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Hidden Gem of a Gift Shop-El Jaguar Dorado

Handmade and unique gifts

What to buy in Playa Del Carmen. The El Jaguar Dorado gift shop in Playa Del Carmen.

Looking for quality hand made and unique items in Playa Del Carmen? Here is one of our favorites in Playa Del Carmen. El Jaguar Dorado is a small store that opened in 2011 and has a growing fan base. It is noted for it’s hand made items. This is all about the artistry, craftsmanship, and creativity with Mexican flair. Check out the Mexican wrestler mask change purses, pillow covers, jewelry and cloth dolls among other things in this store. We could go on about this store, but we will let the photos below do the talking.

We highly recommend you visit.

El Jaguar Dorado Playa Del Carmen

The exterior of the Store so you can find it.

El Jaguar Dorado in Playa Del Carmen

Cloth dolls and more here, all handmade.

El Jaguar Dorado in Playa Del Carmen

El Jaguar Dorado


El Jaguar Dorado is located on 8th Street between 10th Avenue and 15th Avenue, just a block and a half away from 5th Avenue and well worth the side trip from the main pedestrian street. In fact we put it in our article on Shopping finds just off 5th Avenue in Playa Del Carmen.


Tue – Sun: 10:00 – 13:00, 17:00 – 22:00

Have you been to this store? What did you think? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.



17 Comments on Hidden Gem of a Gift Shop-El Jaguar Dorado

  1. El Jaguar Dorado es una de las tiendas mas destacadas de Playa del Carmen por sus diseños y la calidad de las obras que alli se exponen.
    Marina diseñadora y hacedora de sueños lo maneja con increible delicadeza y lo impulsa a crecer dia a dia.

  2. Bill Torrent // June 3, 2016 at 2:22 AM //

    We found this gift shop on your website and we went to visit it. We really liked the handmade items they have. It was a good place to buy some real soucenirs in Playa Del Carmen. Thanks for this tip.

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 3, 2016 at 8:03 AM //

      Thanks for reading the website and your comments. We love this store as well. They do have unique items here. We hope the rest of your vacation was good.

  3. We are so glad you told us about this gift shop. We were looking for something like this and we loved the stuff they had. We ended up buying about 200 dollars worth of stuff here for gifts. This is a great find!

  4. If any shop needs to be advertised, it is this one. Such a great find for unique gifts in Playa Del Carmen. We love the change purses and jewelry of this store.

  5. Louisa Hommes // June 27, 2016 at 10:51 PM //

    Regarding El Jaguar gift shop, I love this place. We found it on your site and have spent time there looking at all the stuff they have. Great place for gifts.

  6. Ethel MacCulay // July 1, 2016 at 10:32 PM //

    I am so happy your website promotes small and independent stores like this one. I love shopping at stores like this and like finding interesting handmade items. You do a grat job supporting local merchants. Keep up the good work!

  7. I stopped by here today and found so many nice things at this gift shop. Thanks for recommending it. I love your website.

  8. Alma Sherman // July 22, 2016 at 7:00 AM //

    I’m impressed you added so many little places in Playa Del Carmen. So many websites only mention the same stuff over and over. I like the tips on your site for shopping in Playa Del Carmen.

  9. Catherine // July 23, 2016 at 1:17 PM //

    Great gift store in Playa. We go each year we are visiting. Always nice little items for sale.

  10. charlene Worth // July 28, 2016 at 4:16 AM //

    I love the fact there is good shopping in Playa Del Carmen and not all just tacky stores. I love El Jaguar Dorado store.

  11. L. Plummer // August 26, 2016 at 5:00 AM //

    Hello. We were just in Playa Del Camren and used your article on gift stores off 5th Avenue. We went to El Jaguar Dorado and loved the hand made items. We hope this shop Stays around for a long time.

  12. Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.

  13. Justine Dortchner // September 11, 2016 at 9:30 AM //

    This shop is worth a visit. They have great handmade things and even make them there. Good tip to visit here.

  14. Sherry Hildegard // September 16, 2016 at 11:17 AM //

    El Jaguar does a fine job of coming up with creative items. It is one of the best places in Playa for gifts that are not made in China.

  15. This is a beautiful gift shop. Good find in Playa Del Carmen, thanks for letting us know about it. I got the cutest coin purse there.

  16. W. Hawthorn // October 28, 2016 at 9:06 PM //

    Thank you for writing about this store. We stopped by last night and saw the guy in the back busy working on making stuff right there. It is nice to find local stores like this

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