Who doesn’t love free things? Below are the top 7 free things to do in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. From sun-tanning to salsa dancing, there’s so many fun options for affordable entertainment.
1. Be a Beach Bum
2. Take a Stroll Down 5th Avenue
Although I’ve walked down 5th Avenue dozens of times, I never get tired of feeling the vibrant energy of this lively pedestrian-only avenue, which spans for over 20 blocks. With hundreds of shops, restaurants, and souvenir stalls, there is ALWAYS something new to discover.
3. Watch an Aerial Performance
Venture down to Parque Fundadores at 5th Avenue and Avenida Juarez to enjoy a free aerial performance. These native Papantla performers unwind around a tall pole hanging upside down from decorated ribbons tied to their ankles. Set to native music, it’s definitely a unique performance.
4. Admire the Local Art Scene
Playa del Carmen is definitely an artsy town that attracts local and international artists. You can find several art galleries and photography studios along 5th Avenue as well as regular artwork and canvases on display on 16th Street behind Quinta Alegria Shopping Mall.
5. Take Part in a Tequila Tasting
Another free thing to do in Playa del Carmen is to take part in a tequila tasting. Head down 5th Avenue and it won’t take long for you to be approached by someone outside a tequila shop. Most offer free tastings to passerbys. Fabrica Tequila is a modern shop with a good selection near the end of 5th Avenue but just be careful that they don’t try to overcharge you.
6. Enjoy a Ladies Night Out
It definitely pays to be a lady in Playa del Carmen! There are Ladies Nights literally every single night of the week. Yes, you really can drink for free any night of the week. My favorite Ladies Night is at IT Ganesha, a chic downtown rooftop on both Thursday and Saturday nights. Be sure to check local Facebook pages for hours.
7. Learn to Salsa Dance
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