Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya: A Day at Playa Paraiso

Beach #17 on the Countdown to the Best Beach in the Riviera Maya: Playa Paraíso

We don’t get tired of mentioning it: the Riviera Maya is blessed with hundreds of beautiful beaches, all of white sand and clear blue waters filled with the most diverse and beautiful underwater life one could ever imagine. Amongst those hundreds of beaches you can find throughout this gorgeous paradise is Playa Paraiso.

Not to be confused with Tulum’s Playa Paraíso (which, to be fair, is also part of the Riviera Maya), this beach is located a short five minute drive south of Puerto Morelos, or a ten minute drive north of Playa del Carmen. Although the beach has a public access – like every beach in the area – it is only surrounded by hotels such as Iberostar Paraiso and the Grand Mayan Palace.

Like most secluded and not widely known beaches, Playa Paraiso keeps true to its name: paradise. Being “far” from the popular beaches of Playa del Carmen, it has little to offer in the sense of entertainment, food or drinks; but the view, the tranquility and the beauty make up for everything else it lacks.

If you want to get away from the crowds (although the hotel guests will be sharing the beach with you), from the hustle and bustle of the busy cities and from the “buy this, eat here, drink with us” atmosphere, then you’ve picked the right beach!

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Playa Paraíso: Getting There

Getting to Playa Paraíso is really easy, as it is located between the two main cities of Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen.

Driving: If you are driving from Cancun, you need to take the highway 309 south towards Playa del Carmen. Approximately 33 km south of Cancun, right after passing over the Puerto Morelos overpass bridge, you will find the Iberostar and Grand Mayan Palace hotels. The public access is located right by the hotels. If you are coming from Playa del Carmen, you need to drive north towards Puerto Morelos until you reach the mentioned hotels.

Taking a Taxi: Taxis may be somewhat expensive depending on where you are coming from, but they are an easy way to make sure you get to the right place. Just call a cab from wherever you are and ask them to drive you to the public access of Playa Paraíso (make sure you specify which one so you don’t end up in Tulum!).

Public transportation:

Colectivos: Collective vans are easily accessible on the highway, or at their starting points in Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen. If you are in Cancun, you need to hop on a van heading towards Playa del Carmen and ask to get off at Playa Paraíso. If you are coming from Playa, then hop on a van that is headed towards Cancun and do the same thing. Vans charge 35 pesos or less, depending on where you hop on.

Buses: Public buses that stop throughout the highway are accessible from the ADO terminals. They are called Mayabs and drive from Cancun towards south Quintana Roo, and back, making predetermined stops, sort of like colectivos. You may ask at the ADO bus terminal if they stop anywhere near Playa Paraíso or the abovementioned hotels.

Playa Paraíso: Things To Do

Please remember that this beach is secluded and is accessed mainly by the resorts’ guests. This means that there are no restaurants, bars, beach clubs or anything that you may go to. The hotels do not allow “outsiders” to use their facilities, but you may rent the watersport equipment.

  • You can enjoy a nice, long walk down the beach.
  • Water activities are popular on all beaches; you will probably be able to rent kayaks, or go on a fishing, snorkeling or diving tour.
  • You may go snorkeling or swimming in the ocean on your own, as well.

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Playa Paraíso: Recommendations

As mentioned before, there is nothing else on this beach other than the hotel facilities, so here are some recommendations to take into consideration:

  • Because you will be unable to rent out palapas, umbrellas or beach beds, we recommend you bring a chair and your own umbrellas for personal use.
  • Bring your own towels because – unless you bring your own chairs – you will be sitting or lying down on the sand all day.
  • Make a quick stop at a convenience store beforehand and stock up on water, sodas, snacks, or anything else you like to enjoy when spending the day at the beach.
  • Remember that there is little to do, so bring a book, iPad, mp3 player, or the likes, to keep yourself entertained while sunbathing.
  • Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen.

So there you go, it sounds like a perfect day in paradise, doesn’t it?

Learn about all the different beaches in paradise by following our Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya countdown every Friday! If you are looking for the perfect beach, make sure you check out our options. We aim to provide you with the best information about living in the Riviera Maya!

Top Mexico Real Estate specializes in helping foreigners become homeowners in the Riviera Maya! If you plan on vacationing often or retiring in the Riviera Maya, contact one of our Top Mexico Buyers’ Representatives. We will be happy to walk you through the process of becoming a homeowner in Mexico.

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Alfonso Arau’s Next Film Will Be Filmed in the Beautiful Riviera Maya

Alfonso Arau’s new feature film, Legend of Latin Lovers, is set to be filmed in the Riviera Maya starting in the summer of this year. The film is a coproduction between Mexico and the United States and will place the Riviera Maya in the eyes of thousands of movie buffs around the world.

The film is a comedy depicting what it is like to fall in love, a very universal matter; it will show a “Latin lover” who pretends to conquer but ends up being conquered. Arau was attracted to the project because of how universal it is and because of the typical assumption that Latinos are very Casanova, when tourists can be like that, as well. The project is due to show the beautiful Riviera Maya because, as Arau puts it, “it is a place that God made for vacationing”.

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Legend of Latin Lovers, which will be produced by Steve Barnett, will show scenery such as Party Center, in Cancun, the hotel zone, ecological and natural parks, and even the cenote route in Puerto Morelos. But the question in everyone’s mind is how this project will benefit the destination?

While the film is most certainly not the first one to be filmed in our beautiful paradise, Rocío Mena Réndiz, president of the Caribbean Public Relations Association, is happy that they chose the Riviera Maya because the film will be distributed around the world giving people the expectation to travel and visit Playa del Carmen, Cancun, and Tulum in the future, generating greater tourism in the area.

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The film will also help promote the good image of the Riviera Maya around the world, according to Ximena de Córdova Cole, director of the Cancun Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Alfonso Arau is a Mexican director with a long career in film. He has directed actors such as Keanue Reeves and Anthony Quinn (A Walk in the Clouds, 1995) or Martin Short and Steve Martin (Three Amigos, 1986), amongst many other famous Mexican actors and actresses. Other successful films of him include Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate, 1992) and La Trampa de la Luz (2010), his most recent film as director. Throughout his career, he has directed, written, produced and even acted in several projects. In 2004, Arau was honored for his work in cinema at the Santa Fe Film Festival and has even won an Ariel Award (Mexican awards that honor TV and film personalities). He is also a well-known actor in Mexico for his roles in shorts, TV and movies.

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As for the cast, nothing has been revealed yet, because making a film is a long process. From the idea, to the script, to the pre-production and casting, a film can take three months or 15 years to actually be filmed. This is why he is thankful for Steve Barnett’s help. He has produced movies such as 300, Legendary and Knucklehead, giving him more than enough experience in the field. Arau is certain that Barnett’s help will allow the movie to travel the world.

Mexico is finally resetting their mark in the international film industry. After a tough time struggling with good Mexican cinema, we are finally seeing films made in Mexico, or by Mexicans, travel the world and be recognized. Even directors, or actors, who have migrated to the USA to stand out are being recognized such as Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro González Iñarritú.

Set to be filmed in the summer of 2015, there are huge expectations for this romantic comedy in its co-production. While it will bring attention to the destination, it will most importantly draw attention to the talent that Mexico has produced in the film industry.

Keep checking back, we will write another blog once more information is released about the locations, the dates, and the cast!

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Dinner in the Sky: Riviera Maya

We often talk about heavenly food, drinks that make you fly, or even a restaurant that makes you feel like you are in heaven. Well, now you can actually taste, drink and live breakfast, lunch or dinner in the sky! For years, Dinner in the Sky has gone around the world taking people to a very high experience. Based in Belgium, this novelty restaurant (namely one of the top 10 restaurants in the world, according to Forbes), has stablished in cities around the world bringing people closer to the heavens.

Although it is not new in Mexico, it is the first time it stablishes itself in the Riviera Maya…and you’re in for a ride! If the views of our beautiful paradise with your feet on the ground so breathtaking, you can only imagine what they’re like 50 meters up in the air. In their original website, they talk about giving guests a one of a kind experience with total safety and exclusivity. Hosted by Events in the Sky, this event can be hosted anywhere, from beaches, to golf courses, to the middle of the street.

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Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, or cocktails, Dinner in the Sky offers space for 22 people at a time. Part of the ritual is arriving early, getting a safety instruction talk, and then accommodating everyone around the table that will then be lifted into the sky 50 meters by a crane.

April 2015 marks the date of when Dinner in the Sky will officially open in the Riviera Maya, so start saving up because, yes, their packages are costly, but all for a good reason. The safety and technology systems, the staff, the crane, and the delicious food and astonishing view are all worth every penny you will invest.

Menu and Prices

As mentioned above, you can choose between breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktails – you can also reserve the whole table for a private event where you can choose your menu and time of your event.

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Breakfast

Price: $1,800 mxn per person

Length: 1 hour

Menu: Grilled apple with honey and cinnamon; rested mass bread filled with grilled mushrooms, and gratin, baked eggs with dill; banana pancake with three milks sauce; bread, juice, hot chocolate and coffee.

Lunch and Dinner

Price: $2,500 mxn

Length: 1 hour

Menu: Chicharrón cream with pumpkin seeds; carbonara tagliatelle over a filet medallion with Peperonata; cocoa brownies with macadamia and mint; all food accompanied by red and white wine.

Cocktail

Price: $1,800 mxn

Length: 1 hour

Menu: Cherry truffle with cream cheese and caramelized sesame; marlin chalupas with chipotle and agave honey; carpesse pintxo with basil olive oil; chocolate and mezcal truffle; squash, cheese and bacon quiche; pink ceviche; asparagus wrapped with ribeye with balsamic caramel; tomato bread with chorizo and marinara sauce.

*Prices and menus are subject to change

Whichever package you choose, you are sure to enjoy a unique experience surrounded by friends, family or strangers, all as excited as yourself about having food and drinks so high up. Make sure you get your reservations in soon, because this is an event everyone wants to experience and seats sell out quickly.

Location

Dinner in the Sky: Riviera Maya has yet to announce their location, but wherever they may be, you are sure to have a one of a kind view of the Caribbean Ocean and the Riviera Maya! Check out their website or give them a call to ask about the exact location.

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Discounts

As with every new thing that opens in the Riviera Maya, discounts are available. If you have a Mexican ID from Quintana Roo state, you can enjoy a discount when making your reservation and paying the full fee.

If you are hosting an event that will take up the 22 seats, you get a 10% discount off the total price!

Dinner in the Sky has gone around 40 countries and countless cities; in Mexico they are operated by Experiencias en el Cielo and are touring around the country. They have yet to announce how long they will be staying in the Riviera Maya, so check back for updates!

Top Mexico Real Estate specializes in helping foreigners become homeowners in the Riviera Maya! If you plan on vacationing or retiring in paradise, contact one of our Top Mexico Buyers’ Representatives who will be happy to walk you through the purchasing process and find your very own slice of paradise!

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Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya: A Day at Constituyentes

Beach #18 on the Countdown to the Best Beach in the Riviera Maya: Constituyentes

The Riviera Maya is filled with hundreds and hundreds of miles of beautiful, white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and relaxing sites. One of the most popular beaches in Playa del Carmen is the Constituyentes Beach, which is right in the middle of downtown, surrounded by hotels, condos, beach clubs and a lot of things to do.

Decorated with a lengthy pier – which was originally built for the ferry crossing to Cozumel – this beach is both lively and beautiful. Because it is right in the heart of Playa del Carmen, there is everything to do there, as well as you can find anything you need within walking distance.

If you are looking for a great beach to spend the day at without having to move far from the heart of the Riviera Maya, then Constituyentes Beach is a great option. Be reminded that because of its location and its popularity, you will seldom find the beach empty at any time of day. If you’re ready to be surrounded by hundreds of tourists, then give this beautiful place a go!

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Constituyentes Beach: Getting There

If you want to visit this beach, there are several ways of reaching it, depending on where you are coming from.

Driving: If you are coming from Cancun, you need to take the highway 309 south towards Playa del Carmen. Once you arrive to Playa del Carmen, take the exit that signals Constituyentes Avenue and exit to the left. Drive straight down until you reach the beach. If you are already staying in Playa del Carmen, then all you need to do is drive to Constituyentes Avenue and straight down to the beach.

Taking a Van/Taxi: The easiest way to move around within downtown is to walk, or to take a cab. Vans are not a great option as they drive around town, making several stops, when you would only need to go a short drive away from where you are staying.

Public transportation:

Colectivos: Unless you are coming from out of Playa del Carmen, a colectivo is not the best choice; we would recommend a cab or walking. However, if you are coming in from Cancun or Tulum, you can grab a colectivo on the highway heading towards Playa del Carmen, which drops you off eight blocks away from Constituyentes Avenue. You then have the option to take a cab, walk, or take a bus.

Buses: Public buses are available throughout Playa del Carmen, so depending where you are coming from within Playa, you would need to check which bus number drops you off a block away from the beach. There are many options.

Constituyentes Beach: Things to Do

As mentioned above, this beach is right in the heart of Playa del Carmen, offering many things to do:

  • You can enjoy one of the nearby beach clubs, order food and drinks and relax all day.
  • Water activities are popular on the beach; you will be able to rent out kayaks, or rent tours for snorkeling and diving.
  • Walk two blocks to reach 5th Avenue and enjoy everything it has to offer – from coffee shops, to restaurants, to bars and shops and gallerias, everything is within reach.

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Constituyentes Beach: Recommendations

  • While the Riviera Maya is popular for its reef and snorkeling spots, be reminded that the beaches within Playa del Carmen offer little to no marine life. You can take boat tours to nearby spots from these beaches, but you will not be able to see anything on your own just swimming around.
  • If you are not looking to pay for a beach club, make sure you bring your umbrellas to create shade from the sun; there is little to no shadows on this beach.
  • Do not forget to bring money, as you are in downtown and two blocks from 5th Avenue; you are sure to spend some money either eating, or shopping.

Learn about the different beaches in the Riviera Maya, and count down with us to the Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya every Friday. If you are looking for the perfect beach, follow our blog and learn about other popular, local hot spots. We aim to provide you with the best information about living in the Riviera Maya!

Top Mexico Real Estate specializes in helping foreigners become homeowners in the Riviera Maya! If you plan on vacationing often or retiring in the Riviera Maya, contact one of our Top Mexico Buyers’ Representatives. We will be happy to walk with you through the process of becoming a homeowner in Mexico.

And remember, here at Top Mexico Real Estate…

We Make It Happen!

Riviera Maya Film Festival Comes to Playa del Carmen

Since 2012, the Riviera Maya has had the pleasure to host the internationally acclaimed Riviera Maya Film Festival. This year, in its 4th Edition, they will not disappoint, just like every year, bringing some of the biggest stars and names in the movie industry from around the world, but specifically, from Mexico.

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Previous editions have seen Ethan Hawk, Patricia Arquette, Stephen Dorff, Maggie Gyllenhall, amongst others, walking down the red carpet. This year the festival will take place from the 23rd to the 29th of April throughout the Riviera Maya. Amongst the different venues are Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Cancun and Puerto Morelos.

The Riviera Maya Film Festival isn’t only popular because of the great variety of movies they show, but because it has free access for everyone – even the opening and closing ceremonies! It is also a highly popular event due to its open venues and beach screenings. Who doesn’t love spending a weekday evening out on the beach watching a movie, eating popcorn and enjoying the atmosphere?

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The festival is born as a means to broadcast quality film amongst the locals and visitors of the Riviera Maya. As a highly touristy destination, and lacking on the cultural aspect, the population of Quintana Roo welcomes the film festival with open arms.

As they state in their website, the festival is becoming a trending parameter thanks to its vast selection of international film, and the boost it is giving Mexican cinematography with great prices; amongst the awards, is the $300,000 mxn Kukulkan Award (approximately 20,000 USD) which is intended to be used for distribution expenses, allowing independent films to reach the audiences they want.

Other awards include the Youth Jury Kukulkan Award, which grants $100,000 mxn (over 6,000 USD); the Rivieralab/Work in Progress Award that grants $200,000 mxn (13,000 USD) which is intended to help producers and directors complete their films; and the Rivieralab/Coproduction Forum Award, granting also $200,000 mxn to support projects through pre-production.

The team behind the Riviera Maya Film Festival is a dedicated, film buff team directed by Paula Chaurand and a team of hundreds of volunteers working day and night in order to pull off the great event that locals and tourists love so much!

The Riviera Maya Film Festival gives people the opportunity to watch films that they would be unable to find in movie theaters or any other commercial film venue. The festival opens up a space for entertainment, culture and experiences that would otherwise go unnoticed.

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Every year, in Cancun, they host a drive-in movie theater providing a unique experience, as well as the opening and closing gala ceremonies in the Cancun Theater. Make sure you stay tuned for further information as they release the official program and which international celebrities will be joining us in the beautiful paradise we call home.

Should you require specific information about the festival – or are interested in participating as a volunteer or you want to try your luck auditioning as a host or insider, you can contact them directly:

+52 984 803 00 10

info@rmff.mx

www.rmff.mx

Check back for further information – watching a film on the beach, with comfy seats, and joyful company is one of the best experiences you can have living in the Riviera Maya!

Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya: A Day at Caleta Yal-Ku

Beach #19 on the Countdown to the Best Beach in the Riviera Maya: Caleta Yal-Ku
The coast of the Riviera Maya is full of amazing landscapes like the Caleta Yal-Ku Cove, a Cenote that pumps fresh water in to the cove and pushes it towards the sea. There is fresh and saltwater in this cove, forming a unique and delicate ecosystem that needs to be preserved.

This eco-system can be also found in the popular park of Xel-Ha, but at Xel-Ha you have to spend much more money and you will be surrounded by thousands of visitors. On the other hand Caleta Yal-Ku, has preserved the rustic beauty of the Caribbean, with fewer visitors and at a much lower cost.

Caleta Yal-ku is a beautiful place to spend the day, amongst the many attractions that Akumal offers to its visitors this is one of the highlights.

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Caleta Yal-Ku: Getting there

If you are interested in visiting Caleta Yal-Ku in Akumal, it is important to plan ahead. If you want to take advantage of everything in the area, it is best to arrive early and take time to visit different areas.

Once you get to the entrance of Akumal, the distance to get to the Yal-Ku cove is about 3 km or a little bit less than 2 miles.

Driving: If you are coming from Cancun or Playa del Carmen you need to get on the federal highway 307 southbound towards Tulum (drive 65 miles from Cancun or 22 miles from Playa del Carmen). There are plenty of signs and once you get into Akumal, go through the arches and follow the road until it ends, there will be a few signs marking the way. The Cove has a parking lot, if it is crowded you can also look for a parking spot on the road.

Taking a Van/Taxi: This might be convenient if you are not planning to do any other activities or just want to spend the day at Akumal. Once in Akumal, you can walk, rent a bike for the day or stop a taxi. Distances are short!

Public Transportation:

COLECTIVOS: If you are on a budget, Colectivos are a good way to get to Akumal. Colectivos are white mini vans that drive between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum, all along the 307 federal highway. To stop them wave your hand. Tell the driver where you want to go and ask for the price to your destination. The fare from Playa to Akumal costs approximately $2 US.

BUSES: ADO offer direct buses between different destinations in the Riviera Maya. Bus stations are located in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. They also offer an airport shuttle service from the Cancun International Airport to Playa del Carmen or Tulum. If you choose to use the ADO, you can take a cab or collectivo to get to Akumal from Playa del Carmen or Tulum.

Caleta Yal-Ku: Things to do

  • The favorite thing to do in the area is snorkeling, feel free to bring your own gear or rent it once you get there!
  • Observe the limestone formations under water and the many different kinds of fish and turtles swimming in the area. The water is incredible clear!
  • Enjoy a nice meal or a cold beverage at the on-site restaurant!
  • Challenge yourself and swim all the way to the sea!
  • Observe the mangrove and the many species that live in the area.
  • Experience the halocline, a cloud like effect that can be observed when the fresh and salt water mix.

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Caleta Yal-Ku: Recommendations

  • Yal-ku cove is open daily from 8am to 5:30pm and the admission fee is 150 pesos around 10 USD, there is also a local residents discount if you show your identification. The cove has showers, lockers and bathrooms, you can also rent snorkel equipment or a palapas.
  • The Yal-Ku cove has rocky areas and some roots, it is a good idea to bring your water shoes to keep your feet safe from cuts and scrapes!
  • Parking areas is limited, if you cannot find a parking space it is possible to park in the parking lot at the entrance of the town and take a cab or rent a bike to get to Caleta Yal-Ku.
  • Do not forget to bring your biodegradable suntan lotion and insect repellent, there are restrictions on the use of chemicals in the cove.

Learn about the different beaches throughout the Riviera Maya, and count down with us to the Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya every Friday. If you are looking for the perfect beach, follow our blog and learn about other popular, local hot spots. We aim to provide you with the best information about living in the Riviera Maya!

Top Mexico Real Estate is a local American-Owned company that specializes in helping foreigners become homeowners in Mexico. If you are looking for a vacation home, investment property or to retire in paradise, please feel free to contact one of the Top Mexico Buyers’ Representatives. We will be glad to guide you through the purchasing process and help you find your dream home in Mexico.

And remember, here at Top Mexico Real Estate…

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Top 5 Places to Get Your “Pizza On” in Playa Del Carmen

When you think of Mexico the first thing that come to mind is beautiful tropical beaches, taco and beer. But there is a lot more to this exotic place then just tacos and beer. Playa del Carmen is a very cosmopolitan city, attracting people from all over the world, bringing their traditional cuisines with them. Playa del Carmen is a foodie’s paradise, a mecca of local and international restaurants. When you are sick of tacos… if that could ever happen, or you just want something different Playa del Carmen has something to suit everybody’s mood. And sometimes your mood just wants a good slice of pizza. Here are the top 5 places to get your pizza on in Playa del Carmen.

La Piola

La Piola is a franchise restaurant with locations worldwide. La Piola is located at the end of Calle 38 in Shangri-La, one of the prettiest areas in Playa del Carmen. This is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. This upscale restaurant has a beautiful terrace beside a natural cenote, creating an unforgettable ambiance. La Piola is the perfect restaurant to spend a nice, relaxing afternoon with friends and family! At La Piola you can expect gourmet Italian pizza cooked in a stone oven and a good wine list to match their delicious food. The prices at La Piola are a bit high, but the delicious food and ambiance is well worth it.

More Information:

La Piola

On the corner of Calle 38 and Avenida 1 Norte

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

(984) 803 4229

www.piola.it

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Nino’s Pizza

Nino’s is a favorite spot among the locals in Playa. Nino’s has delicious, thin crust pizza at a cheap price. There are four locations throughout Playa del Carmen but Nino’s is mainly a delivery place. They have a few plastic tables and chairs for dine in guests but the restaurant offer no real ambiance, just good pizza. Their menu items range between 50 pesos for a small cheese pizza to 120 pesos for a large 4 topping pizza. Nino’s is great for parties or to take to the beach for a picnic.

More Information:

Nino’s Pizzeria

Av. 30 between 20 and 22

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

(984) 803-0646

www.ninospizza.mx

Don Chendo   

There are plenty of pizza joints in Playa del Carmen, but there’s only one Don Chendo! Don Chendo is the only place in Playa del Carmen to get Chicago style deep dish pizza. This Italian eatery offers a traditional Italian atmosphere with red and white checked table cloths, candles and twinkle lights. Don Chendo is all about home cooking, they use only quality fresh ingredients. The prices at Don Chendo’s are reasonable, the staff is so nice and the deep dish pizza is amazing.

More Information:

Don Chendos

Avenida 30 between Calle 24 and 26

Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico

(984) 803-5950

www.don-chendo.com

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Pizzeria 34

Pizzeria 34 has a great combination of quality ingredients at affordable prices. At Pizzeria 34 there is a nice mix of locals and visitors enjoying their hearth baked thin crust pizzas that were cooked in a wood fire oven. Pizzeria 34 has a few tables with a cute atmosphere, but they also offer to go and delivered. They have great reviews on trip adviser and the owner is really friendly. I invite you to discover this little gem and enjoy the unfogetable pizza.

More Information:

Pizzeria 34

Calle 34 between avenida 25 and 30th

Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico

(984) 109-1850

Pizzeria Mama Mia

Pizzeria Mama Mia is a little store front with a couple of red and white checked tables out front, the atmosphere is nothing to write home about, but they sell delicious pizza by the slice for only around 15 pesos. This Italian pizza joint offers large, 24 sliced square pizzas starting at 165 pesos. Mama Mia offers so many different topping and flavors, there are 35 different combinations, offering something for everyone’s taste.

More Information:

Pizzeria Mama Mia

Calle 2 Norte Between Avenida 10 and 15

Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico

(984) 803-2316

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So next time you think of Mexico think of pizza. There are plenty of delicious pizza joints to get your pizza on in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy paradise and enjoy a slice of pizza heaven!

Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya: A Day at Halfmoon Bay

Beach #20 on the Countdown to the Best Beach in the Riviera Maya: Halfmoon Bay

If you are in the Riviera Maya, you cannot miss a day at the Halfmoon Bay, in Akumal. Experience this small town, walk around and enjoy the beauty of the beach, the Yal Ku lagoon and the cenotes in the area.

Akumal is located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, south of Cancun. An ideal destination for a relaxing day trip, partaking in water sports such as snorkeling, sport fishing or just sunbathing and enjoying a cold beverage.

Akumal in the Mayan language means “Land of turtles” and it is still one of the favorite places for these marine animals to lay their eggs. Three species can be found around Akumal regularly: the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). Year-round you can find juvenile green turtles feeding in the bays and nesting along the reef.

Akumal with its protected shallow bay, secluded beaches and a nearby reefs it is one of the most peaceful places in the Riviera Maya. Everything to enjoy a wonderful day in paradise!

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Halfmoon Bay: Getting there

If you are interested in visiting Akumal and everything it has to offer, there is several ways to get there:

Driving a Rental Car: If you are coming from Cancun or Playa del Carmen you need to get on the federal highway 307 southbound towards Tulum (65 miles from Cancun/ 22 from Playa del Carmen). There are plenty of signs and once you get into Akumal, try to park your car at the entrance parking lot, as parking spaces are limited inside of the community.

Taking a Van/Taxi: This might be convenient if you are not planning to do other activities and just want to spend the day at Akumal. Ask around at the airport or taxi station, shop around on the internet and try to find the best fare.

Public Transportation:

Colectivos: If you are on a budget, Colectivos are a good way to get to Akumal. They are white mini vans (10-14 passengers) that drive between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum, all along the 307 federal highway. To stop them wave your hand. Once the van stops get in and tell the driver where you want to go and ask for the price to your destination. The fare from Playa to Akumal costs approximately $2 US.

Buses: ADO is an excellent option and they offer direct buses between different destinations in the Riviera Maya. Bus stations are located in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum and they also offer an airport shuttle service from Cancun International Airport to Playa del Carmen or Tulum. If you choose to use the ADO, you can take a cab or collectivo to get to Akumal from Playa or Tulum.

HalfMoon Bay: Things to do

There is so many things to do around Akumal! Here is some of our favorites:

  • Have a delicious scone and fresh coffee at the Turtle Bay Bakery, they have delicious breakfasts, coffees and pastries.
  • Walk on the bay or rent a bike and explore the town.
  • Go snorkeling and look around for turtles!
  • Visit the Yalku Lagoon: Laguna Yal-ku is surrounded amongst trees and has a nice restaurant, and perfect views. It is a perfect spot for snorkeling, as there is no waves and there is plenty of fish to see. Admission was $10 for adults and $6 for kids and equipment rentals is additional, there are lockers, an outdoor shower and changing rooms.
  • Snorkel or kayak around the bay, enjoy the white sandy beaches or just sun bathe and relax.
  • Stop at La Buena Vida for a nice lunch or dinner and enjoy the views! Lay around in their hammocks and lounge chairs, or take a dip at their pool, or if you are feeling daring you can climb the tree house where you can have drinks!

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Halfmoon Bay: Recommendations

  • The beach at Half Moon Bay is mainly sandy, but there are rocky areas both inside and outside the water. Bring your water shoes to keep your feet safe!
  • Snorkeling is a great activity at Halfmoon Bay, make sure to buy or rent your equipment so that you are ready for the adventure.
  • Parking areas are limited, if possible park in the parking lot at the entrance of the town
  • Do not forget to bring your biodegradable suntan lotion and insect repellent, the turtles and fish might be affected by harsh toxics.

Learn about the different beaches throughout the Riviera Maya, and count down with us to the Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya every Friday.

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Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya: A Day at Mamitas Beach

Beach #21 on the Countdown to the Best Beach in the Riviera Maya: Mamitas Beach

Mamitas Beach is the most famous beach in all of Playa del Carmen, it is a place where you go to see and be seen. Mamitas Beach has a modern vibrant atmosphere, and there are lots of beautiful people sunbathing, relaxing and enjoying the music.

Mamitas Beach has the best the Caribbean has to offer, the white fine sand and turquoise blue water, with amazing views of Cozumel located across the sea and the hottest people in Playa walking by.

This is an excellent beach to spend a relaxing day, there is several beach clubs where you can lay on a beach chair and enjoy a tropical drink while catching some sun. Because Mamitas Beach is so popular it can be somewhat crowded, especially on weekends. This is not a peaceful, tranquil beach, this is a happen place to go and have fun.

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Mamitas Beach: Getting there

Getting to Mamitas beach is quite easy once you are in Playa del Carmen, it is located on street 28th and the beach.

If you are coming from the Cancun International Airport, take the Federal 307 Highway towards Playa del Carmen. Once in Playa, take the Calle 34 exit and turn right towards the beach.

Getting a parking space near Mamitas can be tricky, if you are arriving early you might be lucky and find a parking spot near the beach; otherwise try parking a few blocks from the beach.

Mamitas Beach: Things to do

Mamitas might sound like a party place, and indeed it is a really cool place to spend time surrounded by young, attractive people and enjoy the excellent service provided by the local beach clubs.

But there is more to do than party at Mamitas, while the guest are sleeping in and recovering from the previous day of parting; Mamitas it is an ideal spot for a morning walk, swimming, meditation or even some yoga. After that, stop by Kool, one of the beach clubs on Mamitas and enjoy their all you can eat breakfast buffet for only 130 pesos (about 9 USD).

The beach clubs in the area have a wide array of entertainment and the prices are quite reasonable, about 2 USD for a beer. If you open a tab for food and drinks, you might get to use one of their lounge chairs and enjoy the views, live music and entertainment.

Mamitas Beach: Things to do on a budget

If you are on a budget, there are plenty of small restaurants on 28th street, our staffs favorites are:

La Tavola dello Squalo

This is a local place, specializing in burgers. It is a good cheap option to have a filling meal for a lower price, the flavor and quality of their ingredients is quite good and you can also get the burgers to go and enjoy them on the beach!

Calle 28 between 1st Ave. & Cozumel Ave.

Mamitas Beach, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

(984) 803-1111

El Burro Playero

This is a very popular local chain, offerings Burritos stuffed with meat, chicken and seafood. There is also vegetarian options and soft drinks, it is a good option to buy and take for a picnic at the beach!

Mamitas Beach

Calle 28 & Mar Caribe (Mamitas Beach)

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

BRO Chetas

This is a small restaurant specialized in Kebabs, the prices are quite reasonable and the kebabs are quite good. Another fast and cheap option to recharge your tank before going back to the beach for the day!

Calle 28 between 1st Ave and Mamitas Beach

ALDEA THAI hotel

(984) 803-2566

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Mamitas Beach: Recommendations

  • If you would like to spend the day at a beach club, remember that everything is more crowded and expensive during high season. Make sure to be there early to get a good lounge chair!
  • If you visit Kool Beach Club and enjoy their delicious breakfast, you can stay and enjoy the premises free of charge.
  • If you are on a budget, all beaches are public so bring a blanket, food and drinks and enjoy.
  • If you live in the area, ask if they have special prices for locals. Most places will offer a local discount on drinks, food and services, especially during the low season.

Learn about the different beaches throughout the Riviera Maya, and count down with us to the Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya every Friday.

If you are looking for the perfect beach, you can follow our blog and learn about other local popular spots. We aim to provide you with the best information about living in the Riviera Maya!

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The Best Budget Friendly Seafood Tacos in the Riviera Maya!

The Riviera Maya is a foodie’s paradise, with people from all over the world setting down roots in this beautiful country, and bringing their traditional, cultural recipes with them. Causing a fusion of culture and flavors with so many restaurants that you are sure to find one that suit your mood.

Set right on the Caribbean Sea, the Riviera Maya is known for its fresh seafood caught daily by the local fisherman.  There are so many options, you could have fish, shrimp, octopus, calamari, the list goes on and on, and you can’t visit the Riviera Maya without trying the seafood tacos. Trust me, you will not be disappointed and they will probably go down in the books as the best seafood tacos you have ever eaten. Here are the top budget friend, delicious spots to enjoy the best seafood tacos around.

La Floresta

La Floresta is a no frills, large outdoor restaurant with delicious food. The food is so good that the restaurant is always full. This is a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike.

Immediately upon arriving you are served a bowl of homemade chips and Pico de Gallo, which is to die for. I suggest ordering the fresh fish tacos which are fried, light and crispy, cooked to perfection and the shrimp tacos which are delicious, they are both served in a homemade tortilla.  The tacos at La Floresta are only 20 pesos each. They also have a variety of ceviches and ice cold beer.

La Floresta is a cash only restaurant and they close early, so make sure to get there before 6:00pm.

La Floresta: Playa del Carmen

14 Norte and the Carretera federal highway

Playa del Carmen, Q. Roo

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Chiltepin

Chiltepin has really good food, ice cold beers and a small pool that you can take a dip in. What’s not to love!

This is one of my favorite place, it has reasonable prices good food with a mix of tourist and local alike. They offer a variety of tacos ranging from 22 – 40 pesos, so mix and match and try different flavors. They also have fresh ceviche and if you are not a fan of seafood they have arrachera tacos, hamburgers and beer bucket specials.

Chiltepin: Playa del Carmen

Calle 34 and 15th Avenue

Playa del Carmen, Q. Roo

(984) 147-2487

www.chiltepinmarisquillos.com

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Los Aguachiles

Los Aguachiles is a popular restaurant in the Riviera Maya, so expect to see a crowd outside and to have to wait for a table. Los Aguachiles has many delicious menu items and a wide variety of seafood platters including aguachiles, tostadas, tacos and several others!

I have tried all the tacos on the menu and I can’t pick a favorite, they are all so delicious. We often bring our friends or family who are in town to Los Aguachiles and it is always a huge hit. Feel free to experiment at this restaurant because you will not be disappointed!

Los Aguachilies: Constituyentes                                                   Los Aguachilies: Playa 34                                                            

Ave. Constituyentes Mz. 63 Lt. 3                                                   Calle 34 and 25th Ave.

Playa del Carmen, Q. Roo                                                               Playa del Carmen, Q. Roo

Los Aguachilies: Tulum                                                                   Los Aguachiles: Cancun

Ave. Tulum MZA. 40 LTE. 1 Centro                                                Ave. Nichupte MZA. 4 LTE. 1 Super MZA. 17

Tulum, Q. Roo                                                                                   Cancun, Q. Roo

www.losaguachiles.mx

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Mateo’s

Mateo’s is a beautiful place with a jungle setting to have a nice dinner. The price at Mateo’s ranges from 70 – 280 pesos, which is reasonable for Tulum.

The restaurant features a coffee shop, a bar and the restaurant, so there is something to suit everyone’s mood! Their classic margaritas is one of the best I have ever had. Mateo’s offers grilled fish, battered fish or shrimp tacos served on a flour or corn tortilla. The platter comes with four tacos, a side order of rice and beans for 120 – 170 pesos and you can also add a salad for 40 pesos. If you do not like seafood there are plenty of other options such as burgers, fajitas, and burritos.

Mateo’s: Tulum

Tulum Beach Road-Boca Paila KM 5.2

Zona hotelera Tulum, Q. Roo

(984) 179-4160

www.mateosmexicangrill.us

We hope you enjoy the gorgeous beaches, the beautiful sunsets, and the delicious restaurants in the Riviera Maya. Keep posted for more popular places to eat at around town!

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