If you are planning a visit to downtown Playa del Carmen, then we recommend a visit to a plaza which can satisfy you shopping, eating and entertainment needs all in one place. Calle Corazon is a large five story plaza located in the heart of downtown Playa del Carmen, spreading across from the corner of 5th avenue and 12 street, over to 14th street.
H&M department store sits on the corner of 5th avenue and 12th street, 3 floors of clothing for men and women which is stylish, affordable and well made.
Hovering above H&M is the Thompson Hotel, which provides one of the best views of the city from it’s rooftop bar and pool area. It’s accessible to non-residents on special music event nights and have day-packages available for lounging on the rooftop.
As you continue your walk through the ground floor you will come across a Starbucks, which is quite small but has a patio area outside. Hollister is a clothing store for trendy younger people, Steve Madden sells their line of designer shoes and fashion accessories for women, children and men, while Sunglasshut is the place to go for some stylish eye wear.
Ghandi is a small but very well stocked book store, one of the few in downtown Playa. Many of the books are in Spanish, but there is an excellent section for books in English from a top class selection of authors.
El Aquario de Playa, is one of Playa del Carmen’s must-see attractions. The aquarium has more than 200 species of fish distributed in 45 exhibitions, spread across three floor. General admission is $270 pesos, or $17 USD, open from Monday to Sunday 11am-10pm.
Sushi Roll is located at the top of the first escalators coming in from 12th street, next to H&M. They have a large menu of Japanese dishes, from sushi to Ramen noodles and everything in between. La No. 20 Cantina Restaurant is the place to go to finish off your evening with some cocktails while overlooking the bustle of 5th avenue below.
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