10 things to do in Playa del Carmen if it rains
What was once a sleepy fishing village, has now become one of Mexico’s most popular beach resorts. Combining traditional Mexican architecture, facility-packed hotels, a host of entertainment and shopping venues, and long white beaches, there’s plenty to offer holidaymakers, even when it’s raining.
Back in the day when humans didn’t have the ability to build shelter, the onset of rain would see them scurrying to the nearest cave. A modern variant on this idea is Alux – a restaurant that is housed in a cave. Diners can marvel at the beautiful rock formations while sipping wine and tucking into a burrito, safe from the weather outside. Find Alux on Avenue Juarez 217.
Playing a spot of billiards is the perfect way to while away a rainy afternoon. La Taberna, on 10th Avenue, has two tables and friendly locals who are always happy to play visitors.
Yoga by the Way
Yoga is a great way to both exercise and relax. Yoga by the Way offers classes for both beginners and experienced practitioners in its well-equipped studios. Find it on Calle 26.
Situated on the corner of 5th and 40th, the Jam Session features live music from jazz and blues acts every night from Wednesday until Sunday. Entry is free, making it the perfect place to shelter from a shower.
Reina Roja Hotel
Enjoy a leisurely swim at the Reina Roja Hotel’s indoor pool. When the rain clears, head for the rooftop pool and enjoy a drink from the pool-side bar.
Stretching over 3 kilometres, 5th Avenue is Playa del Carmen’s main shopping street. While there’s plenty to entertain shoppers on a sunny day, the wide variety of indoor attractions make it the perfect antidote to bad weather. Most shops stay open well into the evening, but shut for a few hours in the middle of the day.
Valentin Imperial Maya
Lie back and enjoy a massage from the professional masseurs at the Valentin Imperial Maya. Options include a 30-minute Tired Legs Massage, a 50-minute Swedish Massage, a one-hour Deep Tissue Massage and a 50-minute Pregnancy Massage.
Atomic Internet Café
When the rain comes down, it provides the perfect chance to email loved ones or catch up with a date on jazzedfreedating.co.uk and make plans for when you return. The Atomic Internet Café charges 1.5 pesos per minute and is situated on the corner of 8th Street and 5th Avenue.
Catch a film at the three-screen cinema in Playa del Carmen. Cinepolis is located on Avenida 10 between Calle 8 and 10.
In Fashion Hotel
Rather than just waiting for the rain to stop, use the time to improve fitness levels with a trip to the gym. Situated on the intersection of 5th and 10th Avenues, the In Fashion Hotel also has a spa to relax in after a heavy workout.
Pictures – Thanks to
Jimmy Baikovicius, https://www.flickr.com/people/jikatu/
Bill McChesney, https://www.flickr.com/people/bsabarnowl/