Playa del Carmen definitely has its fair share of beachfront bars and restaurants. But finding one that’s not located at an exclusive resort or packed with tourists can be a little more challenging. Fusion Beach Bar is my personal favorite and gets my vote for the best beach bar in Playa del Carmen to enjoy a chill night with your toes in the sand.
Location & Hours
Fusion Beach Bar is located in downtown Playa del Carmen on 6th Street and the beach. As you’re walking towards the beach from 5th Avenue, the entrance is located on the left hand side. The restaurant and bar is open daily from 8:00am – 1:00am.
About Fusion Beach Bar Playa del Carmen
Fusion is a beach club during the day and turns into a beach bar at night. The beach at Fusion honestly isn’t one of the best beaches in Playa del Carmen so I would recommend visiting in the evening or at night time. The atmosphere at Fusion is just so much better during this time.
When you first arrive to Fusion, you’ll pass through a tiki torch-lined entrance and be immersed into a chill beach scene with an eclectic vibe. With rows of low wooden chairs and lantern-lit tables, you are guaranteed a spot to have your toes in the sand. Make sure to wear some flip flops or sandals that can be easily removed so you can enjoy having your toes in the sand.
In addition to the cool beach atmosphere, Fusion also offers a full food and drink menu, a nightly live band, and an acrobatic fire show. I mean….what more can you ask for? It’s a pretty incredible atmosphere to just relax and sip on a cocktail (or two!). I love visiting with friends where you just chill out and listen to the crashing waves. Beware the mosquitos will NOT chill at night time so you’ll definitely want to bring some bug spray.
Travelista Tip: It can get cold on the beach at night especially if you’re visiting during the winter months. Just ask your server for a blanket or pashmina to keep warm.
Fusion is open all day so the menu consists of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. It offers a good mix of Mexican and American cuisine including tacos, nachos, burritos, burgers, pasta, pizza, and seafood. The food is very good, not spectacular, but it hits the spot when you’re craving some appetizers. You can’t really go wrong with nachos on the beach am I right?
The drink menu at Fusion offers your typical cocktail selection with a few specialty drinks. My favorites to enjoy are a flavored mojito or sangria. For beer lovers, they also offer a specialty beer menu. And if you’re interested in Shisha, Fusion also offers Hookah as well.
Fusion offers live music every night from around 6:00pm – 1:00am. You can check their Facebook page for the lineup but it’s generally a local band or acoustic singer. The live music provides a great ambiance as you relax with the waves crashing on the beach.
As if beachside cocktails, savory snacks, and live music aren’t enough, the most unique thing about Fusion Bar Playa del Carmen is the nightly fire show. Starting around 11:00pm, tribal clad performers ignite their fire props with the crashing waves and reflecting moon as their backdrop.
It’s an impressive show and super captivating to watch the dance performance with bohemian music set in tune. Try to get a seat at the front of the beach to have a front row view of the performance. The fire show at Fusion is definitely my go to attraction whenever I have guests visiting and it never disappoints. Check out the video below!
Watch video below
Stand Up Paddleboarding Club
Fusion is also the home of Aloha Paddle Club which offers stand up paddleboarding (SUP) right off the beach. I am a member of the club and love coming out to paddle board for sunrise or early morning sessions. You don’t have to be a member of the club to go paddleboarding and a lesson is included in your first session. There are staff on site at Fusion that can assist if you want to give it a try.
Fusion Beach Bar has such a magical ambiance and is truly a hidden gem along the beaches of Playa del Carmen. Although the menu does not offer fancy craft cocktails or extravagant cuisine, the atmosphere is what makes it so special. It’s one of the best beach bars in Playa del Carmen to sip on a cocktail with friends and enjoy some fiery live entertainment.
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