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Daring Acrobatics for the Entire Family

Cirque du Soleil combines cutting-edge visual effects with marvelous feats of real athleticism. And while Cirque du Soleil can be found in performances around the globe, Playa del Carmen is the only place you’ll find Joya. It’s a permanen Read more

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Tranquil Snorkeling in Playa del Carmen

Drift away from the bustle and palm-lined streets of Quinta Avenida as you wade through the Caribbean’s most tranquil waters. Playa del Carmen’s geographical location offers miles of refreshing coastal shoreline that’s ready for diving into. 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


Long Live the Revolution!

Every November 20th, México celebrates Revolution Day, known to citizens as Día de la Revolución. Read more

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Celebrate Mexico's Day of the Dead

For Halloween in Playa del Carmen, Xcaret Eco Park always steps up its game. Read more

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Savor the Sea

It would be a mistake to stay on one of the best beaches in the Caribbean and not get a taste of what the sea has to offer. During your stay at The Reef Playacar, make sure to try out one of the best seafood restaurants in Playa del Carmen: Mar de Ol Read more

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Put Put and Away

While many believe tourists flock to Playa del Carmen simply for the toasty sun and incredible beaches, it may surprise you to learn that our little piece of paradise is just as well known for its state of the art golf courses. Read more

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Turtle Time

Playa del Carmen offers some of the best ecosystems to get to know the locals up close and personal. Read more

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XPlor Playa Del Carmen

If you’re more of a nature person, Playa Del Carmen is one of the best places to scratch that itch. From horseback riding, to zip-lining, to hiking, to diving, your stay at The Reef Playacar provides you access to so many ways to spend a day out in the open, salty air. Read more


Shop Your Heart Out

Take a break from the beach and hit the thriving streets of Mexico by visiting Quinta Avienda, a festive and famous shopping center located in downtown Playa del Carmen, a short fifteen minutes from The Reef Playacar. Nestled beneath the teeming trees and breathtaking sun, Quinta Avienda has much to offer, from restaurants to colorful prints of local art. Read more


The Fantastical Journey of Joya

We’re willing to bet your tropical getaway at our Riviera Maya resort has included plenty of beach time and who can blame you? It’s hard to say no to turquoise water and powdery white sand. Read more


Sail Away to Isla Mujeres

When you stay at our Playa del Carmen resort, you’re already within walking distance of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, but if you’re looking to spend a day away from the hustle and bustle, Isla Mujeres is just a short sailboat ride away. Read more


Time for Tacos

If you’re in Mexico, there’s no better time to sample some true Mexican tacos, and the best of those can be found at Yo Amo Tacos, located less than fifteen minutes from our Playa del Carmen resort, on the main drag. Read more


Give Thanks

If you're in Mexico for Thanksgiving and feeling a little homesick, worry not! You may be surprised to learn that just as holidays like Cinco De Mayo have taken root in the States, Thanksgiving has become a holiday celebrated south of the border. Read more


Underwater Adventure

You're feeling brave and up for an adventure, then you've got to check out Cenote Chaak Tun. Read more


Put the "Fun" in Fundadores

If you're looking for an interesting place to people-watch and relax, the Parque Los Fundadores or "Founding Fathers Park" offers that and much more! Located less than ten minutes from our Playa del Carmen resort, the park has a bandstand that frequently is host to live music and Mayan dance performances. Read more


Put Pedal to Playa

If you're ready for a break from the water (hey, it happens), and are up for something a little more intense, check out the Punta Venado Bike Park, the first specific park for mountain biking in the Yucatan Peninsula. Read more


Swim, Bike, Zip

If you're done laying on the beach and soaking up the sun, and are looking for a day crammed with fun activities, then it's time to check out Xel-Ha, a sustainable tourism development that preserves the natural ecosystem of the Riviera Maya while at the same time encouraging visitors to interact with it. Read more


Journey to the Center of the Earth

All right, you're not really going to the center of the earth, but when you enter the Sistema Sac Actun, an underground river that passes through a system of caves, you couldn't be blamed for thinking you were. Read more


Gaga over Guelaguetza Gallery

If you're got your heart set on bringing home some colorful, authentic Mexican artwork, look no further than Guelaguetza Gallery, just a short hop from your Playa del Carmen hotel. Some consider it the best shop and gallery in town. Hand-blown glassw Read more

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Experience Be Maya

Get to know the Maya - then and now - in an immersive experience offered by our friends at Mayaland Tours. Read more


Tub Time for Two

Ready for something supremely restful after a busy day beach combing in Playa Del Carmen? Make a date at The Reef Spa at The Reef Playacar for Cleopatra's Beach, a soothing and luxurious couple's bath treatment infused with milk and marine collagen. Read more


Take a Swim with a Sailfish

If you've ever wanted to swim alongside one of the ocean's scariest looking sea-dwellers, here's your chance. Read more


Take a Break from the Beach

Most people come to a Mayan Riviera resort to enjoy the area's magnificent beaches and amazing scuba diving. But we think it would be a shame to leave the area without learning a little about the Mayan civilization and venturing out into the mysterious Yucatán jungle. Read more


Ready for an Adrenaline Rush

Sure, it may be tempting to stroll through our rainforest or lounge on our beautiful white sand beach for hours on end, soaking up the warm Mexican sun and occasionally taking a dip in the crystal-clear Caribbean waters but there's a world of adventure waiting for you just moments away. Put yourself in the hands of our friends at Mayaland Tours. Read more


Be Maya For A Day

Getting to know modern-day Mayans is effortless when you join our friends at Mayaland Tours. You'll learn just want life was like for the ancient Maya people as you enjoy real-life experiences in Mayan cuisine, language, spirituality and more. Read more


Priming for the Perfect Tan

There's more to achieving the perfect tan than slipping into your favorite string bikini (or swim shorts) and baking on a white sand beach. Read more

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Capture the Coco Bongo Spirit

"Like Las Vegas, only better"...that about sums up the Coco Bongo experience. Even a New York Times review notes "you have to experience it to believe it." So what's all the fuss? Read more

Take a Dip with the Dolphins


We may be partial to our picturesque playas, but we think the Caribbean's friendliest dolphins call the Riviera Maya... Read more

Chart a Romantic Course


Leave it to our friends at Mayaland Tours to offer the region's most romantic voyage. Whether you're a newlywed... Read more

Sea Turtle Sanctuary


If logging time with a Loggerhead tops your to-do list, a visit to Tortugranja (the Turtle Farm) on nearby Isla Mujeres is a must... Read more

Whale Shark Season


May through September is whale shark season on the Riviera Maya, when the biggest fish in the world... Read more



Although the modern Riviera Maya offers every imaginable amenity and service, the spirit of the ancient... Read more

Playa Kite


We know, we know âÂ?" you don't go on vacation to go to school but, we promise, this is different. Read more

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Everyone knows the ancient Maya cultivated corn but did you know they also cultivated chewing gum? It's true and... Read more