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I had a great time on the Playa Resorts Panama Jack Fam for the past 4 days. I stayed at the Panama Jack Cancun and the Panama Jack Playa del Carmen. Both resorts were very nice but completely different in terms of style, layout and décor. What they do have in common is very welcoming and friendly staff and great food and restaurant options, oh and great cocktails!
Panama Jack resorts are family resorts and the focus is on FUN! In Cancun, the resort has a pirate ship and kids’ activity area that will keep kids entertained for days. Jack’s Bar is the main bar. It is very large with lots of seating at the bar and comfortable sitting areas all around the room. There is a stage for live entertainment and karaoke for brave guests who want to light up the stage!
The resort is on the Cancun Hotel Zone and I enjoyed walking the long stretch of beach every morning.
We had a dance lesson and learned the Panama Jack dance which the staff perform by the pool for the guests daily. Did I mention the resort is a lot of fun?
We also got to see the turtle sanctuary which was a real treat. We were given a demonstration of how the turtle eggs are buried in the sand until they are ready to hatch. Every time a turtle lays eggs on the beach, those eggs are transferred to a protected area and buried in the ground. A sign labeled with the approximate hatch date and type of turtle is staked in the sand on the mound of each set of eggs. We even got to see an actual turtle egg. They are the size of ping pong balls.
Some of the other highlights of our stay were making Mazapan which is a Mexican candy made with crushed peanuts and powdered sugar. We had a mixology lesson and watched the mixologist make a variety of cocktails, my favorite of which was the mescalita cocktail.
The tequila tasting was the highpoint for me and I had a first ever experience of sucking on a lemon dusted with cricket salt. Yes, that’s right - ground cricket mixed with salt.
This is a great place to relax, enjoy the beach and the friendly atmosphere of this cozy resort.