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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen December 11th 2019

It has been a very productive 6 weeks, we managed to get several projects done in the condo to make it that much more comfortable for upcoming guests. We got out on several bike rides, one we managed to get out of the hectic traffic of the city, but I got a flat tire so had to enlist the help of a local mechanic. We have enjoyed our time in beautiful Playa del Carmen but time to go home for Christmas with family and friends. 2020 will bring new places and new adventures ...... time to start planning.... read more
Akumal
Jazz Festival
More Beach time 🏖

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

We have been at the condo now for about 2 and a half weeks, have done lots of renos to brighten the place up and there is always something to fix, but that keeps us busy the way we like to be. We have taken some beach time, we have done lots of walking and bike riding to keep active. Being active is a very important part of retirement for us, we want to remain active and fit, we are even attempting yoga on UTube with Boho Beautiful. We have eaten at home a lot but have also been trying local restaurants in the area and have found a few excellent reasonably priced places. The further you get off 5th Avenida the more reasonable the prices are, Playa del Carmen thrives on tourism.... read more
Some Beach Time
Some Beach Time
Some Beach Time

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
Wahoo
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 dive...as 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
Accommodation
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)




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