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Souvenirs & Malls

Popular souvenirs include:

Ceramic: Hand-painted works that will add charm to any home. Check out the sinks!

Mirrors: You will find mirrors bordered with punched tin and embellished with hand painted ceramic tiles. They are simply beautiful.

Leather: Anything from boots, to sandals and handbags.

Blankets: Choose amongst the colorful blankets, perfect for a picnic once you are back home.

Embroidery: You will find many options if you are looking for embroidered items. The little girl’s dresses are adorable.

Alcohol: You are able to purchase alcohol from 10 am though until 11pm from Monday-Saturday and from 10am to 2pm on Sundays


The shopping malls here are few and are very small compared to our North American standards. If you are looking for something to do on a rainy day, you may want to get a taxi and wander over to either of the two malls.

Centro Maya is located on the main highway as you are driving south out of Playa del Carmen. This mall includes a City Club, Soriana (grocery store), movie theatre, bowling alley and just recently go-karts. There are about 20 small shops in addition to the larger ones.

Plaza las Americas is slightly larger and located in the suburbs. You will find a Sears, a small casino, a movie theatre, and Chedraui (grocery store) in addition to the smaller shops.

Many people want to visit our local Wal-Mart’s while in Playa del Carmen. The central one is located on Calle 10 between Avenida 25 and 30. They are open from 7am through until 1am daily.

New since November 2012 – we have an extra large Liverpool department store. From the highway, head south and right outside Playa, the Liverpool awaits. Complete with a restaurant, all departments and a candy section!

If you are a serious shopper, you may want to consider a day trip to Cancun. Large, modern shopping malls are available in both the hotel zone and the city center. Our favorites include La Isla, the factory outlet mall and Plaza Las Americas.

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