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Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is HAPPENING! This town has boomed and is better now than it's ever been. People flock to Playa del Carmen, especially from Europe, to party and relax in its tropical Bohemian atmosphere. Cruise ships typically stop in Playa del Carmen to allow their vacationers to take advantage of the great shopping and restaurants.
Playa , as the locals call it , is a cosmopolitan town located on the Caribbean Sea about 35 miles South of Cancun in the heart of Mexico's Mayan Riviera. The town is small enough where you can walk just about anywhere you need to go. The location of Playa del Carmen and its nearby attractions makes this the perfect holiday destination for a Caribbean Vacation.
A typical day in Playa can be spent relaxing under an umbrella propped along the breathtaking Mayan Riviera beaches sipping a margarita. The azure sea is the perfect temperature for a swim, and the ocean breeze is steady enough to keep you cool. Seaside bars and restaurants are located all along Playa del Carmen beaches and are the perfect place to kick off your shoes and enjoy lunch with your toes in the cool, white sand.
During the afternoon, you may browse the many shops and markets along 5th Avenue. Banks, pharmacies, one-hour-film developing, liquor stores and supermarkets are located downtown and nearby.
After dinner at an palapa-roof restaurant, there are plenty of fun bars on the beach and in town where you can kick back with an ice-cold cerveza and watch live music. Listen to rock, reggae, folk, mariachi, and Mexican bands all around town and dance to live Salsa music at the Mambo Cafe.
Playa del Carmen is HAPPENING! This town has boomed and is better now than it's ever been. People flock to Playa del Carmen, especially from Europe, to party and relax in its tropical Bohemian atmosphere. Cruise ships typically stop in Playa del Carmen to allow their vacationers to take advantage of the great shopping and restaurants.

Playa, as the locals call it , is a cosmopolitan town located on the Caribbean Sea about 35 miles South of Cancun in the heart of Mexico's Mayan Riviera. The town is small enough where you can walk just about anywhere you need to go. The location of Playa del Carmen and its nearby attractions makes this the perfect holiday destination for a Caribbean Vacation.

A typical day in Playa can be spent relaxing under an umbrella propped along the breathtaking Mayan Riviera beaches sipping a margarita. The azure sea is the perfect temperature for a swim, and the ocean breeze is steady enough to keep you cool. Seaside bars and restaurants are located all along Playa del Carmen beaches and are the perfect place to kick off your shoes and enjoy lunch with your toes in the cool, white sand.

During the afternoon, you may browse the many shops and markets along 5th Avenue. Banks, pharmacies, one-hour-film developing, liquor stores and supermarkets are located downtown and nearby.

After dinner at an palapa-roof restaurant, there are plenty of fun bars on the beach and in town where you can kick back with an ice-cold cerveza and watch live music. Listen to rock, reggae, folk, mariachi, and Mexican bands all around town and dance to live Salsa music at the Mambo Cafe.

 

Clubs

If you are looking to party Playa del Carmen is a great place to go. The 5th avenue "strip" is alive at night and clubs and bars are dotted all along this strip. There is a bar that caters to every taste here so we don't particularly recommend any single club cafe or bar. It does not take long to walk up and down fifth and the many side streets so you can cover a lot of distance in an afternoon doing recognizance, picking the place you would like to visit at night. 
You can also easily walk from club to club in the course of a night starting at one end of 5th avenue and ending up at the other end. If you are staying a week that is more than ample time to check out every bar in Playa if you so desire. 
Drinking on the street is prohibited, however the police will not harass you if you are under control. If you are carrying a beer and staggering or acting like a goof you will get arrested. You can sit on the curb and drink a beer, casually walk around and most convenient stores sell beer. An open bottle of tequila will get you hassled and probably arrested. 
Dress for clubs is anything from casual to full-tilt. 
If you are looking to party Playa del Carmen is a great place to go. The 5th avenue "strip" is alive at night and clubs and bars are dotted all along this strip. There is a bar that caters to every taste here so we don't particularly recommend any single club cafe or bar. It does not take long to walk up and down fifth and the many side streets so you can cover a lot of distance in an afternoon doing recognizance, picking the place you would like to visit at night.

You can also easily walk from club to club in the course of a night starting at one end of 5th avenue and ending up at the other end. If you are staying a week that is more than ample time to check out every bar in Playa if you so desire.

Drinking on the street is prohibited, however the police will not harass you if you are under control. If you are carrying a beer and staggering or acting like a goof you will get arrested. You can sit on the curb and drink a beer, casually walk around and most convenient stores sell beer. An open bottle of tequila will get you hassled and probably arrested.

Dress for clubs is anything from casual to full-tilt. 

 

Restaurants

Playa del Carmen abounds with restaurants and cafes serving everything imaginable. Menus in the tourist zone along 5th Avenue are usually in English and most of the waiters speak fluent English. 
Prices are fixed at the American level which means restaurant food prices are the same as popular tourist destinations in the United States. The farther away from 5th Avenue you go, the cheaper meal costs become. 
Bottled water is available in every restaurant. The restaurants also use bottled water for cooking. 
Reservations are not required in the majority of establishments however you can drop in during the day and have a look. If you wish you can book a table in a choice location near a waterfall or something interesting. 
The majority of restaurants on 5th or close to it are owned or co-owned by foreigners. By and large they mostly offer International cuisine and even the "Mexican Restaurants" are more International than Mexican. To get the real Mexican taste and feel you have to wander out of the zona tourista and out into the abyss! 
For those who dare to tread away from the hotel buffet you will find an exciting adventure awaits you as you saunter away from 5th on your dinning mission. For added enjoyment you can even select dark deserted streets to walk along on your way to the heart-land of Playa dinner fare. 
To find Mexican restaurants walk up Juarez to 30 Avenue then walk North along 30th. Along the way you will start to see the odd Mexican restaurant. Towards Constituyentes you start to hit more restaurants. Mexican restaurants are generaly cash only. 
How do you know you are truly in an authentic, official Mexican restaurant? 
The answer is...you are the only gringo, nobody speaks English, the menus are all in Mexican, the place is filled with Mexicans and it smells delicious. 
Playa del Carmen abounds with restaurants and cafes serving everything imaginable. Menus in the tourist zone along 5th Avenue are usually in English and most of the waiters speak fluent English.

Prices are fixed at the American level which means restaurant food prices are the same as popular tourist destinations in the United States. The farther away from 5th Avenue you go, the cheaper meal costs become.

Bottled water is available in every restaurant. The restaurants also use bottled water for cooking.

Reservations are not required in the majority of establishments however you can drop in during the day and have a look. If you wish you can book a table in a choice location near a waterfall or something interesting.

The majority of restaurants on 5th or close to it are owned or co-owned by foreigners. By and large they mostly offer International cuisine and even the "Mexican Restaurants" are more International than Mexican. To get the real Mexican taste and feel you have to wander out of the zona tourista and out into the abyss!

For those who dare to tread away from the hotel buffet you will find an exciting adventure awaits you as you saunter away from 5th on your dinning mission. For added enjoyment you can even select dark deserted streets to walk along on your way to the heart-land of Playa dinner fare.

To find Mexican restaurants walk up Juarez to 30 Avenue then walk North along 30th. Along the way you will start to see the odd Mexican restaurant. Towards Constituyentes you start to hit more restaurants. Mexican restaurants are generaly cash only.

How do you know you are truly in an authentic, official Mexican restaurant?

The answer is...you are the only gringo, nobody speaks English, the menus are all in Mexican, the place is filled with Mexicans and it smells delicious. 

 

Cozumel Ferry

There are two separate ferry companies running ferries back and forth from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel. One ferry leaves 5 to 10 minutes ahead of the other one. Both ferries are more or less the same in comfort, speed and amenities.

It does not matter which ferry you take.

Both ferries have refreshments. You can get beer, pop and juices. The old ferry used to show reruns of old television shows on their televisions. The new ferry has televisions as well however, every time we have been on it, the televisions were off.

Ferry schedules change and each company produces its own published schedules [they are both different] which is why if you do a search on the net for Cozumel Ferry times you will get so many conflicting times.

So your best bet is if you are going to Cozumel/Playa del Carmen then simply get to the docks early and buy your ticket for the next available trip as soon as you get there, then sit and wait for the ferry. 

 

Playa del Carmen is HAPPENING! This town has boomed and is better now than it's ever been. The number and quality of businesses has increased to keep pace with it's growing popularity. Water sports are available in Playa del Carmen including swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, fishing, para-sailing, sky diving and more... Great shopping and restaurants can be found along Playa del Carmen's "Quinta Avenida" (5th Avenue) pedestrian promenade. 5th Avenue is THE place to see and be seen in the tourist zone and it's located one block off the beach, adjacent to the "Zocalo" (main square) in central Playa del Carmen.
 A growing number of high quality small hotels and condominiums have popped up in Playa del Carmen in order to accommodate the more sophisticated traveler. Many of these have been built within the last few years and they offer high style and luxury, on and just off the beach
 
To the south of Playa del Carmen and right next door is Playacar, a posh gated beach front community that was designed from the ground up to create a sophisticated environment for the tropical lifestyle. Here you will find a number of rental houses, most with a view of the Caribbean and no more than a short walk to the beaches of Playacar and Playa del Carmen. There are also a many quality all-inclusive resorts in Playacar just south of the beach houses in Phase I.
Playa del Carmen is HAPPENING! This town has boomed and is better now than it's ever been. The number and quality of businesses has increased to keep pace with it's growing popularity. Water sports are available in Playa del Carmen including swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, fishing, para-sailing, sky diving and more... Great shopping and restaurants can be found along Playa del Carmen's "Quinta Avenida" (5th Avenue) pedestrian promenade. 5th Avenue is THE place to see and be seen in the tourist zone and it's located one block off the beach, adjacent to the "Zocalo" (main square) in central Playa del Carmen.

A growing number of high quality small hotels and condominiums have popped up in Playa del Carmen in order to accommodate the more sophisticated traveler. Many of these have been built within the last few years and they offer high style and luxury, on and just off the beach.

To the south of Playa del Carmen and right next door is Playacar, a posh gated beach front community that was designed from the ground up to create a sophisticated environment for the tropical lifestyle. Here you will find a number of rental houses, most with a view of the Caribbean and no more than a short walk to the beaches of Playacar and Playa del Carmen. There are also a many quality all-inclusive resorts in Playacar just south of the beach houses in Phase I.

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