It is the place to be in Playa del Carmen for souvenirs, cheap tourist medicine, clothes and tequila: Calle Quinta Avenida or Fifth Avenue.
There are plenty of shops there to indulge yourself and from exclusive designer stores to the fun cheap T-shirt shops, they are all part of the atmosphere on 5th Avenue. Sit on one of the many terraces and watch the crowd or simply stroll along all the salespeople trying to get your attention and into their shops.
No need to dress up, when walking around here, you see all sorts of styles and lots of sandy feet
The shops are numerous to name a few brands:
Ay Guey (Mexican Design Store)
La Europea Liquor Store
Rosalia (Mexican traditional clothes)
And then there are plenty of local shops like Bikineria, Dine ‘n Dance, Narcisa to name a few that sell wonderful clothes and beachwear. Art shops like Sol Jaguar, Corazon de Mexico and the many silver shops and every Thursday night artist have exhibitions in the street.
5th Avenue is 22 blocks of fun and entertainment, shopping and restaurants
You will find Starbucks, 7-Eleven, McDonalds, and plenty of local restaurants to give you a good taste of Mexican food and cocktails.
Let’s take a walk over 5th Avenue on a regular day in this One Minute Video
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A photo Impression of daily life on 5th avenue
Is it safe to shop and enjoy the nightlife on 5th Avenue?
Yes, I believe it is. I am not a person to get scared easily, but I am also realistic, some places are safer than others, that can even be in some areas in your own city. As a world traveller, it is my strong belief to use your common sense everywhere you go. Also on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Do not get involved with drug vendors
Do not leave your drink unattended in a night club
Do not offend people or get involved in fights
Stay clear of situations where you see the police involved
Do not trust people by the colour of their eyes
Do not flash lots of money
Avoid dark abandoned places
Keep an eye on your bag and wallet
Keep an eye on your back when using the ATM
Try to be in control of your situation always or look like you are in control
But those are all common things you should do everywhere in the world. If you need anything, there is tourist police everywhere, they are there to help you.
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Jeanette, a Dutch female nomad, started to travel the world at the age of 17. Walker of beaches, shell searcher and iPhone photographer. Writer and owner of two websites
Currently, she lives in Mexico.
She is an emigration coach and works online.
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