Sombreros, Tacos, Fajitas, Mayan ruins and Corona beer. The lands of Mexico attract people for a whole number of different reason but whatever yours is, you simply cannot pass up Playa del Carmen.
Situated on the eastern or Caribbean Coast of the country, Playa del Carmen lies 70km South of tourist hotspot Cancun and it provides a total contrast to it’s close neighbour. Grid blocks ensure it is almost impossible to get lost, and situated right on the beach so there really is a little bit of everything here. If you get the ADO Bus into town, the station is right along the Quinta Avenida – the main street that runs along town which makes getting to your accommodation pretty easy.
Playa is one of those places where you can indulge in water based activities by day – beach, cenotes – and enjoy the heaving night life down 12th Street by night.
There must be easily 20 clubs in the space of 2 blocks, my personal favourite being the Blue Parrot which is right on the beach for good measure. So you should be able to find something you like. All of the big clubs charge covers but ladies get in for free however, the smaller bars are usually free for the fellas too.
After a big night out you can recover by visiting some Cenotes that are situated around Playa and Tulum. A Cenote is a natural sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. They are associated with the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, and were used by the ancient Mayans for sacrificial offerings. I visited the Garden of Eden Cenote, which was easy to get to in a “Collectivo” van from Playa costing around 30 Pesos and taking around 30 minutes. Entry to the Cenote was around 60 Pesos and allows you the chance to jump into the lovely freshwater, practice your backflips or even do some snorkelling.
You can also visit Tulum to visit more Cenotes and Mayan Ruins, as it is only around 60km south of Playa del Carmen. The collectivos also go to Tulum, or you could take a Coach bus if you prefer a little more space but either way, it’s very cheap.
I spent 4 nights in Playa del Carmen and could easily have stayed longer thanks to the amazing staff and guests at the Hostel Rio Playa where I made some great friends and was able to work on my Spanish. I think 7-10 days would be enough time in Playa to visit more Cenotes and perhaps some Ruins, or work on that tan by the beach.
Muchas Gracias Playa! From the town to the sights to the friendly people here I had a great time here. If you haven’t been to Mexico yet it is a brilliant place and not at all what you’d think.
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