Running from the cold to Playa del Carmen

Hang out in a rooftop hot tub or fire up the grill for a scenic barbecue at Acanto.

One of the fastest developing vacation spots in Mexico, Playa del Carmen is the perfect destination for everything from family getaways to bachelor parties.

Many American entrepreneurs have found Playa to be an ideal location for starting a business, making it a smart choice for those who aren’t fluent in Spanish or don’t want to sacrifice the comforts of home.
With direct flights into nearby Cancun and temperatures remaining in the 80s, Playa del Carmen offers an easy, affordable escape from the increasingly chilly East Coast air.

Stay

There are countless all-inclusive resorts nestled along the beaches leading into the city, but for a more unique experience, opt for a downtown location for your home base like the Acanto Boutique Hotel (16 Norte bis, 1-888-331-2177). Sitting along a shaded cobblestone street, this hotel offers travelers spacious suites that lend themselves to longer stays. The private rooftop decks, equipped with barbecues and hot tubs, afford stunning beach views and breathtaking night skies. Acanto is close to Quinto Avenida (or Fifth Avenue, as it’s known to tourists)?and steps to Playa’s many beach clubs, where you can lounge along the shore. 

Play

The sprawling lounge chairs and couches at Zenzi Beach Club (On the beach at 10 Street, 984-803-5738) make it hard to resist a pina colada, day or night. People-watch while you sit back and sip your way to relaxation. 

If you’re a cigar enthusiast, visit the quaint Cigar Factory on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 16 Street, where elderly cigar rollers will be hard at work at a table in the window.

Explore

Since it’s located within the Riviera Maya, Playa is just a short drive from other Mexican hot spots like the party scene in Cancun or Tulum, the boho-chic village outside the historic Tulum ruins. Take a day trip to explore the fascinating ancient city, believed to have been built by the Mayans between 1200 and 1450 — but watch your step for the wild iguanas! The public access beach can get crowded midday, so head into town and grab lunch at one of the many eco-hotels that are rapidly becoming hot spots for fitness enthusiasts or the environmentally conscious traveler.  

Savor

Playa’s eclectic dining scene offers much more than your typical Mexican fare (but rest assured, taco lovers, there is plenty of that). Spice up supper time with a taste of Venezuela at the Kaxapa Factory (Constituyentes Avenue, 984-147-1645). Feast on arepas and patacones (fried green plantain sandwiches) at this family-run joint, and eat up — most menu items aren’t more than $7.

For something a little more romantic, head across the street from Acanto to La Sirena Mar y Barrio (16 Street between First and Fifth avenues, 984-803-2448), a chic modern Mexican bistro. The name of the game here is fresh local seafood. Don’t miss the ceviche. 

Take a stroll down Fifth Avenue, past the cluster of tourist attractions, and eventually you will stumble upon a newer stretch of impressive fine-dining options. ComoComo Osteria Mediterranea (Fifth Avenue between 38 and 40 streets, 984-859-1646) stands out with its gourmet touches on classic Italian favorites and utilizing local fresh ingredients.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Drive charged in fatal hit and run, police…

The NYPD has arrested a man they say is responsible for a fatal hit and run in Manhattan last weekend. Doohee Cho, 33, was hit…

Local

Mayor de Blasio raises minimum wage for some…

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order Tuesday morning that will raise the minimum wage for workers employed by private companies that receive more…

National

3 myths about the working poor

Linda Tirado works to debunk some common stereotypes about the working poor in her new book, "Hand to Mouth."

Money

Lawsuit funding advances: friend or foe?

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article Many plaintiffs awaiting resolution of their lawsuit or legal claim often find themselves in a tricky financial…

Going Out

Which NYC restaurant lost its three-star Michelin rating?

A record 73 restaurants in New York City collected coveted Michelin stars on Tuesday as a mix of trendy spots and fine-dining stalwarts underscored the…

Entertainment

Interview: Metro chats with filmmaker Meir Kalmanson, man…

A New York filmmaker hands out smiles to its residents.

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, Sept. 30: 'Selfie,' 'Utopia'…

'Selfie' This modern day take on the "My Fair Lady" story stars John Cho in the Henry Higgins role. Perhaps instead of "the rain in…

Music

Can't-miss weekend events continue to attract the masses

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article Earlier this summer, the Firefly Music Festival drew crowds of tens of thousands of people to Dover, Delaware.…

MLB

Mets 2014 report card

The Mets wrapped up their eight straight season without a playoff appearance last weekend. Needless to say, they fell a bit short of general manager…

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, Chargers climb

NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, Chargers climb

NFL

Ryan Quigley making a big impact for Jets…

Ryan Quigley, now in his second year as the Jets punter, had an exceptional afternoon with six punts for an average of 51.7 yards per punt.

NFL

3 positives to take from Jets loss to…

The Jets suffered another loss Sunday — 24-17 to the Lions — but the reason why it hurts so much for Jets fans is that…

Style

Products that support breast cancer awareness and research

Asics GT-1000, $100 Asics’ third pink collection in collaboration with Christina Applegate’s Right Action for Women includes this pink-accented version of its best-selling GT-1000 3…

Wellbeing

Dr. Marisa Weiss: Where we stand on breast…

As an oncologist and a survivor herself, Dr. Marisa Weiss knows the urgency felt by those diagnosed with breast cancer. Genetic testing has accelerated the…

Wellbeing

Bees' stingers hold new hope for cancer cure

A promising new lead in the search for a cancer cure has turned up in a place that most people naturally avoid. A team from…

Home

Emily Henderson on small space design

Design expert Emily Henderson shows us how to upgrade our cramped quarters.