Are you planning a girls getaway to Playa del Carmen? Here is Playa Palms Beach Hotel‘s complete guide for a ladies night in Playa del Carmen. Go with your girl squad and enjoy free drinks, we got you covered on nearly every day of the week!Read More >>
Our convenient location right at the beach and in the center of Playa del Carmen are one of the things our guests appreciate most. It’s very easy to get around, whether you want to go shopping, dining, for a drink or even to Cozumel.Read More >>
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.
The main reason why so many people love to spend their well-deserved vacation in Playa del Carmen is its gorgeous beaches. And what better way is there to enjoy life, than with an ice cold drink or a tasty meal right at the beach, while digging your toes into the white sand and watching the Caribbean Sea? Here’s our round up of the best beachfront bars and restaurants in town.
1 Inti Beach
The former holistic yoga place recently transformed to a beach club and restaurant. We love it because it stands out from other beach clubs. Instead of party vibes, you find a truly chill ambiance, they have free Wi-Fi and their food is not only good and healthy, but also well presented. This is also a nice place to get a good massage.
Where: Between 4th and 6th Street
The rather small and intimate Mediterranean-inspired restaurant is one of the high-end options at the beach. Their seafood and meat from the grill are delicious and combined with the view over the ocean this makes for an excellent dinner experience.
Where: 8th Street
3 Canibal Royal
What we love most about this beach club and restaurant are its open floors of the two-story building, with an unbeatable view. Together with the 50’s Tropicana style décor, and delicious seafood, this makes it to one of the hippest places in Playa del Carmen. Don’t miss out on their drinks!
Where: Calle Flamingo (at the Avenue CTM with the beach, then turn left when you hit the beach)
4 Indigo Beach
We recommend the restaurant just next to Playa Palms Beach Hotel, especially for its breakfast buffet. It’s not only complete and delicious but what beats having breakfast at the beach, overlooking the Caribbean Sea? They also offer special romantic dinner deals, which you should definitely look into if you’re looking for a sweet treat for taking that special someone.
Where: 14th Street
5 Señor Frogs
Spring break is coming up, and there’s probably no better place to live up to it than Señor Frogs. Expect American-style food, their famous yard drinks and a party atmosphere at one of the most beautiful beaches of Playa del Carmen.
Where: By the Cozumel ferry pier at Avenue Juarez
6 Wah Wah Beach Bar
Not a fan of electronic music? Then come to Wah-Wah Beach Bar for a laid-back atmosphere and good live rock music in the evenings. It’s also a good place to meet new people since it’s one of the local expat’s favorite spots.
Where: 2nd Street
7 La Tarraya
This was one of the first restaurants to ever open in Playa del Carmen, in 1968 to be exact, and there is a reason why they are still around. Expect good seafood to very reasonable prices, directly at the beach and surrounded by palm trees.
Where: 2nd Street
You sure tried Tequila at some point in your life. But have you tried mezcal? The ancient Mexican liquor has become the hot new drink trend – not only in Mexico.
Legend has it, that a long time ago, an Aztec tribesman witnessed a lightning struck an agave plant, cooking and opening it, releasing the liquid inside. Eventually they discovered that the sweet sap fermented became a beverage with powerful properties. By drinking it, they could communicate with the gods, which is why it was called the elixir of the gods.
Fast-forward a few hundred years. While Mexico is worldwide known for its tequila, mezcal has long been its poor cousin, “firewater” for the lower class and hardly known beyond the Mexican border. Over the last few years this has changed a lot, with fancy mezcalerias popping up all over the world, serving not only pure mezcal, but all sorts of drinks that contain the spirit.
Now, whatever your beliefs are, and even though mezcal is quite different from the liquor used in pre-Hispanic times, the fact that they used it to communicate with their gods sure enough shows that you shouldn’t underestimate how strong the liquor is. And if that’s not enough, according to Greek mythology Agave was the goddess of desire who helped raise Dionysus, the father of bacchanals and profound inebriation. Just saying, be careful, mezcal is no light weight spirit.
Mezcal comes from the Nahuatl word mezcalli, what means cooked agave. Hence, mezcal refers to all types of alcohol made from the agave plant. Mezcal can be made of 30 varieties of agave. This makes tequila, made only of one specific type of agave (Blue agave), a type of mezcal.
The center of the Mezcal universe is Oaxaca, with nearly 90% of the mezcal production. Good Mezcal is still handcrafted, using century old methods. The agave hearts, called piñas (because they look like giant pineapples) are cooked during several days in an underground, earthen pit that is lined with volcanic rock.
The cooked piñas are crushed with a stone wheel turned by a horse or a donkey. The mash is then fermented and the resulting liquid distilled in either clay or copper pots.
If you visit Mexico you should definitely try mezcal. Always remember the saying “It should be kissed not shot”, meaning don’t down it in a gulp the college-spring-break-way, but savor it. These are the best places to drink mezcal in Playa del Carmen:
Besides of traditional Mexican food, they serve a selection of the best artisanal mezcal. On the menu are also cocktails with mezcal. They seek to revive Mexican culture and traditions, informing their customers of the history, concepts and forms of consumptions of their products, what makes it the number one place in Playa del Carmen to try mezcal. (Street 34, between Avenues 5 and 10)
This is the perfect place to start your night out with a couple of friends. The small bar only fits about 20 people, and they serve mainly mezcal drinks of all sorts. If you speak some Spanish you can learn quite some wisdom from the quotes covering their walls. For example the Oaxacan saying “Para todo mal, mezcal. Para todo bien, también” (For everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, too). Try their mojito with mezcal and their mango mezcal martini! (10th Street, between Avenues 5 and 10)
This disco and bar just a few steps from Playa Palms Beach Hotel is not a place to hang out and chat with your friends, since they play loud music. But to dance, have fun or just stop by for their famous shots of flavored mezcal. Our favorite flavor: Passion fruit. (12th Street with Avenue 1 bis)