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Beach in Playa del Carmen Mexico

Playa Del Carmen: Local Culture and Beaches in the Mayan Riviera

Only two weeks earlier, we were enjoying a quick stay at the Hyatt Ziva in Cancun before we found ourselves checking in to the Grand Hyatt in Playa Del Carmen Resort for a 5 day vacation. As this was our 2nd visit to Play Del Carmen, I’ll share some information about the town, the sites,…
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January 16, 2018 1
Tiles on the balcony in a standard room and suite at the Grand Hyatt Playa del carmen

Review: Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort

The Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort is a Hyatt brand non all-inclusive hotel resort on the nicest stretch of beach in Playa Del Carmen. For those wanting the comforts and atmosphere of a luxury beach resort with the convenience of walking into town for some local culture, this is a great place to stay.  We…
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January 16, 2018 3
The al pastor tacos being prepared at El Fogon

Review: El Fogon in Playa Del Carmen Mexico

The tacos and atmosphere at El Fogon in Playa Del Carmen haunt my fat kid taco dreams; the smell of charcoal grilled meats, the Spanish music playing in the background and of course those al pastor and chorizo tacos on those warm corn tortillas is enough to make me almost impulse buy a one way…
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January 13, 2018 2
Tacos Birria y Consome Tacos

Review: Birria Tacos y Consome in Playa Del Carmen Mexico

As we continue to become familiar with Playa Del Carmen and keep trying to improve our Spanish speak skills, we feel more comfortable getting off the tourist path in search of more local experiences. This past December, we read about the birria tacos at Birria Tacos y Consome on the blog Everything Playa Del Carmen…
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January 13, 2018 0
Pulpo ceviche at TaconTenedor in Playa del Carmen

Review: TaconTenedor in Playa Del Carmen Mexico

Updated in January 2019: It appears that TaconTenedor is now permanently closed. TaconTenedor is a small local outdoor restaurant serving up seafood and other treats Mexican style. The restaurant is located just off 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen. Serving locals and tourist, it’s a great place to experience high quality seafood prepared Mexican style…
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January 12, 2018 0
Hi-Lo-Hotel-Portland-Deluxe-King-Room

Review: Hi-Lo Hotel, Autograph Collection in Portland Oregon

Last Updated: June 2019 Branded as “Welcome Wanderer”, the Hi-Lo Hotel, which is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection has quickly become our favorite hotel in Portland Oregon due to its convenient location, the comfort and style of the rooms, the staff, and the benefits offered for Marriott Bonvoy members. Interior Design: If a hotel and…
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January 12, 2018 1
Mural in Tulum Town: Tulum Te Amo

Tulum: Planning a Day Trip from Playa Del Carmen

During our most recent vacation in Mexico we chose Playa Del Carmen as our base. As we have been intrigued by Tulum for quite some time now and it’s only an hour away, we decided to plan a day trip to check it out and see if we’d like to plan a longer stay in…
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January 9, 2018 0
Swimming by the mosque at Lighthouse Beach in Galle Fort

Galle Sri Lanka in 4 Days – Where to Stay, Where to Eat, and Things to Do

COVID-19 Update: Sri Lanka is expected to re-open to international tourism in August 2020. For more information about the COVID-19 protocols, click here. Overview: Galle is about 130 kms south of Colombo on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast and we travelled here by train for the last 4 days of our trip to relax and explore…
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December 28, 2017 3
Fresh flowers in the lobby at the Park Hyatt Saigon

Review: Park Hyatt Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

On our 2nd trip to Ho Chi Minh City, we decided to stay at the Park Hyatt due to its central location in District 1 and the benefits offered for Hyatt Globalists. While the hotel captures and exudes that french colonial vibe some associate with Saigon, it’s actually quite new; the hotel opened in 2005…
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December 27, 2017 1
View of Mount Agung from Bali Asli Restaurant

Travel Deals to Bali: Should you go right now?

Since the end of September, concerns about Mount Agung erupting have affected travel to Bali. When the volcano erupted on November 27, it forced DPS – Denpasar Airport to shut down for 2 days as flights had to be cancelled due to the volcanic ash in the air that clogs jet engines. As the tourism…
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December 26, 2017 1