During the 5 nights in Playa del Carmen, we really didn’t have much desire to leave our hotel property. I had already visited the local adventure park, Xcaret and the aquarium park, XelHa, previously, and although I thought there both fun filled parks, the goal of this trip was simple: RELAX! So, we did just that!
We did venture into town and had dinner on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen one night, at the suggestion of my well traveled friend Mary Kalil, who was coincidentally staying at a hotel in that same area that same week. Mary and her family stayed closer to downtown PLaya, and the benefit to that was that they didn’t have to take a cab to 5th avenue; they could just walk out of their hotel and enjoy the fabulous and energetic Mayan nightlife. This evening excursion was so fun, and had a European vibe where we heard so many various languages being spoken up and down the boutique/cafe/restaurant lined street. We felt completely SAFE, which was very important to me, and yet got to enjoy that Cancun-ish, half chaotic/half chilled vibe. We found an Italian restaurant to eat, which was yummy, but I can’t remember the name, as it actually didn’t leave a fabulous lasting impression due to the mosquitos that attached my entire body; apparently the restaurant was built on top of water, and my poor legs fell victim to some hungry suckers). That’s what I get for not sticking to Mexican food in Mexico!
On another day, my husband took our kids to Tulum. We actually hired a cab that was sitting outside of our hotel to be our mini tour guide. I loved that he had to notify the hotel manager who he had in his cab and where he was taking us, and he even had to pull over on the freeway to check in. It made us feel more secure. The ruins overlooking the gorgeous beaches at Tulum were a site to remember. Although my husband and I LOVED the history and views, all my kids wanted to do is get back to the beaches and pools at The Royal Haciendas…
We spent the last couple of days on property, and cannot wait to go back to Mexico! The sign of our successful trip was that during our short, lovely walk from the onsite resort restaurant back to our hacienda, my 6 year old son started to sing, “I had the time of my life, and I owe it all to you…” TEARS!