According to the Municipal Public Security Bureau of Solidarity, the city of Playa del Carmen welcomed more than 20,000 visitors daily during the 2015 summer holiday season, reported the Riviera Maya News. In addition, new offerings like a cultural theater with its very own symphony orchestra, a new bike path in the works and a growing market for locally-crafted beer are making Playa a must-visit destination for travelers of all ages.
The Bureau also revealed that these numbers are particularly noticeable along Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue), which begins in downtown Playa and is expanding outward, making it one of the busiest thoroughfares in all of Mexico.
“Fifth Avenue has become an icon of business in an area dominated by all-inclusive,which is supposed to prevent tourists from leaving their hotels,” stated Mauro Amati Vecci, who serves as president of the National Chamber of the Restaurant Industry and Seasoned Foods in the region.
Despite the fact that tourists can get everything they need at their hotels – from food and beverages to fine wine,craft cocktails and high end clothing – the appeal of Fifth Avenue with its growing variety of restaurants, shops and cafes is proving to be irresistible for travelers.
“The area has a high concentration of restaurants, spas, cafes, shops, jewelry stores, crafts and art galleries, boutiques, ice cream shops, and souvenir shops for all tastes and budgets,” wrote the Riviera Maya News. “Over [last year’s] holiday season, retailers along Fifth Avenue reported a 30 percent increase over last year.”
In addition, downtown Playa del Carmen opened a new cultural center last summer, the Teatro de la Ciudad de Playa del Carmen (City Theatre of Playa del Carmen), which had nine shows during its opening week, entertaining more than 6,000 people during the first seven days, reported the Riviera Maya News. The theatre reportedly has a 732-person capacity and offers shows by Playa’s symphony orchestra, as well as modern pieces like the Vagina Monologues, classical dance performances, and children’s features.
Local breweries throughout the state of Quintana Roo, where Playa del Carmen is located, are also benefitting from the rising tourism numbers, according to Carlos Orvañanos Rea, who serves as president of the Brewers Association of the United States of Mexico. Quintana Roo is currently home to eight breweries, the three busiest of which are located in Tulum, Akumal and Cancun.
“The potential is very good when you consider the advantage it gives you being in a tourist destination visited by both domestic and foreign travelers, as well as a growing population,” stated Rea. “The Quintana Roo potential is huge especially if one takes into account that last year, 15 million tourists visited and there is a population of a million and a half people.”
Finally, a local cycling organization was given the go-ahead to build a new bike path in Playa del Carmen along Constituent Avenue, which will connect Playa’s General Hospital with 30th Avenue. According to Riviera Maya News, the completed bike path will include an area that is 1.7 meters wide running along the right side of both road lanes.
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