Hola From Playa Del Carmen! My kids (young adults now) and I are still on vacation in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. We have been here for over a week and we ( maybe it’s just me!) are enjoying the REALLY warm weather! I thought , instead of publishing a
boring post about money again, I would just share a few pics from our trip so far.
Travelling With 3 Young Adults!
Travelling with young adults is not the same as travelling alone for sure, and very different from travelling with younger children. Playing on the beach everyday is not an option anymore! Too bad, I had quite a few good books ready to go!
Also with three of them, it is a little more challenging because they don’t all enjoy the same things. My girls like shopping, my son not so much! One of my daughters likes physical activities, the other one not as much. So I try to mix it up a little so we all get to do something we enjoy at least once!
So What have we done so far?
Chichen-Itza is one of the most important examples of the Mayan-Toltec civilization in Yucatán. It is 2-2:30 drive from Playa Del Carmen but totally worth it. It is a very impressive site. Too bad they have so many vendors all around it trying to sell you a LOT of junk but still a nice site to visit.
On the way back we stopped at a cenote ( a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath for a swim). They have so many of them here. This one was busy but very enjoyable and refreshing. The kids had a blast.
Quaint little Mexican city, where we visited the “Catedral de San Gervasio” and walked around the town square.
We took the ferry to Cozumel Island, around $25/person return. The beaches there were amazing, much nicer than Playa Del Carmen (lots of sea weeds right now in Playa Del Carmen). We rented a car for the day, drove around the island and stopped where we wanted. One of the beach we stopped at was a disappointment. We were asked to move to the end of the beach if we weren’t willing to rent lounge chairs or order drinks/food! It was supposed to be a public beach! I guess we weren’t the only ones banned from the cool side of the beach, we had a few visitors at our end: two raccoons and a peacock!
Swim with Whale Sharks
Something we HAD to do (for the kids) but not cheap! $140 ($110 US) each with pick up from our Condo. It adds up quickly when you are a family of four.
I don’t snorkel so it was a little challenging for me (the things we do for our kids!) but so worth it. Swimming right beside a whale shark is quite an experience.
We couldn’t be in Playa Del Carmen and not check out Quinta Avenida. It is a very long street with LOTS of stores and restaurants near the beach, and it is EXTREMELY touristic. We found it much nicer at night but no desire to go back except to eat.
Food & Restaurants In Playa Del Carmen
We have been eating at the condo often to keep the food cost down (so we can do all the fun stuff noted above!), nothing fancy. We stopped at Walmart upon arrival, on our way to the condo and bought cereal, milk, pasta, cooked chicken, bread, butter… Prices were very reasonable, just a little confused with some of the food since our Spanish is limited. We did eat out a few times too so far. Check out my shrimp ceviche:)
Bike And Walk A Lot!
We have been biking and walking a lot in Playa Del Carmen. Our apartment is a little further from El Centro so anytime we need anything we use the bikes, it’s good exercise and cheaper than taking a cab (even if we are dying of heat!).
So this is what we have done so far, still more we want to do. Our apartment is awesome! The roof top patio is nice and quiet and the
hot cold tub is a nice added bonus. We also have the use of four pools and we have been enjoying them since the beach is FULL of sea weeds. Cost of the rental was included in my last monthly report. There is also a french bakery within reasonable walking distance from the condo for a morning coffee and brioche, life is good!
How about you, have you ever traveled to Playa Del Carmen? Or anywhere else on the Yucatan Peninsula?