5th Avenue, Playa del Carmen
The vicious feathered warrior-god beckons to you because you can't help but look his way.
"Come, come! It's okay, have your picture taken with me."
Excited, you go and stand beside him. The god spreads his giant impressive wings, your friend takes the photo, and then "boom", the god hits you up for 50 pesos. It would have been nice if he had told you of this arrangement in advance, but hey--gods don't follow the rules, they make them.
Unique Suggestions: Ask him before you take the photo how much it will cost you. I don't know if gods haggle, but you could probably get him down to a 20.
Fun Alternatives: Alternative? Have your photo taken with one of the many cool statues on 5th. I haven't met one that talks.
The shop owners on 5th Ave are waiting for you. Just for you. And they'll tell you so. Over and over again. "We've got the most crap for the least money," said one. "Senior, Seniora, come in. Come see.". . . "We got what you're looking for.". . . "Where you from?". . . "Where you staying?". . . "Where you going?" . . . It's a constant barrage as you walk the gauntlet.
Unique Suggestions: Well, it's hard to avoid it. 5th Ave is the main drag in Playa del Carmen. And you really don't want to avoid it. If you want to shop or get a beer or a bite to eat, it's the place to go. But bring your patience and sense of humor. It's actually pretty entertaining if you relax, slow down and listen for the most imaginitive come-ons.