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downundergal Playa del Carmen - A travel report by Kerrie
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Playa del Carmen,  Mexico - flag Mexico -  Quintana Roo
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Playa del Carmen - a jewel on the Carribean

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If you have spent time dreaming of a perfect, beautiful, white, sandy beach with turquoise blue water then this is the place for you! The accommodations here are reasonable and the standard is high, just hunt around and make sure you bargain! Eating is pretty expensive but the restaurants are beautifully decorated and offer good service. A lot of people use Playa as a starting point to head over to Cozumel. In my opinion except for the diving off Cozumel; Playa has much more to offer. You can also use Playa as a base to visit the various ruins in the area such as Chitchen Itza but I would recommend staying somewhere closer to the one that interest you to maximise your time there. While we were here we also organised a short notice trip across to Cuba. The travel agency we used was very helpful and was named Viajes Divermex. Playa is really a place to relax in if you have been on the road for some time.

Favourite spots:
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Down on the beach at one of the beach bars, feet in the sand with 2 drinks in front of you (that's because there is loads of 2 for 1 happy hours), just relaxing watching the sun go down after another action packed day in the sun.

What's really great:
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I loved the ambience of the town. With the many mariachi musicians in the streets it is more reminiscent of the more colonial towns of Mexico than a Caribbean beach spot.

Sights:
Souvenirs here are really inflated in price so if you are looking at travelling elsewhere I would save your pesos to spend then.

Accommodations:
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Hotel Peter Pan is an original and funky little hotel in a central location 1 block back from the beach and 3 blocks from the bus station. Each room is a little different, our favourite was number 21. The staff including the Manager Daniel are really friendly and helpful.
The price includes pastries for breakfast with coffee available all day as well a large bottles of drinking water to fill up your glass or bottle as needed.
Good value.

Hangouts:
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Any of the beach bars offer fanatstic vistas, reasonable drinks and meals.
Make sure you watch the sun go down from one of these.

Published on Thursday August 22th, 2002


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