Playacar, an idyll in paradise

The province of Yucatan is one of the most popular areas in Mexico, with its history, its landscapes as incredible as they are varied, its culture, its gastronomy, there is a lot to say about this region. But today we are going to focus on one place in particular. In the most popular cities of Yucatan we find of course the majestic Cancun, the incredible Tulum, and of course the magnificent Playa del Carmen. But in the latter, one place stands out more than the others, standing out from the crowd with its subtle beauty, quiet strength, and discreet magnificence.

Playacar is right in the centre of Playa del carmen. Just a few minutes from the beach and the most famous avenue in the city, “la Quinta”. Avenue where you will find everything you need for your entertainment, such as bars, cafes, nightclubs and more.

Playacar is an exclusive community, which means that only Playacar residents and employees who work there have the opportunity to enter, which greatly reduces (if not totally eradicates) the risk of theft, assault or other inconveniences.

This place, populated by condominios, luxury hotels, villas and luxurious houses, each one more beautiful than the other, is divided into two parts.

Playacar Fase I, which faces the beach with direct access, will allow you to enjoy an absolutely splendid view of the ocean and its waves, turquoise water and fine sand. This is a celebrity favourite and there are even rumours that Brad Pitt may own a house here.

Playacar Fase II, is built around a very large golf course designed by Robert Von Hagge, and therefore has an 18-hole golf course, shops, and just like Fase I, a large number of condos, villas and 5-star hotels. You can also find a bird park, Xaman-Ha bird sanctuary, where you can observe some of the local birds and admire their shimmering colours. This is definitely a place not to be missed in Playa del Carmen.

You can also find restaurants and convenience stores in Playacar. In fact, there are several Oxxo convenience stores, one at the Riu Palace Hotel and 2 more towards the back of Playacar. There are also several restaurants close to the Oxxo’s towards the back of Playacar, and we recommend l’atelier de Fred. This is a French bakery which is simply excellent.

The roads in Playacar are very well maintained by the staff, you’ll most likely get the chance to see the security doing regular patrols, and these roads are great for jogging or cycling.

You should also know that Mayan ruins, called Xaman-Ha, are located close to Playacar, very interesting and rewarding they can perfectly serve as an introduction to Mayan history, discover how they lived, what they ate and what their customs were. They also have the advantage of being completely free of access.

Finally, we must tell you about the beaches of Playacar, which are among the most beautiful in Playa del Carmen. Very wide, they are very appreciated by locals and tourists who do not hesitate to come from the center to settle down on these beaches.

On that note, I hope this article has helped you, and have a good stay in Playacar.

The animals we know best in the Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya is rich in exceptional flora and fauna. The whole region is very green, unlike some of the desert places in Mexico. The tropical climate enjoyed by the Yucatan Peninsula is at the origin of such diversity. But also the underground rivers that hold great reserves of water.

In this article, we will discover the animals you are sure to find in this region.

The tzereque

If you want to see an agouti you must pay close attention, as they are very shy animals.

The funny Tzereque, with his tiny front legs and huge butt makes us laugh every time we see him running. It can reach 62 cm long and weigh 4 kg. It is a diurnal animal that feeds on fruit that it holds with its front legs while resting on its hind legs. It buries fruit that it does not consume so it plays an important role in dispersing seeds. The Tzereques form monogamous pairs for life that defend a territory of approximately 2 hectares. They build burrows in hollow trunks or under tree roots. They live for about 13 years.

These rodents are very often present in forests and often travel in groups.

The iguana

Iguanas are very present in the Riviera Maya. We even met some in the city. These totally harmless animals are beneficial because they hunt mosquitoes. They are also very fast and can reach a speed of 35 km/h!

The donkey

The donkey is a heritage of humanity, an integral part of the environment and culture.

  It has long ears, an erect mane and various shades and thickness of hair. They are docile to unsuspected limits, with an unquestionable capacity for endurance, rough and delicate, coarse and tender, intelligent and grateful.

There are many of them in the Riviera Maya and generally they are not afraid of humans.

The Macaw

The macaw has an iridescent red plumage. Part of the wing feathers are blue, yellow and to a lesser extent green. The area around its eyes is yellow and its face is dotted with white feathers. This is a medium-sized macaw, measuring 80 to 90 centimetres in length, but some can reach 120 centimetres. There are many people who own this fabulous animal. It is capable of repeating and imitating human speech.

Sea turtles

Sea turtles are a vital link to marine ecosystems.  They help maintain healthy seagrass beds and coral reefs, which benefit commercially valuable species such as shrimp, lobster and tuna.  Sea turtles are living representatives of a group of reptiles that have existed on Planet Earth and have roamed our seas for the past 100 million years.  Turtles have a very important cultural significance and considerable tourist value.  Sea turtles can lay more than 150 eggs per nest and can nest several times in each season, compensating for the high mortality rates that prevent most sea turtles from reaching maturity.

The coati

The coati is a raccoon-like animal, but brown in color, with an elongated snout and a stylized banded tail, similar to that of a lemur; it has even been confused with these primates. It has powerful paws and double-jointed ankles, allowing it to walk on all fours on vertical surfaces without any problem, as well as to descend upside down from trees.

This species of procyonidae can reach a length of 1.4 metres, although its height is very reduced.  The coatis live in groups of 5 to 20 individuals, almost always composed of females and small males. So if you see one, you don’t have to wait long for its friends to appear nearby.

The raccoon

These cute little animals are popular because they are very skillful with their front paws, used to take the food they want. They are sometimes called “wash bears” because they wet their food, but they do this to remove poison (like frogs) and other substances.

The Spider Monkey

These small monkeys are very present in the tropical forests of the Riviera Maya. It is not unusual to meet them if one ventures into the forests or on excursions.