Episode 15: Playing in Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Playa. The word translates to “beach” in Spanish, but let’s also remind ourselves, “playa” contains the English word “play.” “Play” and “Beach” is a great way to start to understand Playa del Carmen one of Mexico’s most popular beach towns in the center, or rather the heart, of the famed Riviera Maya.

Playa del Carmen, the Heart of the Riviera Maya


Come along with me as I explore or play in Playa providing you with the best Mexico Travel Tips on the best things to do in Playa del Carmen along with where to watch the sunset and my travel takeaway, a souvenir, the staying adventurous mindset moment.

Through the episode I share many of my experiences in Playa del Carmen but also interview four people who know the town, the scene, and how to enjoy your time on holiday in Playa del Carmen. I speak with Kelly of Cancun Canuck to discuss beach life and differences between Playa and Cancun in the Riviera Maya, a restaurateur to explore the growing foodie scene after dinning at award winning Plank, a host from Playa del Carmen TV and the sales manager from Palm at Playa the place I stay on my last visit.

Listen in and enjoy… hit “play”

staying adventurous, Craig

Staying Adventurous Show Note Links

Stay Adventurous Stories

Mamitas Madness, spending time at the Popular Beach Club
An AllTournative Cenote Experience
Best Tacos in Playa – the el Fogon Conclusion
X Marks the Spot – Xcaret
Where to Stay – Hacienda Tres Rios
The Magic of Mexico and Me

Sunset Views

Sunset Sunday – Playa del Carmen (from Fusion)
Sunrise from the Hammock at the Palm at Playa

Maya Ruins

Tips on the Big Three Mayan Ruins
Walking Tour of Chichen Itza
Four Ways to Appreciate Coba
The Beach at the Tulum Site

Stories Written by / with Craig Zabransky

the 5 Download-able Guides of Playa del Carmen (EveryTrail)
The Romance of the Cenote  (Trivago)
The Playa del Carmen TV #Mexchat video (it’s in Spanish, I speak English at 1:58)

Other Podcasts Episodes Mentioned

The Taste of Puebla
The State of Yucatan

Interview Links

Kelly of Cancun Canuck
the Palm at Playa
Playa del Carmen TV


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