Yucatan Peninsula Journals

You'll Love the Yucatan

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A November 2003 trip to Yucatan Peninsula by jenae567

Quote: Dazzling tropical beaches, colorful culture, and dense tropical jungle adventures await you in the Yucatan Peninsula! Swim with dolphins, climb a Mayan temple, or just sit back and soak up the sun in Mexico!

Catalonia Riviera Maya All-Inclusive

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Hotel | "Catalonia Riviera Maya"

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Best Things Nearby:Xcaret/Xel-ha BioparkBest Things About the Resort:Everything you need (or want) is readily available on the property! The resort is well-organized and makes everything easy, including local transportation and planning last-minute excursions.Resort Experience:The Catalonia Riviera Maya (formerly the Chameleon Marival Puerto Aventuras) gave us the best vacation ever. Located within the Yucatan Peninsula right across from Cozumel, this all-inclusive resort not only met our expectations, but exceeded them entirely! The lush property is absolutely beautiful. As our hotel shuttle pulled up to the open-air lobby, all the stress from my wed...Read More

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Catalonia Riviera Maya All-Inclusive
Lote 1 Mz 18 Plano 2
Puerto Aventuras, Mexico 77750
52.984.875.1020

Restaurant Alebrijes

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Restaurant | "Los Alebrijes"

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Perched atop one of the Catalonia Riviera Maya resort buildings rests Los Alebrijes restaurant—an elegant and romantic place to wine and dine. Our mistake was making reservations too late (reservations are required) and so we settled for dining at Los Alebrijes on the very last night of our stay. But it was worth the wait!As we arrived, the uber-romantic tone was set as a wedding party was congregated just outside the entrance. The new bride and groom looked so happy, and made me reflect upon my own nuptials that we had spoken just a week earlier. Happy and hungry, my new husband and I stepped hand in hand into Los Alebrijes. The decor of the restaurant was truly ...Read More

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Restaurant Alebrijes
Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Coba Pac-Chen Mayan Encounter

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During our trip to the Yucatan Peninsula, we adventured into the jungles once inhabited by Mayans. Here we saw an ancient Mayan sports arena as well as a handful of temples. Soon enough, we hopped on bikes (included in the tour price) and pedaled our way deeper into the jungle, where even larger adventures awaited us! It was hot and humid, but the sweat was worth it. We climbed a giant Mayan Temple (the tallest in the Yucatan!) and got a great view of the peninsula. (Not recommended for small children or those afraid of heights.) The tiny and uneven stairs were steep, and the flimsy rope for support was of no consolation. But once I had made it to the top, I felt like I had indeed conquered a mountain...Read More

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Avenida Quinta-Fifth Avenue

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Attraction | "Shopping in Playa del Carmen"

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Hop on a shuttle into Playa Del Carmen and you'll be greeted by a rainbow of ethnic wares! The beauty of Mexican shopping is that you can bargain to get the lowest prices! (Many retailers actually set their prices high, expecting you to bargain.) Be sure to look around at ALL the shops BEFORE you purchase anything—you'll be surprised at just how inexpensive many of the items can be! Playa del Carmen shops offer many handcrafted blankets, hats, clothes, and other accessories to the ethnically-inspired buyer. I came away with a warm and cozy blanket, made with vibrant colors, for a mere $7. Surprisingly, we discovered that many foreigners have moved to Playa and set up shop there. We met a shop...Read More

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Avenida Quinta-Fifth Avenue

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Nada Con Dolfines! (Swim With Dolphins!)

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Perhaps one of the most unforgettable experiences you could ever have is waiting for you in the Yucatan Peninsula! As part of a wedding gift to me, my husband signed us up for a trip to the nearby water park—with 2 tickets to swim some of its local residents—bottlenose dolphins! The weather was a bit rainy and the water was a little cold, but it didn't matter. I was too excited to care. After we zoomed down a few water slides, we made our way to the back of the park, where our new friends awaited us. Some marine biologists gave us some interesting info on the flippered fellows and then divided us into small groups of 5 people. And then, off into the water we went! It didn't take lo...Read More