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This rooftop open-aired restaurant cum jazz club resembles a local casita, with the requisite palapa and regional hardwoods used throughout. Lilting music (often live) spices up entrees like ... read more
La Ranita, or the Little Frog, is a cozy lil spot for locals and touristas alike. Run by a Swedish couple that like to turn up the heat. You can even buy a bottle and leave it at the bar for next t... read more
Located directly on the white sand beach at the Blue Parrot Resort, the waves break inches away from your impression of the Macarena. During the day, you can lounge St. Tropez style on the... read more
"Infamous" is the best word to describe this outpost of the Cancun all-night raver spot. The low budget verz of NYC's Box, Coco Bongo features stage shows, live music, skimpy outfits, and all you c... read more
Probably the only spot in Playa where peeps will know those sunglasses are Proenza, this breezy lounge sets the standard for boutique chic in the Riviera Maya. Taking a cue from Phillipe Starck, wh... read more
Rock out with your shoes off at Playa´s beachfront jump off. It club´s ideal location draws fired up locals and turistas amped by the live percussion that grows frenetic with the passin... read more
Though the name might suggest otherwise, Mambo Café is all about salsa. Live Latin bands play every night to hard core dance fanatics. If you're new to the genre, come early for lessons with... read more
No Starbucks. Which is a good thing, we suppose. Though locals line up for the beans at this roaster one half block north of the square, it's a little weak for our extra caffeinated Crackbucks-addi... read more
We're not sure if it refers to the beers or the, umm, other entertainment. This is pretty much a locals joint, so try and lay off the popped Lacoste collar and those new Ksubi Jeans. Though its ma... read more
Pretty Playa. One of our fave restos and lounges in all of the Riviera, Playa Azul, at the boho chic hotel of the same name, serves up dishes like duck loin with chile mole or a juicy steak filet w... read more
The restaurant at the Fusion Beach Hotel is nothing too supes, as far as hotel restos go, but the view is quite pretty and their cheeseburger is often referred to as the 'best burger in Playa.' Aft... read more
With 85 (!) different types of tequila and an a happy hour that starts at 11 a.m., this is for serious alkys only. While girls get free shots for dancing on the bar, dudes can watch sports and nibb... read more
Sr. Frogs is a legend with a certain set of Alpha Delta Phi's the world over. Known for Top 40 music, overpriced beers, and an abundance of Forever 21, the Playa del Carmen outpost of the chain is ... read more
The Dragon Bar is a staple in Playa del Carmen nightlife, especially for the under 30s. While we don't vouch for the quality of the crowd, the quantity is abundant. Though there's a cover, you also... read more
Rambunctious crowds pound cervezas and munch on calamari while kickin’ it to Jimmy Buffett music; this is Margaritaville. Oh, yeah: and bikini tops hang from the roof above. The scene's a lit... read more
Great waterfront property is a popular spot to hang with friends, have some drinks and sample the menu. The coconut shrimp and zinfandel chicken are favorites. So if you’re looking for a spot... read more
After playing volley ball all day in the sun, head to this sports bar to chillax as a viewer. Basketball, football, and soccer (which is also referred to as football) are always playing in the back... read more
Located in the chi-chi Forum shopping mall, Havana Blue delivers exactly what you would expect: cigars and mojitos, set to the backdrop of a live jazz band. Connoisseurs should take note of the sol... read more
The staff (as well as the often-present owner) of this spanking-new spot are friendly and attentive from the moment you arrive. And the night only gets better as you watch the sunset on the patio w... read more
A block from the beach, and half a block from shopping on 5th Avenu...
Nestled in prestigious enclave Playa del Carmen, all-inclusive reso...
Situated on a lush tropical preserve in Playa del Carmen, La Perla ...
If you want to rent a boat with friends and snorkel at your own lei...
Probably one of the sickest locations we've seen for a restaurant, ...