I love Quinta Avenida or 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen.!! It’s one of my favorite streets.!! So many shops, so many restaurants, and people watching to the max 🙂 The above photo is a balcony view of Quinta Avenida and Constituyentes. It marks the halfway point between “old” 5th Avenue and “new” 5th Avenue. Please note the Olmec stone head and fountain in the center of the intersection.
Recently, they opened a new shopping plaza at Quinta Avenida entre Constituyentes or 5th Avenue and Constitution.! It’s called Quinta Alegria or Happy Fifth. It’s a three story plaza featuring a Sanborns department store. It was under construction when I lived there, but has recently opened up and it looks beautiful.!! I can’t wait to visit 🙂
Fifth Avenue technically begins at Juarez. Juarez is considered 1st Street even though all the streets after it are even numbers. The majority of bus routes begin on Juarez. One of the main taxi stands can also be located at Juarez and Quinta. As well as, the ADO bus station which services the Cancun airport, tourist sites, and other cities in Mexico. Two blocks from the same corner is the entrance to the Cozumel ferry. Juarez also contains a plethora of Mexican stores that cater to locals; while, Quinta is more focused on tourists.
The picture above is the back of Quinta Alegria at the corner of 10th Avenida and Calle 12. 10th Avenida is a little quieter than 5th Avenue. When I was in a hurry to get home and wanted to avoid tourists and/or didn’t have time to converse with locals, I would take this street home. Unlike Quinta, it is not a pedestrian street, so you have to navigate cars and bicycles. But I still felt like it was a quicker walk. 10th Avenue also has some nice restaurants like Sushi Ken, Como Como, and Don Sirloin just to name a few.!
Finally, Quinta Avenida and Calle 12 is on the world famous 5th Avenue, but somehow manages to be a quiet haven among the chaos. It’s near a hotel and some residences, but it’s claim to fame for me is the beautiful trees that dot the middle of the street. At night, flickering lights hanging from the trees illuminate the walkway. Calle 12 is also sometimes called Calle Corazon or Heart Street. It’s very beautiful and very romantic 🙂