18 Exciting Things to Do in Playa Del Carmen at Night

Are you feeling adventurous and wanting to kick your nightlife up a notch?

Playa Del Carmen is alive with activity after dark; from beachside bars to high-energy dance clubs, you’ll find something that’ll tickle your fancy.

To make the most out of your evening, have a look at our top 18 things to do in Playa Del Carmen at night; your night in town will never be dull again.

1. Taco & Liquor Tour

Take a culinary journey with the ultimate taco and beer tour in Playa del Carmen. Sample delicious Mexican cuisine and wash it down with the choicest of beers.

Rejoice with your group as you visit five different restaurants, each offering a drink and bite to eat – don’t forget, there’s free beer available in the tour van too!

As if that wasn’t enough, you also get some me-time on 5th Avenue before heading back to your hotel.

All in all, it’s an experience worthy of any foodie looking for an unforgettable adventure.

Playa Del Carmen Taco and Liquor Tour
Playa Del Carmen Taco and Liquor Tour Photo by Viator

2. Watch Cirque du Soleil

Ever wish you could be whisked away to an enchanted world and savor a delicious feast as you’re entertained by spectacular acrobatics?

Miracle granted! Located at the Vidanta Resort in Playa del Carmen, that dream can become reality at JOYÀ.

Lose yourself in the magical story of the alchemist and his granddaughter as they search for the secrets of life, while being mesmerized by sky-defying stunts and high-flying acrobatics.

Make your experience truly unforgettable and opt for the gourmet meal while you take it all in – because nothing whets your appetite like gravity-defying feats!

3. Xplor Fuego

If you want to kick up the excitement to 11 and get your heart racing, a night out at Xplor Fuego is the perfect answer.

Immerse yourself in the spellbinding jungle landscape lit in orange and reds, discovering hidden underground rivers and mysterious caves.

Embark on massive zip lines or rush through dark pathways in unusual amphibious vehicles – there’s no better way to let loose, release your inner explorer and master the night!

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4. Xoximilco

If you’re looking to spend a night in Playa del Carmen with a little vivacious flare, Xoximilco is the place to be.

Enjoy a colorful wooden gondola dinner cruise – revel in traditional Mexican feasting and fine tequila tastings, dance and sing along to live mariachi bands and see the sights of the city.

It’s the perfect opportunity to turn up the fun while cruising down the canal.

Xoximilco mexican cuisine
Mexican cuisine photo by Xoximilco

5. Mandala Nightclub

Looking for a wild night out in Playa del Carmen? Put on your dancing shoes and head on over to Mandala Nightclub.

It must be the mysterious decor that takes everyone from the street-level bustle of 12th Avenue up to its vibrant atmosphere – full of dramatic glamour and nocturnal mystique.

Get your dance on at the main floor, or enjoy 20/20 vision of 12th Avenue’s hustle and bustle while partying hard at the sky bar.

With DJs and bartenders splashing just the right melody and drinks to keep spirits high, it’s no wonder Mandala has become synonymous with those legendary nights out!

6. Have a Taco Feast

If you’re looking to indulge in an authentic Mexican experience, binging on tacos is a surefire way to do it.

From roadside snacks to upscale restaurants, Playa del Carmen has it all when it comes serving some of the best tacos, so get ready for a wild ride!

If you want something quick and convenient, stop by El Ñero, El Fogon, or Don Sirloin for some good old-fashioned comfort food.

And if you want more of an upscale adventure, La Perla Pixan serves top-notch tacos made with fresh local ingredients. Don’t forget to have an ice-cold beer with your meal!

7. Go Salsa Dancing

Get ready for a night of fun, free movement, and music with this salsa class in the heart of Playa del Carmen.

Whether you’ve just started taking salsa classes or have been shaking those hips for years, you’ll benefit from the hour-long lesson, teaching some of the best moves from salsa, bachata, and kizomba.

It’s all about lively socializing as you dance the night away! Who knew learning could be such a fun thing to do at night?

Salsa Dancing Class Playa Del Carmen
Salsa Dancing Class Playa Del Carmen Photo by Viator

8. Hit Up a Rooftop Bar

You’ll never find a rooftop bar more chic and fabulous than UMI Rooftop Restaurant.

Located on top of the Thompson Hotel and boasting luxurious lounge seating, breezy terraces, and an ever-lively atmosphere, UMI is the move for upscale fun.

If a romantic dining experience is what you’re after, look no further – the skyline sparkles in the night sky, making sunset-watching here truly unforgettable!

Trust us when we say that UMI won’t disappoint – it’s as real as rooftop experiences get!

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9. Coco Bongo

Prepare for an extra special night out at Coco Bongo in Playa del Carmen – a vibrant venue that offers a unique blend of wild music, captivating acrobatics, and show-stopping live performances.

Upgrade your ticket to gold class and treat yourself to preferred seating, premium open bar and a whole lot more.

Sit back and experience a rollercoaster of eye-popping stunts inspired by the world’s best shows (think Las Vegas and Cirque du Soleil calibre).

Plus you can dance and sing along with dedicated Michael Jackson, Queen and Christina Aguilera tributes. Get ready for an outrageous evening!

10. Plaza Punto 115

If you want to rub elbows with the locals without having to endure the chaos of Playa Del Carmen’s downtown, check out Plaza Punto 115.

Here you’ll find some of the best restaurants in the city, and a unique environment where hipsters, families and everyone in between can all enjoy themselves.

Every night brings something different – grab a beer while you listen to rock music on Tuesday then switch it up with some salsa on Friday or a mariachi band on Sunday.

Whether you’re looking for authenticity or just an enjoyable evening out, Plaza Punto 115 is one of the few places that will bring it all together for you!

VIP Nightclub Tour Playa Del Carmen
VIP Nightclub Tour Playa Del Carmen Photo by Viator

11. Go Nightclub Hopping

Let your hair down as you party throughout the night with a unique VIP tour of some of Playa del Carmen’s swankiest bars and clubs.

Make sure to pace yourself; this is an unlimited drink experience!

The friendly tour guide will show you the way past velvet ropes and long lines, leaving more time for flaunting your latest dance moves to the DJs beat.

12. Have a Unique Dinner in a Cave

Hidden off one of the busiest streets in Playa del Carmen is an entrance to another world.

Fall into the grotto that is Alux Restaurant, a contemporary Mexican restaurant where you will find colorful lighting and live bats.

This spot is perfect for those who want to get away from the hustle; the restaurant boasts its own mini-cenote!

For those looking to splurge, you’ll be treated to some of the best fine dining in town, plus there’s an on-site cellar fully stocked with wines.

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13. Walk Around 5th Avenue

After the sun sets in Playa del Carmen, 5th Avenue comes alive (or Quinta Avenida as the locals call it).

It’s a touristy affair for sure, but it can’t be missed; making it the ideal place for a stroll and a must-add for any bucket list.

With over 5 miles of brightly lit stores on a pedestrian-only street, you’ll find an interesting blend of street performers, restaurants and bars, all set in an atmosphere both laidback and electric.

Without question, this is truly one of the best places to while away an evening in Playa Del Carmen.

Quinta Avenida Playa Del Carmen
Quinta Avenida Playa Del Carmen

14. Patio 8

Patio 8, located on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen, knows exactly how to set the mood for a night out.

Not only does it have a mysterious atmosphere with its dark bricks, steel and wood structure, but it has also got live DJs spinning tunes for an even more hip vibe.

The menu at Patio 8 is special too, with contemporary Mexican dishes that have been given modern makeovers using traditional Mexican ingredients.

15. Night Show at Xcaret

Experience a unique night of Mexican culture at Xcaret Park. After sunset, watch the night show featuring folklore with Mayan echoes that recall Mexico’s rich history.

The show provides an interactive way to explore and appreciate the country’s vibrant culture – all included with your Xcaret admission ticket.

An amusing evening awaits, so ditch that couch you’ve been snuggling up to and let the magic of Mexico ignite your curiosity!

16. Teatro De La Ciudad Solidaridad

Teatro De La Ciudad Solidaridad is living proof that Playa del Carmen is a place that knows how to have fun!

This beautiful theater, built in 2015, has become an integral part of the community and brings entertainment to everyone – often for free.

Every week, the stage comes alive with folk dances, theatrical works, ballets and much more.

Don’t want to miss out on this top-notch entertainment? Make sure to check their Facebook page for a list of upcoming events.

Chichen Itza Mayan Pyramid at Night
chichen itza night show

17. Chichen Itza at Night

This tour is an all-day affair that combines history, nature and a bit of culture!

Start the day off with a refreshing cenote swim, feast on some traditional Mexican cuisine for lunch, indulge in a tequila tasting and explore one of Mexico’s charming colonial cities – Valdollid.

End your day with a bang by diving into the world of Chichen Itza, learn about this UNESCO World Heritage Site and watch the famous night show once the sun sets beyond the horizon.

Tip: If you’ve never checked out this world wonder before, make sure you read our ultimate guide on Chichen Itza before your first visit!

18. Prana Hookah & Drinks

Prana Hookah & Drinks is a hotspot in Playa del Carmen, right on the strip. It’s hard to miss – it’s got a great atmosphere and hip-hop music that will keep you grooving all night long.

Prices are more than what you may be used to – but the quality of service makes it more than worth it.

Blueberry Hookah is one to try – so hit up Prana and order up a round of drinks!