Playa – oh Playa del Carmen, MX

Surprises always come in travel packages! A colleague and I planned a trip to Cancun and the Rivera Maya. She had a friend who lives in Playa del Carmen, and I had never been to this part of Mexico, so I was really excited to do some Maya temple exploring and some snorkeling and beach dwelling. Of course, those of you who have followed me through Europe know that culinary adventures were not far behind and I LOVE Southwestern and Mexican cuisine.

Playa del Carmen SunriseSo many plans for this wonderful trip – Xel Ha, XCaret, Mayan Ruins, Swimming with Dolphins – all came true, plus I broke out of a couple of ‘travel comfort zones’, which I didn’t expect!