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Let Chocolate Melt the Stress Away

Melt stress and let go of everything else with a visit to the Reef Coco Beach’s Ya’ax Spa. Read more

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Unlocking the Yucatan's Rocky Secret

Did you know the Yucatán Peninsula harbors a secret? Whether you decide to band together in a group or strike out on your own, this geological feature is surely a Playa del Carmen treasure. Read more

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Shop Playa del Carmen's "Fifth Avenue"

Whether you’re looking for a pair of new shoes or just browsing, Playa del Carmen’s colorful streets add a dose of enchantment to an afternoon of window shopping. Read more

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Riviera Maya Jazz Festival

Luckily for guests visiting Mexico in the winter, this is the time when Playa del Carmen hosts one of the most acclaimed jazz festivals every year. Read more

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A Mexican Halloween!

Count yourself lucky—Halloween in Playa del Carmen is right around the corner! Read more

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A Forgotten World

Though many come to Playa del Carmen for the relaxing beaches and great weather, many others come to unveil the secrets of the Maya, a people the area belonged to long ago. Read more

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Feast on Innovative Mexican Cuisine

For a gourmet twist on traditional Mexican classics, try the revered restaurant Axiote, located on Calle 34 and a short ten minutes from our Coco Beach resort. Read more

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Come to Cozumel

If you’re looking to expand your horizons while staying in the Yucatan, one of the best locations to do so near Playa del Carmen is Cozumel, a small but famous island not too far from the mainland and our Coco Beach resort. Read more

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Get Cultured in Three Dimensions

If for some reason you have seen enough of the beaches, your fingers are pruned from too much beautiful snorkeling, or you’re nursing a sunburn, there are plenty of more relaxed attractions for the indoor folks visiting Playa Del Carmen. Read more

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Go Underground with Playa del Carmen's Best Kept Secret

In the heat of a Caribbean summer, it’s always best to find a way to cool down. Consider the spectacular underground caves of the Rio Secreto Nature Reserve, located only twenty minutes away from The Reef at Coco Beach. Read more

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Fishing on the Riviera Maya

Whether you're a fishing novice or a pro sport fisherman and love spending your days out on the water, you'll love fishing with Captain Ivan during your Playa del Carmen vacation. Just a ten minute drive from our Playa del Carmen resort, Fishing with Ivan is the best deep sea fishing experience in the area. Read more

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Take a Dip in Dos Ojos

After a few days under the hot sun of the Riviera Maya, you may be looking for a bit of a break. Instead of hiding yourself indoors, we suggest a better solution: take a refreshing dip in the beautifully clear waters of a cenote. Read more

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More than just a Beach!

Playa del Carmen is more than just beautiful white sands and vast ocean. Once rich in Mayan culture, Playa del Carmen is a playground for the history and culture buff. Explore Mayan ruins with our partners, Mayaland Tours. Read more

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Better in the Bay

The thriving underwater life of the Riviera Maya is no secret. In fact, it drives plenty of tourism throughout the year, and the colorful reefs get plenty of visitors each day. But for a unique snorkeling experience, we recommend checking out Akumal Bay, located just a short drive from our Playa del Carmen resort. Read more

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Party Like a Rock Star

Nightlife in Playa del Carmen has a lot to offer, and instead of having to decide on just one or two places to check out, you can see all the best of downtown with Playacrawl!  Read more

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Dinner and a show

The unique and amazing acrobatic Cirque du Soleil shows are amazing visual delights that have to be seen to be believed, and while there are plenty of other places you can see a Cirque show, this is a special one that can only be experienced at Playa del Carmen. Read more

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All That Jazz

Jazz might not be the first thing you'd associate musically with Mexico, but there's a significant jazz following and in Playa del Carmen the annual Riviera Maya Jazz Festival has been going strong for over a decade! Located at Mamita's Beach Club just five minutes from our Playa del Carmen resort, on November 26th through the 28th, visitors can enjoy the musical stylings of a dozen different international jazz artists. Read more

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We Don't Need Roads

If you want a beak from the beach and are ready for something different, (crazy, I know), go on an off-roading adventure with the help of Rent-Buggy Playa del Carmen. Read more

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Go Ride a Kite

If you've gotten bored with regular surfing, why not try something more adventurous, like kitesurfing? Not knowing how is no excuse at Kitesurf Vacation Mexico. Located less than five minutes from our Playa del Carmen resort, Kitesurf Vacation Mexico provides equipment and schooling on the art of kitesurfing. Read more

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Dine Caveside

You may have explored some of Playa del Carmen's amazing cenotes and caves, but odds are you probably haven't had a fancy dinner inside one. Visitors can experience all the awe and wonder of Mexico's natural cave formations along with dinner and drinks at Alux Caverna Restaurant Lounge, the largest cave restaurant and bar in the world. Read more

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Swim with the (Whale) Sharks

While swimming with sharks may sound like an activity only for the very brave, swimming with whale sharks is an altogether more enjoyable experience. Though they are the largest known fish species, whale sharks are filter feeders, meaning they eat plankton, not people, and are generally docile and even known to gently play with divers. Read more

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Dive into Mystery

If you consider yourself an adventurous traveler then you've got to check out Cenote Chaak Tun. (If you failed geography in grade school, a cenote is a natural limestone pit that reveals groundwater trapped below, leading to a system of underground caves, which were sometimes used by the ancient Maya for sacrificial offerings) Read more

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Let's Monkey Around

If you've ever dreamed of getting up close and personal with a troop of spider monkeys, here's your chance. The Jungle Place is a sanctuary for the endangered species and offers private tours that give you the opportunity to interact with the small, Read more

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Destination: Coba

You'll find every imaginable modern-day amenity and service in Riviera Maya hotels but the spirit of the ancient Maya is always ever-present. One of the best places to explore the the mysteries of the bygone Mayan culture is in nearby Cobá, easily one of the region's most noteworthy archeological sites. Read more

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Never Better Nightlife

Chances are, you've heard of Coco Bongo, the crazy, packed-to-capacity Playa del Carmen nightclub that pulsates with performances, music and shows that "put Las Vegas to shame," says CNN. Fortunately, we've tapped our friends at Mayaland Tours to smooth your way into this sea of over-the-top celebration. Read more

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Make Time for a Mayan Adventure

Even if you come to the Riviera Maya simply for our magnificent beaches and incredible scuba diving, be sure to set aside a little time to learn about the Mayan civilization. One of our favorite tours is Mayan Temples & Tankah Eco-Adventure Park Excursion, an adventure that begins in Tulum, one of the world's most breathtaking archeological sites. Read more

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Dolphin Dreams

When you close your eyes and imagine the Mayan Riviera, it's easy to dream up images of white sandy beaches and beautiful turquoise water teaming with playful dolphins. Read more

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Peace Be With You

When life feels a little too hectic, here's the best way to let it all go...slip through the doors of Ya'ax Spa, Reef Coco Beach's beautiful spa. From the second you enter this oasis of tranquility, you'll be soothed by its relaxation areas, sensorial flooring, Zen garden and easy access to plush robes, slippers and refreshments. Read more

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Island Getaway

Isla Mujeres is a picture-perfect spot for a relaxing day trip away from the hustle and bustle of Playa del Carmen. Read more

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THE ECO-WONDERS OF XCARET

There is almost no end to the wonders of Xcaret, the eco-archeological park that opened in 1990 and has since become one of the Riviera Maya's most sought-after attractions. Here, Mexico's history, traditions and breathtaking natural Read more

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SNORKEL WITH THE LOCALS

And by locals, we mean the 500+ species of marine life that call the Great Maya Reef home. Parrot fish, sea turtles... Read more

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MYSTERIES OF THE MAYA

Ever since John Lloyd Stephens published Incidents of Travel in Yucatan nearly 175 years ago, the ancient city of Chichen Itza... Read more

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UNDERWATER WONDERS

Snorkelers and scuba divers: Prepare for something out of (and under) this world. Located off the coast of nearby Isla Mujeres, the Cancun Underwater Museum is mind-blowing. Read more

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EXPERIENCE MAYA

Ever wonder what life was like for the ancient Maya people or what everyday life is like for a modern-day Mayan? Read more

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MEXICAN GEMS

If clothes are a mere blank canvas onto which you reveal your keen eye for cutting-edge jewelry design, head to Rodriguez Naranjo, the 5th Avenue studio of brilliant Mexican designers Fernando Rodriguez and Alfonso Naranjo. Read more

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SNORKEL WITH SAILFISH

Don't let their elongated bill or razor-sharp dorsal fin fool you âÂ?" sailfish aren't after you, they're interested in stalking the schools of sardines that migrate through our warm waters now through March. Read more

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MEET THE MAYANS

If you're looking for a change of pace during your stay, head south down the beach highway to the ruins of the Mayan city of Tulum. Read more