DreamBreak: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Get away to a hip hotel just a few blocks from the beach & make your own fun with awesome self-guided activities (trip does not have a host).
With its year-round sunshine, warm waters and inviting atmosphere, there’s no better place to unwind than Yucatan Peninsula. On this DreamBreak, you’ll enjoy 3 wonderful days at a lifestyle hotel in Playa del Carmen — a gorgeous town known for a subtropical climate, sprawling resorts, coral reefs and a laid-back way of life. The best part? This fabulous getaway is blissfully schedule-free, so you can do as much — or as little — as you wish! Luckily, your hotel is the perfect place to hang with friends and family, offering something fun to suit every taste. Settle in at Mercatto restaurant with its intimate seating and open-style kitchen, or try El Tigre, a tequila bar that serves more than 100 types that easily pair with tapas. Play under the warm Mexican sun at Fives Rooftop, a rooftop lounge with an infinity-style pool, terrace, bar and spectacular views of the sea — then, once the sun goes down, the DJ turns up the music and the party really starts!
Looking for something different? Adventurers seeking water sports can try snorkeling in the ocean or a freshwater cenote, swimming with turtles or sailing a catamaran. Or, you can explore unique area landmarks such as the nearby Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum, both within a few hours’ drive of the city. Visitors simply looking for leisure activities can head to downtown Playa del Carmen for a stroll through the El Zocalo square or a bite from a street food vendor. The cobblestoned, pedestrian-only La Quinta Avenida boasts an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants.
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• Near Playa del Carmen are several beautiful cenotes, open-air caverns filled with freshwater, and — where permitted — visitors can snorkel, scuba dive or swim.
• A short drive from the bustling city are the intriguing Mayan ruins of Tulum. Set on a cliff facing the Caribbean, these UNESCO-protected ruins are remarkably well-preserved, giving visitors a glimpse into the ancient local culture. Don’t forget your camera!
• If you want to venture farther, head south (about 2 hours away by car) to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve (a UNESCO World Heritage site), an extensive underground river and cave systems.