Staff Picks

  • Celebrating Oktoberfest Playa del Carmen Style

    Here in Playa del Carmen, one of the most popular tourists destinations in Mexico, you’ll find folks from all over the world, from Belgium to Brazil, Canada to Cameroon.... Read more

  • The Cry Heard Across the Nation

    El Grito de Dolores (“The Cry of Dolores,” also known as “The Cry of Independence”) refers to what is perhaps the most famous speech in Mexican history. Yet, little is known about what exactly was said by Father Miguel Hidalgo in the early morning hours of September 16, 1810.... Read more

  • A Day Trip into the Ancient World

    Are you in the mood for a thrilling and informative adventure? You’re in luck! As a guest of our resort, you’re just a 90-minute drive from one of the most spectacularly preserved sites of the ancient Mayan world.... Read more

  • An Archeological Adventure

    Have you ever imagined yourself as Indiana Jones, exploring ancient ruins in search of lost treasure, traversing treacherous rope bridges high above jungle ravines, discovering the mystical secrets of civilizations long lost to memory?... Read more

  • A Catchy Tune and Delicious Drink

    Back in 1958, American rock-and-roll band the Champs recorded a Latin-influenced tune that would become their biggest hit, “Tequila,” which has energized many a party in the six decades since its original release.... Read more

  • Chiles en nogada: A Dish of Independence

    What does chiles en nogada have to do with Mexican independence? ... Read more

  • Mariachi is Mexico

    Mariachi is a musical genre that dates back centuries, but the look and sound of contemporary mariachi took shape just over a hundred years ago. In 1905 a rural mariachi ("mariachi band" is technically redundant--the word already implies a group) was invited to Mexico City to perform for President Porfirio Diaz.... Read more

  • Atole: An Ancient Mesoamerican Comfort Food

    Atole is frequently served by street vendors, so keep an eye out for it while you’re exploring.... Read more

  • Tamales: Get ‘em While They’re Hot!

    You’re probably familiar with a number of Mexican dining staples—tacos, quesadillas, burritos, etc.—but if you’ve never tasted a hot, homemade tamale, your love of Mexican food is about to go from 2 to 10. ... Read more

  • Sweeten Your Day with the Yucatán’s Favorite Confection

    When you think of crêpes, you probably imagine a Parisian street vendor preparing savory and sweet treats for tourists against the backdrop of the Arc du Triomphe. Most folks are surprised to discover that such confections are a local favorite here in Playa del Carmen as well.... Read more

  • The Frida Kahlo Museum: A Life in Art

    One of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century, Frida Kahlo produced a body of work that has exerted a lasting impact on Mexican and Chicano identity.... Read more

  • L’Aquarium: An Aquatic Adventure

    You know that Playa del Carmen sports pristine beaches and two of the finest tropical resorts anywhere, but did you know that it’s also home to Mexico’s third largest aquarium?... Read more

  • Día de Muertos, A Latin American Celebration for the Living and the Dead

    Día de Muertos (sometimes called Día de los Meurtos or the Day of the Dead in Anglophone countries) is a traditional Mexican celebration honoring the deceased.... Read more

  • A Day on Cozumel: Next Stop, Heaven

    If you’re looking for a fun day trip and would prefer to head out to sea rather than going inland, we suggest journeying over to Cozumel, a small island about 19 km (12 mi) from the mainland. ... Read more

  • In Search of the Mayans

    The ancient Mayan ruins of Coba are nestled in a remote inland jungle, making them somewhat difficult to access (they’re about 90 minutes from The Reef Playacar). The extra effort is worth it, though, since the site’s remoteness also means it’s much less crowded than its counterparts at Tulum or Chichen Itza.... Read more

  • Xel-Há: A Blessed Place

    With all the opportunities to play, explore, indulge, and unwind at The Reef Playacar, you could easily spend your entire vacation right here on the grounds of the resort and still never run out of things to do. If you’re in the mood for a change of scenery, though, we recommend a day trip to Xel-Há, a stunning natural aquarium in the Riviera Maya that’s been at the forefront of eco-friendly tourism for over two decades.... Read more

  • The Best Shops on Playa del Carmen's 5th Avenue

    With all the fun activities and luxurious amenities on our resort, it’s a safe bet that you’ll want to spend a lot of time at The Reefs itself. That said, you should reserve a day to stroll down Playa del Carmen’s main street, La Quinta Avenida (5th Ave), which is lined with all manner of shops.... Read more

  • The Reef Spa: Give Yourself a Well-Deserved Gift

    When lounging by the crystalline Caribbean waters isn’t quite enough to get you into that deep state of relaxation we all dream about, stop by the Reef Spa for the most luxurious day of pampering you’ll ever experience.... Read more

  • Hungry for Playa del Carmen Brunch

    It’s as simple as looking turning your gaze to the rolling surf.... Read more

  • A Playa del Carmen Evening for Play

    Go where the nightlife is legendary and you’re sure to make a friend or two.... Read more

  • Daring Acrobatics for the Entire Family Circus

    Cirque du Soleil combines cutting-edge visual effects with marvelous feats of real athleticism.... Read more

  • Tranquil Snorkeling in Playa del Carmen

    Drift away from the bustle and palm-lined streets of Quinta Avenida.... Read more

  • A Disneyland for the Yucatán Peninsula

    Xcaret is Mexico’s wildly popular “eco-park” with acres of natural habitat and outdoor adventure.... Read more

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