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Old 10-15-2014   #1 (permalink)
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First timer here

My family and I are heading to Playa Del Carmen over the Christmas break (Dec 22-Jan 5th) and are really excited. We've never been to this part of the world before and are over joyed at escaping the ravages of a Canadian winter to explore the surf and sand!

Looking forward to chatting with people on this site to learn about the sights to see.

Cheers!
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My family and I are heading to Playa Del Carmen over the Christmas break (Dec 22-Jan 5th) and are really excited. We've never been to this part of the world before and are over joyed at escaping the ravages of a Canadian winter to explore the surf and sand!

Looking forward to chatting with people on this site to learn about the sights to see.

Cheers!
Welcome! You made a great destination choice. My wife and I went for a one time vacation in 2006. Since then, we've returned several times with family and friends in tow, and made a lot of really great new friends along the way.
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Welcome!! Where are you staying and what do you have planned?
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Welcome!! Where are you staying and what do you have planned?
We are staying at the Blue Bay Grand Esmarelda. Three excursions planned:
1) Enter into the amazing Sac-Actun cenote system, the world longest underground river, snorkel in the Nohoch Nah Chiich cavern and ride through the exuberant rain forest on our all-terrain Mercedes Benz Unimogs.
Live a great experience rappelling into a beautiful cenote and fly over the jungle’s foliage on exciting zip-lines and participate in a traditional Maya purification ceremony.
Continue with a visit to Tulum Mayan ruines; exploring the only Mayan archaeological site by the sea. Tulum was built during the dying days of the Mayan empire, and was actually a fort. Tulum is a unique Archaeological site located on top of a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Enter the fortress from the west view to the ceremonial city, which still has paintings from long ago and take amazing photos of the ruins and the Caribbean Sea.

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Xel-Ha has the most spectacular natural aquarium in the world for you to experience the real aquatic adventure. Explore this magnificent place and all it has to offer: lagoons, natural wells and ancient caves fed by subterranean rivers flowing to the beautiful Mexican Caribbean Sea of the Mayan Riviera. We arrive at Xel-Ha, enjoy your visit and relax on an "all inclusive" program. This park was a sacred place for the Mayans and nowadays is one of the most beautiful natural aquariums in the entire Riviera Maya. Try it out and swim in the home of the giant parrotfish and barracudas

3) a day of deep sea fishing on boxing day.
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My family and I are heading to Playa Del Carmen over the Christmas break (Dec 22-Jan 5th) and are really excited. We've never been to this part of the world before and are over joyed at escaping the ravages of a Canadian winter to explore the surf and sand!

Looking forward to chatting with people on this site to learn about the sights to see.

Cheers!
welcome kids,,,,,got any questions,,,ask away
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We are staying at the Blue Bay Grand Esmarelda. Three excursions planned:
1) Enter into the amazing Sac-Actun cenote system, the world longest underground river, snorkel in the Nohoch Nah Chiich cavern and ride through the exuberant rain forest on our all-terrain Mercedes Benz Unimogs.
Live a great experience rappelling into a beautiful cenote and fly over the jungle’s foliage on exciting zip-lines and participate in a traditional Maya purification ceremony.
Continue with a visit to Tulum Mayan ruines; exploring the only Mayan archaeological site by the sea. Tulum was built during the dying days of the Mayan empire, and was actually a fort. Tulum is a unique Archaeological site located on top of a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Enter the fortress from the west view to the ceremonial city, which still has paintings from long ago and take amazing photos of the ruins and the Caribbean Sea.

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Xel-Ha has the most spectacular natural aquarium in the world for you to experience the real aquatic adventure. Explore this magnificent place and all it has to offer: lagoons, natural wells and ancient caves fed by subterranean rivers flowing to the beautiful Mexican Caribbean Sea of the Mayan Riviera. We arrive at Xel-Ha, enjoy your visit and relax on an "all inclusive" program. This park was a sacred place for the Mayans and nowadays is one of the most beautiful natural aquariums in the entire Riviera Maya. Try it out and swim in the home of the giant parrotfish and barracudas

3) a day of deep sea fishing on boxing day.
All 3, good first visit choices. We've done them all a couple of times. On your next visit (and there will likely be one) you can expand to some reef snorkeling and ruins deeper in the jungle.
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All 3, good first visit choices. We've done them all a couple of times. On your next visit (and there will likely be one) you can expand to some reef snorkeling and ruins deeper in the jungle.
Thank you for letting me know that I chose well. Hoping to add some intro snorkeling, geocaching, hiking and canoeing into the mix of activities.
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Thank you for letting me know that I chose well. Hoping to add some intro snorkeling, geocaching, hiking and canoeing into the mix of activities.
Lots of snorkeling options. Sea kayaks are available for free at many resorts. Maybe yours? Not much above ground water to speak of, so the sea is is where you'll spend most of your water time. And it's quite nice! The whole peninsula is totally flat, so hiking is either on the beach, in the jungle, or in town. Plenty of options to keep you busy. But then... A day of absolutely nothing is good too. After all. It is Mexico.
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