Get Married at Capilla de Nuestra Señora del Carmen on 5th Av (Catholic Church)
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When strolling the colorful 5th Avenue (or as it’s locally known Quinta Avenida) in Playa del Carmen a pretty little white catholic church may have caught your eye…Capilla de Nuestra Señora del Carmen!
We recently had a lot of interest in this church over on our Facebook page, and for a good reason…
The Parish is dedicated and passionate about bringing locals and visitors closer to god through regular services and weddings.
Even if you’re not planning on getting married yet, it’s a must-do on your trip to downtown Playa.
Get Married at The Pretty Church on 5th Avenue
- Services at Capilla De Nuestra Denora del Carmen
- The Chapels History
- Where to Stay Close By
- What to Do In The Area
- Additional Resources You May Find Useful
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1. Weddings at The Chapel on 5th Avenue
If you love Playa del Carmen as much as we do then it’s no surprise you want your wedding here.
Here at PlayaDelCarmen.Com planning weddings is what we do best. We understand planning one of the most important days of your life can be stressful, especially from afar, that’s why we’re here to help guide you every step of the way.
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Best of all our services come at no charge to you. As a local agency we know the ins and out of the industry here better than anyone, and you can guarantee we will get you all the group perks and discounts available to you.
A large part of our client base chooses to have their wedding within the locations of all-inclusive resorts.
Trust me, when you see the resorts and dedicated locations, you’ll understand why. You get A LOT of bang for your buck.
Every now and then we get a couple who wants to branch out from the hotel and have their wedding at an independent location such as the Capilla de Nuestra Señora del Carmen chapel – and we’re all for it.
We can help you organize it while taking care of your accommodation, transport and, tours for each and every one of your guests.
Prices are variable depending on the type of service and extras you require.
We can work together to plan the perfect reception, ceremony, flowers and more!
2. Services at Capilla De Nuestra Senora del Carmen
Most people that decide to have their wedding here stumble across this stunning beautiful chapel by accident on their vacations.
To discover if this is the place you’re meant to say “I do”, I highly recommend visiting for a service first if possible.
Mass is held:
Monday to Friday
- 7.00 p.m.
- 9:00 am.
- 10.00 am in ENGLISH
- 12:00 pm.
- 05:00 p.m.
- 07:00 p.m.
This way you truly get to enjoy a feel for the place and feel the warm welcome of Fernando Rodrigues Martinez.
On Sundays, mass is at 10 am in English and it is a lovely quiet break from the craziness of 5th avenue.
It’s followed by services in Spanish in the afternoon and evening.
3.Location of Capilla de Nuestra Señora del Carmen
The Chapel of Our Lady of Carmen can be found on 5th Avenue connecting with Avenida Juarez.
If you head for Parque Fundadores, you can’t miss it!
4. History of The Catholic Chapel on 5th Avenue
This stunning catholic church belongs to The Parish of Our Lady of Carmen community and is located in the heart of the Riviera Maya.
It’s the church’s mission to announce the word of god to its visitors.
Capilla de Senora del Carmen is one of the best-known chapels in Playa del Carmen. It’s become a point of reference for both tourists and people living in this beautiful city.
It Was Built in The 1960s By The Founding Families
It was built around the 1960s by the founding families of Playa del Carmen. Maya ruin stones, sand, and seawater were used for its construction.
It’s since been well-maintained and freshly painted.
Inside you will be greeted by music, a beautiful altar that is backed by the window that looks out on to Los Fundadores Park and the iconic Portal Maya – a 50ft. hight arched beachside sculpture depicting men and women in a swirl of water and wind right on the beach.
The chapel and everything inside represents the absolute best of the area.
5. Where to Stay Close By?
So, if you want your wedding here I suppose the next question is where will you and your guests stay?
You’re in luck because I’m about to round up 3 of the areas top offerings.
All of which are all-inclusive, stunning, and not too far (ten min drive max)…so without further ado.
1. The Hilton Playa del Carmen
Adults-Only | Downtown Playa | ★★★★★| All-Inclusive
Formerly ‘The Royal’, The Hilton is the epitome of 5* all-inclusive adults-only luxury.
It is an impeccable resort that sits just footsteps away from the famous 5th Avenue so is perfect for couples who enjoy being in the heart of town rather than outside of it.
We recently stayed at this hotel and decided it would be fun to bring you a video to show you guys around.
Ceremony & Reception Options Include:
- Beach – 200 guests max
- Terrace Overlook – 200 guests max
- Chapel – 60 guests max
You can also read my in-depth review of the Hilton Playa del Carmen here.
2. The Paradisus
Adults-Only + Kid-Friendly | Downtown Playa | ★★★★★| All-Inclusive
The Paradisus offers the best of both worlds for couples and their guests because if you have no children, your guests with children can stay on the same property as you (and visa versa). Attending the wedding ceremony won’t be a problem.
If world-class food, gorgeous decor, incredible service, and endless amenities are a must for your wedding – look no further you found your hotel.
The highlights of this resort for me are the beach and kid’s water park.
It’s one of those hotels that feels secluded but is in fact just 5 mins from downtown.
You can also read my on The Paradisus Resort Playa del Carmen here – we actually had our Christmas work party here – it was awesome!
Ceremony & Reception Options Include:
- Cypress Ballroom – 800 guests max
- Beach La Esmeralda – 160 guests max
- Gazebo La Esmeralda – 160 guests max
- Gabi Bridge – 150 guests max
- Gazebo – 100 guests max (adults only)
3. Panama Jack
Kid-Friendly | Downtown Playa | ★★★★★| All-Inclusive
There are two Panama Jacks – one in Cancun and one in Playa del Carmen. In order to avoid the crowds, I highly recommend the one in Playa del Carmen. Plus, it’s the newer of the two.
Situated in a prime location to enjoy all the region’s top amenities. It’s a hotel sure to impress guests of all ages.
I love that the hotel is compact, which is great for parents (if you forget something in the room, it only takes a couple of minutes to retrieve).
It has elevators so if you’re traveling with little ones and strollers this makes life much easier!
The family suites that can accommodate families of 5 and feature bunk beds in addition to a king-size bed for the parents. Win!
Ceremony & Reception Options Include:
- Ballroom – 120 guests max
- North Beach – 100 guests max
- Oceanfront Wedding Gazebo – 60 guests max
- Central Beach – 30 guests max
What To Do In The Area
The whole reason people choose to visit the Riviera Maya in the first place is there is absolutely no shortage of things to see and do.
Away from the hustle and bustle of Cancun, the Riviera Maya offers a more jungle-esque and nature-inspired experience.
There are so many things to do it’s hard to choose! I’m having a hard time trying to narrow it down. So, I’ll list 3 of my current favorites here, and then underneath you’ll find a link to my post that covers over 20+ of the best things to do here.
1. The Jungle Buggy Tour
Get down and dirty on this awesome mud-slinging jungle buggy adventure!
It’s the perfect combination of “Adventure”, “Fun”, “Culture” and above all “Authenticity”. The idea of our “Buggy Excursion” is to discover the REAL Mexico and what lies behind all mainstream tourist attractions.
Drive your dune buggy through the Mayan jungle, explore off-track paths and Mayan villages.
Stop for a refreshing cenote swim and see a side of Mexico you have never seen before.
Read my in-depth review of the Jungle Buggy Tour here.
Xcaret Park is easily one of the top Playa del Carmen attractions for the entire family!
Imagine a zoo in a jungle environment, underground caverns where you can swim and snorkel, a Mayan village where you can see a Shaman perform a ceremony, or visit a coral reef aquarium where you can hold a sea cucumber!
Xcaret is a park the size of 40 football fields that incorporates all the aspects that make Mexico what it is: the nature, the culture, the beauty and the wildlife.
And, the best part is, you don’t follow a tour guide. You choose what interests you most, follow your own schedule and set your own pace.
Save 10% on your tickets when you book in advance and online here.
Torn between Xcaret and Xplor? Weigh up the differences here.
3. Tulum Ruins, Cenotes, & Turtles
Combine Tulum ruins, snorkeling & cenotes in one magical tour!
Tick off 3 must-do’s in the Riviera Maya!
Explore ancient Mayan Ruins by the sea, swim the colorful reefs making friends with the vibrant marine life and discover incredible caves and underground rivers on the Tulum Full Day Explorer Tour.
First, follow your expert guide through the ancient Mayan city of Tulum and learn all the secrets of this wonderful archeological site. Next head out to the reef to swim and observe the ocean wildlife in their natural habitat! End the day by swimming in a freshwater cenote and exploring mystical caves.
A complete day of discoveries that is sure to be memorable for everyone!
Read my in-depth review of the Tulum Ruins, Turtles & Cenote Tour here.
For more good stuff, see…
Additional Resources You May Find Useful
- How To Plan A Destination Wedding in Mexico
- Top 10 Wedding Packages in The Riviera Maya
- The Top 10 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
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