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Viva Mexico!

Updated: Jun 14

A delightful escape with authentic charm

It’s been an active 2024 as I spread my destination knowledge wings throughout the Caribbean.

From Grenada to a 50-cabin yacht cruise through the Virgin Islands, and finally to Playa del Carmen in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, it’s been an incredible whirlwind of exploration and experiences that’s been educational and oh so much fun!

So much to say about my Mexican adventure with my childhood friend, Karen.

It was five nights and six days at three resorts that celebrate the beauty, history and culture of Mexico in authentic and amazingly different ways.

I’ll share info on the three distinct experiences over the next several posts. But first...

It all started with Xcaret – pronounced ish-karet.

I won a four night, two resort stay from Grupo Xcaret at a travel show last fall. A great opportunity to see this part of the world!

Grupo Xcaret offers a unique concept of “all-fun inclusive” resorts and theme parks that acknowledge and preserve Mexico’s heritage while stimulating all your senses with authentic dining and decor, music, entertainment and thrilling experiences at their multiple eco theme parks.

I really didn’t know what to expect.  I never would have chosen to go there on my own. But I’m sure glad we did!

Grupo Xcaret's all-inclusive resorts include three co-located properties outside Playa del Carmen, a short trip from Cancun.

Family-friendly Xcaret Mexico and adults-only Xcaret Arte each have 900 suites with multiple restaurants, pools, bars, water activities, nooks and crannies, and more.

La Casa de la Playa is the upscale, adults-only boutique option with 70 suites that offers whimsy, warmth and a really cool vibe!

With day and night adventures at the seven Xcaret parks, excursions to the cenotes and Tulum and an option for boating tours all available, crafting our itinerary felt like planning a trip to Disney.

We had a few days and lots to see, so we only scratched the surface of the parks. But with transportation, admission and food included for most of the adventures, there was never any shortage of things to do!


First stop

Xcaret Arte – Adults-only fun resort for couples, friend groups, business events and celebrations

Xcaret Arte is a large resort that doesn’t feel crowded. With multiple pools, restaurants and places to explore, part of the fun is finding your way around and discovering new treasures along the way.

The large and modern well-appointed suites follow a lazy river that meanders through the property. It’s great for paddling or drifting while protected from the surf. Swim-up suites put you at the water's edge.

The restaurants feature Mexican classics created by award-winning chefs and done with gourmet flair. We enjoyed the sampling menu at Encanta while a choreographed water display and Mexican show happened on stage in the background. At Arenal, we sat across from each on giant swings while we enjoyed guac and some very interesting fish tacos.

The art throughout is whimsical and fun. Mimes and dancers appear out of nowhere. We enjoyed late night salsa music and dancing in one of the lounges. Rumor has it there’s a popular speakeasy where you can party all night – if you can find it!

Check out the vibe

Bottom line: Xcaret Arte is a great spot for couples and friend groups looking for an adventure. It’s also available for corporate events and meetings. With transportation and admission to the several Xcaret parks included, there’s something for everyone, all the time, all at once!

Next up La Casa de la Playa and the complimentary behind-the-scenes tour of Xcaret Mexico’s signature show, Mexico Espectacular. It's an enlightening and authentic celebration of Mexico’s heritage where you feel like you're part of the show!

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