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Playa del Carmen, Cancun & Cozumel offers tax free products which makes shopping a must for foreigners and Mexican visitors
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Are you wondering where to shop in Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Riviera Maya and Cancun? In the case of shopping in Playa del Carmen all the regions of Mexico are represented on Fifth Avenue and there you will find a whole host of mayan art and handicrafts, caribbean jewelry and beautiful accesories made by the local mayan communities. You will also find arts and crafts from areas such as Baja California or Yucatan to Nayarit or Chiapas. You will also find the typical mayan women clothing.
Even more, the cosmopolitan character of Playa del Carmen shopping is reflected in the eclectic stores along the avenue. There are items from Brazil, Indonesia, India, and Africa, among other places.
There are several boutique clothing stores on 5th Avenue. You can find designer clothing, swimsuits, shoes and sandals, dresses, shorts, t-shirts, tank tops and fashion accessories.
Specialty Shops “Find some amazing handcrafting and artwork”
There are a lot of nice specialty shops selling handbags, jewelry, art, handmade Mayan crafts, Mexican tiles, hammocks, gourd lamps, beach bags, and artwork.
Souvenier Shops “The best junk in town”
There are more than enough souvenir shops to browse sarongs, blankets and sombreros. Leave extra room in your suitcase as you’ll surely want to stock up on shotglasses, ashtrays, and perhaps a plastic snow-globe or two.
If you see a Cohiba sitting in a jar next to a cash register it is a fake. Most cigars labeled as Cubans, even in cigar and tobacco shops, are counterfeits. If you are looking for genuine Cuban cigars in Playa del Carmen, La Casa del Habano on 5th Avenue between Calles 26 and 28 is the place to go. It is illegal for US citizens to bring Cuban cigars into the US or even to purchase them in Mexico.
It is very easy to find small “mini-marts” where you can pick up items such as soft drinks, snacks, 6-packs and single servings of beer, suntan lotions, and other small sundries.
They are everywhere. Just about every block has a pharmacy. You can buy certain medications, such as Retin-A over the counter, without a prescription. However, please note that if you purchase medication that would require a prescription in the US, you are supposed to have a prescription to present to customs if bringing these items home with you.
Narcotics and other drugs, such as Valium, do require a prescription, even in Mexico.
You will find plenty of those around town. Please note, liquor stores are closed on Sunday, and you cannot purchase any off-sale liquor there, or at the groceries or any other stores on Sunday.
There is a Sam’s Club located on Highway 307 and Juarez, near Chedruai Supermarket.
Playa del Carmen now has a Walmart in town which opened December 8, 2005. Walmart is located on 30th Avenue and Calle 8.
Playa del Carmen has modern stores that are typical of what you would expect in a US grocery store
When shopping in Tulum and other towns in the Riviera & Costa Maya, there are many things that people like to buy; local art, glassware, hand crafted pottery, silver, hammocks, Mexican Chocolate, and of course tequila.
Currency and Prices
When you shop in Mexico you need Mexican currency in shops, restaurants, hotels and national parks, however many places accept US Dollars, and there are many ATMs for withdraw disposal.
What do things cost?
All prices listed here are approximate
Eating out in Playa del Carmen
Main course in a budget restaurant (Chinese or pizza restaurant): $ 10 usd
Main course in a more upmarket restaurant: $ 15 usd
A bottle of beer in a bar: around $ 3 usd
A bottle of wine in restaurant: from $ 40 usd
Transport in Playa del Carmen
Taxis in local villages : $ 4 usd Downtown Playa del Carmen, $ 3 usd Downtown Tulum
Car rental for a week: $ 360 with insurance (depending on season and location)
You can arrange transfers from your hotel or directly with Mayanexplore.com
Groceries in Playa del Carmen
1l of milk: $2 usd
Slice of pizza in a kiosk: $ 1.5 usd
Newspaper: $ 1.5 usd
Paying for goods and services
It is always a good idea to have a bit of cash on you, and you need Mexican currency to get by. You will find ATMs everywhere in towns, and in most rural areas there will at least be one place where you can withdraw money, such as a kiosk or a petrol station.
Bank opening hours in Playa del Carmen
If you wish to withdraw money over the counter, bank opening hours in Mexico are usually 9 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday, Banks are closed Saturday and Sunday, and on bank holidays.
The use of credits cards is widespread in Playa del Carmen, and they are accepted almost everywhere, MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Diners Club are the most common.
Please note that some grocery stores / supermarketds do not allow foreign credit cards, although they happily take debit cards. If in doubt ask before shopping.