Blogs from Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, North America


Our Arrival The collectivo from Tulum arrived at 11:55 on calle 2 and avenue 20 in the middle of town. Where We Stayed Hostal Colores Mexico - Avenue 15 and calle 2. M$300 for a double room with bathroom and TV. Internet in common areas, share kitchen and share balcony. Posada Del Carmen - Avenue 45 and calle 50. M$1500 for a week. Double room with bathroom, TV, aircon and internet. Share kitchen but the owner was quite fussy about what bit of fridge space we could use. A bit out of the way but did a cheaper weekly rate. Still within walking distance to shops and the beach. What We Did Went to the beach and walked 5th avenue. Visited the Sunday market on calle 54 between avenue 10 and 30. A mix of goods ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen March 23rd 2014

Hola, quiet night in with free wifi so catching up on blogs. Left Cancun on the ADO bus which have all been really easy to work out and book. They are really comfy although they crank the aircon. Only took about an hour to Playa. We had booked an awesome place run by a couple of hippies which was really quiet while being close to everything. 5th Ave is the main walking street full of restaurants, bars and shops. We fell in love with the place straight away. There are cheapish places right on the beach which is what Cancun lacked cos it was all resorts. We walked from one end of 5th ave to the other and then back via the beach. At one end you can watch the guys play beach volleyball. We sat ... read more
5th Ave
Worlds Largest Tequila Collection

March 2 - Today I explored the opening in the fence by Senior Frogs at the pier and walked down the beaches of Playacar a bit. The public access to the Playacar Beaches from Playa is a gap in the fence between Senior Frogs and the Ferry Pier. After I checked out the beach a bit I came back and watched the parade on 5th street again. March 3, 2014 - I stopped at a seafood restaurant today and ordered some seafood soup. I really wasn’t impressed with it so I ordered some rice to go with it. Much better. After eating I went over to 30th avenue to watch the parade again. I did what the locals do and watched it on 30th street by the Wal- Mart. It was a much larger parade than ... read more
Here's the beer
Public access to Playacar beaches by Senior Frogs.
Seafood soup

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 28th 2014

February 28 – Friday – Today worked on my pictures and my blog most of the day, and then I walked down to a pizza place for some pizza. I then walked down to 5th street to see if anything was going on there for the Carnival. 5thstreet was pretty quiet as most of today’s events were taking place in the Main Plaza in the center of town. So I just walked over to Founders Park by the beach and relaxed a bit. For once those stupid Indians weren’t beating those drums and sticks, or maybe they had just finished by the time I got there today as they were standing and sitting around. Tomorrow the parade will run from Founders park to Constituyentes and then up Constituyentes to 30th avenue where it will turn South ... read more
Fish and shrimp tacos
Haagen Das ice cream

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 26th 2014

February 26 – Wednesday – Today I walked over to the Pollo Asado place on Calle 2 and had some Pollo asado (roast chicken) for lunch. I got about a ¼ chicken with rice, onions, some salsa, and a coke for about $4.00. It was pretty good. After eating I walked down Calle 2 between 15 and 20th ave. and caught a collectivo van and this time I made sure to tell the driver “Tulum Ruinas”. After getting completely full the collectivo van took off and I was on the way to Tulum Ruinas. It cost me about 35 pesos (about $3.00) and they let me off on the highway at the road that goes into where the ruins are. There is absolutely no signage or indication of any kind on the highway that this was ... read more
First view of the sea
The sea
Easily defended entrance


North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 24th 2014

Since I arrived in Playa on the 12th I have been exploring the town and walking, walking, walking, walking, walking. I have walked all over the area bordered by Juarez on the South and Constituyentes on the North and 30th Avenue on the West as well as the beaches I could get to using public access. So I have done a pretty good bit of exploring. I’ve also walked all the way out on 5thavenue till the stores and restaurants ended around Calle 40. The main thing I discovered is that it wasn’t worth walking all the way out on 5th avenue till the stores and restaurants ended around Calle 40. It’s just more of the same. I’ve also used the beach access to check out the beaches on the way and as well it is ... read more
Old ADO bus station
Santander ATM, Scotiabank, and Macdonalds
Inside the ADO bus station

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 14th 2014

A link to an English interpretation of Carnival events: Feb 13 – El Fogans and Wal Mart day – Today I walked up to 30 Avenue and then started over towards El Fogans on 30thavenida at Calle 6 Norte Bis. I had read about it in various blogs and etc. and so wanted to check it out. Then the plan was to go to Wal-Mart afterwards for some essentials. At El Fogans I felt like experimenting so I got the Arrachera Especial which was flank steak with various side dishes. It was quite good as were the other items that came with it. It was a mistake eating so much though as I still had to continue on with my walk to Walmart. So I headed that way on a very full stomach and did ... read more
On the deck at Fogans Feb 14
El Fogon on 30th Avenue
Arrachera Especial at El Fogon

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 12th 2014

A link to and English interpretation of carnival events: 2014-a.html#post2034126 February 12, 2014 – Wednesday – I’m at Easterwood Airport here in College Station waiting to catch a 9:20 flight to Ft Worth from whence I will catch a 1:25PM flight to Cancun. I should arrive in Cancun at 4:05 and from the Cancun airport I will catch the ADO bus to the ADO terminal in Playa del Carmen at 5thstreet and Ave. Juarez. From there I should have a 6 block walk to the Tres Mundos Hostel where I have reserved a private double room. I went through security here at Easterwood and the security smurf there must have thought he was saving the world of something. They x-rayed my messenger bag and then dragged everything out... read more
The ADO Bus station in Playa del Carmen
Banyos upstairs at the station
Tres Mundos Hostel

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 5th 2014

For those of you who love a Tequila shot every once in a while, or a frothy tasty margarita, here are a few facts about Tequila from one of my Playa Beach Getaways blogs...Tequila is quite nice used in recipes too, such as grilled Tequila-lime shrimp. I posted in the recipe below for those that want to try it on for size!!! OH and here's the blog! Tequila Lime Shrimp recipe: 2 pounds shrimp , peeled and deveined ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 4th 2014

Top o' the evening to you all. I'm back. (insert big cheesy smiling face :) The Riviera Maya is fast becoming an international culinary food and drink destination. Food & wine (and Tequila) festivals abound, and one in particular is held annually in Playa del Carmen. I went to it one November. Well, ahem, I went to Playa with my buddy Danielle to ATTEND this food festival & due to a mix-up, ended up missing the entire event completely &^%$. At the time I was pretty darn bummed out about it but it became good fodder for a blog. Nonetheless here's a blog about the food festival; "A Taste of Playa". If you are trying to get out of cleaning your bathroom toilet, then feel free to waste a few minutes reading this blog! Oh ... read more

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