A Stroll Down 5th Avenue
The Village of Playa del Carmen, located a mere 10-15 minute drive from Fairmont Mayakoba, was a very small fishermen town 15 years ago and it has recently become one of the trendiest areas in the Mayan Riviera. The European influence on this street is evident with every step. “Playa” as its habitants call it, is chic and traditional, a fusion of the old and the new, and a place where adventure and culture convene.
5th Avenue attracts people from all over the world with different interests looking for Mexican and International handicrafts, as well as locals who meet and mingle at the many coffee shops in the area. On this street visitors can enjoy Mexican folklore, as many entertainers and artists perform everyday, including duets playing the soft melody of the marimba and the mariachi.
5th Avenue is a very long street with no motorized traffic allowed, making it a nice place to stroll. Visitors can find an array of restaurants offering different cuisine, including Italian, Mediterranean, French, Thai, Japanese and, of course, Mexican. Exclusive boutiques and Mexican handicrafts shops are also located on the avenue. You may find unique, handmade Mayan jewelry, belts, and handbags.
Mustn't miss: Coffee shops are frequented often by visitors and locals. Ah Cacao sells regional chocolate and prepare the most delicious hot chocolate and brownies.
A 45-minute ferry ride departs every 30 minutes from Playa del Carmen (10-15 minutes from Fairmont Mayakoba) to the magical island of Cozumel. The island is famous worldwide for its coral reefs and sea life. We recommend snorkeling, many places rent the necessary equipment, deep sea-fishing, or kayaking.
But this is not the end of the options available, there are more things to do in Cozumel. Chankanaab Park, a Marine National Park, features the only inland coral reef formation in the world. The park is home to the world-renowned exotic fish ecosystem and natural aquarium.
Punta Sur Light House is an ecological park and nature reserve that features a breathtaking natural environment of mangrove jungles, white sand beaches and coral reef at the south end of the island. There you can see over 220 species of birds, iguanas, and giant turtles.
If you want to experience an archeological tour, then you must visit San Gervasio, El Cedral or El Caracol. There you can visit some of the sites where the Mayans built small cities.