Playa del Carmen Travel Guide

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Playa del Carmen Things to Do

  • 5th Avenue

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Enjoying time with new people...... Mexico Beaches - Playa Del Carmen and Cozumel Mexico has beautiful beaches on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Aqui con un nuevo amigo.... esperando que ya llegue la navidad

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  • Beaches

    So, I know what you may be thinking, I hit the century mark on countries and I go a little soft, perhaps a bit too trusting. However, rest assured, no unnecessary risks were taken. My sweet date and I walked down to a well-lit, crowded part of the beach in the heart of the city where several locals and tourists were gathered to simply get a...

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  • Day Trips

    Definitely the highlight of my vacation! This was a full day island tour from Playa del Carmen to Isla Cozumel and the fun never stopped. First we took the ferry (included in the tour price) and then hopped on a Safari truck with about 20 other passengers. Our guide, which spoke perfect English, explained Isla Cozumel's history and Mayan culture...

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Playa del Carmen Hotels

Playa del Carmen Restaurants

  • Alux

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We held a private event in the bar/lounge area of Alux. Sandra, Alejandra, Aida, Eduardo and the entire staff are absolutely brilliant. The restaurant was flooded bc of torrential down pour, but the staff worked tirelessly to extract the water and built us a bridge to the lounge. It was amazing. The venue is incredible, unforgettable, and truly...

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  • El Fogon

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    My favorite "non-touristy" restaurant in playa..away from 5ta ave. but still accessible. Always friendly, vibrant, and very polite staff at your service. Around August this restaurant can be quite hot, but if you can get past that the food is great. Any other time of the year this restaurant is comfortable in temperature and always clean. I'll go...

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  • Senor Frog's

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Senor Frog's is a popular theme restaurant with several location in Cancun and PDC. In the past I always had a good time. Things seem to have declined here, especially with the food. The atmosphere is still fun but seemed to be very family oriented which is fine. Swings for seats at the bar and inner tubes with butts hanging out hanging from the...

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Playa del Carmen Nightlife

  • Blue Parrot

    2011 Update: The Blue Parrot has temporarily closed for renovations. The Blue Parrot has a long history of being the place to go and be seen around midnight. It's called a Playa Del Carmen "landmark". Crowds begin to come in around 11:00 p.m. and it stays busy for several hours, before the crowd moves on elsewhere (to Capitan Tutix). The Parrot...

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  • Senior Frogs

    July 2009. Carnival cruise port of call Calica. $13 each way taxi for four to Playa Del Carmen. Stopped in for an afternoon at Senior Frogs with the hubby in Playa Del Carmen while my inlaws went shopping. Sat, ate, and drank for hours while overlooking the beautiful Caribbean. Stayed there so long that the bartender gave us a free drink each. I've...

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  • 5th Avenue

    5th Ave is the main shopping street in this area. Its around 3km long. There are alot of bars and food places down there is makes it lively. Its good for shopping on a night time as the shops are open late but the street comes to life with street dancers, musical people and painters etc. It comes very colour and alot more lively than in the day...

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Playa del Carmen Transportation

  • Colectivos

    If you want to visit Tulum or Cancun from Playa, you can take a colectivo which is a small minibus. There is no schedule, they leave when they are full. It's 30 pesos to Tulum, 20 to Puerto Aventuras or Cenotes. They leave from Calle 2 between 15 & 20, across from the park. If you are hungry before or after your trip, see my recommendation for a...

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  • Taxis

    If you like your Taxi driver, get his phone number so you can call him when ever you need him. This way you are familiar with who you will be dealing with. I do not recommend a rent a car because you most likely will get charged an outrageous amount for gas. NEVER travel alone... Always travel in groups around their. Never use your credit card if...

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  • Ferries to Cozumel

    As of December 2014, price on either ferry is 312 pesos round trip (currently $26US), they take Mexican or US Cash. If paying in USD, bring exact change or you'll get change in pesos Ferries run from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel on the hour but not every hour so make sure to catch the return times. The two competing companies, Ultramar and Mexico...

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Playa del Carmen Shopping

  • Chedraui

    I always like visiting grocery stores when traveling, you can find some interesting things to eat and occasionally something to bring back for friends and family. Just south of Juarez Avenue on highway 307 is Chedraui, a large supermercado selling groceries, liquor, some clothes, small appliances, household products, etc. There's also a small...

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  • East meets West

    This is a unique store for the area. It's a take on eastern style decor. Many Buddha statues and eastern art. It's a very big store and very popular with tourist. Surprising to find this here amongst all the Mexican souvenir shops.If you are in the market for a Buddha statue or other eastern art work, this is a great place. More expensive than...

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  • Know where to go

    Every place in Playa del Carmen will accept US dollars. I am not sure about other foreign currency. However the exchange rate is always less than what you can get from a money exchange booth. Also, the hotel desk clerk where I was staying said banks in PDC will not change money, I have to use a booth.There are plenty of these exchange booths all...

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Playa del Carmen Local Customs

  • Native Animals

    We've seen the large band of coatis on both of our trips to Riu Tequila, in 2009 they were hanging out near the pool and near some of the rooms near the pool waiting for someone to take pity on them and give them a snack. They seem to come out near sundown and don't appear to be particularly frightened of the large international group of sun...

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  • Pilgrims

    I took these pictures back in December 2003, eight years later we finally had someone tell us what they were doing and that it was connected to the December 12th festival of the lady of Guadalupe which we always seem to be in town for. Along the highway from the Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen we spotted the first of them, this on December 7th,...

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  • Festival of Guadalupe

    The was the 2nd time we've been in Mexico for the Festival of Guadalupe which is held on December 12th and celebrates the Virgin of Guadalupe and her appearance to Juan Diego telling him to build a church in Guadalupe. It's not a public holiday but is said to be one of the most important religious holidays in Mexico.In Puerto Vallarta, there was a...

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Playa del Carmen Warnings and Dangers

  • **BUYER BEWARE** OUTLET CANCUN TRAVEL

    We went to book a trip with Outlet Cancun Travel after they offered us a special to come to Secret Capri. After booking with them and putting it on my American Express card the story changed. Then now told us they couldn’t guarantee our stay at secrets capri but it could be at another report. They offered us several hundred dollars in vouchers as...

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  • Bats!

    Just a little forewarning about visiting Cenotes. Being that it is a cave, they make perfect homes for bats. These are fairly large and can be seen fluttering about and also can hear a screech every now and then. They are harmless. However several in my group were frightened so I would pas along a warning. It may not be for you if you have a fear...

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  • Negotiating the airport

    Getting through the airport in Cancun can be a challenge for the uninitiated. Getting through passport control is quick and getting your luggage is quick. Passing through customs depends on the number of people arriving at the same time, in December 2013 it only took a minute. Press the button, if it's green you are free to go through, red and they...

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Playa del Carmen Tourist Traps

  • 5th Avenue

    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...

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  • COUNT THE CHANGE THEY GIVE YOU BACK !!!

    Went to Starbuck on 5th ave. Bought a coffee at 70 pesos. Gave her 500 pesos, she gave me back 130 pesos. Told her I gave her 500 pesos, not 200.... She argued telling me I only gave her 200 pesos (they are kind of the same color).... We argued like that for a couple of minute, I was about to tell her to close her cash machine and count so she'll...

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  • BEWARE OF CAMBIO (money exchange boot on...

    Cambio exchange on 5th avenue, make your own calculation and count your money !!!I excahnged 160.00 CAN for 12 pesos, the guy went in the back and came back handing me a little piece of paper that looked like a calculater receipt and 1824 pesos. I Said thank you and left, but felt that was not the correct amount, in deed 160 x 12 = 1920 !!! So I...

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Playa del Carmen What to Pack

  • What to bring for a beach holiday

    I pack a few of those pesky plastic grocery bags so that I can put our wet swimwear/clothes in them for the trip home. With the high humidity, nothing ever seems to dry.Check your airline, with additional fees on some airlines to check luggage, we decided to carry all our luggage on with us. There are restrictions on liquids, make sure to pack them...

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  • Mexico Travel Adapter

    Just remember if your going from the UK to take a UK to Mexico Travel adapter weather its so you can charge your camera up or phone etc. Our room didn't have any and the hotels prices for one was around £10 more than we paid in the UK. We took 2 with us which did the job.

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  • Bite Cream needed 100%

    You need to take a large tube of cream for bites when in mexico. I got bited 10 times by a Mosquito which are sore but the ant bites there itch for day and days. The only time they didn't itch was when i put cream on which is a relef.

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Playa del Carmen Off The Beaten Path

  • Sian Ka'an

    Si'an Kaan is a national park to the south from Tulum, where you can see lots of wildlife. A boat will take you around a huge bay with mostly fresh water. You'll see lots of birds in mangrove brush. Then the boats will take you out to the open sea, and, if you are lucky, you'll see dolphins or turtles or both. After lunch you'll go to coral reefs...

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  • Cenotes

    This cenote is in Puerto Aventuras not far south of Playa and can be easily accessed by colectivo, see my tip re transport. It's a beautiful crystal clear cenote, one part is open like a lake, the other is partly covered like a cave. The water is cool about 25' and very refreshing. It's a nice change from the beach, and usually there are very few...

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  • Beach

    paraiso beach club is a great place to have happy hr. starts at 3:00 also try their amberjack slightly breaded, delicious & I'm not much of a fish eater, went back twice last trip. when sitting on beach or going to little cantinas we always use Skintastic on our ft. & lower legs. it deters the sand fleas. located calle 14 norte on the beach.sorry I...

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Playa del Carmen Sports & Outdoors

  • Cave Diving

    For all you scuba divers out there. This is not to miss experience if your ever in the Maya Riveria region. It's an otherwordly experience, literally! A cenote, pronounce (say-no-tay) is a crystal clear body of water in the form of an underground river, lagoon and are entrance ways to underground caves. Most of them are in the jungle, but some can...

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  • For you Golf Nuts

    For those of you that stay in Playa Del Carmen or any of the many resorts between there and Tulum, there a place for you golfers. Not only is this a championship course in the world, but where else can you play golf and loose your ball in the jungles of Mayan ruins. The course and it's clubhouse is in it's own right a beautiful addition to the many...

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  • BarrieReef, Cozumel and Cenotes!

    We did three dive excursions on our trip to Playa del Carmen: First a trip to Cozumel, then a cenote dive and finally a day on the barrier reef, near Playa del Carmen. We dove Santa Rosa wall in Cozumel and it was pleasant enough but saw nothing much remarkable except there was a lot of sand on the reef even down deep. We dove with Studio Blue and...

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Playa del Carmen Favorites

  • THE COATI

    Also known as Brazilian Aardvarks, the COATI is a member of the racoon family. They are diurnal mammals native to South America, Central America and South-western North America. There were quite a few of them at the RiuTequila - my guess is about 30 Coati. I was quite surprised to see so many. They are odd-looking creatures with a long ringed tail,...

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  • TRAVEL TO MEXICO - THINGS YOU SHOULD...

    ARRIVAL IN MEXICOUpon arrival in Cancun, Mexico you will clear Immigration, claim your luggage and then clear Customs.You are then pointed in the direction of a person who will ask you to push a button. If you push "Green" you are free to Exit. But if you push "red" as what happened to both of us, you will have to go to secondary inspection. The...

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  • THE BEACH --- PLAYA

    Hans and I are not really into relaxing near the Swimming Pool. The place for us to be is on THE BEACH. We usually had the same routine every day. After breakfast, we headed for the front of the hotel, where the Beach Shuttle "Golf Cart" picked us up and took us to the Beach.(Beach Transport - 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m./3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.).We...

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