The Top 7 Free Things to Do in Playa del Carmen

November 1, 2018 0 Comments
Parque Fundadores

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

All of the beaches in Playa del Carmen are public beaches.  This means you can literally plop down your beach blanket and umbrella wherever you please, even if that’s right in front of a flashy beach resort.  Most weekends you can find me parked at the beach near 38th street and then I usually work my way down towards Mamitas Beach Club.  There are plenty of Oxxo convenient stores near almost every beach entrance where you can stock up on snacks and drinks on the cheap.  My go-to beach beverage?  Margarita in a can!

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. 

5th Avenue Playa del Carmen

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. 

Parque Fundadores

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. 

Playa del Carmen Art Scene

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

Zenzi Beach Bar offers salsa dancing on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday nights.  This is more of an informal dance lesson with the experienced dancers swapping partners to the rhythm of the live salsa band.  IMO less pressure and more fun!  Bodeguita del Medio also offers free salsa lessons Tuesday – Friday nights from 7-8pm.
Bodeguita del Medio Playa del Carmen

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