Playa del Carmen is recognized for its many shops, restaurants, and nightspots along La Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue), the popular main street that is parallel to the beach. This pedestrian walkway is home to a variety of shops and boutiques, arts and crafts stores, trendy bars and upscale restaurants all which are just 500 meters from the white sand beaches of the Caribbean.
The restaurants along 5th Avenue feature Italian, Mexican, American, Latin American, Asian and international flavors.
The bars and clubs along 5th Avenue also make it a good place to party where the after hour night clubs really get rolling after midnight. However, these clubs are located on the beach away from the majority of hotels and resorts because of the noise level. Intersecting with 5th are streets that all lead to the beach. Along many of these streets are dive-shops, convenience stores, hotels, resorts, tour operators, Internet cafes, coffee shops, currency exchanges and restaurants.