Playacar, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Playacar is an upscale resort area of Playa del Carmen. Located south of Cozumel in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico in the municipality of Solidaridad, it is a gated community that has grown with Playa del Carmen, just south of its main urban area. Playacar is approximately 40 minutes drive from Cancun. It is composed of 2 sections: the first one, Playacar Phase 1 offers nice by-the-sea secluded beaches and very exclusive villas, very close to downtown Playa del Carmen. The second, Playacar Phase II, was built around a golf course designed by Robert von Hagge, and exposes all inclusive resorts and private villas all around.

Tips

Playacar is about 4 km from the centre of Playa del Carmen. So If you want to walk, you can do it in less than an hour or you can take a taxi too to get there easily.
You can also rent a car to visit Cancun, Tulum (ruins), Chichen Itza (Maya City), Xel Ha or Xcaret Eco Park (aquatic and cultural parks).
Another possibility of visits could be Cozumel and Islas Mujeres; taking an excursion for a day or only hiring a taxi-boat.
Playacar is very quiet so if you like walking, take your time and enjoy your walk.
If you only want to relax, enjoy the beach and don’t forget to protect your skin and to wear sunglasses.

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HI-Ottawa Jail hostel, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The Hl-Ottawa Jail hostel is located in the former prison of Carleton County (1862-1972). This is the only hostel of its kind in North America. The original architecture has been preserved with its walls made of stone and brick and cells were transformed into dormitories. This prison was considered one of the most haunted buildings in Canada. The building is conveniently located in the city center, just steps from Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada, the Byward Market, shops, cafes, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, in short everything a tourist wants to know while in town. The night comes accompanied with a delicious continental breakfast: fair trade coffee, tea, juice, fruit and bagel baked in the region, eggs, milk and cereals. Of course, you have wi-fi.

Tips

Do not miss the tour of the prison offered free with your stay every day at 11:00. If you arrive by car, there is a paid parking at $12.00 per day. The inn offers holidays with a lot of emotions, weekly activities, guided tours and evenings at the bar. If you want to have new experiences and meet other travelers, you will have the opportunity to share your cell-room with other tourists.

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Festival des Neiges of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Fête des Neiges de Montréal is an event that takes place every year over several weekends. This time, it will be done at Espace 67, the new field for events at Parc Jean Drapeau, from January, 18th to February, 9th. There are a lot of winter activities there: slides, dog sleds, skating, ice sculptures and shows, among others. There is a gourmet space with several restaurateurs but you can also bring your lunch and have it at the chalet in the space reserved for that.

Tips

The best way to get there is by metro and get off at Jean-Drapeau station. If you prefer to go by car, you have to pay for the parking.
Purchasing your pass will give you unlimited access for the duration of the event. Children 2 and under do not pay and there is the possibility of buying a little bit cheaper family package for 4 people (2 adults-2 children).
You can bring your skates, your utility sledge or your snowshoes or simply rent them on site.
Open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.