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How Playa Del Carmen does New Year!

New Years in Playa Del Carmen

New Years in Playa Del Carmen is one of the busiest and most exciting times of the year because everyone loves to be here for it. People love coming from colder climates in North America or Europe and Mexicans love escaping  their home cities and coming for the excitement and marking the special occasion here. Playa Del Carmen entices people with all the great restaurants, beaches and traditions for the New Years Holiday.

From Christmas time until December 31st. the energy builds and becomes palpable. More and more people come to Playa and every hotel and rental property gets filled. Grocery stores are filled with people unfamiliar with where things are and all are buying supplies for the vacation dinners and parties. It becomes harder to cross the streets because traffic volume goes up and tourist try to navigate the streets.

New Years Eve in Playa Del Carmen

On the 31st of December the energy builds all day as people walk in shorts on the sunny 5th Avenue. Every restaurant prepares for a special evening and people barriers go up near 12th Street because of the amount of people that will be coming there later. Streets start to be closed off close to 10th Avenue because the amount of traffic will become too much and some streets will become pedestrian.

Where to go for dinner on New Years in Playa Del Carmen

There are many places that offer a special meal and often will do timed seatings. Almost every restaurant will be open including all the ones on 5th Avenue. Some of the notable places for dinner that really offer a special time are:

  • Casa Del Agua
  • Catch Restaurant
  • Roof of The Palm Hotel
  • The Grill at Hyatt

Where to go to party for New Years

Here is a list of some locations to check out. You can always see Facebook pages for current events and prices.

  • Mamitas Beach Club-Dj’s and ringing in the New Year on the beach.
  • Coco Bongo Club- They have the same show they do every night but offer special table service. It will be packed here!
  • Most of the larger clubs on 12th Street.
  • Thompson Hotel roof-dinner and Dj’s in style.
  • The Palm Hotel rooftop.
  • 5th Avenue is fun for walking around and then 12th Street is where everyone will go. There are usually fireworks over the ocean.

New Years Eve Playa Del Carmen Photos

New Years in Playa Del Carmen

Christmas lights on 5th Avenue and people walk in the sunshine getting ready for New Years.

 

New Years in Playa Del Carmen

Barricades go up.

New Years in Playa Del Carmen

Balloons are ready to go!

In the evening everyone either takes a nice dinner with friends at a home or goes out to eat on 5th Avenue. By 10:00pm 5th Avenue starts to get more crowded. There is dancing in the street and even an information booth becomes an impromptu bar!

New Years in Playa Del Carmen

Extra seating is set up for that special dinner.

New Years in Playa Del Carmen

Tourist information or bar?

After everyone has had dinner people start to pick where they want to ring in the New Years. Most people that want a club experience go to 12th Street between the beach and 10th Avenue. Besides the many clubs getting packed, the street becomes impassable and packed with holiday revelers.

12th Street in Playa Del Carmen packed for New Years Eve

12th Street packed for New Years Eve in Playa Del Carmen.

 

New Years in Playa Del Carmen

12th Street packed for New Years Eve in Playa Del Carmen.

Here is a short time lapse video of what 5th Avenue with 12th Street looks like just after midnight. Everyone is moving around to their favorite bar or club.

New Years in Playa Del Carmen

The party continues all night and goes until dawn.

 

New Years in Playa Del Carmen

Partying until dawn New Years Day in Playa Del Carmen.

At dawn the biggest Playa Del Carmen tradition is going to the beach to watch the sunrise for the first time in the new year. Usually it is a beautiful Caribbean sunrise and you are joined by thousands of people on the beach. Some people are still out partying and some are just getting up. You can see some pretty crazy things but in general everyone is in a festive mood and everyone is wishing a “Happy New Year” to everyone.

Time lapse video of the beach on New Year’s Day

New Years in Playa Del Carmen

A cruise ship passes the sun on the new day.

 

New Years Day in Playa Del Carmen

People watching the sun rise on the new day and year.

 

New Years in Playa Del Carmen

Happy guys ready for another year.

New Years in Playa Del Carmen

People on the beach in Playa Del Carmen on New Years Day.

New Years in Playa Del Carmen

A crowded beach for the New Year Day.

New Years in Playa Del Carmen

A coupe rings in the New Year with a romantic swim.

 

It is an amazing experience to be in Playa Del Carmen for the New Years. If you have never been to Playa for New Years, you should come and experience it at least once! It is truly one of the great New Years experiences in the world.

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What do you do for New Years in Playa Del Carmen? Do you have some special traditions? Let us know in the comments below.

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