These are some of our top picks for Activities and things to do in Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya.

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Canibal Royal

Canibal Royal


Located on 48th and the beach is a unique three story restaurant, bar, and sundeck with Jacuzzi. It has a retro Brazilian design and looks like a Fifties style cruise ship set down on the beach. The club has both a restaurant and bar on the ground and second floor, with the third being a rooftop balcony with a very large built-in hot tub. With stunning ocean views, a large variety of beds and comfortable beach chairs, great ambiance, fantastically executed retro styling, excellently made drinks and great food this is one Playa's nicest beach hangouts.

Kool Beach Club
Kool Beach Club  

Located on 28th street and the beach. Its concept combines a Beach club, a Lounge, a Bar with Premium drinks and a Restaurant offering Fusion Gourmet Cuisine, first class services, a VIP area with a swimming pool, a Diamond Bed area, sun - beds, sunshades and a gorgeous ambience, exotic drinks and fusion dishes, with music played by a DJ, in front the spectacular Caribbean Sea and where the sunset calls for relaxation and entertainment.


Located on 28th street and the beach. Mamitas Beach Club meets every requirement to enjoy the daytime at the heavenly Mexican Caribbean in a cozy family and youthful atmosphere. All the essential services are available: parking area, a swimming pool, dressing rooms, sunshades and sun - beds, a volley ball field and a restaurant bar with great food. If you really want to have fun, don't miss the events at Mamitas Lounge Club and theyr DJ's music.


Zenzi Beach Bar & Restaurant in Playa del Carmen has everything you want for a relaxing day at the beach. Full bar and restaurant from 7:30 am to 02:00 am everyday to satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst. A big hearty breakfast at the beach is a great way to start your day. Lunch menus comprise of your favorites, including choice quality burgers, cerviche, and a selection of sandwiches and salads. As the night falls, a full range of main course entrees include Sesame Crusted Tuna, Almond Grouper, Beef Medallion to mention just a few  of our most recommended dishes to delight

Happy hour each and every day starts at 5.00pm until 7.00pm. 
Superior and Sol bottled beer for 20Pesos
Tequila, Rum, Gin and Vodka 35 Pesos, for mixed drinks


One of Playa’s newest beach clubs located in the middle of the non-stop action of Playa’s newly renovated central beach. Not only does Wicky’s offer a spacious shoreline setting with spectacular views, it also offers one of the finest restaurants in Playa. You can sit on their elevated deck while dining on world class meals or relax on a lounge chair and let the staff bring your food and drinks right to your chair. Wicky's offers beach club guests fresh fruit daily at noon and 2 pm and cool facial cloths at 1 pm & 3 pm.


Enjoy the calm ocean breeze and fantastic view from our restaurant and bar overlooking the Caribbean Sea while dining on international fusion cuisine and luscious tropical drinks. Our chefs use only the freshest local ingredients. Fresh caught fish, traditional Mexican specialties and tasty sandwiches are some examples from our menu. You can relax under the palapas on one of our beach beds or hammocks and enjoy great service with a unique blend of drink and food. At night this beach side bar turns into a romantic beach lounge lit by rustic oil lanterns. To complete the mood, you will find live reggae music that’s easy on the ears as you relax by the sea.




Full hospital with all medical and emergency services
Location: C. Balamcanché Lot 1, MZA. 30, Federal Highway, Entrance of  Playacar Phase II. Just south of Sam’s Club.
Phone: (984) 803-1002

Playa Med Hospital

Hospital and emergency room services.
Location: Federal Highway and 28th street
Phone: (984) 879-3143 & (984) 801 8751

Hyperbaric Chamber

This facility offers specialized medical care for commercial and recreational SCUBA divers suffering from Decompression Sickness (DCS) or Arterial Gas Embolism (AGE), and treats non-emergency ailments (ear problems, fitness to dive physicals, and the like).
Location: 10th avenue and the corner of 28th street
Phone: (984) 873 1365 & (984) 873 1216

Dr. Bernardo Diaz

24 hour hotel medicine and house calls. Speaks excellent English!
Clinic Location: 20th street north between 1st and 5th avenue.
Phone: (984) 745 0294

Dr. Cesar Ramirez Hernandez

24 hour emergency medical / ambulance service, hotel medicine and house calls. Speaks English, Dutch & Italian.
Clinic location: 15th avenue north between 38th & 40th street, Zazil-Ha
Cell Phone: (984) 876 2175
Office Phone: (984) 803 6194


There are many local gyms for those of you that prefer an indoor workout. The two newest and recommended gyms are "Evolve" and "The Gym". Both offer various passes to suit your vacation needs. Please see below for gym location and information.


Location: 24th street between 5th & 10th avenue
Phone: (984) 803 0986

The Gym

Location: 1st avenue north #255 between constituyentes & 16th bis street
Phone: (984) 873 2098


Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club

Villa Izcalli


Located in the Riviera Maya 30 minutes south of Cancun, the Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club resort caters to your every need. Deep bunkers, narrow fairways, undulating greens and beautiful vistas are at every turn. On course beverages and snacks, included in your green fee.

RESERVATIONS: 984-877-2828

Golf Club Playacar
Casa Buena Suerte  

Golf Club Playacar is a magnificent par 72, 7,144 yard golf course. Designed and constructed under the supervision of the famous Architect Robert Von Hagge this course is surrounded by a diversity of lakes and exuberant vegetation. The Golf Club Playacar is considered the most challenging golf course of the region.

RESERVATIONS: 984-873-4990

Grupo Mayan Golf Riviera Maya
Casas del Sol - Vista  

Grupo Mayan Golf Riviera Maya was designed and built by Nicklaus Design. This beautiful and challenging par 3 golf course is located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen and its 18 holes feature traps of radiant white sand, lakes surrounded by natural rocks and the intense color of the greens and its vegetation.

RESERVATIONS: 984-206-4043

Golf Club El Camaleon Mayakoba
Casas del Sol - Alta Vista  

Golf Club El Camaleon Mayakoba is a work of art designed by Greg Norman located in the supreme luxury resort "Mayakoba". This 18-hole par 72 golf course owes its name to its diverse layout and ever-changing landscape, which bends through the tropical jungle, dense mangrove, stunning oceanfront stretches of sand, fairways lined with sand dunes; the course features unique hazards such as cenotes (subterranean caves) and crystal clear lagoons.

In 2006, El Camaleón made history by becoming the first golf course to host an official PGA TOUR event in México and the first official PGA TOUR event ever held outside of the United States or Canada. The tournament will continue to be held annually at El Camaleón through 2012 and is broadcast exclusively on the GOLF CHANNEL.

RESERVATIONS: 984-206-3088



Aldea – Traditional Mexican Cuisine
Located on Corazon street – Between 5th & 10th ave & 14th street. Excellent selection of flavorful Mexican dishes.

Da Vino by the Glass Bar – International Cuisine
5th avenue and 12th street

La Casa del Agua – Seafood/International
Beautiful 2nd story setting overlooking 5th avenue. Located on 5th avenue & 2nd street

Rolandi’s – Italian
Paseo del Carmen Mall (at entrance to Playacar Phase 1) between 5th and 10th avenue and Calles 1 sur & Juarez. Pizza, salads, soups, carpaccio, pasta, meats and fish.

Babe’s - Thai Cuisine
10th street between 5th & 10th Ave. Reasonable prices and excellent thai cuisine. 

La Cueva del Chango – Mexican Great Mexican style breakfast in a beautiful garden setting. Fresh made meals for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Lunch & dinner includes a variety of Mexican cuisine. Located on 38th street between 5th avenue & the beach (in front of Piola).

La Parrilla Mexican Grill
5th Avenue and 8th Street. Mexican, International, Vegetarian and Seafood, Lunch and Dinner. Salads, flambé, desserts and specialty coffees prepared at your table. Live Mexican music every night (Mariachi). Great Mexican dining experience! Lots of fun

Montenegro - Upscale Argentinian Restaurant
5th avenue and 38th street.
 Offers a variety of cuisines including meat, fish, pasta. Great service and nice ambiance.

Dak – Fresh fruit, Vegetables, Smoothies, Tortas & Shakes
30th avenue between Constituyentes & 18th street (just half a block north of Constituyentes).

Sur – Argentinean Steak House
10th street and 5th avenue. Grilled argentinian meats, pizza and fish.

Piola – Italian Pizza & Pasta
38h street between 5th avenue & the beach

Wicky’s – Steak & Fish House
10th street & the beach. Beautiful night time dining. They have air conditioning inside the restaurant or terrace seating with a view of the Caribbean.

Argentina 10 – Argentinian Steak House –
5th avenue & 30th street with a great combination of Argentinian cuisine including steaks, empanadas, proveleta, fish, pasta and pizza.

Sushi Club - Sushi & Hot Plates
10th avenue and 26th street. Nice lounge style ambiance. Great foor and service!

Kampai - Sushi & Hot Plates
5th avenue between 30th and 32nd street. Nice lounge style ambiance. Great foor and service!

Diablito Cha Cha Cha Ristorante
12th street and 1st avenue (great food & lounge bar)

6th street and the beach. Enjoy fresh seafood and traditional Mexican specialties. Offers live entertainment and bar that overlooks the Caribbean. There is a nightly fire show with dancers on the beach.

Blue Lobster
Located on 12th street between 1st and 5th avenue.  Great lobster, steak and seafood in a unique rock and palm tree setting.

La Alux (MUST SEE)!
Juárez Mza. Av. Number 217 Lote. 2 Col. Ejidal between diagonal 65 y 70. Playa del Carmen Q. Roo. Lounge bar in a cave. Difficult to find so take address with you!

Cenacolo - Italian
Located on 5th avenue between 30th and 32nd street.  Pasta and Pizza

Nightclubs & Bars

Blue Parrot – 12 street & the beach
Mandala – 12th street and 1st avenue
Coco Maya – 12th street and 1st avenue (beachfront)
Coco Bongo - 12 street between 5th & 10th avenue
Santanera – 12 street between 5th & 10th avenue
Senor Frog’s – Juarez & the ferry dock (near Paseo del Carmen Mall)
Diablitos Cha Cha Cha – 12th street and 1st avenue (great food & lounge bar & night)

* The majority of the bars and lounges can be found on 12th street between 10th avenue and the beach.


Deseo (lounge bar roof top and old big screen movies on a projector – 5th ave and 12th street
Basico (lounge bar roof top) – 10th street between 5th & 10th avenue
Sala Rosa (lounge & tapas) – 38th street between 1st and 5th avenue.


Live Music

Zenzi – 10th street and the beach (Sunday BBQ all you can eat)
Fusion – 6th street and the beach
Wah Wah’s  – 2nd street and the beach (Sunday pig roast buffet)
Fah at Siesta Fiesta  – 5th avenue between 8th and 10th street

Sports Bars & Betting

EZ – sports bar on 5th avenue between 12th and 14th street (in front of Calle Corazon)
Tequila Barrel (betting) – sports bar on 5th avenue btwn. 10th and 12th street

Grocery Stores

Chedraui – highway between 1st and 2nd street South
WalMart – 30th avenue and 8th street
Mega “Comercial Mexicana” – 30th avenue and 14th street
Soriana’s – Plaza Centro Maya (West side of the highway in front of the Playacar Entrances)
City Club - Plaza Centro Maya (West side of the highway in front of the Playacar Entrances)  (membership needed but day passes can be purchased)
Sam’s Club (bulk & need membership card but can get a day pass) – located on highway between 1st and 2nd Playacar entrances.

Shopping & Souvenirs

5th Avenue
5th Avenue  

The famous 5th avenue walkway offers a huge selection of souvenirs for a lifetime of memories. This avenue is full of shops and restaurants and runs for blocks and blocks. You will find Mexican pottery, talavera, silver and glassware. Beautiful hand sewn hammocks can be found all over Playa del Carmen. You fill find single, double and sitting style hammocks. For those of you with a sweet tooth enjoy some Mayan Chocolate at one of the dozens of coffee shops along the way. Mexican chocolate is made from a bitter / dark chocolate.   Of course as we all know Mexico is known for it’s tequila. Take home a bottle of 100% agave tequila to sip and commemorate.  Barter for lower prices because many items are negotiable!  

Plaza las Americas & Centro Maya
Plaza las Americas & Centro Maya  

These are local shopping malls where you will find furniture stores, clothing shops, Cinepolis movie theatre, food court, grocery stores and more…… These are local and tourist hangouts so will find prices are much better then any tourist zone but you will not find the same taste of Mexico that you find on the streets and 5th avenue.


Juarez shopping runs from 5th avenue up to approximately 30th avenue. Here you will find cheap clothing, Mexican souvenirs and shoe stores. You will also find local eateries such as carnitas, cochinita pibil, bakeries, local meat known as arrachera (delicious marinated flank steak), rib tacos and other interesting Mexican flavors. It’s an excellent local experience to enjoy!