When I visited Playa del Carmen,
I stayed at the beachfront Panama Jack all-inclusive resort for a week. It’s located right on the edge of the city, a few blocks from one of the busiest streets, so there’s lots of local shopping mixed in with Western comforts like Starbucks and Forever21 within walking distance.
After a few days at one hotel, you get a feel for how everything operates and discover what your personal routine looks like, so welcome to a day in the life at Panama Jack!
Check your weather app and find out the sunrise time. I recommend at least once during your stay, wake up and walk down to the beach to watch the sun rise. It’s so peaceful and relaxing.
Panama Jack is a family resort, and if you want to enjoy the pool before the sun and the kiddos start sharing the same space, a swim anytime before about 9-10am will get you the pool and outdoor showers all to yourself.
Being an all-inclusive, we would skip breakfast on the main floor and order room service most days; our balcony overlooked the road leading to the beach and it was always so quiet in the mornings with a pretty view of the ocean to go with our morning coffee and pancakes.
Cabana time. Near the main pool are 2 things:
1) the cabanas, or
2) the lounge chairs, and
3) the bar
It gets pretty busy between 11-4, so if you plan on spending the whole day by the pool or baking in the sun, the early the better.
If you’re coming for the drinks, you’ll be delighted to know that there’s a bar out by the pool, as well as inside the hotel by the pool entrance. The outdoor bar was my favourite for simple drinks, and the inside bar was my favourite for chatting with the bartender and trying something new.
Vacation is all about the late lunch. There are a few restaurants on the main floor that serve lunch at Panama Jack., but my favourite place to zen out and enjoy the day is on the 3rd floor at the infinity pool. It’s a small pool with a swim up bar attached to a small dining patio called Off the Hook that served yummy sushi and drinks.
Something that I wasn’t expecting, but overly enjoyed was the evening festivities. Each night was something different and I started looking forward to seeing what was going to pop up on the main floor. Taco Fest was really cute and well done with the hotels own cooking pit and so much delicious food.
If evening festivities aren’t your thing, I recommend trying Ipanema for a mouth-watering dinner.
After dinner, my favourite place to enjoy the evening was on the beach, watching the sun go down.
One of my favourite features of Panama Jack was how you could step out of the hotel straight onto the beach; whether it’s for sunrise, sunset or any magical moment in between.
Panama Jack ended up being my favourite hotel to stay at during my Mexico trip. The hotel was close to shopping without the side effect of foot traffic and noise, the ease of booking day trips and adventures right in the lobby was a great experience (we booked the 4-hour catamaran adventure and got a discount) and the overall friendliness of the staff made me feel like I had everything I needed in one place. Plus, the all-day café on the main floor makes an incredible cold brew.
If you’re thinking about booking a trip to Playa del Carmen, consider Panama Jack.
Disclosure: This post was pat of a partnership with Panama Jack; however all opinions and views are unaltered and my own.