Marco Beteta

Mayan Riviera

Located on the East coast of Quintana Roo, on a more than 100 km long littoral strip on the Caribbean, the Mayan Riviera is the most “in” beach destination. It starts in Puerto Morelos and ends in Carrillo Puerto, Playa del Carmen being (70 Km. To the south of Cancun) the entry door and d the heart of this area. In a few years, Playacar transformed itself into a bohemian, chic city, a favorite among young people, and high-class contemporary adults. Fifth Avenue (full of bars, restaurants, night clubs, art galleries, exclusive boutiques; shopping and night life are a must) is the meeting point and trendiest meeting point; to see and to be seen. Beyond this glamour, the Riviera in itself is ideal for relaxing vacations, or for adventure, as a family, with friends, for couples, and even honeymooners, with uncountable options of activities and entertainment. Of particular interest: Tulúm, Cobá (archaeological sites); Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve (Patrimony of Humanity; ecotourism); Puerto Aventuras, Akumal, Majahual (fishing on luxury yachts); Xplor, Xcaret, Xel Ha Parks (family activities, contact with nature, extreme sports); Arrecife National Park in Puerto Morelos (protected natural area, water activities, crocodile zoo, botanical garden); Aktunchen (park in the jungle, incredible cavern with stalactites and stalagmites); Natual Wells Dos Ojos and Chinuch (diving, speleology). World-class golf courses (El Camaleón Mayakoba, Mayan Golf Riviera Maya, Playacar Golf Course, Puerto Aventuras Resort Course, Iberostar Playa Paraíso). Excellent spas with a holistic trend, inspired on local healing traditions. Gourmet gastronomic offer with a remarkable influence of the flavors of the Yucatan Peninsula. Rooted Mayan festivities (a must, the LolCah, September, in honor of Chac, the god of rain.




• Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Eco-friendly hotel (Mayan Riviera); from the prestigious Asian chain: Villas with one, two or three rooms with a private pool. Spa, gym. Superb service. Perfect for couples in a romantic getaway, good option for families.

Carretera Federal Chetumal-Puerto Juárez Km. 298.

Tel: (01-984) 877 3688.

• Deseo

Small boutique boutique in downtown Playacar. Only adults. Avant-garde, urban hip, noisy; friendly lodgings and service. Bar; terrace-lounge in front of the pool, ideal for good drinks. DJ on weekends.

5ª Avenida y Calle 12. Playa del Carmen.

Tel: (01-984) 879 3620.

• Esencia

On the Riviera; old luxurious residence of an Italian duchess. Lush vegetation, nice beach. Twenty-nine rooms, two-story cabins, ideal for families or friends. Spa with Mayan treatments.

Carretera Cancún-Tulum Km. 265. Predio Rústico Xpu-Ha.

Tel: (01-984) 873 4830.[/one_half]


• Fairmont Mayakoba

Eco-friendly resort (boats, bicycles, or golf carts for transportation). Perfect for families. Spa, golf course, children’s club. Excellent cost-benefit.

Carretera Federal Cancún-Playa del Carmen Km. 298.

Tel: (01-984) 206 3000.

• Grand Velas

Luxurious all-inclusive; family friendly. Perfect location on the Riviera. All of the suites have balconies or a private pool. Spa. Personalized service.

Carretera Cancún-Tulum Km. 62.

Tel: (01-984) 877 4414.

• Maroma Resort

From the Orient-Express family. Small resort right on the Riviera; ideal for couples. Spa. Peaceful, to relax (no television). Nice beach. Warm service.

Carretera Cancún-Tulum Km. 51.

Tel: (01-998) 872 8200.




• Mosquito Blue

Boutique hotel in downtown Playacar; trendy, stylish. Adults only; for those who are looking for fun. Spa; good restaurant. “Brother” hotel of the Mosquito Beach, in front of the ocean.

5ª Avenida, entre Calles 12 y 14 Norte.

Tel: (01-984) 873 1245.

• Rosewood Mayakoba

On the Riviera; resort between lagoons and the Caribbean Sea. Ideal for couples. Villas with private pools; view to the lagoon or to the sea. Good spa.

Carretera Federal Cancún-Playa del Carmen Km. 298.

Tel: (01-984) 875 8000.



• Viceroy Resort & Spa Riviera Maya

Before it was known as The Tides. Inside the jungle, next to the sea. Private villas in an exuberant atmosphere with a terrace, hammock, private pool, outdoors shower. Ideal for couples. Very good restaurant.

Playa Xcalacoco Frac. 7.

Tel: (01-984) 877 3000.




• Casa Mediterránea

Italian cuisine.

Small place surrounded with vegetation; completely relaxed style. Serviced by its owner. Ideal for couples or friends.

Marco recommends:

Lasagna; Pastas.

5ª Avenida, entre Calles 6 y 8. Playa del Carmen.

Tel: (01-984) 806 4679.

• ComoComo Osteria Mediterranea

Mediterranean cuisine.

Small cozy place with a cozy atmosphere. Reasonable prices, quality in its consumables. Ideal for couples or small groups.

Marco recommends:

Pasta with clams; Tortellini filled with goat cheese.

5ª Avenida, entre Calles 38 y 40. Playa del Carmen.

Tel: (01-984) 859 1646.

• Da Gigi

Italian cuisine.

Good seasoning dishes in a peaceful and pleasant place; intimate atmosphere. Terrace over the avenue. Ideal for couples or friends.

Marco recommends:

Pizza; Red snapper with a coconut covering; Risotto.

5ª Avenida, entre Calles 32 y 34. Playa del Carmen.

Tel: (01-984) 879 3387.

• Diablito Cha Cha

Japanese -Mexican fusion seafood.

Kitsch place, decoration of the 50s, retro. The atmosphere is more outstanding than the food. The best martinis on the beach. Fun bar with a DJ every night. Ideal with friends.

Marco recommends:

Rock shrimp; Octopus with potato salad.

Calle 12, between Avenidas 5ª y 1ª.

Playa del Carmen.

Tel: (01-984) 803 4506.[/one_half]


• Drapas 38

European signature cuisine.

Recently reopened. Small and outdoors right on 5ª Avenida. Nice terrace. Cozy service and atmosphere.

Marco recommends:

Lobster; Ossobucco; Pancetta.

5ª Avenida, between Calles 38 and 40. Playa del Carmen.

Tel: (01-984) 873 0655.

• Glass Bar/Di Vino

Italian cuisine with a Mediterranean accent.

Casual-elegant place. Quality dishes prepared by Italians. Patio to enjoy the atmosphere of 5ª Avenida. Great variety of Italian wines. Ideal for couples or with friends.

Marco recommends:

Avocado with filling; Grilled crayfish; Seafood soup.

5ª Avenida cornering Calle 12. Playa del Carmen.

Tel: (01-984) 803 1270.

• La Cueva del Chango

Mexican cuisine.

Relaxed place in a natural environment. Warm and fun atmosphere. Good breakfasts. Ideal in a casual outing with friends or family.

Marco recommends:

Juices; Lassies (yoghurt and fruit).

Calle 38 Norte, cornering 5ª Avenida. Playa del Carmen.

Tel: (01-984) 147 0271.[/one_half_last]



• Lateral Seafood & Steak

Meat and seafood.

Exclusive, warm, peaceful, and good taste. Good wine selection. Ideal for friends and family.

Marco recommends:

Rockefeller oysters; Clam soup; Cod.

Calle Corazón. Playa del Carmen.

Tel: (01-984) 803 2415.

• Le Chique

Signature cuisine.

Inside the new Azul Sensatori hotel. Avant-garde restaurant under the direction of the famous Bulli. Ideal for a gastronomic experience, only adults.

Marco recommends:

Tasting menu.

Km 27.5 Carretera Cancún-Puerto Morelos. Bahía Petempich. Puerto Morelos.

Tel: (01-998) 872 8450.

• Luna Maya

Haute Mexican cuisine.

Inside a contemporary style business. This eatery combines successfully traditional cuisine with avant-garde techniques. Excellent terrace to linger after the meals. Ideal for couples or with friends.

Marco recommends:

Cochinita pibil al vacío; Octopus salad.

5ª Avenida Norte and Calle 38. Playa del Carmen.

Tel: (01-984) 879 4394.[/one_half]


• Orígenes


Mexican cuisine.

Relaxed. Home-style food, well made; personalized attention. Live music. Ideal in couples or for a romantic occasion.

Marco recommends:

Steak tartar; Catch of the day with garlic.

Calle 38 and Flamingos. Playa del Carmen.

Tel: (01-984) 873 2270.

• Xulam

Traditional Mayan cuisine.

Original concept with an exotic environment. Its mission is to rescue ancestral dishes from the Mayan cuisine. Ideal for couples or friends.

Marco recommends:

Cochinita pibil; Tikin-Xic (achiote) fish; Lime soup.

Avenida 10, Plaza Antigua. Playa del Carmen.

Tel: (01-984) 803 3567.

• Yaxche

Regional signature cuisine.

Genuine regional quality meals. Atmosphere according to the authentic Mayan style. Friendly service. Ideal for business, friends or couples.

Marco recommends:

Cochinita pibil; Lime soup.

5ª Avenida and Calle 22. Playa del Carmen.

Tel: (01-984) 873 3011.[/one_half_last]