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 in a tropical beach town?
One of the things I like to do is hit up my favorite coffee shop. Soggy days are oh so much better with some java! Ah Cacao on 5th Ave and calle 38 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 5 locations in downtown Playa to check out, plus one by Centro Maya. They each offer cozy nooks, great music and all the treats you’re used to back home.
Click here for our article on some great local coffee shops you have to try!
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 central and offers lots to keep you distracted during a rainy day. It features restaurants and a range of shops like H&M, The Body Shop, Michael Kors, Sephora, etc. There’s also an indoor aquarium that’s quite good for the whole family to enjoy. (Click here for our article on that!)
Another family-friendly option is the 3D Museum on 10th Ave and calle 10. (Click here for info.)
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 have been in rainy weather (obviously 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 theater.
Certain times of the year are rainier than others…with the wettest months for the Mayan Riviera generally being October and November.
Rainy days definitely give you the chance to see another interesting side of Playa. But the sun is never gone for too long!
By Kelly Storhaug