Ciudad del Carmen Travel Guide

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Ciudad del Carmen Things to Do

  • Fresh oranges juice !

    If you are thursty and like a healthy drink fresh of the hook then check out the street vendors with the oranges. Some of the vendors have the trees in their own garden and this is their way of living.Picking the oranges early in the morning and sell the juice to the tourists.If you like you can have some lime juice through your orange juice too.

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  • Wood craft shops out of the center

    If you are planning to buy something of wood and you wanna bring it home with you as a good reminder of your holiday and i would suggest you best get of the 5th Avenue and spend a day walking along the high way to Playa del Carmen.There are lots of little (wood)craft and gift shops which are a lot cheaper then the once in the center of Playa del...

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  • Bird Parc

    When were waiting for the bus to pick us up an take us back to the hotel again we heard birds singing and screaming.And we noticed a parc with all kind of birds, turtles and i bed more ( but we couldnt see more from the point we were standing.)If you like birds (brdwtchr???) then its a nice place to go and learn about the birds in Mexico.Couldnt...

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  • Art is all around

    At most places you come in Playa del Carmen you can find some art. Some is wooden artwork but sometimes (and that is really sometimes) you find some Mayan art work. This symbol was near the busstop of the Hotel bus and near a big bird park. I really love it but then again i am a historic lover (yeah yeah i know this is just not real and very fake)

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  • Bringing water to the sea

    This is the stranges thing i have ever seen on a holiday. This guy was in the middle of a town-jungle and was blowing all the leaves in to a small pit. So he could take them all and put them in a bin.I cant see the use of this, cause leave will dropp every day and there is no traintrack and no walking path so nobody will have a problem of the...

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  • Senor Froggs

    This is one of the places to be at Playa del Carmen. The signs are everywhere and there is even a shop on 5th Avenue with Senor Froggs clothing.

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Ciudad del Carmen Restaurants

  • Cactus

    Although the name isn't too original, Cactus is one of the better steakhouses in Carmen. Choice cuts of Mexican beef is available for selection and cooked to specification. The juicy steaks are then bought to the table on little habachi style grills to keep them hot...Bottomline, the beef was good, particularly the ribeye and the Tequila wasn't bad...

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  • Carmen has the best tacos in the...

    I know that's saying a lot for such a small town in a non-descript location of Mexico....but just think about it....there are no tourists in Carmen, only locals and those expats relocated here to extract oil and you know they'll eat anything. And so it goes, the locals make their tacos to their taste and everyone is happy. Try any taco stand around...

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  • Leny's lunch

    I call these Doritos but there is an other name for them in the Mexican language (and in other languages too).There were about 4 sorts of cheese on them and there was a kind of warm sauce with it. But with sauce it was less nice. Dorito's with a lot of cheese. Be carefull getting this lunch cause you will be full till the next morning and have to...

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Ciudad del Carmen Nightlife

  • Playa Norte

    I really don't know how best to describe the action at Playa Norte other than to liken it to cruising the shopping malls parking lots when your in high school....it's night and there's nothing for people of that age to do, so they congregate....but we went cruising in high school because there nothing else to do, nowhere else to go...Hanging out at...

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  • Drinks or food ?

    We walk by this cockteleria at the end of the Avenue. I thought it would be a place to get some of the best cocktails of Mexico but now i have been to a messegeboard (see website) and it could be this is a place to eat shrimps.....?

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  • They are expecting YOU !

    All the terrasso's on the 5th Boulevard are open at nights. So if you want to have a meal, some shopping and then a good drink and you like people-seeing (same as sight-seeing only your looking at people now) then you are on the right place if you visite 5th Bourlevard in the evening. They are very used to tourists and you can come the way you...

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Ciudad del Carmen Transportation

  • Ferry to Cozumel

    If you are in Playa del Carmen and you like a boattrip to Cozumel just easy can do that. (see time schedule on website). At Cozumel you can have a great shopping and snorkling time. If you go more then one day there is the possebility to stay in an hotel for some days or even spend your whole holiday there, then its a nice boattrip to see Playa del...

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  • From Riviera Maya to Playa del Carmen

    Great to have this all inclusive in your package of the hotel. The hotel pendel bus, cause the taxi's are really expensice. All you have to do is be there on time (in the lobby of the hotel or the busstop in Playa) and sit down. And when you liked the tour you can give the driver some $$$$$ so he can have a good meal with his family.Website is...

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  • Better not take this kind of taxi

    If you are getting very sick on your holiday its a good thing they are there, but you better stay out of them.Only if you can make a joy-ride (but with a chauffeur) it could be nice and something different to tell when you get back home.

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Ciudad del Carmen Shopping

  • Silvershop in Playa del Carmen

    An other silver shop at 5th Avenue. Like i told you before there are several of these shops so you better be carefull where you buy what. Cause it can be the neighbour next door has a better prize for you in mind. Juwelery for your wife, girlfriend or friend, kid or family. There is plenty to choose from. Very expensive and just a nice...

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  • These you have to bring home with you

    Beside the fact that hammocks are on the beach and in some bars, you can buy them to bring home.Hammocks are the beds of the Mayan people and dont forget to sleep in it the Mayan way, cause that spares your neck and back. (that means that you dont lay in the lenght of the hammock). We have seen several prizes of those hammocks. It depends if you...

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  • New hairdoo ?

    I had it once when i was in the Dominican Republic, plaits in my hair.Its great cause you dont have to worry about the way you look for about 10 - 14 days.There are more ladies who wanna please you with this hairstyle so if you are together there is no need you have to wait for one an other. I didnt ask this time, cause my hair was to short. And...

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Ciudad del Carmen Local Customs

  • Smalles kitchen in town

    Walking on the 5th Avenue we saw this tiny little restaurant (with no seats) where you could have a tippical Mexican meal. You had to order a take-away cause there wasnt a space left to sit down. This locals do anything that comes up in their minds to get some money and they are so right. Its better then asking for money. This lady had here own...

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  • This more me then them

    I had to take this pictures because of the name. We call the brand of the icecreams the compagnie sells OLA. But in Mexico they call it HOLANDA! And that is a good thing... ha ha

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  • Beer car !

    This is an other way to make sure all the Mexicans (and tourists) will have their Corona. Corona is one of the most famous beers in Mexico and you can see a lot of these little cars driving around but also the "normal" beer (tank) trucks.This little car is very handy in the busy traffic of 5th Boulevard !

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Ciudad del Carmen Warnings and Dangers

  • Not the hospital !

    Becare ful when you see a sign like this when you are on your way to Playa del Carmen. I though it was an hospital, but less was true ! It seems to be an intruction workers place for cement!So if you are ill make sure they take you to the right place.

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  • Police your friend?

    All along the way we saw these little houses and there was a police officer in it. They will give information to the tourists and maybe to the locals too.On the website you can see the do's and don't 's so you better be aware before you go and / or rent a car.

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  • Be careful if you rent a car

    If you rent a car and start driving your self in a strange country you should always pay more attention then you normally do. But if you see these on your way to Playa del Carmen you make sure that you let go of the gashandle.They sure do what they are suppose to do...sloooooooooooooooooooow you down.

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Ciudad del Carmen Tourist Traps

  • Dont be fooled by the music

    We were having a meal in restaurant Jaguar when some musicians came to join us with some Mexican music while we were eating.That was fun,.. and because of that i payed him $ 5. (dont go to high in your prize cause they may think you are very ridge !) What happend was that these men (there were 4 of them) asked $ 5 from Frans, Leny and Peter so...

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  • Dont buy them

    We came into a garden when we walked off the 5th boulevard and saw a lot of birds in cages. We were not so sure about it, cause you could buy them. Well its not a good thing to buy a bird when you are on holiday, cause how on earth are you going to bring them home? Buy a wooden one...there are lots of shops who sell wood-craft !!

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  • Hard sellers

    You have to prepare yourself for the sellers on the streets, they will almost pull you into their stores. Yeah, a kind of friendly but with every step you make there is an other seller who sells (wanna sell) you silver. Smile to the seller who wants to get you into his shop and make sure you dont get angry with him / her. The are (a kind of poor)...

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Ciudad del Carmen Off The Beaten Path

  • Tree birds

    At the busstop for the hotel busses we could hear birds screaming and we were looking and found the screaming ones in a tree just behind us.There are more birds then these white ones, cause there is a whole parc full of animals to take a look at and learn more about them.The website is about an other parc with birds and animals.

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  • Take a look outside the window

    And you will be surprised of all the little tracks you see. And you will have the feeling they are heading now where. Most are blocked with signs that you arent allowed to walk any further (and if i were you i wouldnt walk one step further if you see a sign like that).If you wanna follow a track like this then you make sure that some people know...

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  • Watch and surprise yourself

    Even in the middle of the city of Playa del Carmen there is jungle. Its amazing that even in the part you dont expect it there is jungle.Mexico must have been so green, and still is. The cities there are are just build in the middle of these jungles and you better dont step beside the beaten path cause its easy to get lost.

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Ciudad del Carmen Sports & Outdoors

  • Rodeo ???

    We came across this cowboy walking on 5th Boulevard....guessing whats on the other side of the rope....well not much.No bull, no horse, no chicken.....and to tell you the truth i cant even remember WHAT was on the other side. I thought there was a piece of iron on the other end, but what the use is of pulling this rope, i havent got a clue. Rope,...

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  • Making pictures

    Own of my sports on a holiday is making pictures of people who are not posing into my lense. Cause then you get the best pictures. If they pose for you then its not as nice then when they dont..... The sport is to make pictures from faces that arent looking into the camera.....and this lady was with her twins waiting for the boat to Cozumel. You...

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Ciudad del Carmen Favorites

  • Check your "Carmens"

    I went to CIUDAD Del Carmen to visit an orphanage. I was dumbfounded by all the "tips" on this site for this town. PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE! "PLAYA" DEL CARMEN AND "CIUDAD" DEL CARMEN ARE TWO TOTALLY DIFFERENT PLACES! Almost all the tips in here are for Playa Del Carmen and it's supposed to be a Ciudad Del Carmen page. It's about a 12 hour bus ride...

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  • Poor people in poor houses

    We Western or USA people or from Canada or.... well you know what i mean, are living in houses with all in it and when you see a house like on the picture you should get some respect for the people living in it (most whole families up to amounts of 20 !) Always when i come back from a holiday and see my own house i understand again that i was lucky...

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  • I have really been there !

    http://www.mayanriviera.com/articles.cfmJust see more info to make sure you will have a great holiday ! You will have a good time if you know where to go and what you should be doing.Make sure to bring enough money cause Playa del Carmen is expensive and very very touristic. http://www.golanguageadventures.com/practicalinfo/Great site to tell you...

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taxi ride in Playa del Carmen
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5th boulevard north in Playa del Carmen
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Dutch guy ?
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Texas in Playa del Carmen
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Enjoy the streets
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Power????
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Not just 5th Avenue
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Coccaratsha
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Dont make a call in the hotels
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