Caribbean Beach Bars: Wah Wah Beach Bar, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Chill out or party down at this Playa del Carmen landmark


By day, Playa del Carmen’s Wah Wah Beach Bar is one of the Riviera Maya’s most popular beachside destinations for food and drink, as well as a prime staging point for a relaxing day of holding down a beach chair.

Overlooking the Caribbean Sea at the end of Calle 2, the club’s landmark thatch-roofed palapa is a short stroll down the beach from the Cozumel ferry dock, and just steps away from the downtown bustle of Fifth Avenue. The club’s kitchen turns out a tempting array of both bar food and big plates, including the area’s best slow-smoked BBQ, and there’s always a drink special in the works.

As darkness falls, the action heats up, with live music and a lively scene on the dance floor. The sound system rocks, the tequila flows, and the crowds keep the party going till late. Whether staying in town or stopping by on the way to Cozumel, this is one beachside watering hole that’s not to be missed.