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Point Esmeralda:Public beach in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Scenic, white-sand beach featuring a shallow, limestone sinkhole popular for swimming.

Playa del Carmen locals love visiting the area’s beaches, especially on weekends. And there’s one hidden local beach that’s far enough outside the center of the city to remain unknown to most tourists: Punta Esmeralda.

Here, you’ll find an open cenote that flows right into the Caribbean Sea, as well as a wide, white sand beach. Also known as “Playa Esmeralda,” Playa del Carmen Punta Esmeralda has become a favorite among local families (especially kids) for its absolutely perfect swimming conditions and untouched beach. And yes, access is completely free.

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Getting to Punta Esmeralda is easy once you know how to find it, reachable by car, by taxi, or on foot from Downtown Playa del Carmen. The small beach access road is set right on 5th Avenue near Calle 110 Norte (just north of Paradisus resort), and you can park your vehicle all along the access road free of charge.

Of course, the main highlight of Punta Esmeralda is its completely open coastal cenote, whose clear, serene and shallow water make it ideal for little kids, almost like a natural splash pool! (Keep in mind that kids should keep their distance from the hole on the far side that connects the cenote to the underground river system.)

Visitors also love relaxing and playing on the extensive, nearly untouched white sand beach with its calm and shallow conditions.  Off to one side is a wooded area with picnic tables and plenty of shade, as well as a playground for kids of all ages. The downside: No public restrooms and no beach loungers for rent.

If you get hungry during a beach day at Playa del Carmen Punta Esmeralda, you might see food vendors strolling up and down the beach selling snacks or even pizza. There’s also a food truck (specializing in seafood) at the northern end with tables and restroom facilities.

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A Little Mexican Adventure Vacation

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A lot of people plan their vacations months in advance. The reason why some people do it is because they would want everything to be perfect. They want the hotel checked out, they want the destination close to the hotel, they want their activities lined up and ready for them and of course they want to be treated special because after all they are paying tons and tons of money.

This is how an adventure vacation is perceived. Months of preparation followed by countless weeks of anticipation and anxiety, this is usually how a regular vacationer sees it and it’s how they live out the drama of their vacation.

Now when we talk about vacation some people would think that to enjoy their vacation they would need t travel across the globe to seek out and uncharted island blissfully located in the middle of nowhere and strategically located right next to civilization. Some people would also think that they need to spend tons and tons of money just to get them there, an island bordered by the savagery of the out doors and the comforts of civilization. But sometimes when people look too far away they miss what’s under their noses.

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Always time to just relax

Many people prefer going to more luxurious and popular places without considering those that could offer exciting adventure and interesting places to visit. Nowadays, when you talk about people missing things that are right under their noses—I’m talking about missing out on a good place to go to for a vacation. Some people spend too much of their time looking away to places like France, Italy, London etc. etc. when some of the good places to go to are just a border away in Mexico.

Though we must admit not all of Mexico is for the sight seers, there are many places in the heartland of Mexico that are not really for tourist and their vacation getaways. Some are cruel realities of life that really require the attention of the government. Mexico is a really nice place to be in because of the virgin forests and the beautiful beaches, but if there would be any improvement in the tourism scene in Mexico, it has to start now.

Anyway, one of the few places that really deserve hats off is a place called San Blas, Mexico. Long before Spanish settlers set foot in this little gateway to California, people have already started settling here. Some people speculate that the lost civilization of the Incas may have been from there once.

It may not be as popular as Cancun but it does hold it own brand of notoriety especially for birds. Yes that’s right birds. Many of the bird watching enthusiast flock to this little barrio surrounded by forests, lagoons, mangroves and endless islets that serve as excellent breeding grounds for both exotic and local species of birds.

Another attraction here are the ruins of Fort San Basilio built atop of a steep hill the La Contaduria. Imagine yourself on an adventure vacation high above the expanse of the town and the harbor. A good place to see the whole town and the beach, a good thing about it is that it’s not too far away unlike when you need to have your fix on.

Here, you can enjoy not just a peaceful environment but also a feeling of self-fulfillment and utmost relaxation.

Enjoy your travels!

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