Nightlife and Entertainment in Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen nightlife is active and bustling come sundown. If you stroll down 5th Avenue, known as “La Quinta,” you´ll find plenty of bars and restaurants. Most of the popular nightclubs are also clustered in this area, so this beachside community offers visitors plenty of options.

Fire and Water

One of the all-time favorites in Playa del Carmen is the Blue Parrot. It has been around since the late 80’s and is still going strong. The beach club plays pop music and the dance floor is literally a step away from the waves. The Blue Parrot also owns the Palapa Lounge, where D.J.s mix progressive dance music. This popular hangout is well known for its fire show, which is featured every night at 11 p.m. Call them at (984) 206-3350 for information about their events. They often host live bands.

Caves and Carpaccio

Alux is a place you shouldn't miss out on. This venue was built in one of the many natural caves that are typical of the area. According to the owners, these caves were used in Pre-Hispanic ceremonies by the Mayans. Stalagmites glisten in green and blue; the decor is unusual and eye-catching, to say the least. Alux’s restaurant menu is also pretty unique. The perfect plate? Try the lobster carpaccio. Alux also has a bar and nightclub. They are frequented by a chic crowd of 20- and 30-somethings. Dial (984) 110-5050 for dinner reservations.

For the Dancers

If you’re into salsa, visit the Mambo Café. It’s located on Calle 6 Norte, by 10th Avenue. Not far from there you’ll find El Cielo, over on Calle 12 and La Quinta. The bar downstairs can get pretty crowded, but the well-mixed cocktails make up for it. Upstairs there is a lovely rooftop terrace that serves as a dance club. The advantage to this two-level club is that the first and second floors play different music. House, hip-hop and techno are staples at this nightclub.

Martinis or Tequila

Kartabar is on Calle 12 by 1st Avenue. It serves Mediterranean food and has Middle Eastern flare. Hookahs and belly dancers fill the bar. Candlelight and white drapes separate tables. The house martini is hailed as the best in town. Call them at (984) 874-2228 for information. If tequila is your poison, head to Casa Tequila on La Quinta, just three blocks from the main square. It has an extensive list of tequilas and an atmosphere that keeps visitors coming back for more.

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April 05, 2010 change by gabriela sanchez amyot

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