• Dean Nelson

VACAYA Playa del Carmen All-Inclusive

VACAYA returns to Mexico just in time for Halloween & Day of the Dead 2021 with a vacation that delivers even more of the fun you’ve come to expect from VACAYA without breaking the bank. In the heart of the magnificent Riviera Maya, Panama Jack Playa del Carmen provides you and your friends a sun-kissed beach backdrop with the vibrant city center just steps away. Panama Jack is a favourite among locals, offering a young, hip, fun-centric vibe with all of PDC’s restaurants, shopping, nightclubs, gay bars, and Dia de los Muertos celebrations within a couple blocks!

Join our friends this October 30 - November 6, 2021. All-inclusive resorts offer an amazing value for any cost-conscious traveler, and Panama Jack Playa del Carmen offers all that along with a level of comfortable accommodations you can sink into at this affordable all-in price point. On a sun-drenched beachfront in the heart of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, all-inclusive Panama Jack welcomes guests to recharge amid the azure seas, authentic culture, and coastal charm of the Riviera Maya. Cool, casual, and simple, this gay-friendly resort is ideally located on the Caribbean Sea just steps away from Playa’s famed Fifth Avenue shops, clubs, and restaurants. From action-packed activities like beach volleyball and wine tasting to oceanfront swimming pools with waiter service, discover the perfect combo of relaxation and adventure. On top of all that, the resort was voted Travellers Choice by Tripadvisor in 2020. Explore all the inclusions and judge for yourself the incredible value of VACAYA’s newest and most affordable all-inclusive resort.

Accommodations for Kings and Queens - Included.

Contemporary and elegant, Panama Jack Resorts’ accommodations are designed with your comfort in mind and inspired by the sea, sun, and sand. With Jack’s deep insight into the desires of travellers, thoughtful amenities include stocked minibars, furnished terraces, ocean views, delectable room service, and several special touches – a true home away from home. And our more simple and economical options in “The Strip,” give cost-conscious travellers the chance to join in all the fun. INCLUDED.



CHECK IN Smiles, Everyone, Smiles! Welcome to Panama Jack Playa del Carmen! The Vacayans will welcome you as you arrive at the resort for a breezy check in. We’re easy to spot in our colorful “I AM VACAYA” T-shirts and we’re eager to make your vacation dreams come true. An amazing lunch awaits, followed by a casual walk around the resort. Is a dip in one of the resort’s freshwater pools what you crave? Or maybe you’re ready to take in your first spa treatment at our holistic spa? A fun dinner at one of the resort’s restaurants and a welcome party are on tap for your first evening, so get ready to flash your smile and say hello to all your new friends!

DAY 2 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2021

HALLOWEEN It’s Halloween and VACAYA & Panama Jack are ready with both tricks AND treats! Tonight, don’t miss our Halloween Costume Extravaganza poolside before we dance the night away. You’ll have the chance to walk away with our coveted “ZZOLO” Award. We know… most of you have NO IDEA what that is, but you will soon enough. And we promise… it’s worth it!


DAY OF THE DEAD Today is hands down the most special day of our week here in Mexico. It’s Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead), Mexico’s celebrated holiday for those who’ve moved on to the spiritual world. It’s a day like no other in the world and we’ll celebrate it authentically with our Mexican brothers and sisters both here at the resort and in the Playa del Carmen City Center. “¡Hay más tiempo que vida!” (“There is more time than life!”). Our first V-Dance of the week takes place this afternoon, but it’s not like any you’ve seen before. Expect the unexpected!


THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES We’ve reached the midpoint of our time here in Mexico and the choices for today abound! Will you take advantage of one of the excursions and head off to the Mayan Ruins to explore the ancient sites? Or will you explore the crystal-clear waters of Xcaret, a water themed eco-archaeological park? Or are you looking to expand your friend circle through one of our planned social mixers? Here, you literally can have it all!


THE SPA & 5TH AVENUE SHOPS CALL The Riviera Maya sun shines brightly today as everyone settles in to Panama Jack powered by VACAYA. Is today the day you finally experience the Aura Spa’s pampering treatments? Or are you looking to explore the city center? Panama Jack is just steps away from world-renowned “5th Avenue,” a lively pedestrian walkway that offers dining, nightlife, and endless shopping opportunities at internationally recognized boutiques. Can’t decide? We don’t blame you. There’s so much to see and do.


SUN’S OUT! BUNS OUT! Feeling adventurous? Want to avoid tan lines and a sand-filled swimsuit? Why not go au natural at our clothing optional rooftop deck and hot tub? If being naked isn’t your definition of utopia (and we totally understand if it’s not), maybe try a little volleyball on the beach. Or how about a Mexican cuisine cooking class? No matter your “state of dress” preference for the afternoon, we’ve got something to “suit” just about everyone! After a fun dinner at one of the resort’s restaurants, don’t miss the chance to dance poolside as we celebrate the night away!


RELAX. REFRESH. REJUVENATE. Where does the time go? Panama Jack’s inclusions, adventure, rejuvenation, and connections are waiting to be discovered around every corner. No matter your choice, you’ve entered UTOPIA and it’ll be hard to say goodbye… guaranteed. Our last V-Dance of the week takes place this afternoon and we can’t wait to see you there!


CHECK OUT Parting is such sweet sorrow. Our time here in Mexico officially comes to an end today. Many of you will, of course, extend your stay here at Panama Jack and other hotels in the area, while many others will return home today. Whether you stay here or head home, we wish you the safest of journeys.

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Playa Safe Stay - enhanced health and safety protocols

The Vacayans worked through each and every detail with our partners on the ground at Panama Jack Resort. They have come up with a solid plan to mitigate risks and maximize enjoyment. Of course many things look different than they did pre-COVID, but they have approached each challenge with verve and ingenuity to ensure you have a fantastic time.


Playa Hotels & Resorts, including the brand Panama Jack, announced the Playa Safe Stay initiative on May 4, 2020. In direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic and elevated guest expectations, Playa Safe Stay focuses on preventive antiviral measures, reassuring guests with confidence that only Hyatt or Hilton can deliver and bringing key sectors of the travel industry together for solutions.

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And in no way contradicting those standards, the VACAYA team also believe in individuals’ personal liberties. So to blend those two concepts, VACAYA will institute the following measures to enhance safety, minimize risks, and create an environment where we can all have a great time together. As a community, we have a shared responsibility to each other as we embark on this new path. We’re confident each of you will follow the protocols we outline here for the safety and well-being of your fellow travellers.


With the health and safety of guests and team members of paramount importance, The Vacayans (which are your dedicated team of paid VACAYA staffers) will follow the same protocols as Playa employees to ensure a pristine and relaxing environment for our guests, including:

  • Pre-trip Covid-19 Test

  • Pre-trip isolation to avoid unnecessary contact

  • Rigorous temperature checks throughout the week

  • Face coverings when servicing guests

  • Personal hygiene regiment, including hand sanitization

  • Training on protocols, reporting, and guest support for anyone displaying symptoms


With only a few minor exceptions, all VACAYA events will occur outside. Based on all the available science, it is abundantly clear that outdoor events are markedly safer than large indoor events in ensuring everyone’s well-being.

After your temperature scan at check-in (please note that for everyone’s peace of mind, we’ll be conducting random temperature checks throughout your stay at the resort. Temperature checks are only ONE of the tools in our arsenal.), you’ll receive a coloured waterproof lanyard to hold your room key. You will have two choices – RED or GREEN. These colours reflect your preferences as they relate to your own personal social distancing protocols (they do not represent being taken or single).