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“A nice change from the resort”
Review of Quinta Avenida

Quinta Avenida
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Owner description: The Five AvenueThe most Important street in Mexico, you can find Shopping, Souvenirs, Jewelry stores,Bars, etc.
Reviewed August 4, 2014

We really enjoyed our trip to 5th avenue in Playa Del Carmen. We can only review it for what we experienced, which was about 3 hours in the afternoon, and we didn't have time to stop at a restaurant.

It's certainly an area looking to grab tourist dollars, but Mexico-touristy is a lot different than Canada/US-touristy, so we found it interesting. Lots of shop employees outside the shop trying to convince you to come see their various trinkets, which is a style of business a lot of travelers to this area of Mexico should be familiar with (they pressure, barter, try to get your attention, etc.). We had no problem saying no to them, and we weren't harassed in any way when we did.

There was a lot of the sort of kitschy non-unique souvenir stuff, but also some nice stuff and interesting attractions along the way (I'll review them if those individual stores appear on Tripadvisor). We didn't bother with the stores that also appear frequently in Canada/US.

I imagine it would be super busy in the evening, but possibly a lot of fun, too. If you usually stick to resorts, as we had, we highly recommend 5th avenue as a break from the resort with a touch of culture, but by no means off the beaten path.

Thank J-Shirt
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Reviewed August 4, 2014

Can only comment on the daytime scene, as we were not there at night. Just a lot of stores looking to sell souvenirs and some were pretty high-priced. Not so many great restaurant options. Extremely hot during the afternoon and not so many air-conditioned places to enter.

Thank PabloMaxNJ
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Reviewed August 4, 2014

When we were at the Riu Palace, we often took a walk into town and fifth avenue, is a must for shopping, booking day trips, sight seeing, or ever a wonderful massage, You can check out the ocean from this side, take a ride to Cozumel(found this out too late) or have a meal should you wish a change from the resort. It was a short 15 minute walk from our resort but it was nice to do this especially after one of the meals of the day which leaves you quite full and in need of some exercise.

You will find many flea market style shops and all the specialty stores you wish, and if you are missing your coffee, yes a starbucks (no timmies for us Canadians though!!). There are a lot of bed and breakfasts that you can rent in town and we just might do this another time. Lots of fun, lots of people, and of course, lots of annoying sales people. You just say no and move on. There is a quant church and in the square some entertainment. Prices are reasonable, especially in the flea market type stores and you will also find the bus station right there if you are coming in from the airport and have a b and b booked.

If you get tired, the taxi ride back is a simple 5-7 dollars.

Thank mammacia
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Reviewed August 4, 2014

Quinta Avenida is a great place to shop and eat while you are at the beach.
We travel with a family...ranging in age from 72 to 14...
We got to Playa at about 9:00...paid for parking just off Quinta...and searched one of the many choices for breakfast.
After eating, we secured a spot at one of the local beach clubs (about the middle of the beach) and spent a couple hours eating and swimming.
Back to Quinta for shopping...Pretty good range of shops from outlet stores to trinkets.
A ton of vendors trying to sell...but none were intrusive.
Try the foot massage with the fish. Found this in a couple different areas...A unique experience.
I would recommend going to Quinta for a fun time!

Thank Mommacassy
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Reviewed August 3, 2014

Everyone looking to have good time. Don't miss Mayan Dancers at main square. There is never enough time to have a feeling of everything.

Thank Victor G
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