Caminarte – Playa’s Very Own Art Walk
Playa del Carmen, Mexico, is best known for breathtakingly-beautiful beaches of white coral sand and crystal blue water. The charming tourist mecca is also known for its trendy pedestrian thoroughfare, Fifth Avenue (called La Quinta or 5th). Running parallel with the beach and spanning over 20 blocks, the avenue is lined with hundreds of shops, restaurants and sports bars.
You can find almost anything on 5th—quaint coffee shops, fine dining establishments, spas, smoothie bars and an endless array of vendors offering everything from cigars and Mexican luchador masks to Mayan chocolate!
Every Thursday starting at 6pm, La Quinta shows off its more cultural side by transforming into an incredible open-air art gallery! Local artists set up easels, booths and lighting to showcase their work for passersby. The art walk (called CaminArte), begins at the well-known Avenida Constituyentes and continues north on 5th for about 10 blocks. Since its inception in May 2009, CaminArte has attracted musicians, buskers and even foreign artists that live in Playa to take part.
Strolling 5th with coffee in hand, my friends and I love to stop and watch the artists work. We marvel at their skill! Several are very friendly and welcome our questions. We browse some of the artwork that is for sale—depictions of Mayan culture, pointillism portraits, sweeping Caribbean beach scenes, and brightly-colored modern pieces. It’s a celebration of beauty & human creativity, and it seems to unite the random mix of people downtown in an optimistic moment!
Beach by day and 5th Ave by night makes for a wonderfully relaxing time!
- Every Thursday from 6pm to 11pm
- On 5th Ave, generally between Constituyentes and 40th Street (“Little Italy” area)
- Free to enjoy!
Written by Kelly G.