This Friday, September 15, Mexico starts its biggest fiesta, the Independence Day celebrations. Flags, hats, lanterns, and whatever else patriotic in the national colors red, white, and green, decorate the city during the whole month. It’s truly one of the best time of the year to be here if you like to get to know the Mexican culture. Here are some ideas what to do in Playa del Carmen on Independence Day.
During your vacation at Playa Palms Beach Hotel, we strive to make your vacation in Playa del Carmen a memorable one. But as they say, you need to love yourself first to be able to love someone else – that applies to work too. Only because we truly love our jobs are we able to provide a service and an experience that you will love. Here’s what our staff likes most about their jobs and their favorite anecdotes:
Enjoy an ice cold drink in the afternoon sun or see the city and the Caribbean Sea from up high at Playa del Carmen’s best rooftop places. There’s just something so much better about drinking at altitude and dinner on high! Especially since, unlike in other cities, you can do this all year round.
5 Roofgarden Bar by Reina Roja
Sometimes you can turn an average drinking session into something special just by adding height. Kick your night off dancing under the stars at the Roofgarden, a truly unique and picturesque place. International DJs rock the rooftop with its tropical garden and pool. (22nd Street between 5th and 10th Avenue)
4 Soul Beach
This place just opened a few months ago, and not many people know about its fabulous rooftop yet. That makes it perfect if you just want to relax away from the crowd. Sitting at this pool in the sky, overlooking Playa del Carmen’s roofs and the Caribbean Sea, is one of those magical moments that makes you never want to go back home again. For everybody who is not a big fan of getting all sandy at the beach, this is a great alternative. You can purchase a day pass for a reasonable price. (28th Street between 5th and 10th Avenue)
3 The Roof Club
This is one of the largest and most popular rooftop places in town, only a few walking minutes from Playa Palms Beach Hotel. What we like most about The Roof Club, apart from the over-water hammock and breathtaking views, is that it has more than one pool! Pay an entrance fee to relax during the day, or enjoy a delicious drink at sunset, watching how the sky turns from blue to pink to dark. Because we are of the opinion that a cocktail tastes better if you simply add a view. (5th Avenue with 8th Street)
2 Live Aqua
When you walk along the 5th Avenue at night, you can’t miss the stunning lightning of their terrace. Live Aqua does not only offer a great view over Playa del Carmen and the 5th Avenue but alone its infinity pool is worth a visit. They also host special events like poolside fashion shows or boutique markets. Head there on the evening for a date with a view, or get a day pass if you want to plunge into the pool. (5th Avenue with 30st Street)
This high-end restaurant and bar, just 2 blocks from Playa Palms Beach Hotel, has the probably best views in town. Feel like the queen (or king) of Playa del Carmen, sitting in a stylish lounger in the rooftop pool that seems a winding river surrounded by palm trees, overlooking the city and the turquoise Caribbean Sea all the way to Cozumel on the horizon. You don’t only pay for the signature drinks and the excellent service, but also for the spectacular setting. But it’s definitely worth it. (12th Street between 5th and 10th Avenue)
Join the Playa Palms Beach Hotel team on a real Mayan adventure through the jungle and exploring an underground cenote.
We write a lot about things to do in and around Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya, and at Playa Palms Beach Hotel we help you find the tour that suits you best. To make sure we know what we talk about, we sometimes go on these tours ourselves. Last week, some of our staff went on a crazy jungle adventure with Amazing Caribbean Tours, to see if we can really recommend their tour to our guests. It was a lot of fun!
The friendly driver dropped us off at the ranch in the middle of the jungle somewhere between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Our guides, Rafael and Alex, were already waiting for us. After safety instructions, Rafael explained us the how-tos of ATV motorcycle driving. Not that there is much to explain, it has a thumb-accelerator and hand brakes, making them very easy to operate. You can drive them from the age of 16 up and don’t need a driver’s license. Then we finally started the engines and hit the rocky road.
Alex led our small group, with me behind him, since I’m the one with nearly no driving experience (having spent so much time playing Mario Kart turned out really useful at this point), and Rafael at the end. After starting slowly to allow us to practice, we then sped up a bit. Alex and Rafael would always make sure that we’re ok though – safety first. If driving an ATV is something you’ve never done before, you should definitely go for it. It was so much fun speeding through the jungle! You can ride the ATV motorcycles with up to 2 people, or you can choose a buggy instead, but only if you have the drivers license.
After about an hour of adrenaline rushing fun, we returned to the entrance, where a vehicle waited to bring us to the cenote “La Gloria”. This is a small but beautiful cenote, where you can cool off in its crystal clear waters, jump of a swing, snorkel, and swim. Make sure to bring bug spray though, there are many mosquitoes, and put it on as soon as you get out of the water.
Then we continued to the cenote Hilarios, a cenote in an underground cave. Climbing down the steep and narrow entrance, we already felt like true adventurers. Equipped with flashlights and life jackets, we started our tour through the cavern. Stalagmites and stalactites are everywhere, what makes this cenote a photographer’s dream. Rafael, while guiding us safely through what to us seemed a labyrinth, told us not only interesting facts but also Mayan legends and stories that made this a truly unforgettable and special experience. Let me remark here, that the cavern is certainly not for you if you’re claustrophobic (they ask you before). I would recommend bringing water shoes, since the ground is very rocky, and bug spray – at the entrance of the cave the mosquitoes are waiting.
In a resume, this for sure is one of the most fun ways to explore the amazing Riviera Maya’s nature. We especially liked that they take small groups or even private tours, which means you don’t have to waste time waiting and can truly enjoy every moment. You can either make all 3 activities or can choose 2 of them, and the tour takes about 4 hours.
Amazing Caribbean Tours also offers excursions to Sian Kaan, Holbox, and Isla Contoy. Just let us know if you’re interested in any of these tours at the best price.
The big family vacation you’ve probably been counting down for months is finally here! Sure you are excited to spend time with your family without worrying about being late for work, school duties or home chores. A family vacation is all about balance and it’s important for parents to also have time for yourselves. Here are some ideal activities for the whole family including the kids, “We Time”, and some perfect “Me Time” activities just for mum and dad.
We Time: Xel-ha
You will have just as much fun as your kids in the beautiful aquatic themed park, about 30 minutes from Playa del Carmen. Snorkel amongst colorful fish or in fresh cenotes, get your adrenaline pumped while flying on zip-lines over the jungle or discover native animals and plants under and above water. While your kids will love the Children’s World with a wading pool, water slide, rope climb, and other fun activities, exhausted parents can relax in the quiet hammock area.
Me Time: Catch
The roof top bar on the 12th Street between 5th and 10th Avenue, just a few steps from Playa Palms Beach Hotel, offers the most spectacular view over Playa del Carmen and the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy a gourmet dinner or just relax with a delicious drink or a glass of wine and take in the view.
We Time: Casa Sofia
Especially when traveling with toddlers, eating out can be a challenge. Not at the Italian Restaurant Casa Sofia on Avenida Aviacion close to the Paseo del Carmen mall, at the south end of the 5th Avenue. They serve delicious food (and what kid doesn’t like Spaghetti or Pizza?) and, most importantly, they have a huge play corner for children.
Me Time: Cirque du Soleil Joyà
The breathtaking visual spectacle takes you on a performance-packed journey in the mysterious Mayan jungle. Accompanied by a 3-course meal, this night also turns into a culinary experience. You can either opt for dinner and drinks or get an all-inclusive ticket to add Champagne and a seating close to the stage. Show times are from Tuesday to Thursday at 9 pm, and Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and 10:15 pm.
We Time: Captain Hook Pirate Show
Enjoy the most fun dinner cruise in Cancun, aboard a reproduction of a 18th-century Spanish galleon ship. This experience is tailored for children and adults alike, with a beautiful view of the Nichupté Lagoon shoreline, a delicious dinner, open bar, comedy, games, and music. While mum and dad enjoy dancing and a drink, the kids will have fun treasure hunting. The evening ends with an exciting ship-to-ship battle and fireworks.
Me Time: Spa
Reload, recharge and relax. Is there any better way to pamper yourself and forget about the daily hassles than at a nice spa? Bric Spa right off the 5th Avenue on 28th Street, about 10 walking minutes from Playa Palms Beach Hotel, offers a wide array of spa treatments and massages. They even go beyond the norm and also offer more specialized services such as Reiki healing sessions, deep tissue, trigger point therapy or biomagnetic therapy.
Our staff at Playa Palms Beach Hotel is happy to help you organize any of these activities, or tailor-make your itinerary with whatever adventures you and your family are looking for.