We often get asked where we ourselves like to hang out and have dinner in Playa. Therefore, we’ve put together a list of our Top Picks. We’ve also managed to get you some great discounts at these places! This will hopefully make them even more attractive for you.
So, here’s how it works: simply bring your Latido de Mexico Top Picks Discount Card and show it to the staff to receive the great discounts described below. Keep in mind that some places need to be contacted online for booking. In that case, make sure to mention the Latido de Mexico Top Picks discount card when making a reservation.
You will find your Latido de Mexico Top Picks discount card in your room upon your arrival. It will be attached with a list and description of the participating businesses.
We would love to get your feedback on your experience using the card, so please send us your comments!
OUR TOP PICKS RESTAURANTS
El Zorro Plateado
This lively restaurant offers a large choice of Mexican food and also great beers. Additionally, it’s in a great location at the north end of 5th Avenue (on the corner with CTM/Calle 46). They also have wonderful cocktails, a good atmosphere, and a well-considered musical playlist. Although they cater to all eaters, they especially have great choices for vegetarians. When you bring your Latido de Mexico discount card you’ll receive a 10% discount.
This is Playa’s funkiest beach club! It has 1950´s Brazilian inspired architecture, breathtaking views and a wide selection of eclectic international music. It’s the perfect location to get a taste of the Caribbean with an unusual touch of class and funkiness! Canibal Royal is the only destination for those who want to have a sophisticated but fun time at the beach while enjoying great drinks, food, music and ambience. This is where the true essence of “La vida de la playa” comes alive! On the beach and terrace they serve light fare all day. For a more intimate yet casual lunch, check out the restaurant. And visit the Juice Bar for healthy and naughty beverages all day long! Canibal Royal is located at Calle 48 and the beach. Bring your Latido de Mexico discount card and receive a 10% discount.
Serving sophisticated, contemporary cuisine, this restaurant and bar is super trendy and stylish. Their menu boasts an outstanding array of regional food and a huge variety of international dishes. Also, they have the best, most amazing cocktails and a great location (on the corner of 5th Avenue and Calle 30). Every night in Almirante Pech is an unforgettable experience. Bring your Latido de Mexico discount card to receive a 10% discount.
Restaurant El Jardín (The Garden), is centrally located in a lush tropical garden, surrounded by the sound of waterfalls, birds and classical music or jazz. The kitchen serves a fusion of Yucatecan food with a Mediterranean touch from the Czech owner, hence “Comida YucaCheca”. All ingredients are fresh, local, and organic when possible. The traditional tortilla is handmade right here! This restaurant is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. A great time to check this spot out is on Friday evening from 6pm to 9pm. That’s because it’s Noche de Divas; a fusion of opera, boleros, chansons and jazz. El Jardín is located on Calle 20 between Avenida 10 and 15. If you bring your Latido de Mexico discount card, you’ll get a free beer or coffee with your meal.
Offering an upscale dining experience, Plank is like no other restaurant in the region! How do they do it? By using a special technique that infuses a delicate touch of flavor by cooking food directly on Himalayan salt planks or cedar wood planks. A gourmet family style menu includes USDA certified beef, chicken and fish, grilled vegetables, and delicious flatbreads. Be sure to try their signature dishes including Cedar Plank Salmon, Filet Mignon Wellington, and Himalayan Plank Whole-Grilled Fish. If you pay in cash, you’ll receive a 20% off Tuesday dining. Or go for one complimentary weekend brunch! For discounts to apply, you’ll need to bring your Latido de Mexico discount card and complimentary voucher. This fantastic restaurant is located on the corner of Calle 16bis and Avenida 1.
Imprevist Resto & Wine
Imprevist, a Catalan word meaning “the unexpected,” is a place where creativity and love meet to deliver something truly amazing to your table. Featuring an international and Asian fusion gourmet menu with a sweet twist, your tastebuds will be delighted. Not only known for their amazing dinners, Imprevist also offers 20% off the breakfast and brunch experience (Monday through Friday). Visit on Thursday and receive and 20% off your bill if you pay in cash and bring your Latido de Mexico discount card. Providing air conditioned dining as well as street-side tables, this Imprevist is located on Avenida 1 between Calle 14 and 16bis.
Diablito Cha Cha Cha
Check out this place for its fun vibe and great menu! Diablito Cha Cha Cha serves up a fusion of Asian and Mexican flavors with a variety of meats and seafood. To complement each course of your meal, the bar chef recommends and serves cocktails freshmade. Situated in the heart of Playa del Carmen’s exciting nightlife scene, it’s on the corner of Avenida 1 and Calle 12. A great place to see and be seen, Diablito Cha Cha Cha has a cool, funky, retro ambiance. In order to receive 10% off, just present your Latido de Mexico discount card.
La Casa del Agua
Providing casual fine dining in Playa del Carmen since 2001, this is a beautiful establishment. La Casa del Agua has an international menu specializing in seafood. But don’t worry, both the meat lover and the vegetarian will also find wonderful options here. In addition, Casa del Agua has an excellent wine cellar with more than 300 labels from 9 countries! Periodically the restaurant hosts special wine tasting events which are really spectacular. It’s easy to find; located on the corner of 5th Avenue and Calle 2. Your discount card entitles you to 15% off here!
Craving traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist? That’s the concept at Casa Mayahuel. Chef Aldeir Garduno has created a unique menu incorporating modern and fresh elements into traditional recipes that have been gathered from all around Mexico. What really makes it unique is that it also serves pulque and artesanal mezcals. Make sure to check out the cultural events they offer from time to time. Noteworthy past events have included Mayan language classes, body painting lessons, and art shows. Feeling like a little live music to go with your meal? Then come by in the evenings from Wednesday through Saturday. Your Top Picks discount card gets you 10% off your bill at Casa Mayahuel.
Zero Zero is located on Calle 38, in the hippest part of Playa del Carmen. If you’re looking for a beautiful outdoor setting for your meal, this is it! Just steps away from the beach and 5th Avenue and surrounded by trees and a cenote, it’s very serene and relaxed. Zero Zero’s specialty is artesanal Italian food. Pastas are all homemade and the wood-oven gives their pizzas the authentic taste! Accompany your dinner with a glass of wine, a refreshing microbrewery beer, or a mezcal cocktail. Also open for breakfast, Zero Zero serves up a large selection of juices, homemade breads, and fresh fruit. Bring your Latido de Mexico Top Picks Card and receive a 15% discount.
Another great place on Calle 38 with a great atmospehere to eat, have drinks or just hang out in a wonderful, romantic but yet eclectic jungle setting. The refined Mexican food with a modern flare is amazing. With very common ingredients, the chef achieves wonderful things and simple flavors, but at the same time also complex with passion and love. The drinks are always perfect, the staff is friendly and attentive and they have good music too! Bring your Latido de Mexico Top Picks Card and receive a 10% discount.
Eating with Carmen
Are you ready for some real Mexican (street)food? Then this is the tour for you! You will walk through the main artery of the city to experience the typical flavors and smells of Mexico. You’ll visit street stations and restaurants that locals frequent. This is a unique and incomparable experience with an awesome guide that will be accompanying you during this 3 hour tour away from tourist places. Please book online through the Eating with Carmen site, mention your Latido de Mexico Top Picks card to get a 10% off.
OUR TOP PICK NIGHTLIFE
Dirty Martini Lounge
A truly unique bar with a European feel, Dirty Martini has top-shelf cocktails, a wide beer selection, and, of course, a long list of specialty martinis! You’ll want to keep coming back to be a part of the local scene that hangs out here. It’s a small, intimate lounge with an amazing staff; located on 1st Avenue between Calle 10 and 12. When you bring your Latido de Mexico Top Picks card, you’ll receive a 15% discount (except on Tuesday for 2×1 martinis & Thursday when Ladies drink half price).
OUR TOP PICKS TOURS & ACTIVITIES
YucaTreks Adventure Tours
YucaTreks Tours are designed to immerse you in the culture, history and natural wonders of the Riviera Maya. Local guides who are passionate about sharing their knowledge ensure you’ll get a great experience . They are known as the tour company for people who don’t do tours! You’ll get to meet others and get an inside look into the local sights and sounds that make up the Yucatan Peninsula. Bring your enthusiasm and sense of adventure and they’ll look after the rest! In order to get 15% off your tour, book through the YucaTreks website and make sure to mention the Latido de Mexico discount card.
Scuba 10 offers dive courses, reef diving, cavern diving and also snorkeling experiences. At Scuba 10 you’ll find friendly service with a safety-conscious outlook and respect for nature. Especially relevant is their consistently highly-rated customer satisfaction! With your Latido de Mexico discount card, you can rent a mask and snorkel set for only 30 pesos per day as well as receive a discount of 8USD on diving tours and courses. Your dive equipment rental is also free for every dive you do with Scuba 10. It is located on Avenida 10 between Calle 10 and 12.
A huge attraction for the millions of visitors to the Riviera Maya is the variety of eco-parks. What’s so special about them? Unlike a theme park, an eco-park showcases the raw natural beauty of the area. The parks are designed to give you a fun, unique, and unforgettable experience! Here in Quintana Roo, there are several to choose from: Xcaret, Xplor & Xplor Fuego, Xelha, Xenses and Xoximilco.
Standard park entrance fees for kids from 5 – 11 years of age are 50% off. Mexican residents receive 10% off. And as our guest, we offer you an extra 10% discount to park entrance fees. Additionally, contact us to receive a free coupon that entitles you to further discounts within the parks! (Coupons are one per person. Discounts apply to gift shops, some restaurants, special activities and photos.)
Riviera Elite Private Yacht Tours
Offering private half or full day yacht tours on a 40 foot luxurious yacht, this is an ideal choice for a relaxing day. You’ll get excellent customer service, great food and also an open bar. During the tour, you will visit some of the most amazing spots on the Riviera Maya coast. Snorkel with turtles and colorful fish on beautiful reefs or enjoy floating in private inlets with calm shallow waters. It’s the ultimate in relaxation and seclusion! Riviera Elite Private Yacht Tours has tours that fit any budget. Book online firstname.lastname@example.org or call 984 168 0632. Mention the Latido de Mexico discount card in order to get a 15% discount on any tour.
Whale sharks snorkel tours (seasonal June – Aug)
There is nothing like getting close to the biggest fish in the sea! And yes, you will get THIS CLOSE (if you want). The tour leaves early in the morning from Playa to Cancun where you will have a quick breakfast. After that you will board a fast, comfortable boat and then the adventure starts! Once the whale sharks are spotted the captain and crew will maneuver close so you can get in the water with your guide. Small groups, experienced crew, excellent guides. Book online with Encounters and receive a 15% discount with your Latido de Mexico Top Picks card.
YOGA – Ellen de Jonge
Ellen de Jonge teaches a style of Yoga called Vinyasa Flow. Renowned in her field for her strength and helping her students to find their own individual strength, Ellen will challenge you in class! At the same time, her instruction focuses on safety, alignment, breathing and meditation. You can book private or group classes with Ellen through her website. Mention the Latido de Mexico discount card and you will receive a 15% discount.