“Did She Really Just say Ditch the Heels?” A Ladies Guide to Packing for Playa!

Packing for vacation can sometimes be a stressful task! You don’t want to forget anything so you bring it all! And yet you still feel that you have forgotten something! After having traveled here so many times, and saying a little prayer every time I got my suitcase weighed in at the airport, I started to realize the things I could have actually done without.

Secret Spots in the Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya is the name given to the pristine stretch of Caribbean coastline between Cancun and Tulum. Playa del Carmen lies at the center of this amazing part of the world which is home to pristine beaches, crystal clear cenotes, ancient ruins and dense tropical jungle. The Riviera Maya is a special part of the world. Just ask anyone who comes here and they

Giving back to the local community

Playa del Carmen is a wonderful vacation destination with stunning beaches, friendly people and fantastic restaurants. It's no wonder many of our guests return year after year to experience the magic of this vibrant Caribbean town. For those guests who would like to deepen their experience of Playa del Carmen by volunteering their time or resources to help the local community, there are several not-for-profit

Enjoy a Caribbean Christmas in Playa del Carmen

The countdown to Christmas is on and Playa del Carmen has recently come alive in a show of light, color and Christmas cheer. A huge tree has been erected in front of the Sanborns department store in the center of town, decorated beautifully in red and gold. It seems the residents of Playa del Carmen take Christmas cheer very seriously - hotels, stores and local homes

3 Ways to Learn Spanish in Playa del Carmen

When I first visited Mexico last year, my Spanish skills were close to zero. My vocabulary was limited to the bare basics; 'Si' (yes) and 'gracias' (thank you), which I knew weren't going to get me very far. During my visits to Playa del Carmen over the last year, my Spanish has certainly improved, and while I'm certainly not fluent, I am picking up more

Enjoying the off-season in Playa del Carmen

I arrived in Playa del Carmen in February, catching the tail end of Playa's busy holiday season. There was an energetic vibe in the air as tourists and visitors from all over the globe converged on white sand beaches and tumbled out of waterfront beach bars. Posters for festivals and events were plastered around town, and 'La Quinta' was a buzzing hive of activity as

Some Things Never Change in Playa del Carmen

When I returned to Playa del Carmen earlier this year, a place I fell in love with during my last visit, I noticed some things were a little different. Walking along the beachfront early one morning, I braced myself against the cool sea breeze, unaccustomed to Spring’s milder temperatures. The coastline had been re-sculpted by the changing tides and the water was unusually choppy compared

Horse Riding on the Beach: A New Experience

Traveling is all about having new experiences, so when my sister-in-law visited us in Playa del Carmen, we had a slew of new things for her to try, such as swimming in cenotes, skydiving and visiting ancient ruins. Little did we know that we would be having a few new experiences of our own, as top of her list of things to do was horse

Sunday Bliss at El Taj and Indigo

We awoke to a blazing blue sky on Sunday morning at El Taj Oceanfront and immediately knew it was going to be a great day. Though every day in Playa del Carmen seems like a weekend, Sundays have a special feeling of relaxation; a chance to completely unwind before the week ahead. First though, we had a few dilemmas to face in regards to how

Skydiving in Playa del Carmen: The Ultimate Rush

It was something I was terrified of: falling from a perfectly good airplane at 10,000 ft, and yet, something told me I had to do it. I guess that's the beauty of adventure, it's scary, terrifying even, but the rewards of the experience outweigh the fear. The guys from Skydive Playa were cool as cucumbers and put my mind at ease with their professionalism and