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What to do when it rains in Playa Del Carmen -indoor activities list

19 Activities and Ideas!

There is so much attention given to the sunny beaches in Playa Del Carmen that when it rains it may seem like there is nothing to do except look out the window longingly, waiting for the sun to return. We wanted to brighten your day and let you know what options you have when it is raining.

Indoor Activities in Playa Del Carmen for rainy days

  1. Go to the movies, both shopping plazas have movie theaters. These theaters are clean and tickets are inexpensive. For more information read our article on movie theaters in Playa Del Carmen.
  2. You can rest during the day so you can go out at night. Coco Bongo night club and show starts at 11pm and goes until about 3am. So you can still get the most of your day, just spend it going to a fun show in the night. (Closed Sunday nights)
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    Coco Bongo Nightclub

  3. Go shopping. There are the two shopping plazas in Playa Del Carmen. They are small and they are not large malls by any measure, but they are inside and have the theaters there. Cancun has larger malls. We talked about this in our story on Cancun shopping. If you don’t mind walking with an umbrella, walking on 5th Avenue will provide you will about 20 blocks of shopping including the new semi indoor Plaza Quinta Alegria. Quinta Alegria offers about 30 different stores to look at.
  4. Take a walk on the beach in the rain. The solitude and avoidance of the crowds can help you appreciate nature more. Enjoy the cooler temperature, the rains bring a refreshing air and respite from the heat.
  5. Get a massage at the beach. We found one option that is tucked away between 4th Street and 6th Street that have a covered space and is a great fresh place to have a massage as you listen to the waves and rain. This is Inti Beach. See our link for more photos and information.
  6. There are a few casinos for the hard core gamblers.  There is a new one right on the main Plaza at 15th Avenue and 10th St. There is also another large casino in Plaza Las Americas called Winpot. This are not Vegas style casinos with entertainment. They will twiddle your time away playing if you like gambling.
  7. The large eco parks, Xcaret, Xel-Ha, and Xplor are all open when it rains. Only when there is severe weather, then operations are limited. Of the three the best one is Xcaret. This park highlights Mexican culture and shows. It has an indoor aquarium, a re-created hacienda, underground rivers to swim in and an epic show at night that is over two hours long. It is a large park and you will need a rain poncho or umbrella if you want to stay dry but there is a lot to see at this eco park.
  8. The aquarium in Playa Del Carmen is a great way to spend an hour inside. This is in the middle of Playa Del Carmen on 14th Street.
  9. Visit the 3D Museum in Playa Del Carmen. This museum is indoor and full of photo ops. You can spend about 1-2 hours here having fun.
  10. In the morning you can catch a candy making demonstration at PapaBubble. Check link for times and open hours. This is a great kids activity.
  11. Go out and have a leisurely meal somewhere. May we suggest Sanborns (in Quinta Alegria Plaza 5th Ave. and Constituyentes Ave.) because they have indoor and rooftop terrace seating or Aldea Corazon Restaurant (5th Avenue and near 14th Street) because of the nice atmosphere, good food and nice music. Sitting upstairs at Ula Gula (5th Avenue and 10th Street) and having a great lunch or dinner while viewing 5th Avenue would be nice as well.
  12. Enjoy some drinks and get to know some new people. Some very social bars are La Ranita on 10th street between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue and Wah Wah beach bar at 2nd Street and the beach. For sports we recommend Tequila Barrel on  5th Avenue between 10th and 12th Streets and EZ Sports Bar also on 5th between 12th and 14th Streets. For these and other bars, check out our Bar Guide to Playa.
  13. Have some coffee at a coffee house or Mayan hot chocolate at Ah Cacao Chocolate Café. Chou Chou Café is also a great place to relax, plus they have Wi-Fi!.
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    Inside of Chou Chou Café.

  14. Visit a craft store and have a craft day. We really like the art supply store on 10th St between 15th Avenue and 20th Avenue. It is called Academika. There are two floors of art supplies for painting, drawing, jewelry making or most things you can think of. There is also a craft store with a lot of ides located in Plaza Pelicanos located on 10th Avenue between 8th Street and 10th Street. It is the same plaza as Blockbuster.
  15. Visit Rio Secreto eco park underground river. It is an almost all inside the caves under the Yucatan and located just outside of Playa Del Carmen in the south end of town. The weather wont bother you a bit down there!
  16. Get fit! All the gyms in Playa have day passes. Our favorite gym to recommend is Evolve Gym on 24th Street and 5th Avenue. We like this gym because it has a full range of new machines, large windows and is air conditioned. There are also independent places where you can take yoga.
  17. One easy trip to Cancun can land you at the Plaza Las Americas Mall where you can visit the super fun Sky Zone indoor trampoline park. This is great for kids and adults that like to bounce around.
  18. You can rest up and spend the evening going to Cirque Du Soleil’s Joya show. Some nights there are two performances to choose from. This is not just a show, it is an experience. You can enjoy the landscaped area and even have drinks by the cenote before or after the show.
  19. Visit the Rauxa Show. This is a new dinner theater show that is between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. The show is great and so is the dinner. You can read our review of Rauxa here.

Playa Del Carmen does not have museums or a lot of inside activities but fortunately we get lots of days of sun for going to the beach. So just in case you are here when it does rain, keep this article in mind for ideas.

Do you have other tips for tourist on rainy days? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.

18 Comments on What to do when it rains in Playa Del Carmen -indoor activities list

  1. Thanks for the good list of activities to try our when it rains. I am glad it is sunny most of the time though. I will keep thins in our folder for our houseguest so they have options when it is not a beach day in Playa del Carmen.

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 13, 2016 at 8:26 AM // Reply

      Thank you very much for sharing our article with your guest. We are getting many rental companies, hotels and home owners that rent out for vacations sharing our guides and we love to help people explore more and find out about the Riviera Maya and Playa. Thanks again.

  2. Frieda Watkins // June 18, 2016 at 12:56 PM // Reply

    This was good to read today since it has been raining so much in Playa Del Carmen. We want to go on some tours but were searching for some stuff to do when it rains. I’ll probably
    be returning to read through more, thanks for the info!

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 18, 2016 at 3:09 PM // Reply

      Sorry about the rain. We hope it goes away soon for you and us. The good thing is, it is filling up the cenotes for us and making everything green! We hope the rest of your trip is sunny and beach days.

  3. Robin Schul // June 27, 2016 at 4:26 PM // Reply

    I saved this article for my trip to Playa Del Carmen but I hope I don’t have to use it. I hope it does not rain while we are there and we have sunny beach days.

  4. Huгrah! Thanks for a nice list of indoor activities for when it rains. I hope we don’t need them but it is good to see just in case.

  5. Hello it’s me, I am also visiting this web page regularly. I am glad you wrote about the rain because we have had a little rain lately and I needed some things to keep my family busy. We went to Cancun to the trampoline park and had an amazing time. The kids thought it was why we came to Mexico. They want to vacation there next year too. Hahaha

  6. Kelly Gibson // July 15, 2016 at 5:27 PM // Reply

    Hello. I would add also the 3d Museum to the list of things to do when it rains in Playa Del Carmen. That is one of the only museums in Playa Del Carmen and cool to see. It is a little expensicve but lots of great photo ops. Saludos.

  7. Jason Garland // July 20, 2016 at 11:09 AM // Reply

    I like what you guys are usually up too. You always have good info for my tips even if it does rain.
    Keep up the wonderful work guys.

  8. These tips came in handy the other day when it was a bit rainy in Playa del Carmen. Thanks.

  9. Sherry Zimin // August 9, 2016 at 2:11 AM // Reply

    I was able to find good information from your blog
    articles. Thank you.

  10. ON a rainy day like this your guide comes in handy. Thanks for the options.

  11. I definitely like going to the movies when it rains. It is cheap in Playa and many of the movies are in English. Plus they are in the malls and you can walk around.

  12. R. Bourgeois // August 23, 2016 at 8:33 PM // Reply

    You could add the 3D Museum to this list too. It is an indoor activity in Playa.

  13. Greetings. Did it rain a lot this past week with that hurricane going toward Florida?

    • Yes we did get some thunderstorms and rain. It was refreshing and everything is looking very green now. We normally do not get thunderstorms so it was a rare treat.

  14. The beach massage sounds like the perfect option. I love rainy days at the beach, no really I do!

  15. It was cool to see the 3D museum on this list. I did not know it had opened in Playa.

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