5 Ideas for a Rainy Day
Living in Playa del Carmen the past few years has made me shed the Canadian habit of discussing the weather. It’s just not a big topic for smalltalk with folks here!
Why? Because in the Mayan Riviera, it’s pretty much always sunny, balmy, beautiful. Every single day. (Pssst: that’s one of the big reasons why I moved here.) But when it rains in the tropics, it really pours! That can put a cramp in anyone’s plans, whether you live here or you’re on vacation for a short week or two.
The question is…How to wile away the rainy hours?
One of the things I do is hit up my favorite coffee shop and catch up on some reading or emails. Ah Cacao on 5th and 38th is a spacious spot with a loft seating area and a couple comfy armchairs. (Order the Hot Vanilla…it’s amazing. The cappuccinos and Mayan spiced hot choc are pretty fantastic too.) There are 2 other locations on 5th so you never have to walk far.
If you’re a Starbucks fan (yes please), there are 4 locations in downtown Playa to check out, plus a brand new spot on the highway by Centro Maya. They each offer cozy nooks, great music and all the treats you’re used to back home.
Shopping on 5th Ave might be out, but you can always duck in to one of the malls to avoid the rain. Quinta Alegría offers ocean-view dining on the top floor and loads of well-known retailers. (Forever 21, American Eagle, etc. Click here for the directory.) Sensational and oh so fashionable, Calle Corazón is now open. It features high-end shops (Michael Kors, Sephora, etc.) and has plenty to keep the ladies in your travel group happy.
An Irish pub is extra cozy when the weather is gray. McCarthy’s has your sports events, international beers, and great appetizers. (Great option for the guys while the ladies are shopping!) Still want to gaze at the beautiful blue sea but stay dry? Beachfront restaurants like Zenzi’s and C Grill are not far from your condo.
Don’t get bored—there are still activities you can do! If it’s just drizzling, the ruins in Tulum won’t be as crowded and you won’t bake like a bug in the hot sun! Or go SCUBA diving—some of the best dives I’ve done were in rainy weather (that is if the harbor stays open).
Feel like a little road trip? Sign up for a cooking class in Puerto Morelos and make some memories while you learn something new! It’s about 25 minutes north of Playa. Or go a little further to Cancun and take in a movie at the super comfortable (and affordable) VIP theatre.
Certain times of the year are rainier than others…with the wettest months generally being October & November. Rainy days definitely give you the chance to see another interesting side of Playa. But the sun is never gone for too long!
Written by Kelly Gislason