Owner's Guide to Playa del Carmen

Here is a listing of some of our absolute favorite spots in Playa. This list changes often as there are so many new places opening all of the time. I hope you enjoy our suggestions, and find some favorites on your own as well....
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Ah Cacao Chocolate Café

A 2-minute walk from our condo at 5th and Calle 30. Relaxing, chocolate-oriented cafe that features great coffee and incredible chocolate drinks and desserts. Not to be missed.

Mamita's Beach Club

Mexico's best beach club! Here you can rent beach chairs and umbrellas, swim in the pool, use guest showers, and enjoy drinks and food by the pool, at the open-air bar, in the restaurant, or oceanside. This club gets very busy in high season, so be sure to arrive early. They also play music that gets...

Chez Céline

My favorite French bakery in Playa. Also my favorite French bakery in all of North America! Visit early to watch these dedicated bakers bring out baking sheets of incredibly delicious croissants, pan au chocolat, brioche and baguettes. Their jams are home-made from local tropical fruits are are...

La Cueva del Chango

Our favorite place to relax on a weekend morning. Delicious breakfast served in a jungle setting that is the ultimate in tranquility. The food is incredible, and they make their own granola which is worth taking home. Don't leave without checking out their beautiful stained-glass bathrooms....

El Fogon

Looking for an authentic, neighborhood-style restaurant? El Fogon is one of Playa's best and most popular. The atmosphere is fun, and you'll see a nice mix of tourists and local families dining on tacos and drinking cold beer. Don't miss their Nachos con Pastor, made with pork roasted right in front...

Xel-Ha

This is as close as it gets to a U.S.-style theme park in the Yucatan Peninsula, but that's a good thing at Xel-Ha. This adventure park is beautiful and natural (Unlike Disney World), and it's very well operated and maintained. Once you arrive and pay your admission, you can hike the area, dine in one of...

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

If you want to explore the incredible beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula, where lush jungle meets the tropical splendor of the Caribbean Ocean, this is the only place you need to see. This is a state-sanctioned bioreserve, so you won't be able to enter without a specially-trained guide. Ours was a...