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Now that Canada and the U.S. have lifted their travel advisories

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Adult playground Carmen Playa

Now that Canada and the U.S. have lifted their travel advisories, tourists are once again returning to Mexico’s popular east coast playground of Playa del Carmen.

Steeped in history and infused with Mayan culture, the vibrant Playa del Carmen has been described as the heart of Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

Flowing south from Cancun to Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula, the Riviera Maya is well known for having swaths of beautiful beaches and jungle expanses, but it is also home to the second largest reef in the world and the largest explored underground river system on the planet.

So, if stellar diving and snorkeling experiences appeal, whether on offshore reefs or inland in cenotes (giant sink holes) and caverns that showcase stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years, this is definitely the place for you.

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The adventure begins at the Sac-Actun system, the world’s longest underground river, recommended by the specialized cave divers of National Geographic Snorkeler. Here you can rappel into a cenote, swim in a natural pool, snorkel in a cavern among thousand-year-old stalactites and stalagmites and then zip line across the jungle. All in one morning.

The cenotes of the Riviera Maya are swimmable, freshwater sinkholes that make up the world’s largest underground river system. The crystalline waters found within these subterranean tunnels framed by limestone and local flora, are sacred to the Mayan people. And they make for a truly memorable experience.

 Now that Canada and the U.S. have lifted their travel advisories

Once back above ground, the adrenaline rush continues – this time high above it, as you soar over the jungle across five separate zip lines, one complete with a water landing right inside one of the caves.

Cap it off with a traditional lunch onsite and you’ll be ready for an afternoon siesta as soon as you arrive back at the hotel.

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The once-sleepy Playa del Carmen, now the main town along the coast, is bustling with beach clubs, night life, restaurants, shopping and 15 km of beautiful Caribbean shore. Just five minutes south is the much quieter, upscale enclave of Playacar. The four- and five-star resorts, boutique hotels, private residences and small shopping malls are tucked away behind gates along tree-lined streets, within walking distance or short bike ride to the hustle of the city.

 Now that Canada and the U.S. have lifted their travel advisories

The infinity pool at the Barcelo Royal Hideaway. The resort is situated along one of the best stretches of Playacar Beach and provides direct access to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Vanessa PInniger

Nearly all of the resorts are beachfront and most are all inclusive, and the area is ideal for cycling, jogging and walking.

Playacar Beach is known as being one of the best white sand beaches in the area and the adults-only, all-inclusive Barcelo Royal Hideaway is situated along one of the best stretches of it, providing direct beach access to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

If pools are your preference, there are plenty of those too. The 192-room, colonial-style resort features six palm-fringed pools set among its 13 lush acres.

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The dining options are also plentiful. And with Michelin-starred Andalusian chef Alejandro Sanchez now overseeing the five specialty restaurants (he joined the property as gastronomic director at the end of last year), this is not your standard all-inclusive fare.

 Now that Canada and the U.S. have lifted their travel advisories

Glasses line the bar at La Bodeguita del Medio where the mojitos are given a Mexican twist with Mezcal. Vanessa Pinniger

There are private tequila tastings in the bar at Spices, the resort’s classic Mexican restaurant. Traditional Italian is served at the elegant Palazzo. Posh high tea service is offered on the lobby terrace each afternoon. And for a more hands-on dining experience, sushi-making lessons take place in the afternoon at the AAA Four Diamond Azia Japanese restaurant and six- or 12-course menus (not included as part of the all-inclusive plan) are served right in the kitchen, in full view of all the gastronomic action, at the Chef’s Table at Las Ventanas. Talk about a kitchen party.

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Just outside the gates of Playacar you will find the southern end of La Quinta Avenida, Playa’s version of 5thAvenue.

Running parallel to the ocean, the diverse street is an ever-evolving pedestrian arcade stretching 20 blocks (4.5 km) from the Paseo del Carmen outdoor shopping centre in the south all the way north through the city. It is lined with designer boutiques, luxury retailers, new department stores, regional crafts, souvenir shops, bars, nightclubs, local and gourmet restaurants and hotels.

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