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FEStIVItIES
10 WELCOmE TO BPM 11 INDUSTRY INSIDER:

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12 PLaYLIST curated by elektro 14 SNapShOTS

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17 BPM TRaVEL PORTaL “It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world, with the most beautiful beaches, and BPM is one of the world’s most important festivals, I love it.” - Leon

19 HOTEL DIRECTORY 22 MORE SLEEp OpTIONS 25 SURVIVaL GUIDE

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34 LaY Of ThE LaND 36 AROUND TOwN 48 DIRECTORY 50 MINI GUIDE: TULUm

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“Take the time to enjoy the beautiful natural landscape that is Quintana Roo.
Within an hour’s travel you have ruins in Tulum and Cabo, snorkeling in Akumel, and scuba diving in Cozumel.” - Chris Lieu 5 DIRECTOR’S NOTE 6 YOUR EXpERTS 58 FamOUS LaST wORDS 59 MaSThEaD

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Photo by Douglas Van Sant for The BPM Festival

FROM THE CREaTIVE DIRECTOR

“Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” - Andrew Carnegie
As the ultimate destination festival, BPM would be the perfect candidate for a Cultivora travel guide. There was only one problem: Laura and I had never been to Playa del Carmen before. How could we possibly produce a travel guide for a festival we’ve never attended? First, we needed in-house experts, and with the help of our brilliant photographer Oliver Correa, we recruited Angela del Sol and Dianna Loevner. From the transportation insights to our Tulum Mini Guide and everything in between, these two lovely ladies provided us with a wealth of information, sourced from their own BPM experiences and a few wellplaced friends living in Playa del Carmen and Tulum. You’ll notice that none of the articles have individual bylines, as this guide was truly the result of our combined efforts. The collaborations don’t stop there – Wellington Adames and elektro Magazine stepped up to curate our Playlist (page 12), and Amanda Ho of Plexi PR helped us enlist top BPM talent to share their insights and recommendations (pages 6-8). For the first time, we also reached out to the fans, asking BPM veterans to share their wisdom. The response was overwhelming – submissions ran the gamut from safety tips to favorite restaurants, and it’s clear that for those who have been, The BPM Festival occupies a very special place in their hearts. Thank you to everyone who put in the time and energy to share their insights and experiences – this collaborative element is what makes the BPM guide our best one yet. So sit back, relax, and start dreaming of the paradise that lies ahead. I, for one, can’t wait. See you in Playa!

Marjana Jaidi Founder + Creative Director
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YOUR

EXPERtS

Get to know a few BPM artists and keep an eye out for their recommendations, found throughout the guide.

Josh Wink

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ORIGIN: Philly USA! DREAM HEAdLINERS: MC Hammer, David Hasselhoff, Color Me Bad. TRAVEL ESSENtIALS: Depends if I’m traveling for work or pleasure. Pleasure: book, iPod, earplugs, eye masks. Work: book, computer, earplugs, eye mask. BUCKEt LISt: Antarctica. LANGUAGES: English, Spanish. BPM MUSt-SEE: Line up is too credible and big to list one! But, the Ovum 20-year party at Tabu on the 9th has me all hyped up! We’ve got myself, Anja Schneider, Ambivalent, Doc Martin and Fact resident Andre Buljat.

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Anja Schneider

ORIGIN: Germany, exactly Berlin. DREAM HEAdLINERS: Difficult to say ... So many good artist around. Maya Jane Coles, Matthias Kaden, Rodriguez Jr. TRAVEL ESSENtIALS: Passport, credit card, mobile phone, and a big smile. BUCKEt LISt: Marrakech. LANGUAGES: English And German. BPM MUSt-SEE: Josh Wink because I will play at his party and it’s always an inspiration to see and hear him play.

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Nicole Moudaber
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ORIGIN: Nigerian born, Lebanese origins, and British. DREAM HEAdLINERS: Carl Cox, Chris Liebing and Adam Beyer. TRAVEL ESSENtIALS: Toothbrush, face cream and a pack of 20 Marlboro lights. BUCKEt LISt: Jordan and Dubai. LANGUAGES: French, English, Spanish and Lebanese. BPM MUSt-SEE: Chris Liebing on my night - In The Mood on January 9.

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My F avorite Robot

ORIGIN: Montreal. DREAM HEAdLINERS: Atoms for Peace. How cool would it be to see them play on a beach!! TRAVEL ESSENtIALS: Laptop for loneliness, electrical adapter for recharging laptop and robot and a blowdryer for hair volume. BUCKEt LISt: Asia. LANGUAGES: We all speak English and French and Voytek also speaks Polish. BPM MUSt-SEE: We’re very excited to have Timo Maas play our showcase this year along with Fairmont as well. Looking forward to the No.19 showcase with our brothers Art Department and friends.

The Martinez Brothers
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ORIGIN: Bronx, NY. DREAM HEAdLINERS: Jamiroquai, opening up for Michael Jackson, then the Fania All Stars just to end it with a bang. TRAVEL ESSENtIALS: You can never have too many socks, they’re a hot commodity. BUCKEt LISt: Peru, Machu Picchu. LANGUAGES: English and Spanish. BPM MUSt-SEE: All of our buddies will be there, so we’re excited to hang out with the extended fam!
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Apollonia
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MEMbERS: Dan Ghenacia, Shonky , Dyed Soundorom ORIGIN: We are from Paris, but Dyed & Shonky now live in Berlin. We spend the summer season living in Ibiza together. TRAVEL ESSENtIALS: Computer, pillow & headphones. BUCKEt LISt: Ibiza in summertime, Berlin in wintertime, NYC always! LANGUAGES: French, English, a little Spanish.

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Stacey Pullen

ORIGIN: Detroit. DREAM HEAdLINERS: Carl Cox, Chris Liebing, and Adam Beyer. TRAVEL ESSENtIALS: H20, $, Sunscreen. BUCKEt LISt: Africa. LANGUAGES: English, Detroit slang. BPM MUSt-SEE: my other detroit brothers because other than myself & Visionquest we have been the only ones representing Detroit.

Leon
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ORIGIN: Italy. DREAM HEAdLINERS: Marco Carola, Ricardo Villalobos, John Digweed. TRAVEL ESSENtIALS: My MacBook Air, iPhone 5, headphones, and toothpaste lol. BUCKEt LISt: Seoul. LANGUAGES: Italian, English.

Additional Experts

Guy Gerber
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Lauren Lane

FEStIVItIES

10 WELCOmE TO BPM

An overview of the fiesta that brings EDM lovers and artists to La Playa.

11 INDUSTRY INSIDER

An interview with BPM co-founder Craig Pettigrew.

12 PLaYLIST

A curated selection of BPM’s lengthy lineup, curated by elektro Magazine.

14 SNapShOTS

Shared your wisdom? Find your picture.

“The festival blew away my expectations.
I found what are now some of my favorite DJ’s... It’s an underground house music junkie’s dream.” - Leonardo Manon
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Welcome to

January 3-12 Playa Del Carmen

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Come January, when sunshine becomes a distant memory, The BPM Festival heats up Playa del Carmen with the official start to the electronic music festival season.
with premier DJs and special guests. With multi-day passes – 3-, 7-, or 10exclusive event for industry days - and individual tickets, attendees professionals, BPM – coined for have the option of floating Bartenders, Promoters, between every party the Musicians – has become At A GLaNcE Playa has to offer or paving an annual pilgrimage for their own music paths. music aficionados around Wristband Prices: This year marks the the world. 10-Day: $750 seventh edition of the 10 The BPM Festival takes 7-Day: $500 day electronic music frenplace along the coast of Weekend: $250 zy, with a roster of 250+ Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula; Website: artists and multiple day the Mayan Riviera features thebpmfestival.com and night events hosted some of the most beautiful by different record labels white sand beaches in the Twitter: and promoters. Carve your Caribbean. @thebpmfestival mark in the magical BPM BPM festivalgoers can legacy and join industry spend their days partakprofessionals, artists, and ing in water sports and other electronic music enthusiasts at la eco-tourism or exploring Mayan ruins Playa. and archeological sites before the daylight gives way to all-night ragers packed
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2008 as an

INDUSTRy INSiDER:

CRAIg PEttIgREw
The BPM Festival’s co-founder talks Playa del Carmen, artist curation, and his festival highlights.
What is it about Playa del Carmen that makes The BPM Festival so unique and helps to shape its identity? I’ve been to a lot of festivals, and I think it’s the accessibility here. It’s so easy to get around. If you want to leave, you don’t have to wait three hours to get into the festival. You can walk to your hotel and you walk to the venues, so everything is easy. I think being able to just walk everywhere has made it really special. For me, I can’t go to a festival and wait around to get in. How do you think the festival has evolved over the past 5 years, in terms of artists flying out, the vibe, and the general atmosphere? I think that the artists that come here really enjoy themselves. They all just get to hang out with one another. They’re all friends, so they actually come here and vacation. They bring their girlfriends, or their wives, and some of them bring their families. Each gets a chance to intermingle and not have to run to the next event or the next party. And they all come back. They always come back – every artist that has ever played for us, always comes back the next year. Who curates the artist line-up? I actually do all of the programming for the festival with a couple of the partners, but as far as the line-up goes, I think we sprinkle in a little bit of everything, because we are a music festival. And when you are a music festival, you need to have a variety of different genres. You have techno, house, and you have a little bit of commercial music to give people a chance to hear everything. We’ve done that since the beginning and I don’t think we’re stopping. What are some highlights over the years? I think everything, I can’t really single out anything. Every event we’ve done has been incredible.

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PLaYLIst

CURATED BY

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We teamed up with elektro Magazine to get their top BPM picks in playlist form. Press play and count down the days until you’re sipping margaritas in Playa.
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stacked talent pool – of over 270 acts for now – Playa del Carmen, Mexico is undoubtedly the spot to be from January 3-12. Event organizers have curated a selection of the best and brightest in dance music, ranging from giants like Nicole Moudaber, John Digweed, Fedde Le Grand, and Heidi to scene newcomers like Tale of Us, Subb-an, and Louisahhh!!! The
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bountiful range of artists can make it difficult to decide where to go and who to see, especially when it comes to discovering new artists. That’s why we here at elekro Magazine partnered up with Cultivora and BPM to present our Playlist to The BPM Festival 2014, a compilation of 22 of our favorite tracks from some of the lineup’s finest. This way you can take your time and listen through
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some of the talent spinning at this year’s edition of madness, deciding which stages and acts you simply can’t allow yourself to miss. To put a cherry on top of this overwhelming musical sundae, we’ve also compiled a list of the Top Ten showcases we’re looking forward to most. Skimming through individual artists is exhausting, so instead look out for labels and parties that are known for being collectives focused on certain vibes and attitudes. Whether its Richie Hawtin’s night edition of ENTER or Brodinski’s hard-hitting French swag over at Bromance Records’ showcase, you can’t go wrong getting lost in these bubbles of beats and tricks. Although we unfortunately can’t feature every artist on the lineup, we knew exactly which tracks to include in this BPM Playlist. Trust us, just press play and count down the days until you’re sipping margaritas in Playa.

ShOwcasEs
All Day I Dream
Jan 4 – Mamita’s (Day) Lee Burridge’s heavenly movement is taking us to the clouds. We can pinch if you like, but this is no dream.

MOsT ANTIcIpaTEd

Dirtybird

Jan 8 – Mamita’s (Day) After dominating Sankeys Ibiza over the summer season, Claude VonStroke brings his Urban Animal spirit to Mexico. Let’s get clapping.

Wisdom of the Glove

Jan 4 – Coco Maya (Night) Inspired by the very jungles of BPM, Guy Gerber brings his hit Ibiza concept to North America. You’d be wise not to miss it.

All Gone Pete T ong

Jan 7 – Kool Beach (Day) It’s all or nothing for Pete Tong’s inaugural BPM Showcase.

MOOD Records

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Bromance Records

Jan 9 – Lost (Night) Get moody with techno queenbee Nicole Moudaber and her monster new label.

Jan 5 – Blue Parrot (Night) The princeling of all things underground, Richie Hawtin dares you to enter his time warp with separate day and night spots on the calendar.

Jan 4 – Lost (Night) The only time and place where bros will be encouraged is with Brodinski and his too-fresh crew straight out of Paris.

Circo Loco

Jan 6 – Blue Parrot (Night) You can never go wrong with this DC10 institution. The wild circus is taking over for two separate day and night editions.

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SNApSHOtS
On the Ground at The BPM Festival 2013

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SNApSHOtS
Fan Photos and Advice from BPMs Past
Contest winner Tyler Schmith go recommends La Cueva del Chan (page 38).

“BPM is not a festival... it’s a small beautiful life! Live it fully! Be high on music! Fall in love! And don’t stop dancing! - Mira Jee

“Close your eyes, feel the beat and dance like no one is watching you.” - Mor Antler

Ibeth Valdéz recommends Diablito Cha Cha Cha (page 37).

Ali Khalil, recommends Fonda Regina (page 39).

“No cellphone, no problem! Enjoy the music and your company in the moment. Be part of the story the DJ is trying to tell.” - Laura Scavo
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“Heck of an experience. I use a wheelchair and Mexico gets pretty tricky since its not wheelchair adapted, but with the help of the great vibes and the community I was able to get around.” - Manuel Escapite
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PREFLIgHt
BPM TRaVEL PORTaL The easiest way to book your BPM stay. 17 GETTING ThERE How to get from the plane to the Playa. 18

SLEEp Hotel Directory, 19 More Options, 22

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26 PREfLIGhT ChECKLIST 28 WhaT TO PaCK 30 HEaLTh aND SafETY 32 SpaNISh 1 01

“Be prepared, physically & mentally,
to have the best marathonic party of your life, in the beautiful, and paradisiac beaches of the Caribbean!” - Iván Guerrero

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You ordered your wristband, streamed the playlist, and bought a bathing suit – now what?
NLESS YOU LIVE

TRAVEL PORtAL

in Playa del Carmen, you’ll need to book a flight and reserve your stay. Before you roll your eyes and open endless Chrome windows, check out BPM’s Travel Portal. On one simple page you can compare flights, hotels, and condos and, thanks to Orbitz, you’re guaranteed the lowest price. Start by entering your dates and selecting the number of people you’re booking for (don’t worry you can do this separately for flights and accommodations). If you selected hotels or condos, you’ll be directed to a list of options based on your criteria. Sort the list by tight, budget, regular, or luxury and click on a name for its availability, amenities, and prices. If your most important accommodation factor is location, look to the right of the list. Every time you select a hotel or condo, the map will show you its location and distance from BPM’s venues. Flights work in a similar way, select your dates and number of people and Orbitz will filter through all airlines to bring you the cheapest and/or shortest trips. Once you select your ideal flight, you’ll be directed to Orbitz to complete the booking.
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PLaY a DEL CaRmEN
Cancún International Airport (CUN) is the closest airport to Playa del Carmen. From there, travel can be made via bus, shuttle, private transfer, or car.

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there will be people with the same destination for sure, make new friends to get in the mood. You may share good times with them.” - Karina Barrera

“On the Airplane,

Booking a car in advance is a swell way to get to town, especially if you value your own space and have some extra cash to spare. With the option to book online in advance for the best rates, you can compare and contrast your options. Once you land, a representative will greet passengers with a sign with your name. Check the directory for listings of wellknown companies that do daily travel to Playa. Renting a car is common practice amongst BPM-goers, especially for those who want to explore external sites, or enjoy post-festival relaxation in Tulum. Rental cars may be reserved in advance or upon arrival.

ADO BUSES

CaR RENT aLS

ShaRED VaNS

Another option to Playa from CUN is a shared shuttle. Reserve your seat and time online before you fly or find a transportation employee organizing rides after you exit the terminal. Costs usually amount to $25 per person.
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There are public buses offering non-stop service from the Cancún airport at scheduled times entering downtown Playa on Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue) and Avenida Juarez. Buses leave from Terminal 3 and Terminal 2, take approximately 65 minutes, and cost 106 pesos ($10) per passenger. Tickets may be purchased from a booth inside the terminal or right at the door. Only speak with employees wearing an ADO logo on their shirt to avoid possible scams.
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HOTEL DIRECTORY
Overwhelmed by the options on BPM’s Travel Portal? We sorted through the hotels available during the 10-day BPM stretch and picked out a few of our favorites in different price ranges. We know not everyone has the same preferences when it comes to amenities - some require 24-hour room service and others won’t survive without a gym – so we broke down their key features.
Airport Shuttle Free Breakfast Fitness Center Room Service All Inclusive Bar/Lounge Beachfront

ALDEa ThaI

Calle Cozumel entre Calles 28 Norte y 26 Norte +52 (998) 848-7941

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Avenida 10 Norte y Calle 26 Norte  +52 (800) 231-4683

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Avenida 1a Norte entre Calles 10 y 12 +52 (984) 803-2379  $

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Budget

Stars

WiFi

Pool

Kids

Airport Shuttle

Free Breakfast

Fitness Center

Room Service

All Inclusive

Bar/Lounge

Beachfront

HOTEL DIRECTORY
Stars

DESEO HOTEL & LOUNGE
Avenida 5a y Calle 12 +52 (984) 879-3620

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HaCIENDa MaRIa BONITa
Avenida 10 entre Calles 10 y 12 +52 (984) 873-2049

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Avenida 34 Norte con Avenida 5 +52 (984) 873-4260

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ILLUSION BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Calle 8 entre Avenida 5 y Zona Federal +52 (984) 803-3018 

MaGIC EXpRESS

Carretera Cancun – Chetumal Km 291 +52 (984) 206-3700

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Calle 8 y Zona Federal maritime +52 (984) 873-1245

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Budget

WiFi

Pool

Kids

Airport Shuttle

Free Breakfast

Fitness Center

Room Service

All Inclusive

Bar/Lounge

Beachfront

HOTEL DIRECTORY
Stars

OCCIDENTaL ROYaL HIDEawaY
Lote Hotelero No. 6 +52 (984) 873-4500

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Calle 8 entre Avenidas 5 y 10 +52 (984) 873-3333

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PaRaDISUS La PERLa

 Calle 88 Norte y Avenida 5 Norte  +52 (984) 877-3900

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Avenida 15 Norte entre Calles 12 y 14 +52 (984) 803-0272/42

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Calle 28 Norte y La Playa +52 (984) 803-5106

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Carretera Chetumal Puerto Juarez Km 295 +52 (984) 873-4444

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Budget

WiFi

Pool

Kids

GRaND PORTO REaL

Avenida Constituyentes No. 1 +1 (866) 599-6674 realresorts.com/Gran-Porto-Real

“One of my best recommendations is to get an

all inclusive hotel.
This way you will really enjoy without worrying about drinks and food.” - Karina Barrera XCaRET RESORT

ThE ROYaL

Avenida Constituyentes No. 2 +52 (984) 877-2900 realresorts.com/the-royal-playa-carmen “All inclusive right in the heart of Playa. Both are worth the money and in between the day and night clubs on the Caribbean! It can’t get much better than that!” - Ray Thompson

“Stay in an all inclusive for even more fun and games.” - Simon Neale
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Carretera Chetúmal-Puerto Juárez Km 282 +52 (984) 147-6560 en.xcaretexperiencas.com “Xcaret resort is a must go. Lots of fun and relaxing time before the best party festival around the world!!!” - Omar Munoz
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Although taxis are cheap, they sum up to be a huge expense in hindsight.” - Luis Felipe Paz Flores

“Find accommodations near the BPM venues.

ThE PaLm AT PLaYa

Calle 8 Norte entre Avenidas 5 y 10 +52 (984) 873-3333 “Great, luxurious, and an amazing free breakfast. Close enough to walk 4 blocks to the clubs/venues and far enough so that the sound was bearable when trying to sleep.” - Natalie Von Hegedus

La TORTUGa
Avenida 10 entre Calles 12 y 14 +52 (984) 873-1484 hotellatortuga.com

ROSa MIRaDOR hOTEL

Privada Norte No. 1 entre Calles 12 y 14 +52 (984) 873-0750 “One of the hotels that are in the middle of the action is the Rosa Mirador, is steps from Coco Maya and the Blue Parrot.” - Rodrigo Palma “Cheap prices!!” - Ivan Valdez

“Right in the center, a little jungle paradise. Walking distance from the main parties and the beach. They have an amazing breakfast, and if you’re sweet, the waiters will remember you the year after ;-)” - Apollonia

POSaDa maRIpOSa

La RaNa CaNSaDa
Calle 10 No. 132 +(52) 984 873 0389 ranacansada.com

Avenida 5 entre Calles 24 y 26 +52 (984) 878-1016 hotelsmariposa.com/posada-mariposa “A very well located hotel and not so expensive ” - Luis Raudón

HOTEL COpa

HOTEL PLaZa PLaYa

Gonzalo Guerrero 20 Nte entre 25 y 30 +52 984 803 0739 hotelplazaplaya.com “Super cheap, clean and walking distance without all the unnecessary clutter.” - Deidre Manna Bratten

Avenida 5 No. 209 entre Calles 10 y 12 +52 (984) 873-0218 grandcopa.com “Excellent places to meet people, rest and keep on with the BPM party anytime you want. They’re close enough to all the BPM official nightclubs like Blue Parrot or Coco Maya. Have stayed at both and had a great time :D” - Carlos Kaim

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“Not sure what this “sleep” thing is, but if you actually plan on doing it, we definitely recommend renting a condo or house.
Do not stay at the resorts, as having to take cabs back and forth will get annoying and what’s better than being in the heart of the action with your friends and walking distance to all the events?” - My Favorite Robot “If you are traveling with a group of friends, look for a condo rental with a kitchen so you can cook food and make drinks at any time. The supermarket is located near downtown and there are convenient liquor stores along 5th Avenue for last minute pick-ups.” - Ricardo Mendez “Rent a condo instead of hotel for maximum space/efficiency , as you will need to regroup from the nonstop day time beach parties before heading to all the amazing night parties. - Luke Long

“Why sleep in your hotel room every night?
Fall asleep in your hotel’s cabanas along the beach listening to the ocean. The background noise of music and the ocean is bound to put you in a deep sleep after a long day/night of the best music festival in the world.” - Elizabeth Ciezki

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SURVIVaL GUIDE
To endure the 10-day fiesta with your sombrero intact, prescribe yourself a dose of our survival tips, including a preflight checklist, what to pack, and pointers on health & safety.

26 PREfLIGhT ChECKLIST 28 WhaT TO PaCK 30 HEaLTh & SafETY 32 SpaNISh 1 01
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PREfLIGhT ChECKLIST
NOTIfY YOUR baNK
Contact your bank and credit card company so they know to expect purchases from a foreign country and don’t freeze your accounts.

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UpGRaDE YOUR PhONE pLaN

Look into short-term, international plans and roaming options before you leave the country. Alternatively, just turn off your data as soon as you land and stick to WiFi to avoid outrageous fees.

REmEmbER YOUR paSSpORT
This may be a no brainer, but you need a passport to go abroad. Don’t forget to make copies of your passport and ID and keep them separate from the originals, just in case.

Travel in style with these Italian Neon passport holders. $43, graphicimage.com

SECURE YOUR LUGGaGE

Even if you’re only bringing a carry on, don’t forget to add luggage tags. If you’re an overpacker, consult your airline about baggage fees, they could be cheaper purchased online and in advance.
The Burton Wheelie Sub travel bag helps overpackers avoid overweight fees by splitting in two, and comes with a lifetime warranty. $319.95, burton.com

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PREfLIGhT ChECKLIST
EXChaNGE CURRENCY
There is an exchange house at the Cancún airport, but, for better rates, exchange your currency at local banks or before you leave for Mexico. Check with your bank about international fees so your January statement doesn’t surprise you.

BUY YOUR TICKETS

Whether it’s for a lone party or the full ride, buy your tickets in advance. Event prices may go up or even sell out if you leave this to the last minute. When claiming your wristband in Playa, you’ll need the ID that matches the payment.

“Go ahead and SPLURGE!
DOwNLOaD ThE MObILE app
Buy the VIP ticket to the festival. You can go in and out of all the bars at your convenience. Very worthwhile.” - Jen Wettlaufer “Make sure you get full access wristband because the lines for the events are long.” - Alan Acosta “Last year we didn’t get passes and I feel that if we had bought them, we would have visited more clubs.” - Natalie Von Hegedus

The official BPM app gives you access to the entire list of scheduled events and performers, plus the option to create a custom schedule. Also included is a builtin map that highlights Playa’s venues, shops, and hotels. iPhone | Android

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WhaT TO

PaCK
“The most Important thing on your suitcase are sunglasses, a bathing suit, and flip-flops. You DON’T need more.” - Karina Barrera

BEaCh CLOThING

Pack appropriately for the warm weather. Add some light long sleeves for cooler weather in the evening.
Etymotic highfidelity earplugs. $12, etymotic.com

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“Bring your bathing suit everywhere. You never know when a party ends at the beach!” - Dario Ruarte

EaR PROTECTION

You’ll be listening to throbbing bass for ten days so unless you like waking up with piercing ringing in your ears, snag some earplugs. You can grab cheapies at any drug store or “splurge” for a more sophisticated pair.

SmaLL BaG

Bring a small tote or fanny pack to carry all your essentials. Here, you can keep sunblock, water, shades, lip balm, cash, and a light layer, so that you’ll never be in need while away from your hotel.

SUNGLaSSES, haT, aND SUNSCREEN
No one wants to look like a lobster or get sun sick, and there’s a very thin line between tan and burnt. Love the skin you live in, protect yourself from the sun.

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WhaT TO

PaCK
PORTabLE SpEaKERS
In case you want to fill your hotel room with tunes or start a dance party at the beach, pack mini speakers.

“Bring a Jambox for early morning afterparties on your rooftop deck.” - Joanie Cahill

JBL OnTour Micro portable speakers. $50, amazon.com

CamERa

To capture the beats, people, and tropical moments that await you, don’t forget a device to take still photos or groovin’ videos.

ChaRGER

Your phone is going to run out of battery, end of story. Pop a portable charger or external battery pack in your bag to stay plugged in.

BEaCh TOwEL OR SmaLL bLaNKET

COmfORTabLE KICKS

You never know when you’ll want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the venues to relax on the beach or cozy up in a blanket at sunset (or sunrise).
We swear by the Pack This! Pad from Knock Knock. It’ll help you stay organized and you’ll never leave anything behind.
$6.50 knockknockstuff.com

Leave your stilettos behind, bring sneakers to explore, and say yes to bare feet. Playa means beach, after all.

“To the ladies out there: don’t worry about bringing anything but sandals since you are either walking on uneven streets or dancing on the sand.” - Amy Mullay

The streets are cleaned and manicured to perfection daily in Playa Del Carmen. If you have ever walked back from one of the parties at BPM after sunrise, you would have witnessed the street cleaners hard at work ensuring us party-goers go home unscathed.” - Dan Watts
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“Go shoeless!

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HEaLTh & SafETY
“It is hot out there on the Playa, so make sure you have a CamelBak or some source of water. The last thing you want is to fist pump yourself into dehydration.” – Matthew Sch “Don’t drink the tap water and skip out on ice (if possible, unless you make it yourself with water bottles in kitchen).” – Ricardo Mendez “Brush your teeth with bottled water so you can avoid getting ill” – Deidre Manna Bratten “Bring your own medications - most medications are in Spanish.” – Cynthia Kuo “Don’t drink (or whatever) that much, hangovers could make you sleep through many great parties” – Luis Felipe Paz Flores

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NOROVIRUS
A Mexican vacation can be all about fun in the sun (and great music!), as long as you watch out for the Norovirus illness. The virus causes your stomach and/or intestines to become inflamed, leading to stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. To prevent the virus, wash your hands frequently, avoid those who have contracted it, and be cautious of the restaurants you dine in. If you happen to come down with the illness, your discomfort will usually last 3 days and will pass on its own. Since it’s not bacterial in nature, antibiotics won’t work and antidiarrheal medications (i.e. Pepto-Bismol) may only increase its duration. The best thing to do is to stay hydrated. Opt for water and drinks with electrolytes like Gatorade and avoid caffeine and alcohol (seriously) at all costs. If the dehydration is becoming too much to alleviate with sports drinks, try an over-the-counter oral rehydration fluid. Think you need professional care? Find a hospital and doctor in our directory.
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“Take it easy with the alcohol, and no salads.” - Nicole Moudaber

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HEaLTh & SafETY
“Take good care of your belongings. Waitresses, door men, and taxi drivers work together to “find, keep and sell” telephones, cameras and whatever they can find from drunk innocent tourists. They love iPhones.” – Jesus Vazquez “Pay with small bills, especially at the night parties.” – Cesar Ochoa

STaYING ENERGIZED
“Everyone asked how we made it through 10 days last year. Our secret? Sleep in two shifts. Once before going out for the night (9pm - 12pm) and again after a night out on the town (10am - 2pm).” – Elan Miller “Get a beach massage for $30.” – Carlos Kaim “If you partied as I hard as I did day & night, and still want to make the best of the beach and sun, grab a few beers and head to the beach after the nightclub, you can lay out on one of the canopies and sleep while getting tan, killing two birds with one stone.” – Alex Ksenjak “Appreciate the beach beds, sand and relaxing chairs. This 10-day festival is all about pacing yourself and enjoying as much as you can!” – Brittany Hazell “Extend your stay so you can relax a bit. It is a marathon, not a race.” – Raffi Yousefian
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3ATM

TO bE AwARE Of
Thieves install counterfeit readers in ATMs to replicate card information, while simultaneously using small camera or fake keypads to acquire PIN data.

SCAMS

SKImmING (most common)

DOUbLE SwIpING

A service person may swipe your card in two devices, a POS machine and a card reader that duplicates its information.

GRabbING

A thief may add a device to an ATM so that the card may not be removed once inserted.
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SpaNISh 1 01
TRaNSpORT + DIRECTIONS
Where? ¿Dónde? Excuse me, where is…? ¿Disculpe, dónde está…? Where is the exit? ¿Dónde está la salida? Where are the taxis? ¿Dónde están los taxis? When will it arrive? ¿En cuanto tiempo... What is the fare? ¿Cuánto es la tarifa? Take me to this address. Lléveme a esta dirección Is it near? ¿Está cerca? Is it far? ¿Está lejos?

BaSIC PhRaSES
Hello Hola Please Porfavor Thank you Gracias Excuse me Con Permiso I’m sorry Lo siento You’re welcome De nada

Good morning Buenos dias Good afternoon Buenas tardes Good Evening Buenas noches Goodbye Adios See you later Hasta luego Do you speak English? ¿Hablas Ingles? How much does it cost? ¿Cuanto cuesta? Where is the bathroom? ¿Donde está el baño? Can you help me? ¿Me podría ayudar? I don’t feel well No me siento bien I need a doctor Necesito un doctor
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IN ThE CLUb
At what time does DJ____play? ¿A que hora DJ____toca? I would like something to drink. Quisiera algo para beber. I would like a beer. Quisiera una cerveza. Diviértete! Have fun!

GETTING fOOD
To eat. Comer Do you have a vegetarian dish? ¿Tiene algún plato vegetariano? More of... Mas de... Less of... Menos de... Check please. La cuenta porfavor.
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THE GUIDE
34 LaY Of ThE LaND
Tips on navigating Playa, from walking to public transportation.

36 AROUND TOwN

Where to eat, drink, shop, party, and explore.

48 DIRECTORY

Playa del Carmen necessities from A-Z.

50 MINI GUIDE: TULUm

Unwind after the festival on the sandy beaches of Playa del Carmen’s eco-friendly neighbor.

“Explore and soak in the beautiful culture, food, and people that Playa Del Carmen offers.
It just so happens that a wonderful music festival is held here, but there is something about Playa that makes it very special.” - Vince Lin
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LAy of the
land
Transportation within Playa is fairly simple if you follow our lead.
is easy to navigate, as the layout of its downtown area is in a rectangular grid. The main east-west street is Avenida Juarez. It connects Highway 307 (Carretera Federal 307 Chetumal – Puerto Juárez) with the town square, El Zocolo, near the beach. Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue, is the north-south avenue closest to the beach and is closed to traffic from El Zocolo to Calle 6. If you leave El Zocolo and the downtown area, it is handy to know the east-west streets parallel to Avenida Juarez are numbered Calles (streets), with even numbers to the north and odd numbers to the south. The other main east-west street, Avenida Constituyentes, is found in place of Calle 18. To the south of the downtown town square area is Playacar – a golf course development made up of private residences and nearly a dozen resort hotels where many people find lodging during the festival.
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GETTINg aROUNd

PLaY a DEL CaRmEN
Playa is pedestrian friendly, making it easy to walk between attractions and parties. The best street for walking is Quinta Avenida, which does not allow cars except in the early morning hours for deliveries. Here you’ll find numerous hotels, restaurants, and shops. The other main drag is Avenida 30, five blocks west, where the bigger retailers are found. Taxis are accessible at many intersections along the length of Quinta Avenida. A taxi taken from a sitio (taxi queue) will be slightly more expensive than one caught on the street. Taxi fares run on a zone system and are generally quite low. Keep a copy of the zone map with you to make sure you’re never overcharged. If you decide to rent a car after leaving the airport, try the smaller companies located in Playa. Happy Car, CP Rentals, and Veloz are a few local options that your hotel can connect you to. Some car companies will drop the car off at your hotel and pick it up at the end of the rental period, just ask before you confirm your reservation. Prior to renting a car, educate yourself on how insurance works in Mexico by contacting your own car insurance company and credit card company. Ask whether you have rental car insurance and whether that insurance will cover you driving a vehicle rented in Mexico. Liability insurance, required by law in Mexico, will be sold to you regardless. It’s usually a small fee, and most quoted prices include both tax and insurance. ADO buses service destinations in Playa and beyond. They depart from the Playa bus station at the southern end of Avenida 5 and Avenida Juarez. First class ADO buses usually depart hourly for destinations like Xcaret and Tulum with fares costing around $4 USD. Second class Mayab buses also leave from the Playa bus station but have more frequent stops en route and drop off alongside the highway to Tulum. Colectivo vans are an alternative to bus services. They are inexpensive government regulated air-conditioned vans that transport people along Highway 307 along the coast between Playa and Tulum. They leave and return to Playa from Calle 2 between Avenidas 10 and 15. Pick-up times are approximately every 10 minutes and drop-off locations are along the freeway.
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EAT

La VaGabUNDa

EL FOGON

Avenida 5 entre Calles 24 y 26 +52 (984) 873-3753 vagabundaplaya.com

“Sit there, order a ceviche and a cocktail, and expect to see a friend in less than 5 minutes. Everybody stops there.” - Apollonia
A popular spot in the heart of Playa offering a mixture of Italian and Mexican flavors. Grab a seat on their outdoor patio for some prime people-watching. “La Vagabunda’s smoothies and quesadilla’s. Mmmm...” - Laura Scavo

Avenida 30 y Calle 6 “Best place you will ever have true authentic Tacos. Best I have ever tasted and it is not expensive! It’s delicioius and affordable, this way you have more funds to spend enjoying BPM and still eating deliciously!” - Yajaira Gonzalez “My favorite place to eat, just thinking about it my mouth waters. Their smoothies were incredibly delicious, definitely most needed to refresh, get energy, and a good source of vitamins from all the hard partying.” - Tania Rodriguez

“Nothing fancy but BEST TACOS in playa! Super authentic.” - Lauren Lane

La PaRRILLa

Avenida 5 y Calle 8 Norte +52 (984) 873-0687 laparrilla.com.mx “Eat delicious Mexican food at La Parrilla. Taste the arrachera tacos and drink a very cold beer.” - Raúl Medina

La TaRRaYa

Calle 2 Norte entre Avenida 5 y Zona Federal Maritima +52 (984) 873-2040 “Try the Pescado al mojo de ajo, its delicious.” - Ivan Valdez

“Eat at the local places that are off the beaten path.” - Stacey Pullen
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EAT
KaRma BaGELS
Avenida 5 y Constituyentes +52 (222) 296-9399 karmabagels.com

“A little taste of home and a great way to start your daytime adventure. ” - My Favorite Robot

DIabLITO Cha Cha Cha

Avenida 1 Norte y Calle 12 Norte +52 (984) 803-4506 diablitochachacha.com A local hotspot known for their innovative Asian and Mexican fusion, explosive cocktails, and tropical ambiance. Catch a live DJ set while you dine to set the stage for an evening on the town. “Drink a refreshing cucumber vodka and dine a delicious tuna batera at Diablito Cha Cha Cha.... and then dance until dawn in La Santanera!” - Ibeth Valdés

EL OaSIS MaRISCOS

Carretera Federal Cancun-Tulum Mza. 7 Lote. 1 +52 (984) 803-2676 eloasismariscos.com With welcoming service, a moderately priced menu, and a breezy palapa-style layout, El Oasis Mariscos is a wonderful option for Mexican delicacies. Cultivora tip: The tacos and seafood are fabulous, so dare to tempt your taste buds and grab some tacos de pescado (fish tacos).

EL PIRaTa

Calle 40 entre Avenidas 5 y 10 “Best fish restaurant in town. It’s always full and you can’t reserve, so sometimes you must wait 10-15 min, but it’s worth the wait. Very good prices as well. You pick the fish you want and they grill it for you, they are huge!” - Miranda Maassen

“El Oasis for me is the best place to eat in Playa del Carmen… it has authentic Mexican seafood and is away from all tourists.” - Anja Schneider

“As a vegetarian, the one thing that I found difficult to deal with is the food.
I ate out during my entire time while in Mexico, and although I ordered things without meat, towards the last few days of my trip I got sick. I would advise everyone to not only be aware of what you eat but, to take the time to buy fresh produce and support the local farmers of that region.” - Chellsi Lopez
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EAT
La CUEVa DEL ChaNGO
Calle 38 entre Avenida 5 y El Mar +52 (984) 147-0271 lacuevadelchango.com

LaS GORDaS DE PLaYa

“Great place for breakfast after a long night of dancing... amazing fresh juices and delicious food.” - Lauren Lane
“La Cueva del Chango is a wonderful little restaurant just slightly off the beaten path on Calle 38 between 5th Avenue and the Sea. It’s a great place to try local and organic cuisine for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The atmosphere is spot-on, the service terrific, and the food is fresh, authentic and delicious.” - Tyler Schmith

Avenida 10 entre Calles 8 y 10 +52 (984) 804-7462 facebook.com/lasgordasdeplaya “Don’t forget to get some energy between the day party and the night party at Las Gordas de Playa.” - Fatima Koch

EL CaRNICERO

Avenida 5 entre Calles 26 y 28 +52 (984) 803-3727 facebook.com/elcarnicero “The best place to eat is this little restaurant on 5th ave called El Carnicero. Besides the food being AMAZING and cheap, the service is phenomenal! That is the only place I eat every year since 2011!” - Nestor Velez

LOS AGUaChILES
“Best taqueria in town. Super fresh. Just be careful of the habanero sauce.” - Guy Gerber
Avenida 25 y Calle 34 +52 (984) 142-7380 Los Aquachiles, what fish taco dreams are made of. Order the fresh tuna lettuce wraps, pair them up with a tall Sol michelada, and throw down a game of foosball on their homemade table out back. “Best Seafood tacos in Playa?? Los Aguachiles, it’s a must eat!” - Rodrigo Palma
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AU CaCaO
Avenida 5 y Calle 30 +52 (984) 879-4179 ahcacao.com Au Cacao has offered Playa the finest chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, direct from plantations. Snack on a rich, creamy treat, sip on freshly roasted coffee, or even get yourself coiffed with chocolate shampoo!

FONDa REGINa

Calle 38 Norte entre Avenida 5 y La Playa +52 (984) 147-2239 english.shalalahotel.com “A small, family owned restaurant that serves incredible delicious fresh organic food. I highly recommend it” - Ali Khalili

COCINa DE AUTOR

Grand Velas Resort Carretara Cancun-Tulum Km. 62 rivieramaya.grandvelas.com Chef de cuisine Xavier Perez Stone puts a fine Spanish twist on Mexican flavors and ingredients.

1 00% NaTURaL

CaNIbaL ROYaL
Calle 48 y La Playa +52 (984) 859-1441 canibal-royal.com

Avenida 5 Mza. 28 entre Calles 10 y 12 +52 (984) 873-2242 100natural.com.mx “If you’re starting to feel sick or don’t have much of an appetite, eating at 100% Natural where the food is safe and you can force down a shake is the way to go.” - Natalie Von Hegedus

MamITa’S BEaCh CLUb

“A favourite place I love to visit is Canibal Royal,
where they have a fusion of Mexican and Asian food. It’s a great restaurant for eating with friends.” - Anja Schneider “It’s on our must-go list for their ceviche and grilled octopus.” - My Favorite Robot

Calle 28 Norte y La Playa +52 (984) 803-2867 mamitasbeachclub.com “You definitely have to check out the restaurant at Mamita’s Beach Club. They have the best variety of food including the amazing fried whole fish that you could eat on the beach watching the sunset.” - Haya Alhamdan

KOOL BEaCh

Calle 28 Norte y La Playa +52 (984) 803-1961 koolbeachclub.com.mx “If you ever get hungry while clubbing and are not too far from Kool Beach Day Club, check out their restaurant, best hamburgers in town.” - Alex Ksenjak
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DRINK
REINa ROja
Calle 20 entre Avenidas 5 y 10 +52 (984) 877-3800 reinarojahotel.com “If you want to go to a nice bar with a different environment, I definitely recommend Reina Roja, it’s all full of red lights and it’s a nice place to take some drinks.” - Allan Chavez

“Carry on the party between the day and night events
by soaking up the music at the bars down 5th avenue - mid evening the party spills out onto the streets with live music to keep you moving before the night events are in full swing.” - Jack Simmons

TNT BaR aND BEER STORE

Calle 28 entre Avenida 5 y La Playa +52 (984) 803-1371 “A place you can enjoy, take a rest and drink a good beer. It’s a small and comfortable place, perfect before the party :)” - Dunia Velazquez

La JaRRITa

Avenida 1 Norte y Calle 12 Norte “A good place for cheap good drinks is La Jarrita, on 12th street. You can ask for the drink of the day, which is almost always less than $5 for 1 liter.” - Allan Chavez

LaS HELODIaS

Avenida 1 Norte y Calle 28 Norte +52 (984) 879-3854 “Drink the best Micheladas of Playa at Las Helodias.” - Cecilia Bastida “After a day of sun go to Helodias and enjoy their famous chamochelas.” - Rodrigo Andapia

La mEZCaLINNa

Calle 12 entre Avenida 1 y La Playa +52 (984) 803-1101 This hot pregaming joint is known for their impressive selection of mezcal and modern Mexican decoration. “A small and cozy local bar where you can enjoy a day off partying and drink one of the best Mezcals in the world: Papa Diablo.” - Angel Saucedo
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“Drink the tequila not the sunscreen.” - Josh Wink
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SHOP
PaChamama
Avenida 5 entre Calles 38 y 40 Translated to Mother Earth, this shop sells high-quality handcrafted Mexican items. Owner Melinda Burns, a revered Playa transplant, works directly with artists to keep the shop unique.

PLaZa PLaYaCaR

Paseo Xaman-Ha Mza. 25 Fracc. 4 +52 (984) 873-0006 plazaplayacar.com This Mexican-colonial style plaza is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs, artisan crafts, jewelry, native liquors, and cigars.

RIVIERa ART GaLLERY

Calle 20 entre Avenidas 5 y 10 +52 (984) 803-1037 rivieraartgallery.com A fine art gallery in Playa offering original pieces from international young artists.

“Shop for tequila.” - Stacey Pullen

HaCIENDa TEQUILa

Avenida 5 y Calle 14 Hacienda Tequila sells 480 different types of tequila amongst an array of kitschy Mexican crafts and souvenirs.

La SIRENa

Avenida 5 y Calle 26 +52 (984) 803-3422 La Sirena sells edgy folk art, from lucha libre wrestling collages to painted ceramic skulls.

“Everywhere in the Main Street is just charming. I love just walking there and buying Mexican handmade skulls.” - Guy Gerber
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SHOP
“Head to the markets in town and buy yourself a Mexican blanket or two.
Trust me, they’ll become your go-to festival camping blanket (and double as a late-night fest-chic poncho when you’re singing along to someone’s guitar passing the cervezas.) Mine’s traveled from CMJ to Firefly to Solid Sound!” - Sarah Bertness

PLaZa PELICaNO

Avenida 10 entre Calles 8 y 10 A shopping plaza featuring a Pretty Nails, Plaza Pelicano Cines Hollywood, Frutiyogurth (a cafe with salads, juices, and sandwiches), and an optical shop. Parking is available on site and is accessible from 10am-10pm.

UCa LUCa

Avenida 5 ente Calles 36 y 38 Head to Uca Luca for the best beach couture in Playa. Grab a bikini with matching cover-up or an exotic dress for the late night fiesta.

PaSEO DEL CaRmEN

MUNDO LIbRERÍaBOOKSTORE REVIEw

Avenida 10 Sur y Calle 1 Sur +52 (984) 803-3789 An open-air shopping mall located by the ferry pier. Stores include Diesel, American Apparel, Ultrafemme, Mauricio Serrano Silver Jewelry, Pull and Bear, Bershka, Harley Davidson, Nine West, and Starbucks.

Calle 1 Sur No. 189 entre Avenidas 20 y 25 +52 (984) 879-3004 Pop a good read in your beach bag and support a good cause. All proceeds from English books are donated to Mexican schools.

“Calle Corazon
is definitively the most charming street to buy some souvenirs to remind you of Mexico.” - Apollonia

La QUINTa ALEGRÍa

Avenida 5 y Constituyentes This is the newest shopping mall in Playa del Carmen. With over 43 stores including H&M, Zara, and Victoria’s Secret.

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PARTY
KOOL BEaCh
Calle 28 Norte y La Playa +52 (984) 803-1961 koolbeachclub.com.mx Grab a bite or a tasty cocktail and dance in the sea or the club’s pool. “Definitely go at least one day for the entire day! Seeing the change of the party from day time pool side bikini party to night time outside club is amazing! Seeing the transformation and the crowd grow is the coolest thing!!” - Carly Gordon “Get to Kool Beach before 11 in the morning, pay for a sunbed and you can stay all day till the DJ shows in the afternoon without paying the whole ticket (which is more expensive).” - Luis Raudón “By far the best place and reason why myself with my friends will be back this year. From the atmosphere to the incredible music and beautiful people, it was an experience like no other!” - Chris Corimer

BLUE PaRROT

Calle 12 Norte y La Playa +52 (984) 879-4749 blueparrot.com American owned and operated since 1984, Blue Parrot is one of Playa’s original hotel and beach clubs. “The best place to go for party in Playa del Carmen. Even if it’s not during BPM, you always have a cool night there. The drinks are delicious and they have a nice service in the bar (quick and good treatment.)” - Moises Coyoc

LOST

Calle 10 y Avenida 10 A brand-new club in Playa, built to curate electronic music events year-round.

FUSION BEaCh CLUb

Calle 6 Norte, Manzana 4 +52 (984) 873-0374 fusionhotelmexico.com Found on one of the prettiest areas of the beach, illuminated by lanterns once the sun goes down, Fusion brings a nostalgic energy of Ibiza’s defining years.

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PARTY
MamITaS BEaCh CLUb
ALUX CaVE
Avenida Juarez entre Calles 65 y 70 +52 (984) 206-2589 aluxrestaurant.com Calle 28 Norte y La Playa +52 (984) 803-2868 mamitasbeachclub.com Bring a towel to avoid the rental fee and boogie on the sand as you make new friends. “While in Playa you have to check out Mamita’s. The day party and vibe was just amazing there!!!” - Madelaine Calero

BaLam LOUNGE

Calle 12 y La Playa +52 (984) 134-9036

TabÚ

CaNIbaL ROYaL

Calle 48 y La Playa +52 (984) 859-1441 canibal-royal.com

Calle 12 y La Playa +52 (984) 879-6036 facebook.com/tabuplaya Tabú may share the same space as Blue Parrot, but it offers a more intimate atmosphere than the latter’s voluminous climate. It will also be outfitted with a brandnew Pioneer sound system.

La SaNTaNERa

Calle 12 entre Avenidas 5 y 10 +52 (984) 803-2856 lasantanera.com

COCO MaYa

Calle 12 Norte y La Playa cocomayabeachclub.net Walk up from the beach into a cozy dance arena with sophisticated party cats. Grab a drink at their beach bar or on the outdoor patio where the DJs are stationed in a quaint setting.

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EXPLORe
XEL-Ha PaRK
Carretera Federal 307 Chetumal-Puerto Juárez Km. 240, Xel-Ha +52 (984) 147-6560 xelha.com Xel means place where something is born, and Ha translates to water, meaning Xel-Ha is the place where water is born. An ecological water park, Xel-Ha is considered the largest aquarium in the world and is just a 30-minute drive south of Playa. Here you can snorkel, swim with dolphins, Scuba dive, Sea Trek, or relax in a tube on the lagoon.

MaYaN RUINS Of COba
Coba is a Pre-Colombia Mayan archaeological site translated from Mayan to mean water stirred by the wind. The 30 square mile site, along with Chichen Itza and Tulum, is one of the most striking sites for Mayan ruins. Coba contains the second highest temple in the Mayan world.

PaRQUE FUNDaDORES

ECOpaRK KaNTUN ChI

Avenida Juarez entre Avenida 5 y El Mar This park by the sea consists of gazebos, park benches, and a small playground for children.

Carretera Federal 307 Chetumal-Puerto Juarez Federal kantunchi.com An ecological reserve located at the heart of the Maya Riviera, 15 miles from Playa. Swim in the sinkholes while admiring the magnificent yellow caverns.

SCUba DIVING CENTER

Avenida 15 y Calle 4 Norte +52 (984) 803-2403 playascuba.com Explore the underwater beauty of Playa and witness the amazing coral reefs in smalls groups guided by professionals.

“Take a trip to the beach by Mamita’s and Kool Beach and go parasailing.
It’ll run about $60 and takes about 35 minutes. The view is amazing and you can hear all the music from the beach parties while flying high over the ocean. This was one of the highlights of our trip.” - Kreshnik Zeqiraj
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EXPLORe
ThE CENOTES
Found all over the Yucatan, Cenotes are formed as a result of sinkholes in the limestone bedrock that expose groundwater underneath the Rivera. These pools were seen as a religious site, as they provided fresh water to the Mayans. Many cenotes are available to the public to view, scuba dive, and zip line. “If you are looking for some adventurous party rest, there are lots of “cenotes” like Doso Ojos or Boca del Puma you could go to. Best way is to ask local youngsters that live in Playa instead of getting mocked by expensive tours. They usually know best and will be more probable they don’t let you down. If you’re lucky enough they might take you themselves to excellent hidden non-commercial Cenotes that are still part of nature.” - Carlos Kaim “Beautiful caves where there are parties all night long. The music sounds amazing and the people are just really friendly.” - Emmanuelle Richer

CENOTE ANGELITa
cenoteangelita.com Open daily, 8am-5pm

GRaN CENOTE

grancenote.com Open daily, 10am-5pm

AKTUN ChEN

+52 (984) 806-4962 aktunchen.com.mx Open Monday - Saturday, 9am-4:30pm

HIDDEN WORLDS

+1 (800) 681-6755 hiddenworlds.com Open daily, 9am until dark.

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EXPLORe
CaNCUN UNDERwaTER MUSEUm (MUSA)
Isla Mujeres +52 (998) 848-8312 musacancun.org

SKYDIVING

“In Cancun, there is the underwater museum [where] you have to dive in order to see the art installations. With the years, the art evolves as some creatures start to inhabit them. It’s just magical and breathtaking.” - Guy Gerber

Plaza Marina Local 32, Zona Marina Federal Sur +52 (984) 873-0192 skydive.com.mx What better way to jump head first into the BPM spirit?

XCaRET PaRK

Carretera Federal 307 Chetumal-Puerto Juarez Federal, Km. 282. Solidaridad en.xcaretexperiencias.com Xcaret is a marvelous archaeological site that has been turned into an eco theme park. In the evenings, the park hosts a show featuring 300 actors, and also features a coral reef aquarium and a butterfly pavilion.

ChIChEN ITZa

chichenitza.inah.gob.mx Chichen Itza is the largest of the archeological cities of the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization in the Yucatan Peninsula. It was a capital city of the Mayan area in the Classical period and is still considered one of the most sacred places for Mayans.

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DIRECTORY
AIRpORT TRaNSfERS
AmSTaR DMC
amstardmc.com

PLAyA nECESSITIES fROm A-Z
BEaUTY
WaVES BEaUTY SaLON
Calle 60 y Avenida 5 +52 (984) 134-6611 wavesplaya.com

EmERgENcY

CaNCUN VaLET
cancunvalet.com

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DISCOVERY MUNDO
discoverymundo.com

VIDa SaLON aND DaY LOUNGE
Calle 38 y Avenida 5 +52 (984) 873-1923

FITNESS
ThE GYm
Avenida 1 Norte #255 entre Avenida Constituyentes y Calle 16 bis. +52 (984) 873-2098 thegym.com.mx

DREamDaYS LImOUSINE TRaNSfERS
dreamdays.com

CaR RENTaL
AVIS
Federal Carretera 307 entre Calles 28 y 30 (212) 473-7257 avis.mx

ENTERTaINmENT PLUS
entertainment-plus.net

EVOLVE FITNESS CLUb

USA TRaNSfERS
usa-transfers.com

BANK
BaNamEX (CiTiGROUP SUBSiDiARy)
Avenida 10 y Calle 12 +52 (984) 873-2947 banamex.com.mx

HappY CaR

Calle 24 entre Avenidas 5 y 10 +52 (984) 803-0986 facebook.com/evolveplaya

happy-cars.com

CP RENTaLS

GOVERNmENT
US CONSULaR AGENCY
Calle 1 Sur entre Avenidas 15 y 20 +52 (984) 873-0481 merida.usconsulate.gov

+1 (800) 633-6086 islacozumel.net

VELOZ

+1 (800) 712-1375 velozrentacar.mx

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DIRECTORY
GROCERY
MEGa GROCERY STORE
Avenida 30 y Constituyentes comercialmexicana.com.mx

LIQUOR
La EUROpEa
Avenida 5 entre Calles 12 y 14 01 (998) 898-4658 laeuropea.com.mx Liquor is also sold in grocery stores.

TObaCCO
La CaSa DEL HabaNO
Avenida 5 entre Calles 26 y 28 +52 (984) 803-3001

lacasadelhabanoplayadelcarmen.com

ChEDRaUI GROCERY STORE

Plaza Las Americas Mall, Avenidas 75 y 95 www.chedraui.com.mx

TaTTOO
SCREamINK TaTTOO ShOp
Calle 10 y Avenida 10 +52 (984) 879-4015 screaminktattooshop.com

WaLmaRT

PhaRmaCY
ChECK SUpER + FaRmaCIa
Avenida 10 y Calle 8 checksuperfarmacia.com

Avenida 30 y Calle 8 walmart.com.mx

HOSpITaLS
COSTaMED
Carretera Federal, MZ 285, LT 7, entre Calles 27 y 23 +52 984-803-7777 +1 (305) 677-3988 costamed.com.mx

FaRmaCIaS DEL AhORRO
Avenida 10 y Calle 10 +52 (984) 803-0893 www.fahorro.com.mx

TRaVEL
SOLaTINO TOURS aND TRaVEL
Avenida 5 entre Calles 4 y 6 +52 (984) 803-3600 solatino.com

POSTaL SERVICE
CORREOS DE MEXICO
Calle 2 y Avenida 20 +52 (984) 873-0300 correosdemexico.com.mx

HOSpITEN RIVIERa MaYa
C. Balamcanché Lote 1, MZA.30, Carr. Federal +52 (984) 802-1002 www.hospiten.com

INTERNET
ChaNGO INTERNET CafÉ
Avenida Juarez entre Calles 65 y 70 +52 (984) 206-1384 facebook.com/...

PUbLIC TRaNSpORTaTION
ADO BUS STaTION
Avenida 5 y Benito Juarez ado.com.mx

COLLECTIVO

(bus to Tulum and Cancun) Calle 2 entre Avenidas 15 y 20

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MiNi GUiDE:

TULUm
W W
child seeking an unplugged escape or a city-slicker creative in need of relaxation Tulum is the ideal beachside destination. Situated 40 miles south of Playa del Carmen, Tulum shares its neighbor’s tree-lined beachfronts and bathing suit dress code, and is considered Playa’s eco-friendly counterpart with littleto-no electricity. From Sian Ka’an, a stunning biosphere of mangroves, canals, and wetlands, to the archaic Tulum Archaeological Zone fixed with pre-Columbian Mayan ruins atop 39-foot cliffs, Tulum is the ultimate decompression spot for festival attendees mid- or post-BPM.

HETHER YOU’RE A flower

TRaNSpORTaTION Getting to and Tulum and navigating the area. 52
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TULUm

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TRANSPORtAtION
Tulum is situated south of Playa del Carmen and Cancún, 40 miles and 81 miles, respectively. Since it is located off Riviera Maya’s main highway, renting a car to drive yourself is definitely an option. For a route with someone else behind the wheel, opt for public transportation.

FROm PLaYa DEL CaRmEN
An ADO bus is available for $50 MXN (around $5 USD) nearly every hour at the bus station on the southern end of Fifth Avenue near Playacar with stops in Xcaret and Xel-ha en route.
CAnCUn

Mayab second-class buses will also take you to Tulum from Playa, but will stop more frequently. Fares range from $38-48 MXN (less than $5). Your cheapest option will most likely be a Collectivo van. Catch one in Playa along Calle 2 towards Avenida 20 at $40 MXN per trip. There’s no set schedule, but they depart frequently.

PLAyA del CARmEn

TULUm

FROm CaNCUN

You can catch a two-hour ADO bus to Tulum directly from Cáncun airport three times a day. Ticket prices are about $168 MXN (around $16 USD).

IN TULUm

Once there, you’re set. Tulum is small enough that walking is a feasible option, but a dusty one at that. Taxis can also be taken for longer distances though bikes are encouraged and are readily available to rent. Hola Bike will deliver a bike to your hotel, apartment, or condo in Tulum (or in Playa del Carmen, Cancun, and Puerto Morelos) and give you the option between a mountain or a cruiser, both with adjustable seats and locks included.
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SLEEP
AmaNSaLa
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 5.5 amansalaresort.com Amansala is derived from the two Sanskrit words, “peace” and “water,” which is exactly what the resort provides to its patrons. 24 tranquil cabañas are set in a village-like setting, built using organic materials such as driftwood, mosaic, and river rocks. The resort features a beachfront restaurant with lounging terrace that specializes in healthy local fare comprised of freshly caught fish, signature salads, and traditional Mexican delicacies. Other amenities include yoga, meditation, salsa lessons, local tours, massage services, Mayan clay body treatment, and Bikini Boot Camp, a full health fitness retreat that Amansala is known for.

BE TULUm HOTEL

Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 10 +52 (984) 803-2243 betulum.com Featuring 20 suites made with native materials that blend with the environment between the tropical forest, white sand, and sea, Be Tulum Hotel is a great choice for travelers seeking an ultra stylish, yet natural, environment. Amenities include a pool, spa, restaurant, and lounge.

HOTEL AmOREIRa

CabaÑaS La CONChITa

Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Seccion 3. Km 8.5 +52 (984) 137-2964 hotelamoreira.com Hotel Amoreira is an eco-friendly spot powered by solar panels and wind generators. Found on the beach, the caribbean-style rooms have WiFi, massage services, and sports facilities on site.

Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, Km. 5 +52 (888) 903-9512 “It’s run by a lovely Mexican family, which is actually now quite rare for that area.” - Anja Schneider

MaISON TULUm

Calle Alfa Norte y Sagitario +52 (984) 871-2643 maisontulum.com This charming little hotel is decorated with colorful tiles, illuminating its welcoming personality and friendly staff. With a location close to Tulum’s Mayan ruins, you will be surrounded by history as you enjoy your stay.

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MINI GUIDE:

SLEEP
ZamaS
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km 5 +52 (984) 877-8523 zamas.com A popular option that has been in existence for decades. Located on the snippet of land between the hotel zone and the sea, Zamas has some of the most rustic cabañas located on the Wild Punta Rock. After you take in the view, enjoy Zamas’ bar, open-air restaurant, and beachside hammocks.

UNO ASTROLODGE

COQUI COQUI TULUm RESIDENCES & Spa

Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Lote 8 Km 8 +52 (984) 134-7180 unoastrolodge.com If you want to be completely off the grid and enjoy evenings by candle light, surrounded by lush tropical forest and the sound of waves hitting the shore, Uno Astolodge is calling your name. Comprised of six cabañas, Uno offers tropical style bungalows, organic food, and spiritual healing that will make you feel one with nature.

Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 7.5 +52 (984) 100-1400 coquicoquiperfumes.com Rustic, yet sensuous, Coqui Coqui consists of villas and a spa serving treatments inspired by the sea. Rooms are also inspired by the sea and feature Caribbean views. The restaurant on the hotel grounds serves simple breakfast and Mexican delights to tickle your taste buds after walking through the nearby Mayan ruins or taking a dip in the water.

AhaU TULUm

Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 7.5 +52 (984) 802-5387 ahautulum.com According to Mayan culture, Ahau was a Sun God who devoted his song to the universe. At this environmentally conscious resort, you can relax in a beach cabana, dine in the delicious onsite restaurant, participate in a retreat, or obtain a spa treatment, all while abiding to Ahau’s harmonious standards.

“I like to tack on a few days at the end of our trip and stay in Tulum.
Amazing vibes, super relaxing, and lots of other BPM goers indulging in a proper winding down sesh before returning to real life!” - Jessica Nasser
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MINI GUIDE:

EAT
HaRTwOOD RESTaURaNT
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 7.6 hartwoodtulum.com Hartwood is an open-air restaurant located on the bustling northern end of the beach, known as the jungle side. A modern-culinary maverick, chef, co-owner, and Brooklynite Eric Werner, maintains a local farm-to-chef kitchen featuring ingredients cooked on the grill or wood burning oven. The menu rotates daily, and is sure to keep your palette drooling. Hartwood is only open for dinner Wednesdays-Sundays, is cash-only, and only accepts reservations for parties of 8+.

POSaDa MaRGhERITa

Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 5,2 +52 (984) 100 3780 posadamargherita.com Whether you’re staying at this ecologic resort or not, their restaurant is not to be missed. Walk down a candle -it walkway and enter an outdoor dining room overlooking the ocean, with a proper introduction from the Italian host and server. The food is fresh, authentic, and mouth-watering, perfect for a hungry palette after a day of exploring the wonders of Tulum.

EL TaCOQUETO

MaTEO’S MEXICaN GRILL

Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 4.5 +52 (984) 745 4845 mateosmexicangrill.us Mateo’s is perfect for the traveler who longs for familiarity in paradise, with a Mexican-American feel. As you admire the open kitchen decorated with fresh produce in brightly painted crates, you can choose from an assortment of coffees, juices, smoothies, cocktails, and Mexican fare. Our favorite is the Mayan Power Boost Smoothie: a profuse mix of vitamins from spinach, strawberry, pineapple, and lemon.

Avenida Tulum A favorite among locals, this family-owned Mexican cocina offers several dishes that are premade and rotate each day. With prices as low as five dollars a meal, you can “splurge” on a freshly squeezed juice prepared on site.

KINICh TULUm

Carretera Federal Cancún-Tulum Mz. 38 Lt. 1 +52 (984) 871 2633 Enjoy traditional Mayan cuisine in a mystic atmosphere that will transport you back in time, and away from the booming club beats of BPM.

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MINI GUIDE:

EAT
“Try to make a day trip to Tulum.”
“It’s a great way to recharge before heading back to party and you learn a little about Mexican history in the process!” - Megan Schmith

CaSa JaGUaR TULUm

Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 7.5 +52 (998) 222-2749 casajaguartulum.com Located in the jungle of Tulum, Casa Jaguar lets its open-air features, colorful decoration, and exotic atmosphere tend to all your senses for breakfast and dinner. The food, venue, and concept are channeled from the owners’ travels through Asia, Europe, and Mexico. This spot takes pride in its crafted cocktails, fresh seafood with a modern Mexican twist, and beautiful ambiance.

EL CamELLO, TULUm

Avenida Tulum y Luna Sur El Camello is inexpensive, tasty, and where the locals come to enjoy fresh flavors of the sea. The laid-back vibe is the perfect setting to enjoy the sunset. Remember to bring cash and to avoid the restaurant on Wednesdays when they close their doors.

EL PESCaDOR

FLOR DE MIChOaCaN

Avenida Tulum Pop a squat on cheeky white benches while enjoying a refreshing popsicle made with natural and exotic fruits or a decadent ice cream housed in a waffle cone. Ideal for a refreshing snack or dessert.

Carretera Chetumal-Cancún Km. 250 +52 (984) 875-5000 bahia-gourmet.com Part of the Gran Bahia Principe Coba resort and open exclusively for dinner, this seafood spot features a fresh daily menu daily of local ingredients. A hot spot in town, make sure to book a reservation and wear proper attire (sorry boys, no shorts allowed).

“Check out all the other stuff aside from parties.”
go swimming in cenotes, go scuba diving, and go decompress for a day at the Tulum temple!” - Sean Healey
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TULUm
“There aren’t actually many places to party, which is a good thing! :-)” - Anja Schneider
TODOS SaNTOS BaR
Avenida Tulum facebook.com/todosantostulum Fresh off a November 20 launch, Todos Santos is the latest hot spot in Tulum. With the same owners behind Casa Jaguar, we can’t wait to check this one out.

MINI GUIDE:

PARTY

BLUE VENaDO

La GRaN MOSCa VERDE

Venus Oriente entre Orion Sur y Beta Sur + 52 (984) 134-3721 facebook.com/LAGRANMOSCAVERDE A groovy spot to kick it, especially in the back garden where live music is performed. Enjoy a refreshing drink and assorted tapas in this watering hole hidden behind a heavy wooden door. The building is laid out with an indoor and outdoor lounge, rooftop seating, and a large garden where movies are shown on a giant screen when no band is booked. Check their Facebook page for a list of artist performance dates and times.

Carretera Puerto Juarez Km. 278, Ejido Norte +52 (984) 170-7148 bluevenadobeachclub.com Stroll down a path through the jungle and arrive in a hidden paradise. Since this venue is outside of Playa, events taking place here usually charter a van service from downtown; however taking a taxi is the easiest mode of transportation (especially when split among a group). “Best venue for an all night party is Blue Venado because it is away from the city located on the beach and you get to see all the stars the human eye can see.” - Rebecca Korosi “Make sure you go to a party at the Blue Venado near Tulum! The scenery and sunrise are absolutely stunning.” - James Sowers

BaR ADELITa TULUm

PapaYa PLaYa

Carretera Ruinas - Punta Allen Km. 0750 +52 984 116 7645 facebook.com/... After the festival ends, Touch of Class Records takes over the venue with Midnight in Tulum, a 24-hour jam.

Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, Km. 4.5 +52 (984) 116-3774 papayaplayaproject.com

“They have a nice bar and a dance floor next to the beach.” - Anja Schneider
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SHOP
JOSA TULUm
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 7.5 +52 (984) 115-8441 josatulum.com The shop’s lifestyle apparel blends the serene beaches of the Caribbean with the sophisticated style of Manhattan. Josa’s owners transform vintage kaftans into contemporary dresses, which they sell alongside a line of accessories.

EXPLORe
TULUm RUINS BEaCh
tulumruins.net Formerly known as Zama, Mayan for sunrise, this site is where where the Mayans held ceremonies to receive blessings from the sun. Here, nature and man-creation blend together creating a mystical and enigmatic atmosphere.

PUNTa ALLEN
This charming fishing village is part of the Sian Ka’an reserve and is the perfect spot for visitors to truly admire the magnificent beauty of nature through eco-tours offered by locals. Watch protected species in their natural environment, explore unnamed archaeological sites, or sit back on a hammock while sipping on a margarita.

MIXIK

Avenida Tulum or Zamas Resort +52 (984) 871-2136 Mixik’s two Tulum locations are dedicated to Mexican folk art with a mission to bring local Mexican artists to visitors in the Riviera Maya. Mixik also has its own line, which has been produced by the Uriarte family since the 1800s.

SIaN Ka’aN

siankaantours.org This untamed paradise is Tulum’s best hidden treasure. It occupies one-tenth of the size of the Yucatan Peninsula, and contains the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world. Located approximately 28 miles outside of Tulum, this trip is accessible with a four-wheel drive vehicle or a pre-arranged tour. The tropical forest you’ll find with crystalline lagoons, extensive mangrove stands, and virgin sandy beaches.
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FAmOUS

LaST WORDS...
Instead of stressing out trying to see everyone, chill out and enjoy the atmosphere. You may discover someone new” - Lance Morales

“You can’t do it all.

Don’t stop listening and exploring and you will see and hear things that will make you love and respect music more than you ever have before -

BPM can truly open your senses to unbelievable talent” - Rosie Mason

but maybe saving a little bit of suspense for your travel is much better than telling the whole story. Get a bit lost around Playa del Carmen; you’ll find people and places you won’t forget.” - Carlos Kaim
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“There are lots of places and adventures to come,

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