Our recent trip to Playa del Carmen was our first time in Mexico staying outside of an all-inclusive resort. I was excited about a more authentic trip, but I was worried about the quality of the non-resort beaches. I’m happy to report that this concern was unfounded and we enjoyed our time at many great beaches in the area.
Jam packed with shops and restaurants, Calle Quinta Avenida is a hugely popular main tourist street in Playa del Carmen. I stayed in Playa Del Carmen for a month with my wife and two kids (aged 2 & 4) and we didn’t eat a single meal along this street. I’m sure there are some nice places to eat on this strip, but as a general rule, restaurants in the tourist zones are low quality and high priced, so we found some great alternatives elsewhere.