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Playa Paraiso Holidays - Mexico

Playa Paraíso means ‘Paradise Beach’ in Spanish, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at this tranquil resort on the beautiful Riviera Maya in Mexico. Breathtaking Caribbean beaches of white sand, azure waters and coral reefs, a huge array of water sports and spectacular Mayan sites within easy reach make this seaside town the perfect destination for an unforgettable holiday. Quiet and laidback, it’s especially popular with families and couples, but you’ll find plenty of shopping and nightlife in Playa del Carmen, just a 20-minute drive away. If you can tear yourself away from the beach, you’ll find some magnificent Mayan ruins to explore, including those of Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza.

Top attractions

Top attractions

The hotels on this quiet stretch of gorgeous coastline are mostly luxurious, all-inclusive options that feature a fabulous array of services and amenities from spas to golf courses. The beaches are the focal point of holidays in Playa Paraíso, the long, golden sands shaded by palm trees and lapped by turquoise waters. You can try a wide range of water sports, but the snorkelling and scuba diving in the Great Mayan Reef are truly outstanding. Playa del Carmen, one of the liveliest resorts on the Riviera Maya is only 20 minutes away by car, and is packed with great family-friendly attractions, along with shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

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Eating out

Eating out

Much of the accommodation in Playa Paraíso is in luxurious all-inclusive hotels, most of which offer a range of delicious cuisines from around the world. You can choose casual bistros or dine in style at one of the gourmet restaurants, or head to a local cantina to tuck into some home-cooked traditional dishes. There are even more options in nearby Playa del Carmen, which is just 20 minutes away by car. Don’t miss out on some of the amazing recipes that are unique to this region. Why not try some Tikin-xic, a marinated whole fish wrapped in a banana leaf and baked in a clay oven? Or perhaps some spectacularly fresh lobster or shellfish? If you just want something quick and tasty, you could try the panuchos or salbutes, plump tortillas which are a Yucatan speciality, and are filled with meat, veggies, black beans and avocado.

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Families

Families

Thanks to its gorgeous beaches, laid-back charm and huge array of water sports, Playa Paraíso has all the ingredients for a perfect family holiday. Add to that the many attractions of nearby Playa del Carmen – which include boat trips, theme parks and water parks – and it’s easy to see why this resort has become so popular with anyone travelling with children. Most of the hotels here offer all-inclusive packages, with special facilities for children such as mini clubs or baby-sitting. The soft sandy beaches and shallow waters are perfect for toddlers, while older kids and teens will love the amazing scuba diving and snorkelling. The Xcaret Eco-park is the largest of the eco-parks in the area, and offers everything from dolphins and sting rays to jungle trails and natural swimming pools.

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Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure

There are scores of amazing activities and adventures in and around Playa Paraíso to get your adrenaline fix! There is a huge range of water sports available, whether you fancy wind-surfing or sailing. The Great Mayan Reef, the second-largest barrier reef in the world, runs along this coast, making it one of the world’s best destinations for snorkelling and scuba diving. You can also swim and snorkel through cenotes, underwater caverns that are often hung with stalactites and stalagmites. There are several eco-parks in the region offering jungle trails, zip lines, natural swimming pools and you can even take a buggy off-road in the jungle for some adrenaline-fuelled thrills.

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Beaches

Beaches

The beaches on the Riviera Maya are truly the stuff of dreams. Soft white sand, palm trees, brilliant blue seas and coral reefs… everything you could hope for on a Caribbean beach! Many of the hotels have private beach clubs, where you can relax on a sun lounger and work on the tan as you sip on refreshing drinks. A wide range of water sports are on offer, including kayaking and paddle-boarding, but the snorkelling and scuba diving are the biggest draw. The Great Mayan Reef (offically called the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef) is the world’s second-largest reef system, and attracts a colourful array of aquatic creatures.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Nightlife in Playa Paraíso is largely limited to the hotels, which are mainly gorgeous, luxurious all-inclusive options. They offer a range of entertainment, from cocktail bars to beach clubs. Playa Paraíso is also home to the Cirque du Soleil’s only resident show in Mexico, which offers spectacular displays by acrobats, trapeze artists and singers with the option of dinner. You can always head into Playa del Carmen (20 minutes away by car) for a huge choice of nightlife options. This lively resort has everything from sports bars and jazz bars to nightclubs and dinner shows.

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Couples

Couples

Playa Paraíso has long been a favourite with couples looking for a luxurious holiday on the Riviera Maya thanks its stunning beaches and quiet tranquillity. The fabulous hotels (some of which are adult-only) offer a wide range of amenities from spas to golf courses, and most have a fantastic choice of water sports on offer. You can laze on the Caribbean beaches of white sand, snorkel around the coral reefs, or take a diving trip to one of the amazing sites on the Great Mayan Reef. If you’re looking for nightlife and shopping, the lively resort of Playa del Carmen is right on the doorstep.

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Culture

Culture

The Riviera Maya is home to some of the finest Mayan monuments in all Mexico, and many of them are easily accessible from Playa Paraíso. The ancient walled city of Tulum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has a breathtaking cliff-top setting and preserves a slew of remarkable monuments, including the Temple of the Frescoes, an observatory used to track the sun. You could also visit Coba, another Mayan city that was built at the nexus of several roads, which is crowned by a splendid, pyramid-shaped temple. The most spectacular site is Chichen Itza, which has been voted one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and attracts around 2 million visitors every year.

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