If you or someone you know is getting married, don’t let the conversation about where to hold the bachelorette party (and bachelor party, for that matter!) pass by without taking a serious look at Mexico’s Riviera Maya. In Playa del Carmen everyone can enjoy a perfect trip with friends, eating fabulous food, partying until the sun comes up and exploring some of the world’s most incredible wonders – all in the span of just a few days!
Read on to see five reasons downtown Playa del Carmen is one of the world’s best places to host a bachelorette party and forget about the usual suspects of Miami and Las Vegas!
There are plenty of incredible places to stay in Playa, including spacious, chic, modern new condos on 5th Avenue (La Quinta Avenida), but the ultra-stylish Thompson Beach House Hotel overlooks the Mexican Caribbean Sea and is the perfect quiet place to recover when you aren’t living it up. You can lounge by the pool with friends while sipping delicious handcrafted cocktails and eating delectable bites like tuna tostatas and fresh ceviche. The location is also close enough to the excitement of 5th Avenue that you can easily explore Playa del Carmen’s restaurants and nightlife, but still feel secluded enough to relax and get away from it all.
As a recent social media post by this truly one-of-a-kind restaurant says, “Marry someone who loves to cook; beauty fades but hunger does not!” Situated in the heart of downtown Playa del Carmen on 5th Avenue, Aldea Corazon offers a diverse menu of Latin, Mexican and Central American cuisine, with many dishes inspired by the Riviera Maya’s ancient Mayan culture. The dining area is built around a cenote and incorporates many lush plantings, creating an enchanted garden effect that is perfect for couples who are enjoying joint bachelor and bachelorette parties in Mexico.
When it’s time to party, head over to Catch Rooftop – yes, it’s the Mexican outpost of Catch NYC – and enjoy all the same elements of fun that made the original such a massive hit. Think: Fabulous food, strong drinks and a rooftop that is made for a party! We love the Kal-ota cocktail, which features spicy tequila, orange, grapefruit, lime and agave nectar, as well as the Seedless Suzy, which is a delicious concoction of Absolut Elyx, watermelon juice, lime and basil. At Catch Rooftop you can celebrate al fresco in a poolside cabana, enjoying the warm tropical temperatures all year long!
We know you’re here to party and celebrate a few final days of singledom, but make sure to set aside time for at least one day of exploring. The Riviera Maya is full of both natural and man-made wonders that simply can’t be found anywhere else on Earth, so be sure to venture out and soak up the sites with your girls (and boys if they tagged along). Local tour operators like Living Dreams will show you the region’s most unforgettable destinations, where you can experience ziplining, authentic Mayan villages, ancient ruins, snorkeling along the world’s second largest barrier reef and so much more!
Shopping Local Boutiques
Whether you need sunglasses, cute caftans, a hat or just want to scope out the shopping scene in Mexico, downtown Playa del Carmen definitely won’t disappoint even the most discerning shopping-obsessed bachelorettes. Of course, you will find a wide variety of big international brands, but we recommend checking out the smaller local boutiques. We think Biuriful offers a nice variety of colorful printed beachwear and hats, or you can bring home some gifts while supporting the region’s natural environment when you shop at Artisanal Point, a handbag store that handcrafts everything from recycled ocean plastic.
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Trying to decide where to go? Read Best Mexico Vacations: Downtown Playa del Carmen vs. Cancun to learn more about this magical part of the Caribbean!