How to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Playa del Carmen

Say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020 in an extraordinary setting. Playa del Carmen is one of the best places to spend New Year’s Eve.

Say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020 in an extraordinary setting – Playa del Carmen! The sparkling city on Riviera Maya is one of the best places to spend New Year’s Eve. Here’s your guide on how to celebrate New Year's Eve in Playa del Carmen – what to eat, where to party, and where to stay.

New Year’s Eve – on the beach!

When you watch such iconic New Year’s Eve celebrations as the Ball Drop in Times Square, you’re sure to notice one thing. The people out on the streets are COLD. That’s not a problem in Playa del Carmen. In fact, Playa del Carmen weather in December is absolutely perfect, usually hovering around 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Not too hot, not too cold – ideal beach weather. During your Playa del Carmen New Year’s getaway, you’ll be spending plenty of time soaking up the sun on Royal Hideaway Playacar’s spectacular beach. Leave your winter coat at home and pack your swimsuit.

Playa del Carmen New Year’s Eve celebrations

Wondering where to party on New Year’s Eve in Playa del Carmen. Here are a few of your best bets.

  • Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue (AKA La Quinta Avenida) is ground zero for lively nightlife year-round. But things get particularly fun on New Year’s Eve. Virtually every bar and restaurant has something going on – you can go from hotspot to hotspot, enjoying music, food and dance. Many restaurants offer special New Year’s Eve menus – check out some of the best places to eat in Playa del Carmen for a few suggestions. The streets themselves will be packed with revelers – this is a street party that will stretch well past midnight and into 2020!
  • Coco Bongo is one of Playa del Carmen’s most popular nightclubs, with an expansive dancefloor, great cocktails and DJs spinning the latest beats. On New Year’s Eve, things get high-end and luxurious, with everyone dressed to the nines, Vegas-style entertainers, more balloons than you can imagine and premium beverages to enjoy as you count down to the new year.
  • Mandala Night Club is the place for a truly epic New Year’s Eve in Playa del Carmen. This club is always lively and fun – and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Dance the night away! And if you want to take things to the next level, enjoy exclusive bottle service. Hey, it’s New Year’s Eve and you only live once!
  • Mamitas Beach is where you want to go if you have a New Year’s Eve beach party in mind. There will be DJs spinning all night, with friendly visitors and locals having fun until the break of dawn.
  • Maybe you want to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Playa del Carmen in a more relaxed and intimate setting? Book a romantic dinner at Las Ventanas, Royal Hideaway Playacar’s elegant fine dining restaurant. Here, you’ll be treated like royalty as you enjoy exquisite cuisine, perfectly paired wine and a refined atmosphere.

Playa del Carmen New Year’s Day experience

One of the most fun things to do on New Year’s Day in Playa del Carmen is to watch the very first sunrise of the year. Thousands of people gather on the beach to experience a dazzling Caribbean sunrise. Either set your alarm for around 7am – or just don’t go to bed! The first sunrise of 2020 will be a memory you cherish forever. Then, enjoy a big breakfast – breakfast burritos, anyone? Check out a time lapse video of a recent New Year’s Day sunrise in Playa del Carmen.

New Year’s Eve traditions in Mexico

Even if you can’t make it to Playa del Carmen for New Year’s Eve this year, there are a few ways you can put a fun Mexican twist on your own celebrations this December 31.

  • Grapes: When the countdown to the new year begins, eat 12 grapes – and make a wish for each one!
  • Underwear: That’s right: the color of the underwear you wear on New Year’s Eve could have a big effect on the next 12 months. Wear red for love and passion. Yellow for prosperity. Pink for true love. White for peace. Don’t wear black!
  • Coin toss: Out with the old, in with the new! When the clock strikes midnight, toss some change on your doorstep and sweep it into your house. As a result, your new year will be successful and prosperous …
  • “Ring” in the New Year: Champagne toasts are a part of many cultures’ New Year’s Eve celebrations. For added luck in Mexico, revelers put a golden ring into their champagne glass, which is said to bring good fortune and love in the new year.
  • Pack your bags: If you’re hoping to do some traveling in the new year, this is the tradition for you. Many Mexicans will pack a suitcase on New Year’s Day and take it for a stroll around the block. By doing this, you’ll be guaranteed safe and fun travels.
There’s still time to plan a Playa del Carmen New Year’s getaway! Learn more.