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Anyone been to Playa Carmen, Mexico?

JetpacJetpac

Im off on my honeymoon (finally) on Thursday to mexico for 2 weeks all Inclusive.

has anyone been or have any tips for when we are there?

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    bmb007
    I went few years ago , can't remember hotel name though , beautifull place u will enjoy it , just don't buy any jewellery there alot of fakes even in shops , apart from that it's fantastic , beat holiday I have ever had amazing
    Andy@XCite
    I've been, I went on a Mayan trip which included Guatemala, Belize and obviously Mexico.
    Loved Guatemala and generally the area further south than Playa, are you planning to venture outside of the city?
    There are some great Mayan ruins quite close to Playa (Tulum) etc.., I can provide more information if you are interested in that sort of thing.

    We used the bus network to get around which is very professional/clean.

    Edited By: Andy@XCite on Jun 24, 2012 22:42
    marvellous
    I was a bit further up the coast last year (but not as far as Cancun) and thought Playa del Carmen was nice. As mentioned before, a lot of the goods sold in the high street are fakes and you'll get hassled to buy cigars (and maybe stronger stuff!!) by the locals but they're not pushy. Get off the beaten track and everyone's very pleasant and pleased that you're not American.

    Go to the Chichen Itza if you get the chance - excellent day out.

    Enjoy your honeymoon ;)
    306notout
    We stopped in Playacar in march and it was awesome.

    We found the trips to be really expensive through the tour operators (Thomson) so went down to playa del Carmel to check out th prices and still didn't bother with any. It's like it was so cheap for the Americans to get there that they then rip them off with trip prices.( so unfortunately we have to pay the same)

    Jet lag really affected the kids on the way out and back.
    Jetpac
    We are definitely hitting Chichen Itza and Tulum is on the list as well.. ive heard the beach is good at Tulum alongside the ruins?
    We are withe Thompson, but haven't booked anything trip wise, we are going to see what we can do when we get out there.

    I would love to venture about a bit, but tbh dont know much about mexico or where we are going!

    I'm a big fan of travelling and tbh this is my first holiday abroad with a hotel stay.. i only usually hostel hop and camp etc! so don't know what to expect... wifey wanted a bit of a traditional honeymoon so thats what we are having.. at the Rui Tequilla hotel all in!
    guv
    We had our honemoon just down the road from there in a place called Puerto Adventurous (16 years ago!)

    Tulum and Chicken Pizza are worth a visit, though you cant climb the pyramid anymore. (Not surprising - the steps are really high and steep! - I came down on my ass most of thw descent!)

    Also there is a sealife park within ten minutes Xcaret or something like that. Thats worth a visit - and if youre a diver, do the drift dive, that was awesome.
    Andy@XCite
    guv
    We had our honemoon just down the road from there in a place called Puerto Adventurous (16 years ago!)

    Tulum and Chicken Pizza are worth a visit, though you cant climb the pyramid anymore. (Not surprising - the steps are really high and steep! - I came down on my ass most of thw descent!)

    Also there is a sealife park within ten minutes Xcaret or something like that. Thats worth a visit - and if youre a diver, do the drift dive, that was awesome.

    Ha ha I came down on my ass as well, went down pretty slowly.
    It didn't look so scary from the ground :)
    306notout
    That's where we stopped Jetpac

    I had never stopped in AI before and it exceeded my expectations completely.

    The steak house restaurant is by far the best but you have to be up early to book it (7am) we did the Mexican which is right on the beach for the wife's birthday and they turned up at the table with a huge cake. Email the hotel and let them know your on honeymoon and they will decorate the room before you get there, nice touch.

    The walk to the beach is about 200 metres or you can get the golf cart ( if it was there we got it, if not we walked)

    They are very strict in saving sunbeds round the pool.

    Cocktails are great in the pool bar, try the dirty monkey!! You can use the facilities at the Yukatan opposite to the right or the Playa car. Out the gates, turn left and it's about 200 yards on the right. There are a few shops just up there on the left.

    We found the pool the best at the Playacar as it was not so busy. You can eat at both during the day which is great as they are both on the beach and use their bars aswell.

    We got threw out of the big posh one in the middle of the two of them!!

    It's worth checking whats on at the other hotels on an evening aswell as they all have different stuff going on so we went to the Yukatan a few times

    Hope this helps.
    guv
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    Andy@XCite
    guv
    We had our honemoon just down the road from there in a place called Puerto Adventurous (16 years ago!)

    Tulum and Chicken Pizza are worth a visit, though you cant climb the pyramid anymore. (Not surprising - the steps are really high and steep! - I came down on my ass most of thw descent!)

    Also there is a sealife park within ten minutes Xcaret or something like that. Thats worth a visit - and if youre a diver, do the drift dive, that was awesome.

    Ha ha I came down on my ass as well, went down pretty slowly.
    It didn't look so scary from the ground :)


    Indeed. My missus didnt go up. It wasnt a problem climing it..... but too many injuries and deaths are the reason you cant do it now.
    306notout
    Oh yeah forgot to say.

    Take some sort of thermos cup thing if you can

    like this

    http://www.amazon.com/Thermos-Work-Series-Travel-Mug/dp/B000ECOS8O/ref=sr_1_86?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1340578379&sr=1-86&keywords=Thermos

    The cups they give you at the bar only hold about 200ml so by the time you have got back to the sunbed you have drunk it. They happily fill up your own cups if you take them up to the bar.
    Jetpac
    That's some awesome information, thank you very much.. im starting to get excited now after reading this!

    So far the list is (atleast to check out):

    Chitchen Itza
    Tulum
    Xcarcet (that looks like it could be good)
    I'm considering doing a diving course
    Coco Bongos

    What is it worth emailing the hotel saying?
    Did you hit Cancun?.. how Americanised is it? (i quite fancy a day trip to pick up some more american bits and pieces.. groceries etc towards the end of the holiday)

    Have you any knowledge on the golf course near by?
    Jetpac
    306notout
    Oh yeah forgot to say.

    Take some sort of thermos cup thing if you can

    like this

    http://www.amazon.com/Thermos-Work-Series-Travel-Mug/dp/B000ECOS8O/ref=sr_1_86?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1340578379&sr=1-86&keywords=Thermos

    The cups they give you at the bar only hold about 200ml so by the time you have got back to the sunbed you have drunk it. They happily fill up your own cups if you take them up to the bar.


    Dont suppose you wrote a review on trip advisor did you? someone else has said exactly that! :P
    guv
    Jetpac
    I'm considering doing a diving course


    Just get stuck in...... no course necessary!

    BTW, if you do go diving, Cozumel is worth a visit.

    The drift dive I mentioned is possibly a bit too much for a beginner. Pretty tiring. I'd say I probably resurfaced at least a mile and a bit away from where I started. Excellent fun though.
    Jetpac
    Strong swimmer, but Ive never dived before you see" :P so prob best to get some instruction! i have hear about cozumel isnt it supposed to be one of the best dive sites in the world?
    guv
    Jetpac
    Strong swimmer, but Ive never dived before you see" :P so prob best to get some instruction! i have hear about cozumel isnt it supposed to be one of the best dive sites in the world?


    It is supposed to be good, but never got there. Did a couple of dives in Cancun, but they werent all that, though one was a bit dangerous, as I was taken down to approx 110' - 50' too much (not that it feels any different aparet from the fact your air lasts 20 minutes instead of 50!)

    Definitely try to get your Padi cert before you go though.
    306notout
    No I haven't done one on trip advisor, suppose I should.

    They do a dive in the pool twice a day for you to try to see if you like it for free, then it's $50 for about 3 hour trip with a 45 min dive.

    As a golfer (14 handicap) I was keen to play but it was over £100 or about £75 it you went after 2pm for about 12 holes. Looked good though but again over priced for the Americans

    On the email just put its your honeymoon and would like a quiet room on the 2nd floor if possible, and could they sort something for when you arrive perhaps some wine and flowers. The girl who emailed me back was Sabrina and I met out there and she was reception manager I think.

    There ae hundreds of those animal things so DON'T feed them or they will follow you forever!!
    tommay
    coco bongo is great
    Jetpac
    306notout
    No I haven't done one on trip advisor, suppose I should.

    They do a dive in the pool twice a day for you to try to see if you like it for free, then it's $50 for about 3 hour trip with a 45 min dive.

    As a golfer (14 handicap) I was keen to play but it was over £100 or about £75 it you went after 2pm for about 12 holes. Looked good though but again over priced for the Americans

    On the email just put its your honeymoon and would like a quiet room on the 2nd floor if possible, and could they sort something for when you arrive perhaps some wine and flowers. The girl who emailed me back was Sabrina and I met out there and she was reception manager I think.

    There ae hundreds of those animal things so DON'T feed them or they will follow you forever!!


    Fab thanks! i will drop them an email tomorrow!.. think the golf may be out then! (im a yoyo handicapper 21-28, dont play regularly enough to get it down consistently!)

    guv

    Definitely try to get your Padi cert before you go though.


    Dont think i can manage that before we fly out thursday morning :P cheers for the info though! i will def see what i can do whilst i am out there!
    cornovii
    Chichen Itza and a dolphin swim are a must! Mexicans are lovely people so enjoy! Very jealous !
    Jetpac
    Ta!
    How much does the dolphin swim run, do you remember?

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