When traveling to Mexico, many people worry about the safety in Playa del Carmen. But lately, it has gained a bad reputation and people are worried if it is still safe to travel here. Here is everything you need to know so you can enjoy your vacation in Playa del Carmen without worrying.
The Riviera Maya is one of the most beautiful destinations, with a unique and very diverse ecosystem and a rich cultural heritage. Just think of the many Mayan ruins, the cenotes or the fact that it’s home to the world’s second largest coral reef!
It is easy to just come a few days, have a good time and take photos without thinking of the impact we leave. Traveling is a great way to connect with people and to enrich our lives, but it’s also important to recognize that it can have negative effects on the places we travel.
Mexico is a special place, extremely diverse with a whole lot more to offer than just tequila and good parties. You find the most beautiful beaches at the incredible 9330 km of coastline, volcanoes, 67 national parks, an extremely rich culture and don’t even get us started on the food… Each region has its own charms, and there sure is a reason why the Riviera Maya is so highly ranked among international and national travelers.
One of the first things that come to mind when you think of Mexico is the Mariachi music. With its beautifully dressed musicians playing this oh so very Mexican music. Mariachi is indeed such a fundamental element of the Mexican culture that in 2011 UNESCO inscribed it on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
This traditional Mexican music style is a result of indigenous music mixed with European and African influences. Its Mexican origins lie in Western Mexico, probably in the state of Jalisco. Originally Mariachis played only string instruments, and the trumpet, today an established component, was added until later. Still, the most remarkable instrument remained the guitarrón, a large, deep-bodied acoustic bass that’s solely played by Mariachis.
Initially Mariachis were associated with the rural lower class, since mostly ranch workers played this kind of music. In the early 1900 however, they began to gain acceptance in the upper class. Around the same time Mariachis started dressing in the particular black or white charro suits they are famous for today: a short jacket and high tight pants, both often with silver decorations, and a wide-brimmed sombrero. Women sometimes use a long skirt instead, with the same decorations.
In almost every city in Mexico you see them playing in restaurants and bars, serenading a señorita on her birthday, or waiting in a plaza for someone to hire them. They are the heart and soul of any real Mexican celebration. As anywhere in Mexico, also in Playa del Carmen Mariachis are often hired for weddings.
If you want to make your Mexico vacation real Mexican, you definitely can’t miss a Mariachi concert. We checked out the best places to listen to Mariachi music in Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya:
If you want to taste, listen and experience Mexico in the Riviera Maya, this is the place to go. Board one of the traditional trajineras, some kind of gondolas. You will be served Mexican dishes and Tequila while you listen to Mariachis play. At latest after the second Tequila you feel like dancing along.
2 5th Avenue
As you stroll along the 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen at night, you’ll sure stumble over some fancy dressed Mariachis playing outside a restaurant or on the street.
3 La Parilla
One of the most typical Mexican restaurants in Playa del Carmen, from the food they serve, to the decoration to the music. Every evening at 8 pm they have Mariachis play. On Constituyentes between Avenues 5 and 1.
4 Mi Pueblo
Taste authentic Mexican delicacies prepared in the open style kitchen while you sing along with the Mariachis. On the 5th Avenue with Street 8.
Are you planning your destination wedding and feel like Mariachis are a must? Contact us, we at Playa Palms Beach Hotel are happy to make your dream come true.
Playa del Carmen is mostly known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, the cosmopolitan 5th Avenue, and the many Mayan ruins along the Riviera and the Peninsula. The word ruins may wrongly imply that the Maya people don’t exist anymore. But fact is, one of the largest groups of modern Maya call this region in Mexico their home. Throughout the changes that came with modernization and tourism, they held on to their unique way of life. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about the incredible Mayan culture!