or boutique markets. Head there on the evening for a date with a view, or get a day pass if you want to plunge into the pool. (5th Avenue with 30st Street)
This high-end restaurant and bar, just 2 blocks from Playa Palms Beach Hotel, has the probably best views in town. Feel like the queen (or king) of Playa del Carmen, sitting in a stylish lounger in the rooftop pool that seems a winding river surrounded by palm trees, overlooking the city and the turquoise Caribbean Sea all the way to Cozumel on the horizon. You don’t only pay for the signature drinks and the excellent service, but also for the spectacular setting. But it’s definitely worth it. (12th Street between 5th and 10th Avenue)
When traveling to Mexico, many people worry about safety. Mexico has gained a certain bad reputation, mostly because of sensational news coverage. The media tends to paint the whole country with a broad brush, and people expect drug wars and crime.
But luckily, the reality is different. Mexico sure has its hot spots, and like anywhere else, there are areas to avoid. The Riviera Maya however, with its big resorts and many tourists visiting, is free of most dangers. Playa del Carmen is probably the safest city in Mexico, much safer even than many northern American cities. Simply use your common sense – just as you do at home.
The nightlife in Playa del Carmen is considered safe. Use your common sense, and apply the same safety precautions you would at home – don’t leave your drink unwatched or keep an eye on your belongings. Just unwind and have fun at one of many clubs in the 12th street, or visit a bar on the 5th Avenue or watch the moon shine over the Caribbean Sea at a beach bar!
Safety at the beach
During the day, the beach is a very safe place to stay at. Of course, just as anywhere, keep an eye on your belongings. If you want to go to the beach at night, stay downtown, and make sure there are crowds close by. Otherwise, you might be an easy victim for robbery. At Playa Palms Beach Hotel, we have a night guard on the beach side.
Safety using public transportation
The public buses here are very safe to use. There are the ADO buses that bring you to the airport, to Tulum or to any other city in Mexico, and the smaller microbuses that bring you to places within the city. Also, the colectivos that run between Playa del Carmen and Cancun or Tulum are safe to use – once you get used to their driving style. Taxis are normally safe too, you might want to order a taxi with your hotel’s staff. Most hotels can help you arrange a transfer to and from the airport.
Safety while driving
If you don’t feel comfortable driving a car, Playa del Carmen is very easy to get around on foot or using taxis. Having that said, if you don’t leave bags or any belongings visible inside the car, it’s safe to park them on the street side. When driving, just be aware that some people here might drive a bit more careless than what you’re used to.
Safety on tours
Usually, tours are safe too. We recommend, however, if possible, to book tours through your hotel. This way you make sure to have a certified guide, and they know where you are at and with whom. At Playa Palms Beach Hotel, our concierge or the front desk staff are happy to consult you on tours and book them for you.