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Last update: Apr 12, 2022

Shopping tour in Cancun and The Riviera Maya

Do you want to make the most of your stay in Cancun and the Riviera Maya? Thinking about giving yourself up to a shopping spree while on vacations?

Good news! Cancun and the Riviera Maya are perfect destinations to go on a shopping spree.

The Mexican Caribbean has several shopping malls! Whether you go with your couple, family or friends, consider going on a shopping tour in Cancun or in the other towns in the Riviera Maya.

You will find clothing, jewelry, souvenirs and much more. Also, don't miss out on the designer boutiques and fascinating craft markets.

A shopping tour will be a fun activity in which you can also buy beautiful souvenirs for all your loved ones.

Where to go shopping in Cancun?
Keep reading, we will tell you where to go to do it.

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Plaza las Américas

Why is a good idea to go shopping in Cancun and the Riviera Maya?

Why is it an interesting activity to go shopping in Cancun and the Riviera Maya?

Among other things, because prices can be really attractive.

Due to trade agreements with the United States, Mexico does not pay taxes on products imported from its northern neighbor.

So, neither do you!

Add to this situation the wide variety of shopping malls in the region. In these shopping malls you will find shops and stores of all brands.

Imagine all those big name brands that you don't even dare look at out of the corner of your eye in normal times at unbeatable prices. In these outlets, the major brands are within the reach of your pocket and even the designer boutiques are affordable.

Cancun: A shopping paradise in the Riviera Maya

That's it, are you ready for a day of shopping without control?
Tell your bank to increase the limit on your card!

With its six shopping malls, three craft markets, and countless stores scattered all over the city, Cancun is without a doubt the place to be in the Riviera Maya when it comes to shopping.

Not only do they bring together the most famous brands and luxury boutiques, Cancun's shopping malls offer many additional services: beauty and wellness, restaurants, game rooms for children, family activities...

These places are not only perfect for a shopping tour, they are also adequate to wander around due to their wide and pleasant corridors.

Where to go shopping in Cancun?

The hotel zone is the best place to shop in Cancun. There, you will find some of the biggest shopping malls in the Riviera Maya.

Plaza La Isla.

Located aside of the Nichupté Lagoon, Plaza La Isla has an elegant design inspired by the canals of Venice.

“La Isla” is a gigantic pavilion organized around a series of canals and small bridges. Plaza La Isla is an ideal place to stroll after a day at the beach. Here you will find more than 160 stores of several international brands.

Plaza la Isla

This mall is also home to the interactive Cancun Aquarium.
An ideal family activity to include in a shopping tour. There you will learn more about the marine species in the region.

This shopping mall has a wide variety of restaurants overlooking the Nichupte Lagoon, some of which are among the best in Cancun.

In the adjacent building, “La Isla 2”, you will also find a casino, the Ripley Museum, the Chocolate and Tequila Museum, as well as the famous Lego store, to name just a few of the attractions.

For those who enjoy fun parks, in La Isla you will find a Ferris wheel from which you can see the Nichupté Lagoon and part of the Hotel Zone. Enjoy an incredible view from more than 220 feet high!

📍 Address: 5 Lt 18-10, Blvd. Kukulcán km 12.5, Hotel Zone, 77500 Cancún, Q.R.
🚍 🚶 How to get to “La Isla”? Find its location here
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
📞 Phone: + 52 998 883 5025
@ website: La Isla

Plaza Kukulkan and Luxury Avenue

To continue with a shopping tour in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, the next destination is Plaza Kukulkan and Luxury Avenue.

Between these two shopping malls, there are more than 300 luxury shops and boutiques of famous designers. Louis Vuitton, Coach, Carolina Herrera and Cartier are some of these world-famous brands.

During your visit, you can also find local crafts, jewelry and luxury perfumery.

In these comfortable and pleasant places, you can also enjoy the entertainment offered on the weekly program. Within this program, you will find events such as traditional dance performances as well as contemporary art exhibitions.

Another aspect that stands out from Plaza Kukulkan and Luxury Avenue are the many specialty restaurants, bars and cafes where you can take a well-deserved break during your shopping tour in Cancun.

Among the rest of the activities in this place, you can also find a bowling alley in case you want to end your shopping tour with a fun and relaxing activity.

📍 Address: Blvd. Kukulcán KM 13.5, Hotel Zone, 77500 Cancún, Q.R.
🚍 🚶 How to get to Plaza Kukulkan? Find its location here.
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
📞 Phone: + 52 998193 0160
@ website: Plaza Kukulcan & Luxury Avenue

Plaza Caracol

Another unmissable place in Cancun’s hotel zone is Plaza Caracol. It is located in Punta Cancun, not far from the beach with the same name.

Ideal for a shopping tour, this mall brings together more than 100 stores and boutiques.

In this shoppking mall, you will find famous brands such as Ralph Lauren. There are also various souvenir shops, shops specializing in silver jewelry, as well as chic perfumeries such as Ultra femme.

There you will find a lot of restaurants and cafes, because we often forget to say it, but shopping is boring! For this reason, it is very pleasant to find rest areas where you can eat and chill.

📍 Address: Blvd. Kukulcán 7500, Punta Cancún, Hotel Zone, 77500 Cancún, Q.R.
🚍 🚶 How to get to Plaza Caracol? Find its location here.
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
📞 Phone: +52 998 883 1038
website: Plaza Caracol

Forum by the Sea

The last location on this list of shopping malls in Cancun’s hotel zone is the emblematic Forum By the Sea Mall.

This shopping mall is much more than a place for shopping, it is arguably one of the top options in Cancun if you want to enjoy a party atmosphere. Directly overlooking Forum Beach, Forum by the Sea Mall is a must-visit party spot in Cancun.

Here you will find some of the best places to enjoy the nightlife in Cancun. Impossible not to mention the most famous of them, Coco Bongo.

A mythical place in the Riviera Maya, Coco Bongo at Forum by the Sea is one of the must-do if you visit Cancun. There you can enjoy one of the best shows in the Mexican Caribbean.
Other entertainment venues located in this mall are Carlos n’ Charlie's and the Hard Rock Café.

Access to Forum beach (also known as Gaviota Azul Beach) is obviously another reason to visit this shopping mall, in particular because it allows you to get directly to the entrance of the beach clubs. At Mandala Beach Club you can listen to internationally renowned DJs.

📍 Address: Blvd. Kukulcán, Punta Cancún, Hotel Zone, 77500 Cancún, Q.R.
🚍 🚶 How to get to Forum by the Sea? Find its location here.
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
📞 Phone: +52 998 883 4425
@ website: Forum by the Sea.

Marina Town Center

North of Cancun’s Hotel Zone is Marina Town Center in Puerto Cancun.

Considered the largest shopping mall in Cancun, it offers a magnificent view of the Caribbean Sea.

Its elegant design and open-air promenade spaces make it a privileged place for visitors who want to go on a shopping tour in Cancun.

Marina Town Center

In this shopping mall, you will find more than 130 stores of top international brands such as Prada and Lacoste.

If you want to relax a bit or have fun watching a movie, the cinemas usually have movies both in English and Spanish in VIP type rooms.

Feeling hungry? Marina Town Center mall at Puerto Cancun has a gourmet food court with several restaurants just in front of the sea. The view there is just amazing.

To make your shopping tour even better, let yourself be surprised by the performances and shows that are usually happening in some of the halls of this shopping mall.

📍 Address: Blvd. Kukulcán 1, Puerto Juárez, Hotel Zone, 77500 Cancún, Q.R.
🚍 🚶 How to get to Puerto Cancun? Find its location here.
Hour: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
📞 Phone: +52 998 3133128
@ website:: Marina Town Center.

The Black Coral Flea market

If you're looking for a "local crafts" shopping tour, head to the Black Coral Flea Market!

Located very close to the beaches in the hotel zone of Cancun, this small market is especially focused on handicrafts. Open every day, until late at night.

Here you will find the most famous Mexican crafts. Objects decorated with bright colors, lined clothing, leather, souvenirs of all kinds and jewelry.

📍 Address: Blvd. Kukulcán, Punta Cancún, Hotel Zone, 77500 Cancún, Q.R.
🚍 🚶 How to get to the black coral flea market? find its location here.
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
📞 Phone: +52 998 894 8531
@ website: Black Coral Flea Market.

Where to go shopping in Cancun-city?

Downtown Cancun also has popular shopping spots for tourists. If you want to take home beautiful souvenirs and Mexican crafts, then the traditional markets are ideal for a shopping tour in which you will be able to buy local items.

Market 28

If you want to diversify your experience during a shopping tour in Cancun, we recommend the artisan markets of the city of Cancun.

Cancun's local markets have a different appeal than the malls in the Riviera Maya. The most famous market is Market 28. Located in the heart of “Old Cancun”, Market 28 is a typical Mexican crafts market.

This place is ideal for strolling while shopping. Small typical restaurants offer snacks and other Mexican dishes if you want to take a break during a shopping tour at Market 28.

Market 28

Market 28 in Cancun is the kingdom of crafts, the paradise of "made in Mexico" souvenirs. You will find different items, clothes and jewelry from the different corners of Mexico. Enough to fill your bags with gifts for the whole family!

📍 Address: Xel-ha Mz 13, 28, 77509 Cancún, Q.R.
🚍 🚶 How to get to Market 28? find its location here.
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
📞 Phone; +52 9988924303
@ website: Market 28.

Market 23

Less known than its neighbor Market 28, this market in the city of Cancun is very popular among locals.

Market 23 is a more traditional and less touristy market. If you want to take a shopping tour in the artisan markets in Cancun, we recommend you give priority to this one.

Here you will find more authentic souvenirs than those of Market 28.

But Market 23 is not just an artisan market, in this market the focus is more on food.

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If you have chosen to stay in a vacation rental in Cancun, this is the ideal place to do your shopping! You will find fresh products and participate in the local economy by promoting small businesses.

For those who want to eat on the go while shopping in Cancun, you will also find small stalls selling snacks and delicious tacos.

📍 Address: Between the streets of Ciricote and Jabín 9, Market 23, 23, 77500 Cancún
🚍 🚶 How to get to Market 23: find its location here.
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Learn more about Market 23.

Playa del Carmen: Temple of shopping on La Quinta Avenida! (Fifth Avenue)

If you have decided to continue your tour of the Riviera Maya further south from Cancun, Playa del Carmen is the next unmissable destination for shopping.

In the heart of the coastal town of Playa del Carmen, you will find La Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue). This colorful pedestrian walkway is the perfect place to go shopping.

Mexican Crafts @ la Quinta Avenida

La Quinta Avenida is the main tourist artery of Playa del Carmen. There you will find all the stores and the main brands to go on a shopping spree. Clothes, shoes, designer jewelry, chic craft shops...

¡La Quinta Avenida, is the place to be to go shopping!

La Quinta Avenida is, above all, the place to stroll par excellence in Playa del Carmen. Beautiful and open air, the avenue is perfect for walking. The cherry on the cake, it is just a few steps from the sea!

In addition to shops, on La Quinta Avenida you will also find a wide variety of bars, cafes and restaurants, spas and art galleries. Not to mention the countless party and nightlife spots where you will undoubtedly spend the night after a shopping tour in Playa del Carmen!

Not to mention the countless party and nightlife spots where you will undoubtedly spend the night after a shopping tour in Playa del Carmen!

📍 Address: Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen, dowtown.
🚍 🚶 How to get to Fifth Avenue: find its location herre.
Hour: all day long!



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There you have it dear reader, the shopping places in Cancun and the Riviera Maya no longer have any secrets for you!

If you want to go on a shopping tour, you can choose to take an organized tour. These include transportation from your accommodation, stops at various shopping malls, and lunch.

This option makes shopping easy so you can enjoy your shopping tour without worrying about organizing it while your guide takes you to the best places.

You will also benefit from advice on your purchases.

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