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Playa del Carmen – recommendations including activities, day trips and restaurants

Best Pizza in Playa del Carmen – Don Chendo

When planning a trip to the beach community of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, finding the best pizza probably isn’t on the top of your priority list. But maybe it should be. There are plenty of places to find great tacos, seafood, and margaritas (I’ve included a few of my favorites at the end of the post). …

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Day Trips in Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Xcaret

You can’t visit Mexico’s Riviera Maya without hearing about Xcaret is, frankly, enormous. There’s a huge variety of things to do and see, so it’s best to plan your route through the park so you’ll have time to see everything. Maps are available at the entrance, so start by picking the things you don’t want …

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Playa del Carmen Cooking Class – CO.COs

CoCos Playa del Carmen Cooking Class turned out to be one of the best things to do in Playa del Carmen, particularly for foodies traveling to Mexico’s Riviera Maya! We love to take cooking classes whenever we travel to a new place. It’s a great way to get to know a destination as food, history …

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Playa Del Carmen Seafood – La Bamba Jarocha

We walked by La Bamba Jarocha several times. It’s that restaurant in Playa Del Carmen, always packed, with the 70’s bamboo curtains surrounding the exterior. It’s one of those places that we promised ourselves that we’d try at some point. After getting the best recommendation ever from someone standing behind us in line at an …

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The Best Al Pastor Tacos in Playa Del Carmen – El Fogón

El Fogón is one of those restaurants that looks pretty unassuming. It has simple tables, an open grill area and it advertises itself as a taqueria (taco shop). And to add to the things that could keep you from steering in – this open grill restaurant is located in hot sunny Playa Del Carmen Mexico. …

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A Different View of Playa’s Fifth Ave

Anyone who’s familiar with Playa Del Carmen, Mexico knows about Fifth Ave (or Avenida Quinta). A couple of blocks off the beach, the long pedestrian street is crammed with restaurants, bars, shops selling cheap tourist trinkets, and tour operators trying to get the attention of the throngs of tipsy and sunburned out-of-towners. It’s a fun, …

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Playa Del Carmen Side Trips – Yes You Should!

When we arrived in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, we found plenty of things that we expected, and even more that we didn’t — in the best possible way. What we expected:  White sandy beach, check. Warm blue water, it’s here. Also, cheap tacos, lots of people watching, and a huge array of shops and restaurants …

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Playa Del Carmen’s Gourmet Market DAC

Whether you are a foodie, run on smoothies or find happiness in a well made burrito, you will find a friend in DAC Market.  Playa Del Carmen’s neighborhood market has what you crave. We learned about DAC from our Chef friend, Coty who runs CoCo’s Cooking School.  (The other benefit of taking a cooking class when …

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