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Compared to other destinations, Playa del Carmen is a relatively small coastal city. That is why not so many bigger festivals take place. The inhabitants rather take part in events and festivals on the whole Yucatan Penisula. One of the bigger centers is Cancún, in the north of Playa del Carmen. The most important events of the region are:

October 2011: Riviera Maya Underground Film Festival

This event shows different movie screenings of experimental animation, fiction and documentary in different locations in Playa del Carmen, such as Plaza Pelicanos Hollywood Cinemas, Ayuntamiento de Solidaridad or Plaza 28 de Julio. This 5-day festival takes place every October in Playa del Carmen. Beside showing national and international movie screenings, people can also take part in different workshops and conferences about movie-making. Regarding more information click on RMUFF.

October – November 2011: Autumn Cultural Festival

Another yearly festival of the region celebrates and promotes the Mexican, and in particular the Yucatan culture, with a bright festival including dancing, music and theatrical plays.

November 2011:  Riviera Maya Jazz Festival

This festival is one of the most popular events in Playa del Carmen and it is typically held in November. The annual event gives local and foreign jazz performers a chance to showcase their talents. It lasts four days and starts around 8pm. It fills the streets of Playa del Carmen with music and dancing throughout the night, taking place near the Ultramar pier on Mamitas Beach. It attracts tourists from all over the world! The entrance is free. Are you interested? For more information please follow Riviera Maya Jazz Festival.

November 2011: Taste of Playa

In the Fundadores Park various top international restaurants and chefs will allow you to taste and admire delicious and top national and international cuisine. This famous international food festival takes place from 3 to 9 pm. Are you interested? Please click on Taste of Playa.

November 2011: The Bird Festival

For several years now enthusiastic bird watchers meet up in Yucatán, in order to participate in workshops and conferences and to organize and visit exhibitions.  Concerning more information, click on Yucatan Birds.

November – December 2011: Yucatan Fair

This colorful and lively show started as a little fair for stock breeders and today it is one of the biggest exhibitions in the industry. In the last few years other features have been added to the event, so as to provide entertainment for the general public. People can buy regional products, watch horse races and cockfights, enjoy theme parks and children’s shows and much more. Everything is part of the traditional Palenque festival. A For more information please click on Feria de Yucatan.

December 2011 – January 2012: BPM Festival

This event is a must for electronic music lovers. National and international DJs present their music at the famous beach club “Kool” during the day and in various famous night clubs in Playa del Carmen at night. For more information click on BPM Festival.

February 2012: Mayakoba Golf Classic

This event annually takes place in the “El Camaleón Golf Club” in Playa del Carmen. It is the venue for Mexico’s Mayakoba Golf Classic and it has been part of the US PGA Tour since 2007.  For more information, please click on PGA Tour or Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Of course, next to these festivals there are the traditional festivities such as “Carnaval” (February),  “Semana Santa” (March/April) and “Posadas de Navidad” (December), the public holidays “Todos los Santos” (1st November), “Dia de los Muertos” (2nd November), “Independance Day” (15./16. October), “Day of the Virgin Guadalupe” (12th December) and Christmas and New Year.


Playa del Carmen is definitely one of the best places in the Mayan Riviera to celebrate and have fun. Although the nightlife in Playa del Carmen might be not as crazy as in the near town Cancun; Playa del Carmen has a really wonderful nightlife. Along the famous Fifth Avenue there are various bars, restaurants and lounges where you can go to eat and drink before the real nightlife starts. These offer you international and Mexican cuisine. Then, on the famous 12th street, you can find all the bars and discotheques that play the best of salsa, dance hall, electronic music, lounge music and black music till dawn. There are also a few clubs with dance floors that extend to the white beaches of Playa del Carmen. Bar hopping is also very popular in Playa del Carmen as the clubs are located really close to each other.

One of the discotheques that deserve at least one visit is the “Coco Bongo”, one of the best clubs worldwide. To start highly recommendable is the “L’ambassade” that has nice cocktail offers, “Frida Bar”, which has a surrealistic ambience, “Pura Vida” with the best of reggae music and “Siesta Fiesta”, where life music is played every day. Afterwards, you should pay a visit to the discotheques “Los Danzantes” y “Mandala”, which offer a really exclusive and modern decoration. The discotheque Brahma is especially popular among the inhabitants of Playa del Carmen. For the “after-party” (people normally go around 2am) you should visit “La Santanera”, playing the finest of electronic music. We also recommend a visit to the “Blue Parrot”, one of the most famous and oldest clubs on-site.

If you want more a quiet night, there are also other bars and locations around 5th Avenue where the play jazz or reggae music and where you can relax a little bit. You can also go to one of the cinemas, in “Plaza las Américas” or “Centro Maya”.  In general if you go out in “Playa”, clothing is more casual. Depending on where you go, you can dress up or dress down. However, there are a few discotheques that do not permit to wear shorts or sandals.

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Address : Ave. 20 norte lote 33 entre calles 2 y 4 norte, Col. Centro. Playa del Carmen. Q.ROO.

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