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Caminarte- A New Way to See Playa’s 5th Avenue

caminarte Thrusday nights in Playa del Carmen

One of Mexico’s greatest wonders is their art. Throughout the country there is prehistoric art, colonial art and the most exciting for me, local art. Carminarte is the local art scene that happens every Thursday night in Playa del Carmen.

Local art museums have not hit the Riviera Maya yet. You will come across art shows but dates and places are announced at the last minute. Caminarte is a guaranteed art show held every Thursday evening that will surprise you every time. Rain or shine, different local artists and photographers display their work for all to see, and buy.

An Art Walk on the Longest Pedestrian Walkway

“Caminarte” is a combination of two Spanish words, camino (walkway) and arte (art). Thursday nights on 5th Avenue, the main shopping and restaurant avenue in Playa del Carmen, you can walk and find yourself among the local artists participating on this special night.

caminarte Thrusday nights in Playa del Carmen

Among the lights of the local businesses along the avenue, which give 5th Avenue it’s nightly ambiance, you will find paintings, photographs, small sculptures and more. Often artists work on their pieces during the show. They will greet you with a big smile and be happy to tell you about themselves or a particular art piece of theirs. Continuing your walk along Caminarte you might find glass blowers, airbrush painters and much more. Many times you will find musicians walking up and down serenading the visitors to Caminarte.

So if your vacation includes a Thursday night and you can venture to 5th Avenue in Playa be sure to visit between 18th Street and 38th to see this everchanging collection of artists. For other fun places to visit in Playa del Carmen in the evening download our After Dark Guide Book.

Crystal is an expat mom who has been living her dream in the Riviera Maya since 1998. She is the first to admit that her kids get her out exploring and trying new things from beaches to cenotes, dance classes to organic markets. She is a great supporter and advocate of local businesses and grass roots organizations that bring new ideas and products to the area. She is particularly good at finding family activities and healthy food options that take you off the beaten path and into local neighborhoods. Her passion lies within the arts community whether it be painters, musicians or dancers.