Playa Del Carmen- Riviera Maya’s Culinary and Cultural Hot Spot

The Riviera Maya is most known for its white powdery sands, turquoise waters and bustling spring break destination-Cancun. But venture 42 miles south of Cancun, off the beaten path, and you will find one of Riviera Maya’s most charming destinations- Playa Del Carmen.

What was once a small fishing village has turned into an internationally renowned tourist destination where old and new cultures mix. Stone remnants of what was once a great Mayan civilization contrast with the glassy new resorts. Hand crafted Frida portraits, colorful pottery and jewelry vendors line the ancient cobblestone streets. Hole in the wall restaurants where authentic Mexican kitchen is the norm. That’s Playa del Carmen- authentic Mexican life. Follow the recommendations below for an unforgettable Playa Del Carmen Getaway.


Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel 

Relax and rejuvenate in Blue Diamond’s 36 acres of lush tropical jungle, beautiful gardens and palm dotted white sand beaches. Built along peaceful river waterways, a mystical Mayan Cenote and the turquoise Caribbean Sea, this exclusive adults only resort offer a la carte luxury in a perfect mix of limestone, wood, and luxury amenities fused in harmony with this natural sanctuary. With various dining options, and activities, this is a must for a budget friendly stay.

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BlueBay Grand Esmeralda

Experience all-inclusive at its finest in Grand Esmeralda Hotel. Rated the best all-inclusive in the Riviera Maya, this resort has a lot to offer for a budget friendly price. Enjoy various a la carte restaurants with international cousins, golf course, tennis and volleyball courts among other, all while being surrounded by lush jungle, mangrove swamps, and outstanding views of the sea. And yes, they have a private beach.

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Taquerias El Fogon

Located on a corner of Avenida Constituyentes, there’s a restaurant with some of the best authentic Mexican food- Taquerias El Fogon. A place where locals come for lunch or for after party munchies, and where you will have one of the best Tacos Al Pastor.

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Italiano Il Coure DI Rossi

Reserve a table at Blue Bay Grand Esmerada’s classic but contemporary Italian restaurant, Il Coure Di Rossi. In an elegant an elegant and cozy setting, the restaurant mixes classic Italian dishes with a modern twist, always using the freshest local ingredients. Be sure to try the Rissotto Marinero (with large shrimp), meat raviolis, Lassagna Bolognesa and the Pepperoni Pizza. We suggest reserving in advanced with the concierge.


Luxury, class and superb service with an internationally awarded menu for its quality. Blue Bay Blue Diamond’s Ambar offers fusion cuisine of high gastronomic level, special dishes of the day and an exclusive reserved space called “The Chef’s table”.


Zenzi Beach Bar

For a beach front stylish scene, head over to Zenzi Beach Bar. Offering live music every day of the week, and an arrange of different styles, this is a great place to enjoy a tasty dinner overlooking a Carribbean sunset.

Pool Bar

This swim up bar is located in Blue Bay Blue Diamond’s pool deck. It offers some of the most refreshing drinks and amazing views of the Carribbean Ocean. Try a Sol Caribeño- wine with orange juice, passion fruit and vodka.

It’s not easy to fit everything there is to do in Playa Del Carmen in just a few days. But with the tips above, we’re sure you will have an unforgettable time in one of Riviera Maya’s most charming, culture and culinary packed destination- Playa Del Carmen.

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