Riviera Maya the Locals Way

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This 2 bedroom luxury home from Riviera Rentals sleeps 6 and is just a short walk to the beach. Stunning ocean views in a contemporary setting make this property one of the best options in the Riviera Maya. The swimming pools, gardens and the ocean can be seen from your living room. The kitchen, with a fully equipped open layout, overlooks the turquoise waters. And don’t forget about the balcony equipped with dining and lounging furniture to take in the views of the Caribbean Ocean.

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The property is located in the heart of town, offering privacy and relaxation at home, but close proximity to the lively town of Playa del Carmen. You’re also close to Cancun, Cozumel, Tulum, and Isla Mujeres. Relax on the warm beaches with cocktail in hand, or go snorkeling or diving in the underground caves, the Cenotes.


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A  Night Around Town

A walk down 5th Avenue in downtown Playa del Carmen, where most of the shops, bars and restaurants are, is always a good way to start the night. For some delicious local fare try Taqueria el Fogon for the authentic tacos al pastor. For dancing, head to Palazzo Disco or  Coco Bongo for an experience like no other. At Coco Bongo, expect performers dressed like Hollywood characters, dancing, lights, music, balloons, it’s a sensory overload that you have to see to believe. If you are more into the art and culture scene, take a stroll down 5th Ave. on Thursday evenings, when local artists display their work.


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Photo by : @palazzodisco


The Perfect Morning

Enjoying the morning with a coffee or tropical fruit smoothie from the balcony of your luxury home. Then take a leisurely walk to the beach for a morning dip in the ocean. The beautiful Caribbean water is always warm and inviting. After your swim, head to La Cueva del Chango Restaurant for a filling, authentic Mexican breakfast.


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Photo by: @revistaviajar


Upcoming Events

Carnaval happens in Playa del Carmen late February and early March, and while the Carnaval in Playa del Carmen is not as wild as some in Brazil, its grown in popularity each year. The parade goes through town, along 5th Ave, throughout the week,  it ends at Plaza Municipal and a large stage is set for music and dancing into the night! It’s quite the party.



Photo by: @playadelcarmennightlife


Later on in March, catch the the Spring Equinox at the Chichén Itzá ruins. Chichén Itzá is one of the most visited Mayan ruins on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.  A massive  pyramid, known as El Castillo is the main draw to the ancient city which thrived between 600 to 1200 AD. During the equinox, the light falls in such a way on the northwest corner of El Castillo as to depict a representation of darkness and light, symbolizing day and night. The pyramid sits figuratively and metaphorically at the center of space and time. If you can’t make it on the equinox, the ruins should still go on your list. Their size and scope is breathtaking!


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