There’s something in Playa del Carmen for practically every type of traveler. This once laid-back fishing village is now a bustling hot spot, with a lively city center and miles of powder-soft beaches where you can kick back and enjoy the tropical vibes of Mexico.
One of the best things to do in Playa del Carmen during your visit is to hit up a beach bar. Whether you’re looking for a chill place with amazing food and ambient music or a trendy venue with dancing and non-stop cocktails, Playa del Carmen has a beach club for every style and budget.
1. Mamita’s Beach Club
Located just three blocks from bustling 5th avenue, Mamita’s Beach Club is arguably one of the most famous beach clubs in Playa del Carmen. Catering to the upscale and trendy crowd, Mamita’s has a spectacular 650-foot private beach, a VIP pool and lounge section, an electronic lounge area, and even a clubhouse with a restaurant.
All beds also come with a personal waiter so that you can enjoy your day in true glamour fashion.
Their menu has everything you could possibly want – tacos, pizza, burgers, wings, tostadas, and more. The cocktail list is also impressive, with dozens of tropical drinks, beer, wine, champagne, and hard liquor. It’s not the best food in Playa del Carmen, but good for snacking on the beach.
Keep in mind that this beach club is jam-packed, so it’s not the best destination if you’re looking for peace and quiet. There are 300 deck chairs and 100 beach umbrellas available for rent, although, on the weekends, you’ll still want to grab them early to guarantee a spot with a view.
Entry is free (except for the VIP section), and the prices for the different rentals vary, although you can usually find something that fits your budget.
- Hours: Daily 9 am – 6 pm
- Rental price: From $200 pesos (two beach sunbeds with umbrella) to $3,500 pesos (VIP sunbed for six people with $3,000 food credit)
Don’t forget to tip the servers. Make sure to read our tipping in Mexico guide for help navigating what to tip in Mexico.
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2. Coralina Daylight Club
If you simply can’t wait for the evening to get the party popping, then you’ll want to hit up Coralina Daylight Club. This high-energy beach club feels like it should be in Vegas rather than on the shores of Playa del Carmen. You can choose to grab a seat on the beach or post up by the bar drinking in the pool.
This place is the busiest from Wednesday to Sunday when there’s a live DJ and entertainment staff. However, the rest of the week is also a great time just to hang out with friends.
It’s important to note that there is a strict dress code for visiting Coralina. Swimsuits and sophisticated outfits are allowed, while jeans, sporting gear, and baggy clothing are prohibited.
- Hours: Daily: 11 am – 7 pm
- Entrance fee: $80 USD per person (which can all be used for food/drink), $1,250 USD for a table
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3. Lido Beach Club
The beautiful setting of the Lido Beach Club is the perfect place to come for a leisurely day at the beach. Although it’s just steps from downtown, this beach club is a hidden gem where you can enjoy great food, amazing water views, and endless sunshine.
You can also book a water-front massage just in case you need more relaxation while on vacation.
The food offered at Lido Beach Club is a mix of modern international cuisine and traditional Mexican fare. They have a wide selection of shareable appetizers (wings, popcorn shrimp, baked falafel) as well as many different types of tacos, fajitas, burgers, and seafood. Grab some food and a drink and watch the colorful sunset while you listen to live music (from Wednesday to Sunday). Click here for the best tacos in Playa del Carmen.
- Hours: Thursday to Tuesday: 8 am – 8:30 pm, Wednesday: 8 am – 10:30 pm
- Rental cost: $500 pesos per sunchair (comes with $500 peso food credit)
4. Zenzi Beach Club
Buzzing at all hours of the day, Zenzi Beach Club is a hip venue with great food, strong cocktails, and amazing music. Grab a table in the open-aired restaurant, at the bar, or at one of the loungers on the beach (trust us- there’s nothing like feeling the sand between your toes!).
It’s the perfect place to come and chill as there is a DJ that spins ambient music during the day and local live performances in the evening. Salsa music, dancing every Thursday and Saturday, and live sports are played during big events in the bar.
- Hours: Daily: 8:30 am – 1 am
5. Mandarino Beach Club
One day at the Mandarino Beach Club, you’ll see why it’s quickly becoming one of the hottest places in all of Playa del Carmen. Everything about this place oozes luxury, from the dreamy outdoor pools and Jacuzzi to the 5-star Italian restaurant located on-site. There’s even a tennis court that you can use in case you feel like burning a few extra calories!
Beautiful covered cabanas, sunbeds, and swinging egg chairs add a bit of style and glamour to the vibe. While you’ll mostly find a young and sophisticated crowd here, it’s also a very family-friendly venue, with discounted entrance fees and tons of calm beachfront where the little ones can play.
- Hours: Daily: 10 am – 8 pm
- Entrance: $300 pesos per person ($150 pesos for children)
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6. Encanto Beach Club
Encanto Beach Club is a hidden gem right on the main beach near downtown Playa del Carmen. It’s a great alternative to the area’s many upscale and somewhat pretentious clubs. There are plenty of sun loungers, sunbeds, and umbrellas where you can relax while listening to the crashing waves.
Encanto also features an on-site seafood menu with fish, shrimp, and octopus cooked wherever you like. Breaded, grilled, fried, smothered in a spicy sauce – you name it, Encanto can make it! Wash it down with a freshly blended cocktail or an ice-cold cerveza, and you have yourself the ingredients for a perfect day at the beach.
- Hours: Daily: 9:30 am – 6 pm
7. Martina Beach Club
If you’re looking for chill vibes and a fun atmosphere, then look no further than the Martina Beach Club on the north end of the Playa. Although it’s situated away from the bustling tourist center, this beach club still attracts a young and fun crowd with its deep house music and affordable food and cocktail menu.
In addition to being close to the beach, this club also has an outdoor pool where you can party next to the DJ.
- Hours: Monday to Friday: 8 am – 7 pm, Saturday to Sunday: 8 am – 8 pm
- Rental prices: $100 pesos (beach chairs), $500 pesos (sunbeds)
Places in Mexico to Visit Before or After Playa del Carmen
If you’ve got more time to explore Mexico, there are some amazing places in Mexico nearby you should check out. If you can’t make it on this trip, consider them on your next trip. Make sure to check out some of our other Mexico articles to fuel your wanderlust.