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Magical Vacation in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Playa del Carmen ranks up there as one of the trendiest destinations on the planet. The beaches are always packed with beautiful people enjoying the clear waters and cool sea breezes. A stroll down the pedestrian corridor, Quinta Avenida, is the place shop and do some people watching.

Ideally located close to Cancun’s international airport, Playa del Carmen is the perfect vacation spot because it allows for easy access to other destinations like Cozumel, Tulum, and Coba.  There are a plethora of activities to enjoy, including sightseeing, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, zip-lining, or just relaxing in the tropical sun.

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Playa Del Carmen, Mexico Resorts

When it comes to luxury accommodations, there is no shortage of all-inclusive resorts in Playa del Carmen. Here are just a few that will offer visitors the perfect backdrop to the vacation of their dreams.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

If you like the idea of relaxing on a white sand beach among mangroves and the Mayan jungle, then the Grand Velsa Riviera Maya may be just the resort for you. This all-inclusive resort is a luxurious sanctuary for weary travelers who need a little R&R.

Visitors may be pampered in the resort’s spa, then head to one of many restaurants offering creative cuisine using traditional flavors of Mexico.

If you’re traveling with family, this resort will cater to all of your needs. And, with a Five Diamond rating by AAA, you can be sure the staff and amenities are excellent.

Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmeralda

When you hear the word paradise, what comes to mind? Well, after visiting Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmeralda, you’ll forever see images of this resort when that word is uttered.

The all-inclusive resort sits in a stunning private bay and offers world-class facilities. Visitors will be provided a concierge, spa treatments, and day excursions. The 14 restaurants and 16 bars offer delectable cuisine and numerous spots to relax after a fun-filled day of taking in the sights.

When you stay at this resort, you’ll see for yourself why it was selected the winner of the Travelers’ Choice® 2014 Trip Advisor award.

All Inclusive Resort in Playa Del Carmen
All Inclusive Resort in Playa Del Carmen
Hotel Riu Palace Riviera Maya

Just five minutes from the city center and surrounded by swaying palm trees, the Hotel Riu Palace Riviera Maya is an all-inclusive 24-hour resort that will make any guest feel special.

Besides offering guests access to pristine beaches and turquoise water, the gardens surrounding the resort have the ability to take your breath away. The numerous restaurants offer international cuisine and even live cooking shows! Spacious rooms allow guests to relax in luxury and view charming vistas off their private balconies.

Add to this the golf club, family activities, night club and spa, and you’ll discover why visitors call this resort an unforgettable, tropical oasis.

Playa Del Carmen Mexico Weather

Playa del Carmen has a tropical climate with temperatures that range from warm to hot throughout most of the year. Because of this, the sea is almost always warm and oh-so-inviting.

The coolest time of year is typically between November and January, where daytime temperatures are warm and comfortable, but the night air holds a chill. Though it can rain, is does not often do so. This is part of the high season for tourists and prices for accommodations and entertainment will definitely reflect this.

The real peak time to visit Playa del Carmen is between February and May when the weather is about as perfect as it can get. The sea is calm and inviting and very little rain falls. What rain there is helps the gorgeous and bright flowers bloom, seducing visitors with their color and scent.

Be advised that hurricane season is between June and November. Though most don’t make landfall, this would not be considered the best time to visit.

Wonderful Day in Playa Del Carmen
Wonderful Day in Playa Del Carmen

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

There are truly too many amazing activities to list, but we will highlight three things we feel everyone should do when visiting Playa del Carmen.

Swim with Dolphins in Cozumel

If you’ve always dreamed of interacting with dolphins and other marine animals, your dream can come true. The swim with dolphins program at Dolphin Discovery is exciting, dynamic, and will get you up close to these magical creatures.

You have a choice of swimming with the dolphins in either deep water or shallow water (perfect for kids and seniors), and will be amazed when they flip and do other tricks right before your eyes. As an added bonus, you get FREE transportation for all participants from any Playa del Carmen resorts. Memories for a lifetime? We think so!

Xplor Park

Xplor Cancun Park is only 5 minutes from Playa del Carmen and where visitors who require a little adrenaline rush should head. Do you like the idea of zip-lining and rafting? Maybe you and the family would like to go for a spin on an amphibious vehicle or hike through caverns and grottos. Whichever way you spend your time in the park, it won’t be dull.

Plenty to do in Playa Del Carmen – Xplor Park
Cenote Chaak Tun

Imagine what it would be like to swim underneath the ground in a majestic cavern. You don’t have to imagine it; you can actually experience it at Cenote Chaak Tun.

The caves were inhabited by the Mayans centuries ago and still have a mystical and unique feel to them. You’ll be absolutely dazzled by the incredible light displays as the sun shines through the tiny openings in the cave ceiling. Just don’t be too dazzled and try to watch where you’re swimming so you don’t bump into any stalactites and stalagmites protruding all around you.

Getting Around Playa Del Carmen

One of the reasons Playa del Carmen is the perfect vacation destination is because transportation is bountiful here. You’ll find many taxis, buses and ferries available to take you where you want to go and bring you back at the end of the day.

Taxis are fairly inexpensive and the cab drivers do not expect tips. Buses are clean and comfortable and an hour ride only costs about $4. This is on a bus with working AC, a movie and a comfortable sleeper chair – you can’t beat it.

If you’re looking for a destination that offers a mix of relaxation, beauty, and adventure, oh, and luxury all-inclusive accommodations, you will NOT be disappointed by magical Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Insider Secrets

We would enjoy to hear any of our reader’s insider secrets, if any of you have traveled to Playa Del Carmen and want to share some of your travel experiences there. For example, Where did you stay and how did you like it? Did you find any interesting restaurants or attractions that you enjoyed and want to write about? How did the locals treat you? Please share your experiences below in the comment section. Our community of avid travelers and dolphin lovers would like to hear what you did and your travel advice.


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Swim with Dolphins Near Playa del Carmen

If you’re headed to the Yucatan Peninsula and you’re looking for all things trendy, then head to Playa del Carmen. This is the destination where uber-hip global travelers come to relax, shop, and see and be seen strolling down Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen’s busy pedestrian corridor.

The reefs in this area are pristine and perfect for those visitors who want to do a bit of snorkeling. Once in the water there is a very good chance to see vibrant schools of fish, eels, sea turtles and a plethora of corals. Visitors will also have the opportunity to swim with dolphins near Playa del Carmen.

A Video Tour of Dolphin World, Playa del Carmen

Dolphin Encounters

If you’ve ever wanted to encounter a dolphin up-close-and-personal, and who hasn’t, then you’ll get that chance finally at Dolphin World.

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Dolphin Encounters Playa Del Carmen Area
Dolphin Encounters Playa Del Carmen Area

The Dolphin Royal Swim Program has visitors interacting with these amazing creatures in shallow and deep water. You’ll start in the shallow end and get to know your new friends with some petting and kissing, and then move into the deeper end where you’ll experience the thrill of a foot push. That’s where two dolphins push you by the balls of your feet across the surface of the water. We dare you not to smile as big as you’ve ever smiled in your life.

The Dolphin Swim Adventure Program last a little bit longer and, along with some more petting and kissing, you’ll get to go for a belly ride on your new best friend. Can you say unbelievable?

And finally, the Dolphin Encounter Program is a shallow water encounter so it’s great for visitors who can’t swim or can but aren’t very confident in the water. You’ll get to touch and feed the dolphins and help train them as well.

Manatee Encounters

Did you know that manatees are the closest living relatives to elephants? Yep. They evolved from the same land animals as elephants over 50 million years ago. When you think about it, you can kind of see the family resemblance. These creatures are super docile and friendly and you’ll have the opportunity to interact with them in the dolphin + manatee + sea lion combo package. Talk about a fun-filled day! Get up and close to these gentle giants of the sea and experience a real thrill.

Manatee Encounter Playa Del Carmen Area
Manatee Encounter Playa Del Carmen Area

Sea Lion Encounters

And speaking of thrills, how about swimming with creatures that can swim up to 25 miles per hour? That’s how fast sea lions can swim, although they don’t like to show off often so they generally keep their speeds to 10 miles per hour. Did you know sea lions eat anchovies? Gross right! Well, not to them. The dolphin + manatees + sea lions program will have you interacting with the animals that some call the puppies of the sea. It will be an experience you won’t soon forget.

Fun with Sea Lions in Mexico
Fun with Sea Lions in Mexico

For most people, vacations only come around once per year. Sure you can do the same old thing and it might seem fun, after all, you’re not at work or at school and that’s fun right there! But wouldn’t you rather experience something totally new this year? Wouldn’t you and your family like to have some real thrills and make memories that will literally last a lifetime? If you answered yes, then head to Dolphin World in beautiful Playa del Carmen and interact with some of the most magical animals on the planet!

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5 Fun Facts about Sea Lions

7 different species

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t think sea lions were pretty adorable. With their long whiskers, winged feet and funny little shuffle-walk, they are one of the most unique creatures on the planet. But there are many things people don’t know about sea lions. For instance, they’re highly intelligent. In fact the US Navy has trained sea lions to help protect the waters off the coast of California from terrorist activity. Sea lions were actually used during the Vietnam War and Operation Iraqui Freedom.
Here are 5 other fun facts about sea lions you may not know.

Bulls and Cows and Pups, Oh My!

Male sea lions are called bulls, females are called cows and their babies are called pups. Sea lions are very social creatures and live in large groups called colonies or pods. These colonies can consist of thousands of sea lions all living in relative harmony, with a few skirmishes here and there.

A Cute Sea Lion Pup
A Cute Sea Lion Pup

And the Gold Medal Goes to…

Despite how oddly-shaped they are, sea lions are actually fantastic athletes able to complete rather astounding physical feats. For instance, they can dive to depths of 800 feet in order to find food. And, although they’re air breathers, they can remain under water for up to 30 minutes and can swim at a top speed of 25 miles an hour. Look out Michael Phelps.

5 Fun Fact about Sea Lions - They dive down deep
5 Fun Fact about Sea Lions – They dive down deep

There are 7 Different Species

There are 7 different species of sea lion found in the waters all around the world. There is the Steller sea lion, also known as the northern sea lion and found in the North Pacific Ocean. The Steller sea lion is the largest of all the species. Next is the South American sea lion found along the west coast of South America; the Australian sea lion – which is a small species found along the south and west coasts of Australia; the California sea lion, which is considered the most intelligent of the species; the New Zealand sea lion found around the south island of New Zealand; and finally the Galapagos sea lion found only around the Galapagos islands and thought to be related to the California sea lion.

7 different species
7 different species

Mmm, Mmm, Good

So, what do sea lions eat? Sea lions are carnivores and primarily live on fish. Some of their favorite fish are herring, mackerel, squid and sardines. Although they do have teeth, they tend to be rather piggish and swallow their fish whole.

what do sea lions eat?
what do sea lions eat?

How do they DO That?

We’ve all seen sea lions balance a ball on their nose, but did you ever really wonder how they do that? Well, they’re kind of cheating. You see they don’t actually balance the ball on their nose, they actually balance it using their stiff whiskers – it just looks like it’s on the tip of their nose. Pretty sneaky.

how they do that?
How they do that?

Get Up Close and Personal

Would you like to learn more about these amazing animals and see (or rather sea) them up close? At Ocean World Adventure Park in Cofresi, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, you can swim, play, hug, kiss and feed the sea lions in their natural habitat. It’s an experience like no other you’ve ever had. Here is a video to see the Sea Lion Encounter in Puerto Plata  program. We also offer swimming with the Sea Lions in Miami, Nassau Bahamas, Punta Cana Dominican Republic, Florida Keys, Panama City Beach, Oahu Hawaii, and Cancun Mexico.

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Swim with the Dolphins in Gorgeous Los Cabos Video!

Los Cabos Dolphin Swim Adventure

Do you have a dream of experiencing something magical? If so, your dream will come true with a visit to Los Cabos, located in beautiful San Jose del Cabo, just 25 minutes from Cabo San Lucas.
Come to the place where the Sea of Cortés meets the Pacific Ocean and be dazzled by the stretches of white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and charming cobblestone streets lined with boutiques and luxury resorts.

But perhaps the greatest attraction in Los Cabos is the Dolphin Discovery where visitors can swim with these friendly creatures in their natural habitat and experience magic firsthand.

A Video Tour of Dolphin Discovery in Beautiful Los Cabos

Your Unforgettable Experience Awaits You

No matter if you’re 8 or 88, Dolphin Discovery offers numerous swim programs for people of all ages who want to experience the wonder and magic of these playful mammals.

You can swim with the dolphins, ride their bellies, and be pushed across the water on a boogie board by your new friends. Dolphin Discovery’s interactive programs get you even more up-close-and-personal so you can experience being hugged and kissed by these wondrous creatures. You’ll also be able to play games they’ve learned through positive reinforcement training.

Swim with the Dolphins in Gorgeous Los Cabos!
Swim with the Dolphins in Gorgeous Los Cabos!

Have a ‘Whale’ of a Time

For those seeking an even bigger adventure, opt for Dolphin Discovery’s whale watching tours. Take a high speed boat out into the open water in search of some of the most majestic animals on the planet. Because the boats move quickly, they can cover more surface area which gives you a better chance at spotting the whales!

Whale Watching in Los Cabos
Whale Watching in Los Cabos

Surf and Sand

After you’ve been in the water all day long, you may want to have a dry adventure. Well don’t worry; Dolphin Discovery has those, too! Camel Quest takes you on an unforgettable ride through Wild Canyon Park. Yes, camels in Mexico! Although these animals are most associated with Africa and the Middle East, you won’t have to go that far to experience the thrill of a lifetime.

As you journey through the stunning oasis of Tule, passing granite white rocks and palm trees and catching spectacular glimpses of the Sea of Cortez, you’ll soon realize this isn’t just a leisurely ride but a game where you will have challenges that teach you about camels and the region’s ecosystem. Each challenge will earn you points toward a grand prize awarded at the end of the ride.

There are younger camels that have been trained to be ridden by children, so this action-packed adventure is for the whole family!

Camel Quest in Los Cabos
Camel Quest in Los Cabos

Enjoy Your Free Time

You’ll also be able to spend some free time wandering around Wirikuta Park, home to over 1,500 species of cacti from South America, Africa, and Mexico. A visit to this botanical garden is a great way to end your spectacular day.

Wirikuta Park in Los Cabos
Wirikuta Park in Los Cabos

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Whether you want to swim with dolphins, whale watch, ride a camel, or explore Mother Nature on your own time, Dolphin Discovery is more than just a theme park, it’s a destination where magic happens. If you been to Los Cabos or would like to come this magical destination, please leave a comment with some of your insights or thoughts below. Thank you.


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Mexico Dolphin Program Reviews

Cancun Isla Mujeres Dolphin Swim Adventure

The Mexico Dolphin Program is a perfect place for this type of activity because of the weather, location, and the ability to participate with Trained Dolphins, Sea Lions and other Animals. See what our customers have to say about their experience. When you write your review, please specify which location you went to because we have many locations in Mexico. Here are the Mexico Dolphin Program Reviews and the customer’s words & photos….