Friday, April 15, 2016

Five Must Do Activities in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico


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stunning sunrises in Playa Del Carmen
WATCH THE SUNRISE
Oh, the sunrises in Playa Del Carmen. Watching the sun rise is one of my new favorite activities, and likely even beats watching it set. After all, when the sun rises, you are typically one of few people out and about and are able to have those quiet moments to reflect on your upcoming day. Watching the sun rise across the Caribbean is simply a stunning experience and an absolute must-do activity for anyone visiting Playa Del Carmen.

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Sailing!
TAKE A CATAMARAN RIDE ON THE LONGEST CATAMARAN IN THE CARIBBEAN
When we visited Playa, we spent the day with Local Quickies and our day ended with a three hour catamaran ride on the largest catamaran in the Caribbean. The ride was everything I could have asked for and truly had something for everyone. Relax on the ropes on the front of the boat. Check out the Mayan Ruins in Tulum, and see them exactly as the Spaniards saw them hundreds of years ago. Listen to music. Eat fresh guacamole. Mingle with new friends. And of course, have a few cocktails with the open bar. Catamaran rides are certainly one of my new favorite activities for any vacation!

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Delicious, fresh baked bread at Chez Celine
STROLL FIFTH AVENUE AND GET A DELICIOUS MEAL AT CHEZ CELINE
Fifth Avenue is the main drag in Playa, and there are endless restaurants and shops. Chez Celine is an cozy cafe & bakery located on the far east end of the main street. Oh, was everything amazing! I ate there twice and I was able to sit both indoors and outdoors and had two vastly different experiences. Outdoors, I watched the people walk by and enjoyed the warm weather. Indoors, I was able to watch the bakers and the dedication that they put into each individual baked good. It was so impressive to watch, and there is no wonder Chez Celine is as popular as it is!

Getting the second shot on a barracuda!
TRY SOMETHING NEW AND GO SPEARFISHING
Between my husband and I, we have had tons of different travel experiences. One thing we had never tried until visiting Playa Del Carmen is spearfishing, and I know that Nick is absolutely hooked by now. Spearfishing is a great way to experience fishing in a completely new way, and the best part is that you are also immersed in the water. Whether you actually get anything or not (which, trust me, you or somebody in your group will!) you will be able to see so much amazing wildlife underneath the ocean. My best advice is to just go!

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Colorful streets in Cozumel!
TAKE THE FERRY ACROSS TO COZUMEL FOR THE DAY
Despite having been to Mexico several times and having heard great things about Cozumel, I had never made it over to this quaint island. On one of our last days, we hopped onto the 30-minute ferry ride to go visit Cozumel. I'll be honest, as much as I loved it - I truthfully have enjoyed other places in Mexico much more! However, it is certainly worth a day trip to go explore somewhere new. 

2 comments:

  1. Hey! I follow you on insta and just saw this post about Mexico. My boyfriend and I are planning a trip there this summer- where did you stay?? I've only been to Cozumel so want to go elsewhere this time, is there a place you really love or recommend? Thanks!!

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    1. Hey Katie! Love Mexico - are you going to Playa Del Carmen, or just trying to figure out where you want to go? I've been to Cancun, Playa, and Puerto Vallarta - loved all of them! If you are doing Playa Del Carmen, I've got tons of recommendations - we did an Airbnb and absolutely loved it! In Playa you'll want to stay close to 5th Ave, where all of the action is. Otherwise for Cancun, we have stayed at Riu Palace Las Americas, and it was the perfect location for both the beach and going out at night.

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