Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Playa del Carmen
Mexico’s Playa del Carmen was once just a little fishing village—a pleasant place to hop on the passenger ferry to the more popular island of Cozumel. But at some point, the visitors noticed Playa del Carmen had its own long beach with sand as white as talcum powder. The once quiet fishing village has now become a full-fledged resort town, dubbed the “South Beach of Mexico” by Fodor’s for its active nightlife. A few steps away from the translucent waters of Mamita's Beach Club, you’ll find the sunshine-yellow exterior of the BRIC Hotel, a luxury property with a tropical vibe.
All of the spacious king and double rooms have high ceilings and intricately carved woodwork. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a shaded private terrace and sunbathing area that overlooks the palm-lined pool.
In the morning, head downstairs to the thatched open-air dining room for a hearty breakfast including scrambled eggs, bacon, and pancakes. Next to the dining room, lush green landscaping and teak beach chairs surround the hotel's outdoor pool. In addition to complimentary breakfast, this deal comes with two 30-minute in-room massages.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico: White Beaches Bordering Ancient Mayan Ruins
Located about 45 miles south of Cancún on the tip of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, Playa del Carmen is a laid-back beach town known for the 2-mile-long, all-pedestrian Fifth Avenue. Running along the ocean, the street is lined with sidewalk cafés, boutiques with handcrafted wares, rum and Cuban cigar stores, and a carnival-like atmosphere.
Those wishing to explore the warm Caribbean waters can charter a boat and snorkel past the colorful coral and indignant sea turtles. For a taste of the area’s early civilizations, check out the massive archaeological park Xcaret, where you can climb Mayan ruins and visit a replica of a Mayan village.