We recently celebrated our 20th anniversary (woohoo!) with a trip to Playa del Carmen, on the Riviera Maya coast of Mexico where it meets the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. It was an amazing trip on so many levels, and we look forward to returning, both with the kids and without!
This was our first time in this part of Mexico, and we definitely came away with some favorites: five, in fact.
3. All-inclusive resorts. These are very common (perhaps the norm?) in the tourist, coastal areas of Mexico. And, we are sold on the idea. It made our trip so much more enjoyable to not have to worry about paying for anything once we arrived. Everything was prepaid (like a cruise), and we could just enjoy… non-motorized water sports, yoga on the beach, various activities led by sports and entertainment staff, nightly shows on par with what you pay to see in Las Vegas (trust us- we are Las Vegas natives). And, of course, outstanding food available in several high-quality restaurants as well as in-room 24 hours a day. Delicious, fresh food, including sushi, filet mignon, amazing fresh fruits, and did I mention the ice cream?! (Unlimited alcohol is also included, though we don’t drink and hence saved the resort quite a lot of $! I may have partially made it up in the extraordinary amount of bottled water I went through- thank goodness that’s included in Mexico!)
4. Seafood. This is really for Ben, as I, unfortunately, still have not developed a taste for seafood. But in Mexico it’s fresh and delicious and he enjoyed it almost daily (especially the unlimited included sushi). I did try some raw tuna and actually quite enjoyed it- for the first time EVER!
5. The service. I had heard this about Mexico, and found it to be true. The service by everyone at our resort and in the resort area was outstanding. All the staff at every level seemed genuinely happy in their roles and very eager to please. They were courteous, discreet, helpful, gracious. And some of the formality dropped when I started speaking Spanish to them! As we visited, we found that virtually all of the staff come from other parts of Mexico, where good jobs are hard to come by. They are happy to be employed in the stable and lucrative tourism industry and all considered it a blessing to live in Playa del Carmen. (The town definitely has a first-world feel to it.)
We look forward to experiencing our five favorites again on a return trip, and adding to this list when our children share in the adventure. Have you been to this area? What are your favorites? Comment below and feel free to share this post on Facebook.
You make memories. We make them last.
Did you like this article? Sign up for our weekly newsletter and get more great info about making memories with your family and keeping those memories of your family. Click here to sign up.
On dreams. And timing. And faith.
Using holidays as writing prompts for personal and family history: Easter traditions
How Storytelling Creates Stronger Families
Legacy Tale podcast interview for Happy Playces
Why you should hold an intentional family planning retreat (with free downloads!)
Ideas for strengthening families: new inspiration for a new year
Youth for Action. Age for Wisdom. Musings at Age 41.
Documenting everyday family life: a typical summer day at home