Riviera Maya Archive

Spreading Out in a Vacation Rental in Playa del Carmen

Many beach spots in Mexico have a good variety of vacation rental properties to choose from for short-term stays. Thanks to its rapid growth in the past decade and a half, Playa del Carmen is one of the top choices, with a terrific selection of condos, townhouses, and large homes to choose from. Since much […]

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Scoping Out the Mayakoba Complex in Caribbean Mexico

At one spot in the Riviera Maya of Mexico, near Playa del Carmen, there’s a luxury hotel and golf complex that has three top resorts, a PGA championship golf course, and a gorgeous beach. This would be Mayakoba, where there is also a common “El Pueblito” area that has a wedding chapel. a cooking school, […]

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Thompson Hotels’ Twofer in Playa del Carmen

We raved before about Thompson Hotels’ first foray into Mexico, the young and stylish The Cape in Los Cabos, but their latest in Playa del Carmen didn’t have a large empty oceanfront lot to work with. Playa del Carmen is now one of the country’s priciest real estate markets and there’s not all that much […]

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Acanto Condo Hotel in Playa del Carmen Central

Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean side of Mexico has changed drastically in the past decade and a half. Although you still sometimes see clueless junior travel editors in New York who have never been there call it “a laid-back village” or “a magnet for Europeans,” it’s really a full-blown tourist city with all that […]

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The Revamped Hotel Esencia in Mexico’s Riviera Maya

The problem with publishing since 2007 like Luxury Latin America has is that hotels don’t stay stuck in time and we need to continually update old reviews. Sometimes the changes are minor, but beautiful Hotel Esencia between Playa del Carmen and Tulum is looking fresh and new after recent changes. Esencia has long been a […]

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Your First Visit to Cancun or the Riviera Maya

Cancun is the most popular destination in Mexico by far, seeing close to 5 million tourists pass through its airport doors last year. This region fights it out with the Dominican Republic—the whole country—as the #1 destination on the Caribbean Sea. For many tourists it’s the gateway to Mexico, where they arrive for the very […]

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