4- or 6-Night All-Inclusive Mexican Vacation
All trips include:
- Round-trip airfare from ATL, DTW, PHL, BOS, BWI, MDW, CVG, or JFK
- Select Club Adults Only accommodations at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa
- All food and beverages (alcoholic and nonalcoholic)
- Private concierge and other services
- 24-hour room service and a stocked mini bar
- Access to exclusive beach area with waiter service<p>
Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa
Situated just north of Playa del Carmen, the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa overlooks a swath of sandy beaches along the Caribbean Sea. The resort’s buildings are encircled by lush jungle. As you walk around, keep an eye out for macaws, peacocks, spider monkeys, white-tailed deer, and other wildlife.
Though Playa del Carmen is only 5 miles (8 km) away, there’s plenty to do onsite. The aquapark features 17 water slides and a snack bar with refreshments. Next door, tee off at the Grand Coral Golf Club, a Nick Price–designed, par-71 course, or schedule a massage in the beachfront palapa overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Feel free to swim in any of the four pools; one is designated exclusively for adults. The resort also channels its local heritage with a series of cultural excursions. You can head to the main cenote to see a reenactment of a popular Mayan legend or observe a fire ceremony in a jungle clearing.
As part of the all-inclusive plan, you can dig into a variety of dishes at onsite à la carte restaurants and buffets, where cuisines range from Italian and Mediterranean to Brazilian and vegetarian. You can also enjoy handmade cocktails at the resort’s bars, lounges, and disco.
With a variety of recycling programs, Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa is committed to leaving as small a footprint as possible on the tropical jungle that surrounds it. The resort also donates school supplies to help support children in the community.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Trendy Beach Area and Diving Destination
Just across the sea from the island of Cozumel, Playa del Carmen has been called “the hippest city in all of the Yucatán Peninsula” by Lonely Planet. The laid-back beach bars and cafés have a way of converting vacationers into expats, but Playa’s most compelling draw might be its cenotes—cavernous sinkholes filled with turquoise pools. The water in the cenotes is crystal clear, particularly at the lily-pad-dotted Xlacah cenote, where you can snorkel among schools of colorful fish.
To the south, you’ll find preserved ruins of pre-Columbian cities. Tulum’s crumbling temples are situated above a dramatic ocean bluff, and Coba’s enormous pyramid rises between two lagoons. For a fun day trip, hop aboard the ferry to Cozumel, which docks at the pier east of Calle 1. There are about a dozen dive shops on Cozumel, and they offer trips offshore to the reefs that Jacques Cousteau declared some of the world’s most beautiful.