While the beachfront and ocean constitute the body and soul of Playa del Carmen, the town´s sensual spirit pulses along Quinta Avenida, its main shopping street.
Locals refer to this pedestrian promenade as “La Quinta” and most of its stores are open seven days a week, from morning to night.
La Quinta is a power spot for retail therapy, gift hunting and souvenir shopping.
If luxury and iconic brands are your game, head to the ferry dock where la Quinta ends for a hit of power shopping at the open-air Paseo del Carmen mall.
You´ll find international brand- name shops, as well as restaurants and bars.
Several locally owned boutiques sell everything from souvenirs and bathing suits to clothing.
Cigars shops with cigar roller show and local jewelry.
Given that Mexico is famous for its tradition of fine sterling silver jewelry designs, it makes perfect sense that one of la Quinta´s most compelling boutiques is Silver Palace.
Choose from hundreds of gleaming sterling rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and more, all displayed in beautifully decorative surroundings.
You´ll find another treasure trove at Ambar Mexicano, brimming with raw and finished amber products, gold and silver jewelry.
Quinta Avenida features many shops specializing in exquisite hand-made objects and textiles.
High-quality handicrafts from Oaxaca and other artistic centers of Mexico offer charming angels, crosses and classic Mexican Catholic folk artifacts are here, along with paintings and carvings of the miraculous Virgin of Guadalupe.
Comfortable resort wear and striking hand-made creations are also sold at la Quinta Avenida.