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“Lovely little find on your door step”
Review of Plaza Playacar

Plaza Playacar
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Owner description: Plaza Playacar is a Mexican-Colonial styled shopping mall that reflects the Mexican spirit in every corner and is the favorite plaza for guests of the main hotels at Playacar. Visitors who come shopping can be sure that they are buying guaranteed and authentic products.Plaza Playacar offers a wide array of goods: from regional handcrafts, through an excellent variety of Caribbean clothes as well as the finest pieces of jewelry of international trademarks.
Reviewed March 2, 2013

We stayed at the fabulous Riu Yucatan and out of the front gate, turn right for 5-10 minutes walk is the Playacar Plaza, over the road which is cooler as it is lined with trees.
You know when you are there because you hit first the coffee shop, i think it was star bucks, Next is a great travel agency called MAYA TOURS. They are cocha, reliable, clean and show you his/her trips on a lap top, so you know what you are getting in advance. We booked our tours there which was Tulum, mayan villages, dinner at Coba, went went on a tuk tuk style bike or a push bike up to Coba ruin, this you can walk up but its not suitable to walk up with walking difficulties. We then went around on the bike around some more ruins until we were back at the start of the coba entrance. Then off into a mini bus with English speaking guests and travel guide to Ackumel beach to swim with turtles. This trip was £50 approx, but you could pay in Dollars if you so wish. All the drinks are included and lunch included as well.

Next to the tour company has an array of shops, pharmacy, t shirt shops, souvenir shopping, and little kiosks that were pushy wanting you to take trips with them. Personally i wouldn't book a trip with them, but they maybe ok.

Some more shops include very expensive silver jewellery shops, handbags, tobacconists and a guy asking you if you would like monkeys in your hands and feel free to take as many photos as you wish. We paid $8 and it was well worth it, my husband and I both took them and held them and it was one price. Beautiful creatures, tame and well handled by the handler.

There are a couple of guys doing paintings with oil etc, they are lovely, he does them in front of you, rolls them up so you can get it home.

I would imagine the shops sell everything even bikinis, sun creams !

The plaza is a nice place, not as much hassle as PDC, but their prices maybe more expensive than down town. Medicine is expensive in the plaza eg, for 50 paracetamols it cost us £7.50 sterling, in our town they cost less than 50p.

There are numerous seating areas and a pay phone with tele cards to ring home etc.
The shops are nice to look around and it is not far from your hotel. Some you can barter with, especially the stall holders, but they are expensive.

4  Thank Derwentrocker
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Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

This is a decent little mall that is basically right in the middle of the Riu resorts. Made for a nice break to leave the resort on foot and walk here. Starbucks is here as well. They have stores, as well as a few of the typical street venders, but I didn't find them as aggressive to deal with as on 5th Ave. Overall a lot of the same kind of typical Mexican souvenirs, but without getting hassled quite as much. Prices aren't too bad for certain things, way better then the resort gift shop though.

Thank Bmouland21
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Reviewed January 19, 2013 via mobile

As much as I didnt want to shop in USD they do provide this at Plaza Playacar.

Unfortunately the offerings are mass-produced for the most part, including my 'Mexican' dress which was made in Indonesia.

An OK place to shop, if you couldn't be bothered making the short walk to 5th Avenue (la Quinta) in Playa del Carmen town, where there is plenty of variety (albeit still overpriced and mass-produced!).

1  Thank AngeleneFay
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Reviewed December 5, 2011

I stayed at the Riu Palace Riviera Maya Nov 21-Dec 1 and visited this plaza probably 6 times. It was a short walk from my hotel and had a lot of really cute shops to buy clothes, souveniers and of course a Starbucks! The starbucks is the same as Canada/US and the prices are similiar as well. This plaza was great at night to get out from the hotel after dinner and stroll the streets of Playacar (100% safe)

Have fun!

4  Thank Lovetofly33
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Reviewed October 21, 2011

I have to say that I really loved the plaza!! Everything you can get there is typically form mexico!!! perfect place to shop for family gifts!!! I also had the pleasure to have a delicious dinner while enjoying musical performance in the middle of the out door plaza!!!!

Love it!!

2  Thank fernanda s
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