Playa del Carmen, a Mexican Caribbean resort town about an hour away from Cancun, gets hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
Many of those visitors go for the stunning white sand and crystal clear water beaches, but a trip to Playa del Carmen isn’t complete without a visit to the city’s famous 5th Avenue.
In the future, it will be better than ever, as Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue is getting an extensive makeover, and we’ll tell you what travelers should know about this massive project.
Playa Del Carmen’s 5th Avenue
Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue, also known as Quinta Avenida, isn’t just a street in a tourist destination but a destination in and of itself, and it has something to offer everyone.
You’ll find international fine dining restaurants alongside establishments serving up the finest authentic Mexican food and high-end shopping centers only steps away from boutiques and smaller shops selling handmade goods.
But the nightlife scene is the true claim to fame for 5th Avenue and is home to popular nightclubs.
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This Is The 2nd Part Of The 5th Avenue Makeover
The rehabilitation of Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue began last year when local businesses and merchants first began to request improvements.
In addition to extra trash bins placed around the city that can help discourage littering, some cosmetic improvements were made as well.
This included things like installing 30 new planters along the street, as well as 60 benches for visitors to have a place to rest while enjoying all that 5th Avenue has to offer.
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Time For An Upgrade
5th Avenue has long been the main street and nightlife hotspot in Playa del Carmen.
And now more tourists than ever are visiting the Mexican Caribbean, so it’s the perfect time to give the popular street an upgrade.
The merchants and business owners requested the makeover, and it will enhance the overall 5th Avenue experience for both tourists and locals.
What The Makeover Will Consist Of
In addition to the minor improvements made last year, a number of new projects are now in the works.
The walkways along 5th Avenue are being repaired and will be repainted, a project that, according to Secretary of Municipal Public Services Benny Millán, the first stages of which could be completed in as little as 10 days.
A large-scale cleanup project is also taking place.
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The Future Of 5th Avenue
The city is not doing all this work for nothing and plans to maintain the repaired and upgraded street.
A biannual maintenance plan will be implemented in order to maintain the condition of 5th Avenue to better serve tourists.
Officials are also working on relocating street vendors onto side streets along 5th Avenue to keep them from crowding the street and also due to requests from business owners.
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Getting To Playa Del Carmen
It takes about an hour to get from Cancun International Airport to Playa del Carmen, and there are multiple transportation options to get you there.
A taxi will cost more than $100 for a one-way trip but is more comfortable than the ADO bus, which only costs around $10.
Private transportation is your best option because it’s the safest, there is no price haggling because you book in advance, and somebody will be right there at the airport waiting for you, but it will likely cost you at least around $80 each way.
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Why Choose Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen has some of the most stunning beaches in the Mexican Caribbean.
Its 5th Avenue nightlife can easily compete with that of Cancun.
So what you get with Playa del Carmen is a less crowded vacation destination with plenty to offer for those looking for an alternative to Cancun.
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