It’s hard to miss Fifth Avenue (Quinta Avenida) in Playa del Carmen as it is the city’s main street running through the downtown area. Fifth Avenue stretches parallel to the ocean and serves as both a street for cars and a pedestrian walkway for visitors exploring the city. Fifth Avenue is a popular place to rest your head while in Playa del Carmen as the hotels on the street boast an ideal location that provides easy access to the beach as well as being easy walking distance to shops, clubs and restaurants. The shops that line Fifth Avenue are aplenty and visitors can find local artisan crafts, clothing and other fashion accessories, fine jewelry and cigar shops (you can find Cubans here). It’s also not uncommon to see street performers entertaining the masses on Fifth Avenue.
If just visiting Fifth Avenue for the day, you’re in luck as there is a bus station right off the street, making it easy to take public transportation there. Many resorts along the Riviera Maya offer complimentary bus service to Playa del Carmen at some point each week. You can also sign up for a transportation excursion which will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Playa del Carmen and back again.