The underground river at Xcaret, pronounced eshcar-et. It's an amazing 30 minute snorkel trip that runs throughout the entire park and it's a blast!
#Mexico #Cancun #xcaret #Vacation #Paradise #Beach #ecopark
😍😍: Xcaret, pride of Mexico!
I am a natural sanctuary where the history of Mexico combines with fun traditions and the splendor of the Mayan culture. I open my doors along the Caribbean Sea and invite you to discover magical experiences where underground rivers await you, along with the fauna of the Mayan jungle and unforgettable shows. Fall in love with my culture and my people... Xcaret Eco Archaeological Park. www.xcaret.com This Aviary has many different tropical birds. Ahhh, my beloved Playa del Carmen. When I finally decided to get serious with photography and purchased a decent camera, this was the 1st photo I ever took. Beautiful sunrise on Coco Beach. Recommend visiting this park when in the Riviera Maya area. Lots to see and do for the whole family. Was told it was like a Mexican Disney but was relieved it was not. Much more cultural and natural. Loved it! Float down the lazy river at Xcaret. Fishing boats resting beachside. Love the colours. Cenote azul Xcaret extreme😍👌 Sea turtle at Xcaret. Worth getting up early to see these stunning sunrises Located steps away from the laidback charms of Playa del Carmen, Playacar Palace indulge a range of desires for you who wants it all. It is in this exceptional environment where you will be able to discover the true heart of the Riviera Maya, populated thousands of years ago by civilizations whose remains still remind us of its uniqueness. Rejoice at this modern retreat! Exchange privileges at select Palace Resorts. This intimate and luxurious resort, located in the Riviera Maya, is set in the exclusive Playacar Hotel Zone in the heart of Playa del Carmen. It features 208 beautifully appointed rooms, all with double Jacuzzi, 24 hour room service, excellent dining services, a beautiful pool with a swim up bar, and exquisite bars and lounges with views to the stunning Caribbean Sea and Cozumel Island. Take the opportunity to experience a soothing escape at our state-of-the-art Spa facility, or a round of golf on the 18-hole golf course at the Playacar Spa & Golf Club located just a stroll away.
#Mexico #Cancun #PlayacarPalace #Vacation #Paradise #Spa #Resort #Hotel #Beach This is a cool open chamber of some sort in an underground temple in xcaret. Each little cubbyhole has a candle which is lit at night. There is also a little trough of running water which runs through the temple and ends here encircling the cross in a shallow pool. Very cool.
XCaret Park is a privately owned and operated eco-theme park, resort anself-described ecotourism development located in the Riviera Maya, a portion of the Caribbean coastline of Mexico's state of Quintana Roo that has been designated as a zone for tourism development. It is situated approximately 75 kilometres (47 mi) south of Cancún, and 6.5 kilometres (4 mi) south of the nearest large settlement Playa del Carmen along Highway 307. It is named after the nearby archaeological site Xcaret, a settlement constructed by the pre-Columbian Maya some of whose structures lie within the boundaries of the park's 81 hectares (200 acres) of land holdings.
The nature-based attractions of the park include a river that goes through the Mayan village, a subterranean concrete sluice in which people can swim and snorkel with a life vest. Near the inlet there are recreational activities at the beach, snorkeling, Sea Trek and Snuba in the nearby reefs, or swimming with dolphins. The park also has a coral reef aquarium turtle nesting site. Next to the inlet there’s an area for manatees. The park also has a bird pavilion, butterfly pavilion, bat cave, orchids and bromeliad greenhouse, an island of jaguars, and a deer shelter, among others. The cultural attractions are include an open church, replica of a Mayan village with real artisans at work, a Mexican cemetery, a museum, an equestrian show, Mesoamerican ball game, an open theater with performances of pre-Hispanic dances, Papantla flying men and the Gran Tlachco (theater with a six thousand people capacity) where the Mesoamerican ball game is represented, as well as the meeting of two worlds, the Mayan and the Spanish, and the presentation of several Mexican folklore dances. Other demonstrations of Mexican traditions include Day of the Dead celebration and the Clear blue water at Xcaret park. #waterlust Beautiful area in the Alux. You can walk all around in the different rooms in the cave. Gorgeous Caribbean Sea, X-Caret, Mexico. The snorkelling lagoon at @xcaretpark is one of the most popular places to spend the afternoon! Definitely recommend getting there early to beat the crowds and swim with the turtles, rays and hundreds of fish! ☀️🌴🐠🐟🐢😀
#xcaret #mexico White sand beach at Playa del Carmen.
#blue The colorful fabrics of Mexico. I am in love! Fishing Place Wet fun Water sounds Flamingos at X-Caret, Mexico. This is a cool multipurpose building at Xcaret with an interesting spiral architecture. It's the restrooms, the lockers, and where you pick up your snorkel gear for the underground river. We didn't take the time to walk to the top because we were trying to make sure we had time to fit everything in, which we did not... Next trip well finish it and climb the spiral.
#Mexico #Cancun #PalaceResorts #Xcaret #Vacation #Paradise #Spa #Resort #Hotel #Beach #RivierMaya #EcoPark
Playa del Carmen used to be a sleepy fishing village but now it is lively, active, and fun...with so much to see and do, both in the town and nearby. The beaches are lovely, the water warm, and after a relaxing day at the beach, we like to stroll through 5th Avenue (also known as Quinta Avenida), shopping, people-watching, and sampling different restaurants, coffees, and desserts.
Be careful, though...because this is a more touristy section of Playa, and you may find yourself spending more than you should. Be adventurous, as well...and go beyond this pedestrian-only 40 block area, to explore more local treasures.
This photo was taken in one of the small shops right on 5th Avenue. For more photos from Mexico, see: http://myglobalgetaways.com/mexico/. Happy #TurtleTuesday from @xcaretpark! 🐢 Such a great experience doing the Sea Trek with these guys swimming all around us! ☀️🐢🐠🐟😀
#GoPro #GoProAU #HERO4Session #xcaret 🏊🏽 Swimming in a #cenote in 🇮🇹Mexico ✔️ the freshwater is cool and cleansing 🙏🏼 while the clarity makes the views out of this world 💙 Baby sea turtle, X-Caret, Mexico. One of many waterfalls found in Xcaret park. #waterlust Jellyfishes at the aquarium of X-Caret, Mexico. Lifeguard Center Lounging on the beach enjoying the warm breeze. Taken while #parasailing over the beautiful #blue waters of the Riviera Maya Explor Park Cancun😍👍 riviera maya The grounds at the Riu Palace in Playacar, Mexico Direction to everywhere Little boats, Playa del Carmen Mexico Beach side in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. While most of these chairs are On a walk to see what Playa del Carmen had to offer, we met this big guy. The first time we've ever seen a wild iguana! #iguana #wildanimal #mexico #playadelcarmen #twohobos #travel #welovemexico #adventure #animal #explore #wanderlust One of dozens of parrots in Xcaret park. Day of the dead celebrations.
#Patterns Xcaret Park is a privately owned and operated theme park, resort and self-described ecotourism development located in the Riviera Maya, a portion of the Caribbean coastline of Mexico's state of Quintana Roo. It is part of Xcaret Experiencias Group which also owns the Xplor Park, Xel-Ha Park, and Xenses Park; as well as the Xichen, Xenotes, and Xoximilco tours and activities. It is situated approximately 75 kilometres (47 mi) south of Cancún, and 6.5 kilometres (4 mi) south of the nearest large settlement Playa del Carmen along Highway 307. It is named after the nearby archaeological site Xcaret, a settlement constructed by the pre-Columbian Maya some of whose structures lie within the boundaries of the park's 81 hectares (200 acres) of land holdings. Tourist People #cancun #WaterLust Mayan Riviera
As much as I usually prefer a backpack and a tent, sometimes a good deal comes along that you can't pass up. This was one of those times. Just outside of downtown Playa del Carmen is a restaurant in a cave. The food was just okay, but the atmosphere was unbeatable. Which way you headed? #xcaret #playadelcarmen #mexico Playa Del Carmen ferry terminal to get to Cozumel is a marvelous site with a nice beach and even senor frogs to have some sips and snacks. #BeachBound #playadelcarmen I love this place 🙌🏻❤️ Interesting tree. Vibrant, yet barren. Next to the restaurant Boat Display La Choza del Winik is a great, inexpensive place to pick up food on the corner of Av 10 and 46 (CTM). This carne asada chimichanga was excellent, and I can highly recommend the fish tacos too. The owners speak English, but they're happy to help if you want to practice your Spanish. We normally don't post photos of food. But jesus these tacos are THE BEST. You can find them in Taqueira Billy the Kid in Playa del Carmen. And oh, they are ridiculously cheap! Yummy. #playadelcarmen #mexico #PDC #Tacos #taqueria #travel #food #foodporn #traveltheworld #yummy #igtravel #explore #trysomethingnew #loveit #delicious If you happen to stop at La Vagabunda on Quinta, try the creamy tortilla soup! It comes with avocado, colourfully dyed taco strips and dried poblano chilli - cheap and delicious! Vacation last spring. Amateur photography. Waterfall inside the aviary at Xcaret #waterlust The Manatees Several peacocks at the resort. Beautiful room in the Alux Restaurant. beautiful grounds, so much to see and do. This is adorable... but what does it mean?? hehe I'm sure they don't think I'm a piggy. I mean yes, some days I eat both lunch and dinner there but that's not weird, right? Chou Chou is one of my favorite cafes in Playa del Carmen. Definitely check it out while you're here- great vibe and yummy beverages (the non-alcoholic kind) and food. #whalesharks #WaterLust Plaza Sidewalk Hotel & Suites Just as peaceful it can be, just as powerful can it be! The ocean is beautiful! #ocean #travel #playadelcarmen #playa #mexico #nature #igtravel #twohobos #adventure #explore Amazing sunset from my balcony. Playa del Carmen, Mexico Sunset.. Cute little budget hotel in Playa del Carmen that still looks Mexican.. In the midst of a town that gets more modern and American looking every day. A stroll on the beach in Riviera Maya, in a more remote place where there were no other people. Peaceful moment. The beautiful colors on the street in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico 3rd floor of the Los Rancheros restaurant. Waterfall, and photo op, in the butterfly conservatory at xcaret (pronounced eshcar-et).
#Mexico #Cancun #xcaret #Vacation #Paradise #Beach #ecopark I don't know the name of this plant, but it was all over the grounds of our resort, Xcaret, and Playa Del Carmen in various colors. This particular color was my wife's favorite.
#Mexico #Cancun #PalaceResorts #Xcaret #Vacation #Paradise #Spa #Resort #Hotel #Beach #RivierMaya #EcoPark #PlayaDelCarmen Sunrise... This little shop on calle 14 between 5th and 10th Ave's is owned by Ali, a local Mexican lady who fills her shop with handicrafts made primarily by members of her family. She says her father likes hearts, so most things heart-shaped are made by him. Ali also purchases items handcrafted my the Mayan community to re-sell in her store... it's how she supports the Mayan community. If you happen upon her shop Ali will cheerfully show you around her store and if you're lucky, may even offer you a shot of tequila! Beautiful and colorful Playa del Carmen! We like it a lot! #mexico #playadelcarmen #travel #colorful #PDC #travel #Mexico #welovemexico #traveltheworld #adventure #explore #igtravel #twohobos Beef taco minus the salsa served with an ice cold beer
#localgem Sunrise on the beach. look at that water #EndlessSummer #playacar great party, great sunset, amazing beaches! #BeachBound A fun little monkey was hanging from the trees reaching for a banana, at Sandos Playacar Beach Resort in the Riviera Maya area. What a beautiful setting for a wedding! Beachfront cocktail hour. El diseño del Hotel Xcaret Mexico es increíble sus riscos y los canales de agua , que conectan todo el hotel con el mar es increíble , no debes perderte esta experiencia Church built around underground cenote which is used as a baptismal font. Located inside Xcaret park. With a view like this from the bar and the warm salty breeze at your back, there's no need to go anywhere else!
If you ever find yourself sitting at the pool bar at the Playacar Palace in Playa Del Carmen, do yourself a favor and order a Banana Monkey. You won't drink anything else the entire time you are there, amazing!
The Playacar Palace is an amazing all-inclusive resort. As always, when you stay at any Palace Resorts location you have full all-inclusive access to all Palace Resort Properties, which means you have three other resorts to go play at when in the Cancun/Riviera Maya area! If you are planning a trip to the area it's worth checking out.
#Mexico #Cancun #PalaceResorts #PlayacarPalace #Vacation #Paradise #Spa #Resort #Hotel #Beach #RivierMaya Colorful Pillows for sale.... We were introduced to El Fogon by our very first taxi driver when we arrived into Playa. We asked for an inexpensive but excellent place to eat and he right away suggested El Fogon, located just across the street from La Mega. We're indebted to him! The food was delicious.
A few weeks later, we were exploring other areas of Playa, less touristy, and we stumbled upon our second El Fogon. It was a less crowded, the service was even friendlier, and the food just as excellent. A major advantage? The prices were better! You can find this second location on 30th, west of La Mega. Delicious!! For more about this, see: http://wp.me/p4HwkW-7L. The Royal adults only all inclusive resort in Play Del Carmen, Mexico. Delicious breakfast At Elemento !
Healthy, local, great decoration and atmosphere! And pet friendly ! #delicious #beach #cancun #WaterLust Xcaret nature park Playa Del Carmen Mexico Best seafood place in Playa del Carmen! This is where the locals eat! #hogfish #mexico #locals #authentic #fish #delicious #playadelcarmen Bliss #StunningStructures After a long day touring Mayan ruins, it's time to enjoy the rest of my Mexican vacation!!
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Free self parking
Free WiFi
Laundry facilities
Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
24-hour front desk

On the Riviera Maya

Set along a beach on the Riviera Maya, this family-friendly resort includes meals, snacks, and drinks in the room rate.

2 swimming pools

Riu Playacar amenities include two swimming pools, a children's pool and playground, day-long activities, and nightly entertainment.

Balconies or terraces

Air-conditioned guestrooms at Riu Playacar come with a terrace or balcony, satellite TV, and both minibars and liquor dispensers. High-speed Internet access is available.

Languages Spoken

Resort Amenities

All-Inclusive Details

This resort is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Gratuities and taxes

Gratuities and taxes are included.

Food and beverages

  • All meals, snacks, and beverages included
  • In-room minibar (all beverages included)
  • In-room liquor dispensers

Activities and facilities/equipment

Water activities

  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing/boogie boarding
  • Windsurfing

Land activities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Volleyball

Lessons/classes/games

  • Aerobics

Kids' club

  • Supervised activities for children between 4 and 12 years old

Entertainment

  • Access to offsite clubs
  • Onsite live performances

Not included

  • Motorized water sports
  • Scuba-diving certification
  • Scuba-diving excursions
  • Scuba-diving lessons
  • Snorkeling excursions
  • Bottled wine
  • Bottled liquor
  • Airport transfers
  • Childcare
  • Laundry/dry cleaning services
  • Spa/beauty facilities and services
  • Offsite tours
  • Transportation to offsite activities

Resort Amenities

The majority of amenities, activities, and gratuities at this resort are included in the room rate; guests will not be charged extra for the majority of amenities and activities (scroll up to the All-Inclusive Details section for more information).

Just 3 km (2 miles) from the town of Playa del Carmen, this resort offers both beachfront relaxation and a tropical retreat into 1.6 hectares (4 acres) of lush garden. The resort has a Caribbean flavor with buildings painted tropical colors of yellow, pink, and green. Its friendly ambience and slightly smaller scale attracts mostly families.

After enjoying the 3 pools and children's pool, guests can stroll the 100 meters (330 feet) to Mexican Street, in front of sister resort, Riu Yucatan. Mexican Street houses a fitness center for guests of all four Riu resorts in the area, along with massage (reservations required), manicure/pedicures, hair treatments, and spa/beauty services (surcharge). The street also hosts jewelry, photo, handcrafted items, and souvenir shops.

Guests can take advantage of 90 minutes complimentary wireless internet in the lobby. Additional internet access is available throughout the hotel.

  • Free use of nearby fitness center 
  • Number of outdoor pools - 3 
  • Babysitting or childcare 
  • Number of bars/lounges - 4 
  • Children's club 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Swim-up bar 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Free self parking 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Sauna 
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge) 
  • Health club 
  • Children's club (free) 
  • Supervised childcare/activities (free) 
  • Children's pool 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Hair salon 
  • Number of restaurants - 4 
  • Concierge services 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Pool umbrellas 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Total number of rooms - 500 
  • Number of floors - 3 
  • Wedding services 
  • Garden 
  • Multilingual staff 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Outdoor pools  
  • Children's pool  
  • Supervised childcare/activities (free)  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Children's club (free)  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)  
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)  
  • Playground on site  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Parking

Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Balcony 
  • Ceiling fan 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Phone 
  • Minibar 
  • Free bottled water 
  • Turndown service 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Shower only 
  • In-room childcare (surcharge) 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • In-room safe 
  • Television 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Daily housekeeping 

Where to Eat

El Porche - The resort's main restaurant is located at the center of the complex. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets are served, with international and different theme dinners served twice a week.

The majority of meals and beverages, plus all gratuities, at the following restaurants, snack spots, and bars are included in the room rate for this resort (scroll up to the All-Inclusive Details section for more information).

Turquesa - In the beach area, this open-air restaurant opens for lunch and dinner. Dinner selections are from either a Mediterranean or steakhouse menu.

Jade - Buffet-style Asian cuisine. Open daily for dinner.

La Cumbia Bar - A lounge area with comfortable sofas and easy chairs, this bar is located off the lobby and is open from late morning.

Las Olas - This swim-up bar is open from late morning.

Lobby Bar - Located next to the front desk.

Nearby Things to Do

The majority of recreational activities and facilities described below are included in the room rate for this resort (scroll up to the All-Inclusive details section for more information).

Children have their own swimming pool and playground to enjoy at Riu Playacar. Two large pools and gear for various water sports provide plenty of recreational opportunities. For workouts, guests can head to the fitness center on Mexican Street at Riu Yucatan.

Playacar Club de Golf is a par 72, 18-hole course in Playa del Carmen, 1 km (less than a mile) away. The Riviera Maya is famous for water activities, horseback riding, biking, and hiking. All off-site sports incur surcharges.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Snorkeling on site 
  • Water skiing nearby 
  • Golfing nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding on site 
  • Volleyball on site 
  • Kayaking on site 
  • Windsurfing on site 
  • Parasailing on site 
  • Playground on site 
  • Bicycle rentals nearby 
  • Ecotours nearby 
  • Fitness classes on site 
  • Sailing on site 
  • Scuba diving on site 
  • Golf lessons available nearby 

Spa Services

  • Manicures and pedicures 
  • Massages 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • In-room accessibility 

Resort Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
No cribs (infant beds) available
Due to Mexican government regulations, Riu Hotels and Resorts will no longer exchange US dollars for Mexican pesos at their properties located in Mexico.

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Resort fee (October - December): MXN 10.00 per accommodation, per night
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Resort Name

  • Playacar Riu
  • Riu Playacar
  • Riu Playacar All Inclusive
  • Hotel Riu Playacar Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
  • Playacar Hotels
  • Riu Playacar Hotel Playa Del Carmen
  • Riu Playacar Mexico
  • Riu Playacar Playa Del Carmen
  • Riu Playacar Reviews
  • Rui Playacar
  • Riu Playacar All Inclusive Playa del Carmen
  • Riu Playa Del Carmen

We should mention

Reservations are required for massage services. Reservations can be made by contacting the resort prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Travelife, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

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