Clay: Just to let you all know, this is a sponsored post by Hipmunk. 🙂

The coastal resort town of Playa del Carmen sits on the Caribbean shoreline and is a hotspot for vacationers. It’s known for its coral reefs, which play a big role in the local scuba diving community, as well as its palm trees. There are plenty of shops, nightlife activities, and restaurants here, but if you’re looking for a break from all that for the sake of your wallet, here’s a few free things you can do.

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Window Shopping at La Quinta:

The main street of Playa del Carmen is known as La Quinta Avenida. It’s a popular spot for tourists and locals. You’ll find plenty of things to do here, but simply walking along the thoroughfare is exciting in and of itself. Here you’ll find high-class restaurants, some of the best nightlife in the world, and plenty of shops. You can’t beat the people-watching either.

Hit the Beach:

Playa del Carmen only has one beach, and its a spot that you should be sure to visit. The beach has two different sides to it: the north and the south. The south is known to have higher tides, while the north side is best for sunbathing. A quick cultural note: It’s illegal to go nude on the beach, but that doesn’t stop women from going topless. So if you’re from the States where that isn’t a cultural norm and you want to let loose while you’re in Mexico, it’s fair game.

Walk Around Parque Fundidora:

The Fundidora Park was recently renovated and has cool sculptures to check out along the beach. The park has a lot going on with different activities throughout the year as well as stalls during the evening and night hours. The architecture is also a wonderful sight and features a stucco church that overlooks the Caribbean Sea. How romantic is that?

Help Out a Cause:

If you love animals, you can head to the Playa Animal Rescue Spa and Play Day that happens every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. — nothing cures a hangover quite like puppies. The little furries will love the company, and — if you wish — you can make a small donation to the local shelter or even take a pet home with you.

Want to Do More Window Shopping?

Playa del Carmen has two large malls that you can spend your time at. The first one is the Plaza las Americas, and the second is the Centro Maya. Both are indoors with cheap food options inside. If you feel like spending money, there are movie theatres, a miniature train ride (in both malls), and arcades. If you’re on a budget and prone to impulse buying like I am, this may not be the best option for you, so it might be wise to only travel with one small bill such as a $20 and leave your credit card at the hotel.

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