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


North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 10th 2019

"If you're not lighting any candles, don't complain about being in the dark". ~ If there's one thing I would suggest, don't ever complain on social media about any little setbacks you're having while you're on a tropical vacation. Especially when you've escaped the bowels of winter hell like we did. No one will feel sorry for you, nor should they. In fact they may print off your picture & attach it to a dart board. Well maybe they will feel sorry for you if you've been hit by a car, kidnapped by pirates, been in an earthquake, stung by a jellyfish, or stranded by United Airlines for days without any help 😒 (I just had to throw that one in from our awful trip home in 2017 with them, not once but twice, the same ... read more
Mesmerizing colors
Stunning sea colors
Good times together

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 3rd 2019

"Our friendship isn't a big thing, in fact it's a million things"...~ Now where did I leave off? It's been 2 weeks since I did my one & only blog for this friend & family trip. Rest assured I was not abducted by the Pirates of the Caribbean (no matter how hard I tried...some of those pirates are hunky!) Although we did run into a Johnny Depp look-a-like dressed for the Vegas style act they have here at Coco Bongo! Literally he had Captain Sparrow's swagger and alcohol fueled accent. Hiccup. I have been working on this blog for a week now. It's been a combination of being busy with family, doing a bit of work, and the rest being plain lazy. I swear if there was an award for laziness & I won, I'd probably ... read more
Jeeping around
Dining at Carboncitos!

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 17th 2019

"I look best when I'm on holidays"...~ Heh heh. That's my opinion and my opinion only that I look best on holidays. Not sure Al concurs! Happy New Year! Bye bye 2018, and hello 2019. As I type this blog, there are many angry people at home in -30C weather. I'd like to tell you our weather isn't any great shakes here either but I'd be a big fat liar. We've been here 3 days and it's just perfect. Calm, little humidity, no rain, and lots of sun and about 29C. January can be a bit unpredictable in the Riviera Maya & at times windy. Mother Nature knew I was coming and put in a real nice order of sun for me. Oh what power I yield :) I wasn't planning on doing a blog this ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen December 9th 2018

This morning we have planned to return to Puente Esmerelda, the little cenote/lagoon along the beach from our accommodation. It is Sunday, so bound to be busy hence we have skipped breakfast and are ready to set off at 8.30am. The sky is overcast and it has been raining so it’s a pleasant temperature for walking. The beach near our accommodation is fairly deserted. There’s a group of youngsters who have obviously had a night of it. They sway past us exchanging a slurred ‘good morning’! There are also a few people casting fishing nets, though we don’t see much sign of a catch. Finally, we have the ‘beach rakers’. These are the men with the unenviable task of raking up seaweed to enable us holiday makers to enjoy a pristine beach. It’s a thankless and ... read more
Flower offerings
Storm clouds at the point
Round the point

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen December 7th 2018

It’s a great shame that neither of us is fit to there’s really not much else to do here unless you are a sunbathing lover. So, it’s another late breakfast for us followed by a trip to the beach. It’s much hotter today. There was no rain last night. The forecast says we might have rain later but there’s not much sign of it right now. We have decided to prove the accommodation owner wrong by walking to the cenote. We are so near to the beach that we decide just to put our swim things on and take towels, snorkelling gear and water. We splash our way along the beach. I have taken the precaution of wearing shorts over my costume today...good thing as, even they, are in danger of getting wet. The waves ... read more
Puente Esmeralda Cenote
Kids in the cenote
Under the shade

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen December 6th 2018

It’s very overcast today after the long rainstorm last night, making us think that our planned day on the beach is not the best plan after all. We have therefore decided to get up late and have a slap up breakfast back at the restaurant round the corner. We are pleased to see that the pool is being cleaned as we make our way out - at least they are trying. The restaurant is practically full up. We opt for the outside garden area as there is a nice cool breeze blowing through and all the tables and chairs have been dried after last nights torrential rain. We think there may be more on the way! I opt for a large bowl of fresh fruit, with yoghurt and granola whilst Ian has a bacon omelette, which ... read more
Mega breakfast
Waves on the beach

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen December 5th 2018

We pack our bags ready for our 1pm bus journey to Playa del Carmen. We really have not seen much of Tulum as we haven’t felt well. But to be honest from what we did see, we didn’t like it much. Still, our accommodation has been a little haven. We have enjoyed the peaceful garden and it’s been nice to have had access to the kitchen area to enjoy some simple home cooking. Our host hails a taxi and we are at the bus station within minutes. It’s not that far but it’s really hot now. The bus station is small and heaving. We manage to secure the last two remaining seats, but not before I have nipped to a chemist. Two bottles of cough medicine have not relieved the chest infections we both appear to ... read more
Playa del Carmen

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen November 8th 2018

Wed 7-Thurs 8 November - Day 12 to 13 - Playa del Carmen Before going to Playa del Carmen, we travel to Chichén Itzá, an impressive Maya/Toltec site recently voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. The other 6 new wonders are Petra, Great Wall of China, Christo Redentor, Machu Pichu, Taj Mahal and Colosseum. Constructed between the 7th and 10th century AD, Chichén Itzá was a centre of pilgrimage for the Maya for over 1000 years. The most famous attraction is the great Pyramid of Kukulkan, dedicated to the feathered serpent god Kukulkan and built with such precision that a shadow serpent descends down the steps during the equinox. Our guide around the site was knowledgeable, passionate and could speak the Mayan language. One of the areas he spoke about ... read more
Chichén Itzá near Merida - main pyramid (24)
Chichén Itzá near Merida - main pyramid (20)
Lunch time stop after Chichén Itzá (1)

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen September 19th 2018

We have one day in Playa Del Carmen. Tomorrow early in the morning we fly back to California and our Mexico adventure comes to an end. We got up not too early. We’d had a long day yesterday and things in Mexico just start waking up at around 9 anyway. It looks like it’s going to be a sunny day, so we left our room to Playa’s 5th Avenue (yes, that’s what they call it) in a good mood. We saw a gorgeous white flower on the way, related to lilies I believe. Anyway, I took a picture. We found a place to eat on 5th Ave. A bit fancy and pricey, but that’s Playa for you. So we had some simple breakfast and coffee, pretending we didn’t understand the Israeli couple sitting next to us. ... read more
Shots of Tequila
The beach at Playa
Shop display

"All the water that will ever be is right now." ~ Good morning to anyone up, sipping a coffee and reading this old blog. I think I last left off a week ago, so you've had a week to build up your strength to read another one. :) This morning is so breezy and warm & it's like heaven to open up the sliding doors to the sparkling ocean, and the boats gently floating over the sea. The radiant Caribbean is flaunting its blue/green dazzling colors which can transfix you for hours. I have my laptop in the shade in a corner of the balcony listening to Mother Nature sing me a morning song. The sargassum (seaweed I referred to in previous blogs) has been well behaved and shows no signs of it landing on the ... read more
Father & son
Burnt pizza box
View from bed this am

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