Paradise found: the writer, one of the top actresses from 1980's Mexican Cinema, takes us on an escapade to the Riviera Maya, Mexico's Idyllic and uncongested dreamy destination.

Author:de Melo, Anais
Position:Travel Section
 
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Riviera Maya is a beautiful sunny destination located in southeastern Mexico and is part of the Yucatan peninsula.

It best known for its idyllic beaches, with clear turquoise warm water and white fine sands. It is the home of one of the most beautiful resorts in the world; it combines the laid back village of Puerto Morelos and the blissful and quaint town of Playa del Carmen.

I decided a few weeks ago to take a vacation far away from the chaotic city where I live, and had my heart set on Playa del Carmen. Being the easygoing type, I was looking for a place where I could read, write and paint and just take it easy for a few days.

Playa del Carmen seemed like the perfect place, although I was looking for a much quieter venue. I was actually searching for a place to take it easy during the day and be able to party at night.

Playa del Carmen seemed to be the perfect place for the nightlife I was looking for, but I wanted a tranquil place for my daytime needs. Puerto Morelos was definitely the locale I needed.

Long stretches of empty beaches where I could take extended walks, look deep into the horizon, paint, write, meditate, work on my tan or just take a siesta and rest. I could explore the natural wonders such as the coral reef (500 meters from shore), have a serene and delicious lunch with the locals, snorkel or swim.

So there was my plan: Puerto Morelos for the daytime and Playa del Carmen for the nightlife. It was perfect. I was really proud of myself for having chosen those two paradisiacal destinations.

Puerto Morelos is located on the edge of the Riviera Maya, only about 20 minutes away from the Cancun airport. I would arrive at the airport, take a shuttle to my hotel in Puerto Morelos, leave my suitcase and go about my business. That's exactly what I did.

I checked in, put on a bathing suit and rushed to meet the blue beautiful waves of this Caribbean slice of heaven.

After a long day on the beach, I went back to my hotel, took a siesta for a couple of hours, had a shower, got dressed for the evening, and took a cab to Playa del Carmen, only a few kilometers away.

Playa del Carmen was originally a small fishing town which has recently undergone a quick development, catering to the needs of the rich, the famous and the luxury lovers.

Playa del Carmen, although just a few kilometers away from Puerto Morelos, is a completely different concept from the laidback and quiet village of Puerto Morelos.

Playa del Carmen is literally a...

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