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5th Avenue (Avenida 5)

Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Specialty Shops
Activities: Shopping, Dining, Drinking, Nightlife
Description: Busy street lined with all kinds of shops, art and crafts galleries, cafes, restaurants and bars.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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London, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

It was suggested that we check out 5th Ave for the great shopping. The trip was $8 round trip from the hotel and we didn't think it was worth it. The outdoor mall had a few stores in it (ie Victoria Secret, H&M etc) but the prices weren't great. They didn't accept American dollars there so you had to exchange... More

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We went to 5th avenue one evening, its a very nice shopping area. Some of the big name places we don't really need to go into when on a Mexican vacation...(Zara, Harley Davidson, etc), but there were some other places that were cool. It's a little touristy, lots of tourist shops. But then further down there are also some haggle,... More

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Saint John, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

It was a fun experience for shopping. Lots of people. A lot of campy souvenirs as to be expected, but great eats and lots of friendly people. If you're not interested in shopping just eyes straight and walk the lane :).

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We knew exactly what we wanted, Mexican embroidered dress for our two granddaughters. There are many shops and everyone one of them holler this and that trying to entice you to get into their stores. After a while it actually is pretty annoying but we found the dresses and were able to negotiate the price from REALLY expensive to a... More

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CT
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We stopped by playa del Carmen to do a bit of shopping. Fifth Avenue is a long street lined with shops and has anything you want to find in the way of Mexican souvenirs. You can haggle with the shop owners in some of the shops to get lower prices. If you are buying jewelry go to a few places... More

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Detroit, Michigan
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Typical Tourist Fare...was really looking for some hand made, authentic local jewelry or goods....Most was commercial. Very Nice people...

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Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Pathetic this place is nothing more than a drug market. It's bad enough every vendor hounds you to come in and shop. They are relentless at it. I thought its because they are just poor and need to make some money but they really are like vultures. They ask every guy if they want Cuban cigars but then immediately start... More

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Henlow, United Kingdom
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125 reviews 125 reviews
53 attraction reviews
235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This Avenue is about 1 mile>2k long and packed with shops, outside stalls, restaurants & bars. Barter for everything, there's always a best price available because of the competition. If you don't want the fun of haggling walk 1 or 2 blocks away you can find cheaper vendors; but its part of holiday so try it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Toronto
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Lots of shops and restaurants. Easy to find a place to eat and drink. T-shirts are expansive, $17 US each.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

If this is on your list of must-sees for a Playa, don't waste your time. This pedestrian only street is nothing but shops, bars and restaurants with the owners/workers outside barking at every person who walks by. We live in a resort town in FL so we know how these types of places fleece tourists. The prices on 5th Avenue... More

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