The Hidden Treasures of Playa del Carmen

September, 2019

Located almost exactly between the ancient coastal ruins of Tulum to the south and the bustling tourist mecca of Cancun to the north, Playa del Carmen is a perfect mix of contemporary and traditional. 
The picturesque resort town of Playa del Carmen is an ideal spot to take in the natural beauty of the Riviera Maya while enjoying the luxurious comforts of resort life at Playacar Palace.

With world-renowned tourist attractions like Quinta Avenida, Parque Fundadores, and ferry terminal to Cozumel just to the north, Playacar Palace is located amongst the hidden treasures of Playacar, an upscale residential area that features an aviary, flora that reaches out to the sea, and a general lack of concrete that is refreshing at the southern end of town. 

Next time you take a day trip to Playa del Carmen, or better yet spend a week or more enjoying the brilliant sands and beaches of Playacar Palace, make sure to take time to explore these 4 Hidden Treasures in Playa del Carmen.

Luxury hotel Playacar Palace

Hidden Ruins of Xaman-Ha

One of the great things about Playa del Carmen is its proximity to some of the Yucatan Peninsula’s most amazing ruins. The world-famous pyramid at Chichen Itza and beachfront ruins of Tulum are popular day trips only a couple of hours away. But if you feel like seeing some amazing Mayan ruins without leaving town, you can enjoy Xaman-Ha within the city limits.
 
Located just a stone’s throw from Playacar Palace (but, please, don’t throw the stones, they are historical gems!), the temple of Xaman-Ha is unknown to most visitors. Though small in comparison to some of the region’s more well-known pre-historic marvels, Xaman-Ha is impressive in its own right with intricately stacked stones rising up in the middle of a beachfront jungle. It’s an amazing spot for photos, and look out for a variety of iguanas.

The Secret is Out on Rio Secreto

With thousands of cenotes found in the Yucatan Peninsula, exploration of these fresh-water filled limestone wells is an absolute must on any trip to the region. Still, finding one that is equal parts awe-inspiring and ecologically friendly can be a challenge. That is exactly what makes Rio Secreto the perfect destination to marvel at Mother Nature while treating her well at the same time.
 
A designated nature reserve just south of Playa del Carmen, Rio Secreto boasts over 1 km of crystalline waters that visitors can hike and swim through. The tour goes deep underground where stalactites and stalagmites dominate. Though guides are always present, and kids are welcome, visitors will need a sense of adventure as they navigate the cavernous waters. Rio Secreto tours are available from Playacar Palace and even Moon Palace Cancun.

Trip to the Riviera Maya as a family

Art in Three Dimensions

It’s easy enough to appreciate artistic beauty in all its forms in Playa del Carmen – including nature, fine art, and even performance art – but for something out of the box, literally, visit the 3D Museum of Wonders, just off 10th Avenida
 
Optical illusions and whimsical wonderment are the order at the museum and you and onlookers never quite know if you are part of the art or just appreciating it. The museum hosts over 60 “pavement art” pieces where you actually step into author’s Kurt Wenner creations that, when viewed from the right angle, provide incredible visual scenarios.

Cavernous Culinary Fun

Not too long ago, Playa del Carmen was just a small fishing village. And while its international stature has exploded it has managed to preserve itself through an amazing array of gastronomical choices– from top class seafood restaurants, to street tacos, to the Italian culinary artistry on display at Playacar Palace’s Bocelli. But if you are looking for a truly unique experience, it’s time to go underground to Alux Restaurant.
 
Don’t let its unassuming street address fool you, The Alux Restaurant and Lounge is all underground as it is spread out in a visual stunning cave. International cuisine is served alongside seafood, of course, with the unmistakable flavor of the Mayan’s present in dishes and cocktails. But make no mistake, the star of the show is dining underground in caves with a cenote included. The cave formation has existed for an estimated 10,000 years, but if you want to experience it make sure you go at night, as it only opens for dinner.

X
Sign me up

SUBSCRIBE ME NOW

Subscribe below to get the inside story on what to see, do, experience, and enjoy next time you visit the Caribbean.
tyc

* Mandatory fields

Please read & understand our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Notice.

STAY IN THE KNOW

Sign me up

Subscribe below to get the inside story on what to see, do, experience, and enjoy next time you visit the Caribbean.

Have you decided on your destination?
Where would you like to go?
Which option sounds more appealing?
Will you be traveling with kids/teenagers?
tyc

* Required fields

Please read & understand ourTerms & Conditions and Privacy Notice.

DESTINATION NEWS & TRENDS

Fill your New Year's holiday with pleasant moments at the Moon Palace Christmas Village

5 reasons to spend New Year's holidays in Cancun

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival

The Best Jazz Comes to Playa del Carmen

It’s hard to think of a better way to enjoy...

Read Article
Skip the Cold Temps and Take in Some Rays

Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Day in the Caribbean

Our favorite overpriced pumpkin coffee is b...

Read Article
The aquatic life of Cabo San Lucas - A world of possibilities

Aquatic life and Other Cabo San Lucas Activities

The aquatic life has teemed at the spot whe...

Read Article
Sailing, fishing and triathletes in Los Cabos

Sailors, Fisherman, Ironman to Los Cabos

As if Los Cabos didn’t have enough things t...

Read Article
chuke b
chuke b

Vacation experience

During our stay at Moon Palace we mostly Enjoyed The Pub & the staff. The atmosphere was great. The staff was great & we enjoyed many conversations with them. They are all very kind & inviting.

Ryan W
Ryan W

Cancun Moon Palace Vacation

Wonderful dinner at Arrecifas, their Brazilian steakhouse. Great cuts of meat, with delicious desserts and drinks. Fantastic service and really felt like me and my friends were taken care of. Looking forward to my next visit! 

John W
John W

Family vacation in paradise

This hotel is absolutely amazing. Every detail is incredible. One, among many, parts worth noting is the kids club! The staff is so attentive and there are so many fun things for the kids to do!

x