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5 hidden treasures in Playa del Carmen that you must visit

Discover the best not so well known places you must have on your list to get a complete local experience in Playa del Carmen. 


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Playa del Carmen is one of the most popular destinations in the Riviera Maya, with spectacular white sand beaches to spread out your towel and get a quiet sunbath, Bohemian vibes and an electric nightlife, however, there are still many hidden treasures not very popular among tourist beyond the surface. Here are 5 perfect places that you must have on your checklist to have a local experience. 

Punta Esmeralda Beach

This free beach is a hidden treasure for most visitors, located at the end of Colonia Colosio with direct access right on Fifth Avenue. Since it is not very popular, it is a very peaceful and quiet destination to relax with crystal clear water. 

Punta Esmeralda also has a peculiar characteristic in its waters because it has a small cenote whose waters flow directly into the sea, making it acquire different shades of blue. Do not forget your swimsuit and enjoy a unique experience in this pretty beach. 

Explore the street art 

Along with the electric vibe, the northern of Playa del Carmen is full of colorful street art. Most of them were painted by local artists as a way of expression, but there are also some renowned muralists that have contributed to creating the pretty murals. 

Exploring the street art culture is getting more popular nowadays, and the best option to appreciate all the work is to rent a bicycle and ride at your own pace. 

blue and green dragon statue

Jardin de Marieta

This colorful open gallery is an intimate space where art and nature converge. It is located just a few steps away from Fifth Avenue, between streets 6 and 8 and you must pay attention to not miss the opportunity to visit it. 

You can find different and beautiful displays of more than 40 local and international artists and of course the work of Gastón Charó, with different formats and techniques, either photographs, acrylics, oil paintings and more. The gallery has pretty gardens that give a whimsical vibe to make the experience better. 

The Frida Kahlo Museum

This little museum is located on a corner of Fifth Avenue between street 8 and exhibits objects and images related to one of the most famous Mexican artists. Besides the museum, you can also find upstairs a delicious restaurant, overlooking Fifth Avenue, which makes it ideal for a great evening. Do not forget to take a picture of the Frida Kahlo graffiti at the entrance. 

coconut tree near beach during daytime

The Public Place

With a cozy home pub vibe with live music and delicious food, this is one of the best places to visit in the Mexican Caribbean. The pub is really affordable and offer an energetic atmosphere for a night stroll. The public places is located at Paseo Coba 20, Playacar, 77717 Playa del Carmen.