Top Things to Do in Playa del Carmen

How to Feel Like a Local in Playa del Carmen


I'm delighted to share with you my recommendations to make the most of your time in the vibrant Riviera Maya. We all know how overwhelming it can be to navigate through tourist destinations and discover authentic and memorable places. That's why I've decided to gather my 'Top Tips' so you can enjoy a unique and authentic experience in this Caribbean paradise

Market at DAC Superfoods

Fresh Produce at the Market: Recommended by Botica Spa Playa del Carmen

DAC, a supermarket located in Playa del Carmen, offers a wide variety of products ranging from fresh fruits and vegetables to gourmet and local items. It's our favorite market in Playa del Carmen, where we source fresh herbs and natural ingredients for our infusions and spa treatments at Botica Spa. Always local, always fresh, DAC ensures we get the best quality for our clients. Whether you're a resident or a visitor in Playa del Carmen, DAC is the go-to spot for fresh, natural ingredients and gourmet finds.

Address ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ 30 Avenida Norte Mz 34 lote 10.

Phone ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ 984 119 4961

Web ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ https://www.dacmercado.com/

IG ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ dacmercado

Hydrotherapy at Cenote Spa, Hyatt Hotel

Hydrotherapy Spa Experience: Recommended by Botica Spa Playa del Carmen

The hydrotherapy and attention at this spa in Playa del Carmen are incredible. You can spend the whole day at the gym, swimming in the pool, or simply relaxing in the hydrotherapy area. Located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, this spa is always clean and beautifully detailed. You truly feel like you're in a cenote amidst the jungle, providing a serene and unique experience. It's a fantastic plan to enjoy with friends.

Address ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ 1a Avenida esquina Calle 26.

Phone ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ +52 984 875 1234 ext. 5050

Web ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผhttps://www.hyatt.com/es-ES/spas/Cenote-Spa//home.html

IG ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ cenotespamx

Brunch at Lara y Luca

Relaxing Cafe Breakfast: Recommended by Botica Spa Playa del Carmen

Enjoy the perfect brunch before or after your visit to Botica Spa at our beloved neighbors, Lara y Luca. Located in Playacar, this cozy cafรฉ and bakery is overflowing with French charm, where every bite of their delicious breakfasts envelops you like a culinary hug. Each dish is crafted with love, making you feel the comforting warmth of home.

Address ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Diag. Aeropuerto MZ 29-LT 4

Phone ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ 984 176 3305

Web ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ https://www.larayluca.com

IG ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ larayluca_playadelcarmen

Relaxation Nail Treatments at GH Spaย 

Manicure and Pedicure Spa Day: Recommended by Botica Spa Playa del Carmen

Let me introduce you to GH Spa & Bridal Services! Their nail treatments are simply amazing.

Their nail technicians are absolute pros, and they really know how to make you feel special. Whether you're in the mood for a classic manicure or a pampering pedicure, they've got you covered.

Address ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Ave 10 Norte entre calle 38 & 40.ย 

Phone ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ 984 147 0883

Web ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ https://www.larayluca.com

IG ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ gh_spa

Los Aguachilesย 

The Best Seafood ย 

Los Aguachiles restaurant in Playa del Carmen, known for its fresh seafood dishes

If thereโ€™s one place in Playa del Carmen that I can never get enough of, itโ€™s Los Aguachiles. This restaurant is my top choice for fresh and delicious seafood.ย 

Aguachiles has 3 great locations one outside Playacar, one on 34th Street and another on Constituyentes Avenue. The 34th Street spot is my favorite for its cozy atmosphere.

The food is the highlight. Donโ€™t miss the fresh tuna figurineโ€”a culinary gem. Another must-try is the Popeye taco, packed with shrimp and fresh spinach, and perfectly complemented by their homemade sauces.

If youโ€™re in Playa del Carmen, make sure to visit Aguachiles.

Address ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Calle 34 Nte MZ 41 LT 01

IG ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ losaguachilesrmย 

La Petita in Puerto Morelos

Fresh seafood at La Petita in Puerto Morelos with stunning beach views

If you're staying in Playa del Carmen, it's worth the trip to Puerto Morelos to experience the freshest seafood at La Petita. Located right on the beach, this charming palapa offers stunning ocean views and an authentic local atmosphere.

My top recommendations? You absolutely have to try their fried fish and conch ceviche. Both dishes are bursting with flavor and showcase the best of what the local waters have to offer.

So, take a break from the hustle and bustle of Playa del Carmen and head to La Petita for an unforgettable meal by the sea. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!


Address ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ 77580 Puerto Morelos.ย 

IG ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ lapetitamx

Best Ice Cream Panna y Cioccolatoย 

Delicious artisanal ice cream from Panna y Cioccolato in Puerto Morelos

If youโ€™re already in Puerto Morelos, you have to stop by Panna y Cioccolato for a delicious treat. This place is renowned for its artisanal ice cream and also has locations in Tulum. The quality and flavor of their ice cream are unmatched.

I highly recommend trying the pistachio ice cream with waffle crunch. This flavor makes your visit to Puerto Morelos even more special. Each bite is a burst of flavor and texture that will make you feel like you've discovered a true treasure.

Address ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Calle Jose Maria Morelos, Puerto Morelos

๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸผNeptuno, Av. Tulum 2, Tulum

Phone ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ 9981297915

IG ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ pannaclub

If you're a local and have more recommendations for newcomers who want to avoid touristy spots, reach out to us and share your top tips in the Riviera Maya!ย 

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