The cat's out of the bag about Playa del Carmen. The cool and classy beach destination on Mexico's gorgeous less-traveled Yucatan peninsula (away from the high-rises, Senor Frog's, and wet t-shirt contests of Cancun) is growing at a staggering pace. Quickly fleeting are the days of uncrowded stretches of white sand beach and evenings at hip beach bars.
Among the new hotels popping up as quickly as sand-castles: The new Riu Palace Riviera Maya
is the fourth all-inclusive Riu Palace to open in Playa in recent months. And Kor
has jumped on the development bandwagon
, with the Viceroy Riviera Maya and The Tides Playa del Carmen Resorts and Residences
(both slated for 2008), and the recent acquisition of two existing upscale resorts: the 46-room Mosquito Blue and the newly built, 33-room Mosquito Beach. (And the accommodations all promise to be sinfully luxurious...)
Flights to Cancun are at a record low
right now-- we're talking $129 Chicago-Cancun on United's
brand new route-- so best get down there now to see a piece of paradise vanishing fast...