Fresh Squeezed Juice
He'll squeeze it right in front of you. From morning until around noon he's on 10th Ave around Juarez. BIG cup for $1 US. What a way to start the day. Then head down Juarez to 5th Ave for a cochinita pibil taco for about $.60 US.
Here is our guide for our trip around the Sian Kaan Biosphere. What do you think, 18? His english was very limited, so is our spanish, but we still got some info. this is our boat pulling away from the temple in the lagoon.
Ula Gula: raw deal
It is a shame that our wonderful vacation in Playa del Carmen (great people, good food and fantastic location) was marred by a single bad experience at Ula Gula. But, if this post keeps just one or two of you from having the same experience, it will be worth it. Ula Gula is an upstairs restaurant on 5th avenue, next to south 10th. It offers ridiculously small portions at inflated prices. I should have known something was wrong when the wine glass they brought us had hardly any wine into it. By the time we were done, having spent close to $ 50, we were still hungry, and had to go to another restaurant just to take care of our hunger.
Worlds Best Lobster?
From our 2003 Visit.
We had read about this place in guide and decided to try this "very affordable" place. What a FIND! It's located just off of 5th, beyond the illuminated street banner for Ajue Lobster. There is not a lot of ambiance, but the food MORE than makes up for that. One of the biggest Lobster tails I have ever had, which was spectacular at only 20 dollars. We also ordered shrimp in garlic, which was great at 8 dollars, but very unnecessary seeing the size of the Lobster. We tried to go back a few times, but since they are a block off of 5th St. they don't get the huge amount of foot traffic from toursts they, usually close a bit before 10pm...and we didn't get back in time, which was a very sad occassion.
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2004
We made it back to Los Brisas, and it is still very unassuming and still great. The lobster tail was a bit smaller, but at 18 dollars we had two! They were just as wonderful as we remembered! So 2 lobsters, guacamole, 3 margaritas, 2 pina coladas and dessert. 50 bucks. Perfect! You can eat here cheaper, but we're talking REALLY GOOD LOBSTER! GO FOR IT!
Updated September 2005
Oh well, it was huge while it lasted. We went to Las Brisas again last week, still great prices, still real size cocktails for 2 dollars, but the lobster is shrinking!
Now we understand that they still get the big tails, but the price has gone up. It still seems to be one of the better bargains, just off 5th street. Would go there again in a heartbeat!
Updated 2007--it's still there, but prices are creeping up at Playa expands and it's "this" close to 5th street
Playa Means Beach
Playa means beach dummy. So go hit it. All of the spectacular white sand beaches in Playa del Carmen are public so feel free to explore. Playa is not over-developed like Cancun so there are still places to get away from it a little bit. There are plenty of places still to find an umbrella propped along the breathtaking Mayan Riviera beaches and sip on a margarita.