Playa is great for freely wandering the beach and finding your favorite spot. Just throw your towel down basically anywhere you want and lap up the Caribbean sunshine. That’s the beauty of this bohemian beach town! But if you’d prefer to lounge at a beach club, there are several to choose from.
Most beachfront restaurants offer lounge chairs and palapas or umbrellas if you buy a bucket of beer or get something from their menu. This is a nice option if you don’t want to lay on the sand! Just stroll the beach, working your way north from the ferry dock, and see what your choices are. Part of Playa’s charm is the sheer variety…you can explore and find a place that’s just perfect for you and your crew!
A few popular choices right downtown are WAH WAH’S [between calle 2 and 4], ZENZI [off calle 10], and BLUE PARROT [off calle 12]. All of these have fantastic menus and nightly live entertainment as well, so you can stay well after sunset if you feel like it!
Mamita’s Beach Club
MAMITA’S is the hot spot for the young, beautiful crowd. It hosts annual festivals like BPM and the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival. No matter when you visit throughout the year, the music is thumping, bass is bumping, and a fun carefree spirit is in the air! There are lounge chairs and umbrellas arranged in rows for you to chill with your friends. If you feel like it, there are Jet-skis and catamarans for rent, along with stand-up paddle boards. You can go parasailing or book a dive. There are great eats and drinks, too. It’s all right here.
Prepare to be pampered with concierge service and elegant lounge areas at neighboring KOOL BEACH CLUB. It has a fantastic deck and swimming pool to cool off in, too. You can find both of these beach clubs at the end of calle 28.
Kool Beach Club
The only forno oven right on the beach in Playa? It’s further north, at CANIBAL ROYAL. You can find this idyllic spot near CTM, or calle 46. It’s away from the noisy crowds, and serves up excellent food in an eclectic atmosphere. The variety in music is great, not house or techno beats all the time!
Visit during Happy Hour at INDIGO BEACH CLUB and enjoy great discounts on gourmet dining and spectacular cocktails. The Balinese/Thai vibe at this small downtown spot is so alluring and relaxing. To find this place, look for the tasselled umbrellas near the fishing pier. It’s nestled in the El Taj hotel, between calle 12 and 14.