Many guests ask us for recommendations of good restaurants. And honestly, given the sheer number of great eateries Playa del Carmen has to offer, narrowing it down to the 10 best restaurants wasn’t an easy task. But here you have it, a guide to the best restaurants in Playa del Carmen. If you’re planning on spending your vacation here, you’re going to want to bookmark this one.
A few weeks ago we asked our guests about their favorite spots in and around Playa del Carmen. This week we asked our staff at Hotel Playa Palms about their favorite spots, to share some insider tips with you.
“My favorite places to hang out are Blue Parrot Beach Club and Las Helodias. Blue Parrot because of the delicious food, and the bar Las Helodias for their nice atmosphere, good music and reasonable prizes.” Iván (Front Desk)
“By far my favorite place in this area is Isla Mujeres. The island is a little paradise with the most beautiful beaches, especially Playa Norte. In Playa del Carmen I like watching the sunset at Zenzi while enjoying a delicious Margarita and listening to good live music.” Carmen (Reservations Manager)
“When I go out with friends, we like to go to TNT Bar & Beer Store at Mamitas Beach. You always meet nice people there and they sell 5 liter beer kegs dispensers to share with your friends.” Jesús (Public Areas)
“My favorite beach in Playa del Carmen is Playacar. It’s not as crowded as other places and the beach is broader. For dinner, I like going to Cheester. They have the most delicious pasta at very reasonable prices. You need to bring a friend though, they serve huge portions you can’t finish alone!” Tania (Front Desk)
“I think my favorite place to go in Playa del Carmen is Playa Punta Esmeralda. It’s never as crowded as Mamita’s, and you can cool off in the little cenote there. And I like La Taberna, they serve delicious food and the best micheladas ever!” Teresa (Cleaning Service)
Many of you know Playa del Carmen since a few years already. Can you add anything to this list? Let us know in the comments below!
At Playa Palms Beach Hotel we are still in a festive mood because in Mexico Christmas season isn’t quite over yet. Like in many catholic countries, January 6 is a special day here. It’s “Día de los Reyes Magos” – known in English as Three Kings Day or Epiphany.
Traditionally Mexican children receive their gifts from the “Reyes Magos” rather than Santa, representing the Three Wise Men who gave gifts to Jesus. Naturally, as well as Santa, they work as leverage for good behavior. No toys for bad kids. Strolling down the 5th avenue in Playa del Carmen you will probably even bump into the “Reyes Magos” – don’t miss the chance to take a photo with them!
But also adults, well behaved or not, enjoy the “Día de los Reyes Magos” and its traditions. On this day Mexicans serve the “Rosca de Reyes”, which roughly translates into King’s Cake. It’s a sweet, oval shaped cake made from yeast dough and adorned with dried and candied fruits. Hidden in the cake is at least one figurine, symbolizing baby Jesus or the Three Wise Men. Whoever finds it in his piece has to buy tamales for everybody on February 2nd, the “Día de la Candelaria”, or host a little party. Tamales are a traditional Mexican corn-based delicacy.
If you’re on vacation in Playa del Carmen around this day, don’t miss the opportunity to try the Rosca de Reyes! Eat company of your friends and family or come and share a piece with us. Traditionally you would accompany the Rosca with delicious hot chocolate. You find them in every supermarket or bakery, or just ask at the reception of the Playa Palms Beach Hotel where you can buy one. If you happen find the baby Jesus figurine, take it home as a souvenir and come back in February to share tamales with us in Playa Palms!