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Mornings in the Riviera Maya are especially magical, so set your alarm early. After brewing a pot of coffee in your modern room at the oceanfront Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, grab a to-go cup, slip on your sandals and head to the beach. Due to the area’s east-facing position, the sun rises over the ocean, flooding practically empty beaches in a quickly changing light show of pink, orange and gold. It’s a reward for those who rise early enough to see it.
After a relaxing sunrise walk on the beach, wander back to the hotel. Don’t worry, you won’t have to peel yourself away from the ocean – you’ll still be able to soak it up from La Cocina Restaurant & Terrace as you enjoy the complimentary breakfast buffet backed by breathtaking views of the Mexican Caribbean. Enjoy freshly made favorites to fuel up before the day’s adventures.
From the hotel, it’s only a short walk to the shops of Quinta Avenue, or “Fifth Avenue.” Late morning is the perfect time of day to browse shops selling everything from jewelry to souvenirs, local tequila and art before the crowds roll in. Make a stop along the way at the fascinating Frida Kahlo Museum to learn more about one of Mexico’s most famous surrealist artists.
All the walking and shopping will have you working up an appetite. Luckily, Quinta Avenida is the perfect place to stop for lunch, with options ranging from casual dining to fine French cuisine and everything in between. Grab a table at Bovino’s Churrascaria for a taste of Brazilian Barbeque complete with excellent service and tableside preparation.
After a satisfying lunch, head just outside the city for a spectacular experience that can only be found in Mexico. Cenotes are magical underground caverns festooned with lush hanging vines, the natural beauty of stalagmites and glowing cerulean waters. As the midday sun reaches its peak, feel the temperature drop as you descend into the picturesque Rió Secreto to hike through otherworldly crystal caverns and swim in an underground river of clear blue water like nothing you’ve ever seen.
There’s so much to see and do in Mexico—archaeological sites, wildlife, vibrant culture and more. Get a taste of it all at Xcaret Eco Park. Formerly a port for Mayan maritime trade, its archaeological remains are part of a larger cultural heritage park encompassing over 50 different attractions, including a Mayan village, breathtaking lagoons and waterfalls, wildlife exhibits and elaborate cultural performances. Explore the park and stay for dinner and the main evening show.
After a busy afternoon swimming with the dolphins, devouring tacos and swaying to salsa music, head back to the hotel for a little rest and relaxation. There’s nothing quite like ending the day with a soothing massage. Book your Playa del Carmen vacation with us and receive a $50 credit to use at the spa. Afterwards, take advantage of the all-inclusive amenities, enjoying dessert and a cocktail surrounded by the romantic décor at The Grill at 1-26 before calling it a night.
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